One of my fondest memories growing up in the 40s and 50s was having my dad sing some of the famous songs of his youth – songs about love and life – songs with a good beat and timing  songs with beautiful melodies which were made to be sung and danced to.  My dad had a great voice.  He could whistle too and when he forgot the words to a song, he’d often purse his lips and whistle it instead.  Dad grew up in the twenties –  the age of the big bands – when people actually danced in each others’ arms and didn’t have to wear ear plugs to tone down the bass.

Glenn Miller was born, on this day, in 1904 in the town of Clarinda, Iowa.  He attended grade school in North Platte in the western part of Nebraska.  By the time Glenn was eleven years old, he had earned enough by milking cows to buy a trombone and he played in the town orchestra. When his family moved again in 1916 to Colorado, he joined the high school American football team.  When he was a senior, he decided to become a professional musician in one of those new “Big Bands” of the 20s. He eventually went on to form his own band.  He is best known for his musical arrangements and compositions, which produced some of those great tunes my dad loved to sing.

When my dad was only a young boy, Glenn Miller had already made a name for himself, writing his own musical arrangements – played in the pit bands of two Broadway shows, was writing music with Benny Goodman and married his high school sweetheart, Helen Burger.

In the late thirties, the Glenn Miller Band began to stand out against its competition.  Glenn had developed a style that set his orchestra apart – a style that would connect his name to it for all time.

In 1942, after Pearl Harbor, Miller decided to be part of the war effort. By this time, he was 38 years old, too old to be drafted and rejected by the Navy.  He appealed to the Army to accept him to head up a military band that would help keep morale strong. He gave up a weekly income of $15,000 to $20,000 a week to serve his country.  This was huge in those days.  It’s huge today!  He once stated on the radio:

“America means freedom and there’s no expression of freedom quite so sincere as music.”

On December 15, 1944, he boarded a small plane to Paris to make arrangements to have his band moved there to perform. There were two others on the plane – Lt. Col. Norman Baessell and pilot, John Morgan.  Somewhere over the English Channel, the plane disappeared.  The newspapers reported a faulty carburetor had caused the plane to crash, but that was never proven. Glenn Miller was declared, missing in action.  His wife accepted the bronze star medal on his behalf in 1945.

Three of his tunes – Chattanooga Choo-choo, In the Mood and Moonlight Serenade were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame posthumously.  They have been engrained in my memory by the voice of my dad.







As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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11 Responses to IN THE MOOD

  1. Love that swing music!

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    Moonlight Serenade and Pennsylvania 6-5000 are my favorites. In my son’s fantasy football league, my wife and I manage the Pennsylvania 6-5000s. It is the only team in the league with a team song and a team cheer. “Pennsylvania 6-5 Oh Oh Oh!”

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    • says:

      There was a movie a while back called Transylvania 6-5000. It was hilarious in my opinion, but never received much acclaim. Michael Richards, from “Seinfeld” was in it and a few other notables. You have to have a weird sense of humor to enjoy it – which I do.

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    Did you hear the story about Roy Rogers taking a bath in a lake and a mountain lion ran off with his new cowboy boots? Well, later in the day, Dale Evans spots a mountain lion and she asks, “Pardon me, Roy, is that the cat that ate your new shoes?” Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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