Monday, March 11, 2019

Where the Greatest Still Play

We start this month’s “When Swing Was King” schedule of 11 senior care facilities tomorrow and, as always, we will be sharing a fresh collection of 12 original songs from the big band era, over 200 inspiring photographs from those same years, a program narration that takes an interesting look back at the featured musicians, and the opportunity for sharing with one another wonderful memories and fellowship.

We will also be handing out to our audiences this month copies of our 4-page quarterly newsletter, complete with a big band quiz and plenty of other trivia, nifty quotations, and a personal note from Claire and me. If you would like to check out that newsletter, you can do so in the collection we’ve uploaded on the Vital Signs Ministries website right here.

All in all, March would be a fantastic time for you to drop in on one of our shows. We love to have visitors and our audiences do too. The schedule and locations can be found (also at the Vital Signs Ministries website) right here.

And, by the way, here is the songlist for this month’s terrific program:

1) Glenn Miller Orchestra (with the vocals of Ray Eberle) — “When You Wish Upon a Star”

2) Nat King Cole (backed by a swinging Billy May studio band) — “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”

3) Harry James Orchestra — “Crazy Rhythm”

4) Artie Shaw Orchestra (with vocals by Helen Forrest) — “I Have Eyes”

5) The Andrews Sisters (backed by the Eddie Haywood band) — “The House of Blue Lights”

6) Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra — “Blue Room”

7) Andy Williams — “Days of Wine and Roses”

8) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra — “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You”

9) Dennis Day (backed by Frank De Vol Orchestra) — “Where or When”

10) Gene Krupa Orchestra (with vocals by Carolyn Grey) — “They Didn’t Believe Me”

11) Benny Goodman Sextet — “Rose Room”

12) Frank Sinatra (backed by the Count Basie Orchestra) — “Fly Me to the Moon”

Great, great stuff! So, why don’t you make plans to come along for the happening? Again, the schedule is right here.

Monday Morning Reality Check

Here's a selection of some of the best “dispatches from the front” of the culture wars.

* “Cast Into the Outer Darkness: An Open Letter to Facebook — A Christian human rights activist and Stream contributor loses her account. Facebook rejects her appeal and walls off further communication.” (Faith McDonnell, The Stream)

* “On Christian Millennials Who Believe Evangelism is Wrong” (Chelsea Vicari, Juicy Ecumenism)

* “Kamala Harris Is Wrong. Keep the World’s Oldest Profession Illegal” (Scott Yenor, Daily Signal)

* “In Defense of Women’s Sports” (Rich Lowry, National Review)

* “Drunk Driving is a Violent Crime” (Helen Witty, President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving)

* “Boycott Girl Scout Cookies, They Partner With Groups That Promote Abortion” (Jane Chastain,

* “The Folly of Solar Energy” (John Hinderaker, Power Line)

* “Recycling Is a Waste” (Kyle Smith, National Review)