Swing Years And Beyond http://kuow.org en 'Imbecile Slush': Surprising Early Reactions To Crooning http://kuow.org/post/imbecile-slush-surprising-early-reactions-crooning <p>In 1932, a new singing style was emerging: crooning. What we might consider easy listening now wasn't necessarily received cordially by its contemporaries. Cardinal O'Connell of Boston described it as "imbecile slush" and "a degenerate form of singing.” Wed, 02 Jul 2014 23:57:18 +0000 Amanda Wilde 37426 at http://kuow.org 'Imbecile Slush': Surprising Early Reactions To Crooning How The Waltz Came To America (And Pop Music) http://kuow.org/post/how-waltz-came-america-and-pop-music <p>Almost every partner dance is a descendant of the waltz.</p><p>The oldest of ballroom dances, the waltz has roots as far back as the 13<sup>th</sup> century. As it evolved and entered the ballrooms of Europe, the waltz was viewed as taboo because partners were permitted to make contact. But like the tango and other exciting and challenging dances, the waltz spread until by the middle of the nineteenth century it was firmly established in the U.S.</p><p>Today’s standard waltz rhythm that we now know and love became popular due to the musical creations of composers such as Johann Strauss.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:11:59 +0000 Amanda Wilde 34050 at http://kuow.org How The Waltz Came To America (And Pop Music) 'Swing Years' Theme Song Explained http://kuow.org/post/swing-years-theme-song-explained <p></p><p>The most frequently asked question of <em>The Swing Years and Beyond</em> is “What is your theme?”</p><p>Played at the top of each <em>Swing Years</em> show, it’s "Royal Blue" from "The Pink Panther" soundtrack. The film came out in 1963 and the album was released in 1964, featuring lounge and lush instrumentals by Henri Pancini … er, Mancini!</p><p>http://youtu.be/2vEyIJgaZIQ</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:26:59 +0000 Amanda Wilde 30866 at http://kuow.org 'Swing Years' Theme Song Explained How One Winner Changed The Academy Awards http://kuow.org/post/how-one-winner-changed-academy-awards <p>In anticipation for the Oscars this weekend, Steve Scher sat down with <em>Swing Years </em>host Amanda Wilde to discuss the history of the Best Original Song category. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:19:03 +0000 Steve Scher & Amanda Wilde 29563 at http://kuow.org How One Winner Changed The Academy Awards