Reviewed by Katie Wilson
If I owned a pair of dancing shoes, I would most certainly put them on all for this one song.
Sing, Sing, Sing was recorded by Benny Goodman in the year 1937, in Hollywood, and a masterpiece was born.
With Goodman himself on clarinet, he was accompanied by stunning trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, bass, guitar, and arranged by American Jazz composer, Jimmy Mundy. Each instrument shines its brightest to create this downright wonderful piece, this cacophony of boldness, this tornado of mischief and unbridled joy.
There’s just something about this piece that I can’t help but smile at. Perhaps it’s the way it seems to transport you to a time of flapper dresses, movie stars and glamour. Or the way it sounds like an adventure, encouraging you chase after what you want, no matter how big of a dream. Sing, Sing, Sing is a song so deliriously happy and brimming with excitement, that it seems anything is possible. The moment it begins, with that mischievous beat of the drum, you know you are about to hear something beautiful and wild. Then the trumpets kick in and woah, just woah. Before you know it you’re up and dancing and without a care in the world as you hear the piano softly here or the crash of the symbols there.
Not to sound completely cheesy, but it’s practically impossible to hear this song and not want to dance, right?
(I mean writing this was actually hard because I spent so much of it dancing to it…)
It just invites you to throw away all of your worries and dance the night away. Yep, that was pretty cheesy, but it’s totally true.
There’s also the romantic aspect of Sing, Sing, Sing. It would play in a grand hall as you saw the love of your life from across the room, for the very first time. You’d buy them a rose and ask them to dance. They’d smile and take your hand and there you go, you’d be in love, happy as a clam.
Whenever I think about the actual recording of this song, I’m always blown away. I just think how amazing it is that all these instruments could come together like this, playing perfectly with one another and create something so wonderful.
It’s a song meant to rattle the stars and to make hearts beat faster, to make feet move and smiles appear.
So I guess I’m slightly in love with Sing, Sing, Sing, but can you blame me?
It’s a great piece. Go listen to it, be happy as a clam.