One of the things that’s fun about having millennials around is that they keep things fresh. What’s even more fun is finding things first and then watching that gobsmacked look on their faces when they realize, “Oh hey, Mom is cool!”
When I was a teenager, we had the Top 40 countdown. I can’t tell you how many Sundays I spent listening to Kasi Kasem play backwards to number 1. Just about as often, my mom would yell down the hall, “PJ, turn that mess down!” I vowed I would never be such an old foggie that I couldn’t listen to the latest music without finding something fun about it so that when MY KIDS came along, I could still enjoy Kasi with them (yeah, no idea that he wouldn’t be around). Of course, as soon as my older kids started coming of age, they listened to grunge and rap. Our oldest fell in love with Rehab.
Now imagine your daughter is in her room playing music real loud and you are in the kitchen mopping the floor singing all the words to the songs. Watch as she enters and her jaw drops. And oh don’t you know you got the best look when you got to say, “You know they are from down around my hometown. Use to go hang out with them. But you know, that was before they were well-known.” Yeah, award for coolest, most awesome mom for a-b-o-u-t, oh, I don’t know, 10 minutes.
One of The Dane’s favorite moments like this happened one night when the house was filled with the kids and several of their friends. He walked right past them singing, “Don’t you wish your daddy was hot like me.” He recalls that every kid in the room stopped what they were doing and focused on him. The youngest finally spoke up and said (all astounded), “Dad, how do you know that song?” He says he killed the room when he sang, “Don’t you wish your daddy was a freak like me.” Yep, coolest dad. Of course, his moment lasted longer as the kids still talk about that moment of shock and awe.
Since I don’t have staying power, I have to keep shocking and awing them. Like that time I showed them how to whip…and how to nae nae. (Especially because they didn’t know how yet. YES!)
What they don’t know is that The Dane and I like to have ‘music nights’ where we listen to YouTube to see what new things are out there that we like. Sometimes we dance. Usually, we will listen a few times so that we end up learning the words. Since I like to dance, I usually can learn a step or two. The Dane is a good sport and encourages this by dancing with me. (The kids would probably die if they knew we were having this much fun).
Of course, at the end of the night, when we get right down to the music that I like most, we end up with speakeasy type music. I have no idea when I fell in love with Swing. It’s been there as far back as I can remember (cartoons, maybe?). There’s just something fun about it. At some point as a kid, I must’ve spent some time thinking about what it would have been like to live in the 20s and dress in flapper dresses. Maybe it was around the time I read The Great Gatsby. Whatever it was, it stuck with me and always makes me happy.
What’s great is that there’s sort of an underground movement of youngsters enjoying it. It’s cool to hear the hits of today rearranged into swing music that’s called Electro Swing or BoomSwing. I have a feeling that it’s going to be the next big music wave. Another round of Roaring 20’s maybe?
Today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites:
- Lovefool – vintage jazz Cardigans cover ft. Haley Reinhart
- When I Get Low, I Get High – The Speakeasy Three
- Gimmie that Swing – Cissie Redgwick
- All About That Bass – Postmodern Jukebox Meghan Trainor cover ft. Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Morgan James & Ariana Savalas
- Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel cover ft. Morgan James
- Mad World – Gary Jules cover ft. (*)Puddles Pity Party and Haley Reinhart
- Why Me – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- Fancy – Iggy Azalea cover ft. Ashley Stroud
- Sheik of Araby – Jonny Hepbir Quartet
- Royals – Lorde Cover ft Flash Mob Jazz and Lady
Think it might be time to see if I can remember all those swing dance move from my dance classes years ago.
I’m curious to know what’s your favorite new music? Are we ready for a return of Swing?
Thanks for stopping by!
(*) Puddles Pity Party is starting to catch on and possibly going viral. If you haven’t seen him, he’s awesome. Check out his Folsom Prison/Pinball Wizard Mashup.