Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Latest "When Swing Was King" Debut

The latest volume of "When Swing Was King" had its debut today at Heritage Pointe assisted living complex. 24 people were there for the presentation and everyone had a fantastic time. There were laughs, interesting conversation, swaying in the seats, tapping of toes, and plenty of singing along.

And yes, because of the sheer beauty of some of the songs and because many of our memories naturally have a bittersweet edge to them, there were a few tears as well. We were (as we always are) deeply moved by the complements, the thank you's, the "please keep coming back" appeals and the stories that the residents tell us -- stories sparked by the big band songs and pictures. What a terrific blessing it is for Claire and me to be involved in this ministry.

Are you interested in the line-up for Series 2, Volume 4? Here it is:

1) Glenn Miller Orchestra -- "Adios"
2) Louis Armstrong and Orchestra -- "I Wonder"
3) Charlie Barnet Orchestra -- "Cherokee"
4) Artie Shaw Orchestra (vocals by Helen Forrest) -- "All the Things You Are" (See photo above.)
5) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra -- "Those Little White Lies"
6) Benny Goodman Orchestra (vocals by Peggy Lee) -- "Why Don't You Do Right?"
7) Xavier Cugat Orchestra -- "Perfidia"
8) Harry James Orchestra -- "Crazy Rhythm"
9) Lena Horne -- "Where Or When"
10) Charlie Spivak -- "Blue Velvet"
11) Larry Clinton Orchestra (vocals by Bea Wain) -- "The Dipsy Doodle"
12) Chick Webb Orchestra -- "Strictly Jive"
13) Perry Como -- "Some Enchanted Evening"

And, trust me, I don't care how old you are; if you're not swinging when those jazzy numbers are underway or wiping a tear away when Helen, Lena and Perry are crooning, you better get to the doctor, brother -- cause you ain't healthy.