The Warrior and The Writer

The Life of a Teenage Writer

Big Band is My Jam

During the second semester of British Lit, Mrs. K assigned a research report. Instead of the dry, boring research reports that literature teachers have the habit of assigning, she allowed us to make a story out of it. Of course we still had to do research and have so many sources and all that jazz, but I was thrilled. I already had story ideas swirling around in my head.

Since I was in love with World War II and Great Britain (due to a little too much of the BBC *nervous chuckle*), I decided to write on the Battle of Britain (think the beginning scene of the movie The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).

Now, when I’m writing, I love listening to music, and since this was basically historical fiction, I decided that 40’s music would be appropriate to listen to while I write.

I looked up “40’s Music” on YouTube and clicked on one of the playlists. I immediately fell in love with Glenn Miller’s In the Mood (it’s the first song on my playlist below).

I loved the lively, swingin’ sound of this song and listened to it on repeat for days. Then I started branching out and fell in love with other songs like Moonlight Serenade; Sing, Sing, Sing; and American Patrol. Now I have several CD’s of Big Band singers and hits.

I don’t quite know why I love this music so much, but it makes me happy. It transports me back in time to a younger America. Plus, it just makes me wanna dance.

If you’d like to check out some of my favorites (and maybe fall in love with Big Band yourself *evil chuckle*), here’s a playlist I’ve put together on YouTube.

So, what do y’all think of Big Band? Also, what kind of music makes you happy?


  1. I don’t listen to a lot of the 40’s, but my comfort band right now is the Beatles. :) I especially love “Hey Jude”, “Let It Be”, “Revolution”, and “You Like Me Too Much”.^-^

  2. Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my goshhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big band!!!!!!!! In The Mood!!!!! Have you heard what Glenn did with The Andrews Sisters?? Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree? Aghh! Love it!!!

      And no, I haven’t. I shall look it up immediately!

  3. Gabriela Paige

    July 1, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Ooo!!! I love old music! Have you seen my Spotify playlists? Most of my music is 60s or 70s. But since you told me about Glenn Miller, I’ve been interested to listen to more older artists.

    • Yeah! I’ve looked at it, but I haven’t listened to it yet. (I should write a historical fiction novel sometime so I can listen to that kind of music. XD) That’s awesome! As you can probably tell, Glenn’s my favorite. ^-^

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