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The great Duke Ellington penned a song, “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” and most musicians live by that credo. It has to have a groove. But in his day, it literally meant swing. So what is “swing” really? Benny Goodman, the King of Swing said it was “free speech in music.” But my favorite definition was provided by Fats Waller, who replied when asked, “Lady if you gotta ask, you’ll never know.” I think that unless the listener is very young, we all know it when we hear it.
Author : Jay Asher