Jennifer Duncan loves to sing the old songs. When she croons forgotten melodies, she awakens memories of lost loves and youthful pleasures.
On Saturday, June 8,
Duncan, who has a beautiful voice, performs for reunions and other functions. Years ago, she was asked to learn the Nat King Cole hit “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” for a Valentine’s Day banquet.
She grew up with a musical mother and a father who was a veteran of both World War II and
Around the same time, her husband asked her what she wanted for her birthday. “I want my music,” she replied, meaning the music she grew up with in the 1970s and ‘80s.
It was then she realized what a powerful gift the music of youth can be. “It takes people back and helps them recapture their happiest times,” she said. “People are so surprised when they hear me sing the songs from World War II. They ask me, ‘How do you know that?’”
She said she once entertained at a Christmas party and was told not to expect too much enthusiasm from her elderly audience.
“They got up and started dancing!” said
Performing with recordings of the original Big Band arrangements, she treated listeners to songs including “Summertime,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “God Bless
The early arrangements contain stretches of instrumental music to showcase soloists in the band. During these musical interludes,
She finished the set with “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” which drew rousing applause.
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