The King Of Swing-Benny Goodman Renaissance Man

Swing music has been around for quite some time and has changed the way music is played. Benny Goodman, the inventor of swing music is an amazing clarinet player and he had quite the childhood. Benny David Goodman was born on May 30, 1909 is Chicago, Illinois. As a child, Benny was the ninth child in the family but he later had 11 other siblings.Early in his life, his dad was a tailor which was where the money for the family was being produced. When he was 10, his dad sent him to study music at the Kelelah Jacob synagogue. He studied with Franz Schoepp which lead to his success. That is where he first picked up a clarinet. Benny Goodman’s childhood is what ultimately lead to his profession of the clarinet.

One of Benny's popular songs, 'Sweet Georgia Brown' written as sheet music.

Benny Goodman also has some interesting quotes. To begin, his first quote is criticizing young musicians. This quote says: "Too many young musicians today want to win polls before they learn their instruments." To add on, he also has a quote that has been popularized. This inspiring set of words states: "One way or the other, if you want to find reasons why you shouldn't keep on, you'll find 'em. The obstacles are all there; there are a million of 'em." The quote describes the struggle of an everyday human and says that you just have to bare with them. Overall, Benny Goodman has created many words of wisdom.

A famous quote from Benny Goodman that inspired others to keep trying to reach their goals.

Mr. Goodman is especially known for his creative invention, swing music. To start, swing music is music with a swaying, exciting feel. Also, the music does not use the standard counting but instead certain notes will be distributed differently and still be in the same amount of beats. For example, if two quarter notes were shown, Benny would play a dotted quarter tied sixteenth note, with a sixteenth note after to make the notes sound more interesting. Fortunately, his creation was first introduced on his local radio that he played for. Ever since then, swing music has still been used by many instrument players.

'Sweet Georgia Brown' played by Benny himself.

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