Lindy Hop

HI FRIENDS. 

I know that for many dancers it’s kind of difficult to start compiling a ‘lindy library’, if you will, of music that you like to dance to and blahblahblah.

So, here’s a link to my Spotify playlist with a bunch of the music I’ve compiled over the past year or so. I hope it will help some of you dancers to compile your own playlists of dance music, find out what kind of music/artists you like, etc.

Obviously, this is representative of my own personal taste, not just a general playlist, so beware that the music may/may not be music that you, personally, want to dance to. 

There may some random ‘floater’ songs in there that are not necessarily danceable, that I just haven’t had the time to fish out and put into a different playlist just yet. Not ordered by BPM/Genre/Title/anything. Not a DJ-ready list. Nothing fancy. Just my personal playlist. 

Updated weekly with new tunes! (just shy of 500 songs at the moment)

I hope you enjoy! :)

effyeahlindyhoppers:

Loose Wig - Lionel Hampton

Gotta love this one.

This is surprisingly excellent motivational music.

"The six years I was with Miles, we never talked about music. We never had a rehearsal. Jazz shouldn’t have any mandates. Jazz is not supposed to be something that’s required to sound like jazz. For me, the word ‘jazz’ means, ‘I dare you.’ The effort to break out of something is worth more than getting an A in syncopation."

Wayne Shorter (via misssheisshe)

(Source: jazzwordsofwisdom, via isshemissshe)

effyeahlindyhoppers:

Loose Wig - Lionel Hampton

Gotta love this one.

reblogging myself ‘cause this song is awesome! :)

effyeahlindyhoppers:

“How Could You” by Billie Holiday

I had my best dance this week to this lovely song.  It’s one of my favorites.

I hope this song beings you some joy today :)

Reblogging myself because this song is so wonderful and I STILL remember the amazing dance I had to this song.

Ugh.

<3

swinginforbreakfast:

“Shiny Stockings,” by Count Basie & His Orchestra. This song is a wonderful example of how low-key swing music can be.  It is a solid swing song (that’s over five minutes long) that will not wear you out.  It also lends itself remarkably well to dancers displaying their musicality.

Also, did I mention it was Frankie Manning’s favorite song?

(via crochetpianissimo)

Peck-A-Doodle-Do by Cab Calloway

I discovered this song over this past weekend, actually at a place not related to jazz or dancing at all.  It was playing at one of my favorite stores, Buffalo Exchange, where the clothes are cute, the prices are low, and all the male employees are exactly my type.  It was an awesome find, and it made me wanna start dancing in the store!

Anyway, Cab Calloway is AMAZING and one of the performers that truly exudes unabashed joy throughout his work.

Have a listen and enjoy!