Still Swinging

Saturday evening we attended a fundraiser for the high school band program. The fundraiser was a performance by a local, professional, ‘Big Band’, called Still Swinging. We initially went out of a sense of obligation (that sounds awful doesn’t it); but before the first tune was over our toes were tapping and were thoroughly engaged. The performance was great! Our teen-aged son, home for spring break, even enjoyed it. 

Still Swinging -The Les Still Big Band (photo from their website)

 

(I could not quite figure out how to upload a video…the videos I saw didn’t do the band justice though.) If you are in the Atlanta area and have an opportunity to go see this band, I heartily recommend it. This is the link to their site with a short video clip:

http://www.stillswinging.com/video/StillSwinging1.mov 

The evening reminded me so much of my grandparents. The music was definitely from their era: Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller. I could just imagine them swaying and swinging the night away at some 1940’s dance club. 

Pepoe & Memaw (before they were Pepoe & Memaw)

My grandparents loved to dance. My grandfather even had the nickname “Twinkletoes”; too funny… especially since he was a no-nonsense former US Marine. I remember them even twirling around the kitchen a time or two. They could definitely “cut a rug”. 

I wasn’t expecting the evening to be SO much fun. Not only was the music terrific, but it brought back some happy memories for me too. It just goes to show you, you never can tell when you may have a great time. 

Dance as though no one is watching you; love as though you have never been hurt before, sing as though no one can hear you, live as though heaven is on earth. – Alfred Souza 

Have you ever had that happen, participated in something out of a sense of obligation, but surprisingly ended up having a fabulous time?