Monday, February 10, 2014

Solid! "When Swing Was King" Swings Into February

Yes, the temperatures are frigid, the winds are blowing, and snow covers the land. But we know that our friends living in 11 different senior care facilities here in the Omaha area will provide Claire and I (and whoever comes along with us) plenty of warmth and good cheer when we show up with this month's "When Swing Was King" shows.

Though we now have 23 different volumes of "When Swing Was King" (each with 12 big band original hits, 230-250 photographs in a Power Point presentation, and a snappy commentary to accompany it all), I still tweak each month's program to make it the most entertaining and interesting I can.

Well, Claire tells me "tweak" is hardly the right word. Tweaking, she argues, might see me changing the order of music or exchanging a few pictures. But when you completely change 4 songs and close to a hundred photos, that qualifies as wholesale revision!

She's right, of course, but we do want to keep the programs fresh and fun and full of stimulation. After all, we have the best audiences in town.

We start the February schedule today with shows in both the afternoon and evening. (The full schedule, by the way, is available right here at the Vital Signs Ministries website.)

So what does the latest version of Volume 3, Series 2 look like?

1) Glenn Miller Orchestra 
"Moonlight Cocktail"

2) Artie Shaw Orchestra
"I Cover the Waterfront"

3) Count Basie Orchestra (Vocals by Jimmy Rushing) 
"I'm Gonna' Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter"
(Photo theme: Mail call)

4) The Mills Brothers 
"You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You"

5) Benny Goodman Orchestra (Vocals by Helen Ward) 
"These Foolish Things"

6) Chick Webb Orchestra 
"Crazy Rhythm"

7) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Vocals by Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers) 

8) Lawrence Welk Orchestra 
"Clarinet Polka"

9) Harry James Orchestra (Vocals by Helen Forrest) 
"I Don't Want to Walk Without You"

10) Bing Crosby
"Sunday, Monday or Always"

11) Guy Lombardo Orchestra (Vocals by Kenny Gardner) 
"How Deep Is the Ocean"

12) Vaughn Monroe Orchestra 
"Ghost Riders in the Sky"
(Photo theme: Favorite cowboy stars from big screen and small)

Maybe we'll see you this month!