In the mood

photo 1As we drove to downtown Tacoma for date night Saturday, my husband asked me, “Are you excited, old soul?

Indeed I was. Extremely! For that date night would be like no other date night. It would be a night right out of history.

When I heard the “In the Mood” 1940s musical revue was making a tour stop in Tacoma, I immediately sent the ticket link to Trevor with the words: “This sounds AMAZING!!!!!!!

My music-appreciating husband gladly agreed and we bought two tickets for the show at the Temple Theatre.

I can’t remember when my love of jazz music was born. I started playing the clarinet as many elementary-aged budding musicians did and continued on in junior high (and then high school). I really wanted to play jazz music but was dejected when my band teacher said clarinets couldn’t play in the school’s jazz band.

Wphoto 2At the conclusion of my eighth grade year, while looking forward to a summer vacation of being lazy, my teacher asked if I would be interested in learning to play the tenor saxophone over the summer for the jazz band. Finally, my big break!

I spent the next three months learning my new instrument and enjoyed being part of a group of jazz musicians my freshman year of high school. Fun fact: The first known photo of me and Trevor was our 1998-1999 jazz band photo.

I appreciate many different types of jazz, but nothing tops the sound of big band — the swingin’ era of 1940s horns gets me every time. When I heard of the “In the Mood” show, I felt it was created just for my old soul!

With lips and nails painted red, my husband and I enjoyed a night on the town! Upon entering the theatre we quickly learned we were one of the youngest couples in attendance, by about 30 years. Surrounded by baby boomers and military veterans, we enjoyed the popular sounds of the 1940s for two hours.

Along with the music was narration, dancing and singing — a scene right out of a USO dance circa-1944.

But the real star of the night was my husband’s zoot suit shoes, which he inherited from a friend’s grandfather. Only one of the eight who gave compliments noticed my shoes matched, too!

photo 3
Our vintage kicks.

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