THAT'S CODE FOR "STOP SINGING"!
It seems that today's music does not get too loud unless your ears starts bleeding. The lyrics are repetitive, indistinct, insensitive, and brutally disrespectful. The songs are about crude sex, partying and the mistreatment of others. They trigger anxiety, doom and gloom. The words "unintelligible negativity" comes to mind.
The Picture On The Album Tells The Story
"The Harbor Lights" was recorded ten times in 1950 and five of those recordings would make Billboards Top Ten. Ten years later, in 1960, The Platters version made it to Number eight!
To enjoy Marty Robbins version of "The Harbor Lights", do a search on youtube/The Harbor Lights/Marty Robbins
The top song when I graduated from high school in 1948 was "I'm looking over a four-leaf clover" by Art Mooney. When I got out of the Navy in 1952 Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" truly became unforgettable. In 1957, when my first child was born, the late, great Patsy Cline recorded her hit "Walking after Midnight".
WHAT DID ALL THESE SONGS HAVE IN COMMON?
You could understand the words, the song told a story and the music was melodious.
Think all the songs of my day were "slow and boring"? You need to listen to the big, swing bands cranking out "In The Mood". Can such music still be made today? Absolutely! Do a search on youtube - sing sing sing / swing girls ep8 to hear some Japanese youngsters "get'n down".
NOW THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS WHAT I CALL SWINGING!
To hear Tex Beneke, Glen Miller and other big, time swing bands, do a search on youtube.com/watch?V+bR3K5uB-wMA. Check out the Glen Miller version of "In The Mood" and you will see another sight you rarely see today, COUPLES dancing. I'd love to hold each of you lovely ladies close, as we dance to "The Harbor Lights".
Not in my heart!
God Bless You and Yours.