Day 108: “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that Swing!”

Sometimes I like to swing it like Ella to some old tunes. I danced naked to a playlist from the 1930’s-40’s on 8tracks. I just feel so nostalgic to this kind of music even though I never lived during that time. I know it’s not technically the “flapper era” about ten years earlier but  I was inspired to illustrate a fun lady from that time while swinging to these tunes. I listened to some great tracks like “Straighten up and Fly Right”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing”, and “Minnie the Moocher”. There was a carefree and extravagant lifestyle people where living just before The Great Depression hit  when the stock market crashed in the fall of 1929. In spite of this, music still thrived and lifted the spirits of Americans who were out of work and dirt poor. Songs like “When You’re Smiling” by Louis Prima warms my heart and reminds me of the enduring magic of the human spirit.


Brynn Possible


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