Personally, I love swing. I love to swing dance, and I also love to play swing music. I play the saxophone, and have been playing since the fourth grade. And playing the saxophone is what has led me to the
appreciation of the music. I don't love it because everyone else does.
Hell, I could care less if everyone else loves it or not. They could all
hate it for all I care. But me, myself, and I love it because it has
become a big part of me. And not just swing, it's all of jazz too. As
well as a little bit of alternative, R & B, fusion, funk, and hey, even
a little bit of classical. Yes, folks, I am not afraid to admit it. Every so often I like to curl up in my room and listen to a little bit of Tchaikovsky or Strauss. Is that so bad? And why do I like it? Because I have an appreciation for it. It's not a thing where I heard it because
everyone else heard it. I mean, granted, there may be cases that one
likes swing because they heard it from society and they had never heard
it previous to that introduction. That would seem fine, right? But if
it's as if you hated it before, and now say "Hey look! Society likes it,
so hey, it might actually be, like, cool, or something."
I guess all that I'm trying to say is that if you like swing, or any other type of music, make sure you actually take the time to listen to it. Take some serious time, and get to know it. And not just one band, like "Cherry Poppin' Daddies," but get a broad knowledge of it. And most
of all, don't let it become a fad. Overplaying songs is the worst thing
I feel a radio stations do. Overplayed songs happen so frequently, and
obsessions go in and out, it's so difficult to keep the attention span
of the modern day public. Take it easy with swing. It's a very powerful
expression of music, and great to dance to. But just relax and comprehend what it means to some people and don't let it become a quick to die trend.
by james maxson
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