She sings for sentimental reasons

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Jennifer Duncan

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 08:32 AM.

Jennifer Duncan loves to sing the old songs. When she croons forgotten melodies, she awakens memories of lost loves and youthful pleasures.

Duncan is a songbird with a specialty. She sings the songs of the 1930s and ‘40s to the original Big Band arrangements that made swing music great.  She is also a historian who can recount the stories behind the songs she loves to sing.

On Saturday, June 8, Duncan visited the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum and before a captivated audience, performed the music of the war years.

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 Korea . She found herself moved by the song and by the audience’s warm reception of the old music.

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?’”

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