I don’t ordinarily get myself down to the Second Avenue stop on the “F” subway line; it is too far off my usual orbit. But I had very good reasons to be there last Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, to watch the beautifully attired swing dancers cavort on the platform to the music of several hot bands, my favorite being Gordon Au’s Grand Street [Subway] Stompers. The GSSS was made up of Gordon, cornet; Michael Gomez, guitar; Matt Koza, clarinet, and Mitchell Yoshida, accordion (on the final video here only), Shael Herman, clarinet (in the plaid shirt).
Here are four videos from the platform-performance, and one from the vintage subway car itself . . .
I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS:
I FOUND A NEW BABY (one wonders about the causal relationship between this and the previous song):
WINTER WONDERLAND, always a cheerful song even when the temperature is unseasonably warm (it was 59 degrees today in New York on the first day of winter):
A groovy TROUBLE IN MIND in a genuinely rocking subway car:
This post is for Lynn Redmile, happy with her family in the UK, who would have been alternating between dancing and photographing everyone.