“Every Place Has A Story To Tell”
Last week, Shallow Graves Magazine started a new segment titled“The Abandoned Concert Tour”. As part of the segment for week 2, Nick travels to random abandoned places and performs some of his favorite songs.
“Every place has a history whether it be an old abandoned farm house that once held a loving family, or a bank where people did their business. Now these places have been long forgotten…”
Check out the most recent video below of Nick performing “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”!
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington, whose lyrics were written by Irving Mills. It is now accepted as a jazz standard, and jazz historian Gunther Schuller characterized it as “now legendary” and “a prophetic piece and a prophetic title.”
(The music was composed and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during intermissions at Chicago’s Lincoln Tavern and was first recorded by Ellington and his orchestra for Brunswick Records (Br 6265) on February 2, 1932. After Mills wrote the lyrics, Ivie Anderson sang the vocal and trombonist Joe Nanton and alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges played the instrumental solos. The song became famous, Ellington wrote, “as the expression of a sentiment which prevailed among jazz musicians at the time.” Ellington credited the saying as a “credo” of his former trumpeter, Bubber Miley, who was dying of tuberculosis at the time; Miley died the year that the song was released. The Ellington band played the song continually over the years and recorded it numerous times, most often with trumpeter Ray Nance as vocalist.)
*Information for the song “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” provided by Wikipedia
Check out Week 1 of ‘The Abandoned Concert Tour’ Here