Getting A Good Dose of Glenn Miller

My wife, Marie, and I are long-time fans of the Big Band swing music of the 1930’s and 1940’s, so names like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller are quite familiar to us.  I even have an uncle, Greg Spevak, who leads such an orchestra.  My Aunt Pam is their vocalist.

We have The Glenn Miller Story on DVD and have watched it several times.  This is a partly fictitious story about how Glenn Miller developed his orchestra, rose to fame,  joined the military in WWII, and how that ended.  Whether you like that music or Jimmy Stewart, this movie is worth watching, you’ll get the best of both.

When we found that The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra (web site) was to be performing at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greenville (less than an hour’s travel from here) we had to go see them.  Ticket prices were quite reasonable.  The NPAC is a lovely facility.  Parking was good too.  We scored a spot just a short walk to the facility main entrance.  Actually, we got lucky on that.  Continue reading “Getting A Good Dose of Glenn Miller”

The National Anthem Done Right

If you’re like me you get a little tired of pop stars mangling the National Anthem at events in order to “make it their own”.  Here’s a gem I came across that is wonderful.  Three young siblings (Erika, Delaney, and Zachary) singing the anthem (as originally written), right in their own living room.  It is less than 2 minutes long and well worth a few moments of your time.  I especially like that they dedicate the song to the men and women serving in the armed forces.