We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Maggie's Farm pinup girl Marianne sent me this video this morning to WAKE UP my day, and it certainly did. It is from a Japanese movie, school girls doing a rousing version of the classic swing era Sing, Sing, Sing. Unfortunately the embed is disabled at Youtube, but just click this link and get your day jumpin'. Crank up the sound and swing.
I avidly watched all 4:27 of the video -- and it certainly didn't have anything to do with the music.
If they're looking to replace the piano player, I'm available.
As a musician, though, I'd classify this as 'boogie', not 'swing'. It certainly sounded like swing because it was so brass-dominant, but it's the beat that defines a genre as much as anything else, and the 1/2 time was classically boogie.
Do audiences usually clap along on the off-beat to swing songs?
For more on cute young Japanese girls, check out the first one of these.
Dr. Merc ... It's called counterclapping and yes, we used to do it to add to the general mayhem and uninhibited joy. I've always thought that it's a great way to join in and move things along. Those young girls were sooo cute, weren't they?