Remember when swing dancing was popular? I ask because I love to dance, although I would never manage the swing steps.
I wasn’t around in the ‘4os and ’50s, but Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats band did a great job bringing back rockabilly and swing in the ’80s and ’90s, and for that reason he is one cool cat.
New music from an old era when dance and fashion weren’t just fun, but cool. Style was everything. Swing dancing was an art — the twirling, the jumping, all high energy, all happening while the dancers exuded cool.
So, when the Brian Setzer Orchestra played at the Greek Theater in L.A. a few years back, we were so there. Two hours went by in a flash. I don’t think one spectator sat for the duration of the concert.
Maybe this was part of the act, but it looked as though the musicians were having as much fun as the spectators. A jump-n-jive kind of night. And not just the music but the fashion — the ’50s colorful style and pompadour hair cuts.
So, as we’re approaching the A-Z half-point mark, (our eyes are a little blurry, aren’t they?), I’ll keep it short and leave you with a tune from the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Baby, baby it looks like it’s gonna hail
Baby, baby it’ looks like it’s gonna hail
You better come inside
Let me teach you how to jive and wail
You gotta jump, jive, and then you wail
Photos credit: Swing dancing at Hoovers, by Patrick M. Len; Stray Cats live under a GFDL license — from Wikimedia Commons.