Archive | February 24, 2012

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

For those who like jazz, you may already know this song very well. Some people said that from here the word “swing” comes. The word “swing” here means a branch of standard jazz. This song was composed by Duke Ellington and the lyrics was written by Irving Mills.

The lyrics was so simple. Like this.

It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing
It don’t mean a thing all you got to do is sing
It makes no difference If it’s sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm Everything you’ve got

It is sung repeatedly with some interludes of  scat singing “do wah do wah” repeated too.

As we know that swing was born in New Orleans, the city which recently  celebrated Mardi Gras. From this era, big band began to be known. A band consisting of up to dozens of players. With horn and reed section. Among others famous big bands are big bands belong to Duke Ellington and  Benny Goodman.