Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mrs. Argus' Glenn Miller Big Band Legacy

A few years ago, the mom of a friend of mine found out of my love of the big band era. She said she didn't want any of her records anymore. Luckily for me her son was more interested in the rock group KISS than Ella Fitzgerald. I got her entire collection.

Mrs. Argus has since passed on but her legacy of music she gave me lingers. One of the gems she owned is a five LP set of Glenn Miller big band music. I would say that most people even today recognize some of Miller's signature tunes like "In the Mood" or "Moonlight Serenade." This set however is something special. Songs that aren't really remembered anymore today are on here, too. Catchy lyrics like "A Little Bit South of North Carolina" or "Love with a Capital You" were new to me and a lot of fun to hear for the first time.

This collection must have come out in the 1950s when LPs were a relatively new idea. The records are inside of a special white leather like looking book with extensive liner notes about Glenn Miller. Putting these records on takes me back to the big band era....and I wasn't even there! The notes say the songs were chosen "first to capture the unique sound of Glenn Miller's music; and second to present certain songs that were part of nearly everybody's youth,and understandably, just sort of wonderful."

From what I have seen on ebay, there is a second collection of these albums with a gold cover on them, so apparently the Glenn Miller fans of the day wanted more. After listening to these records over and over, I can see why....

To the young whippersnappers who don't know much about Glenn Miller, he died on a flight from England to Paris December 24, 1944. His music was the soundtrack of a generation. Thanks Mrs. Argus for sharing your soundtrack with me.

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