Monday, December 22, 2008

The Haunted Ballroom

Was I the only one who didn’t know that Glen Miller — as in Glen “Beloved by Old People” Miller — disappeared during World War II, never to be found? He was on his way to entertain American troops in France. Is that why old people love him so much? Should that put a chill down my spine every time I hear “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” which, thankfully, is almost never?


  1. Guess that you don't know the Archers of Loaf--as in an alternative band from the '90s beloved by middle-aged people. One of their best songs, "Greatest of All-Time," is partially written about Miller (about halfway through the song).

    Here's a pretty good live version, even if bassist Matt Gentling is a bit freaky in his stomping. But any song with the line "the underground is overcrowded" in it has to be wonderful.

    Side note: one of my first articles for the Indy was an interview with Eric Bachmann of AoL back in 1995.

  2. What's the deal with musicians and airplanes anyways? If I ever find out one is booked on my flight, I'm going to opt for another one.