Sometimes i think I am an “Old Soul”. I am not one to say my era is better for this and this, but I do love older swing and Big Band music. Nothing like the sound of a Big Band Orchestra to get your ready to dance. When hubby and I heard The Glenn Miller Orchestra would be coming to town, we were ready to Stop, Drop and Roll…. to get our tickets!
We did however, just order them straightaway on-line. I have always loved jazz, swing, big band, particulary when I went to the School of Music for college. Later hubby and I would take swing dance lessons, which were so fun. One of the first Big Band songs i remember having on a 45 record was “In the Mood.” But what was I ‘in the mood” to wear?
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra- Swing/Big Band
The night began at Wooden Vine, one of our favorite hot spots in downtown Charlotte, as the owner is from Pittsburgh and they have an amazing chef and extensive wine list. We had some small plates and a glass of wine ( tempranillo) before the show, then walked to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
We had 3rd row seats, so it was fun to see the band up-close. I could see the neck muscles pulsate as the bandleader sang vibrato. Derby like hats were used as mutes for the trombonists. I knew every song but one, as i often played Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and other bands. They began with the song, “Moonlight Serenade.”
As I was on my way back to my seat, a silver-haired lady approached me and said, “we have been admiring your gorgeous red hair from up above.” ( they sat in the mezzanine) I thanked her, and laughed to myself, as I suppose my hair stood out in the sea of mostly white hair from below.
It was a fun, energetic night, and I enjoyed the vocals on “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” with that 1940s vocal sound.
Just a quick bit of history about Glenn Miller- and his orchestra. From Wikipedia-
Glen Miller was an arranger, a big band trombonist, and bandleader in the swing era. From 1939-1943 he was a leading recording artist, having one of the most popular big bands. Miller’s recordings include “In the Mood“, “Moonlight Serenade“, “Pennsylvania 6-5000“, “Chattanooga Choo Choo“, “A String of Pearls“, “At Last“, “(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo“, “American Patrol“, “Tuxedo Junction“, “Elmer’s Tune“, and “Little Brown Jug”.[
The Glenn Miller orchestra plays 46 weeks out of the year- touring in various cities. I don’t think i could do that, it would be tough to be on the road that much!
I love seeing live concerts of bands I love and enjoy, so if you missed my last concern experience, a bit of a polar opposite, with Def Leppard and Journey- Have a read – My Rock Concert Experience.
I wanted to dress up and wear a dress and incorporate a brooch into the look- very vintage but modern at the same time. My blue floral dress is from ASOS a few seasons back, and I love the flounce hem at the bottom. I wore my Baublebar navy floral earrings, a silk neck scarf and added the brooch with different shades of blue on to the center of the scarf. “Jazzed up” the scarf a bit. My quilted Kate Spade bag and floral shoes from Soft Surroundings finished the look.
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What do you enjoy wearing to concerts? Are you a Big Band Fan?
Floral Dress- ASOS
neck scarf- Mango
bag- Kate Spade
Shoes c/o Soft Surroundings
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