Our Own Affair

from The State of Swing by Jack's Cats



Beth and Uncle Lou want us at six, your sister too, and then, a birthday bash for Cousin Sue, that’s just a few....

Don’t be upset if I’m intent to skip our set’s fine fete.
Let’s us don’t fret, let’s send regrets let’s have a tête-à-tête.

The fire’s a-glow, the lamps are low. Our friends are swell, but, “No!”
Our plans aren’t set. We just won’t go. Let’s tell ‘em,
“Heck, we’d rather stay at home and pet!”

The madding crowd can hiss and boo.
I’d rather kiss and bill and coo.

R.S.V.P.s, soirees and teas; won’t you agree, “Not we!”
Love can be ours if we just dare, give them the air and throw our own affair.


from The State of Swing, released March 29, 2019
The Musicians
Jack Malmstrom: bandleader, tenor saxophone, producer, composer.
Phil Small: piano, assistant producer
Gretje (Kitten) Angell: vocal
Blake Handler: vibraphone, auxiliary percussion
Mark San Filippo: percussion
Bryan Dedlow: guitar
Marcus Buser: bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Rich Wenzel at Ardent Audio Productions in Torrance, California in March 2019.
Sleeve design and printing by letterpress artist Gloria Kondrup.
Music and lyrics copyright 2019 Jack Malmstrom

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Jack's Cats Los Angeles, California

Swing clarinetist and saxman Jack Malmstrom and his Cats recently stepped out of the 1940s into present day Los Angeles to the delight and occasional bewilderment of vintage jazz fans and swing dancers. The Cats maintain an active live schedule holding forth for audiences with hand-picked standards, forgotten gems and original tunes. Their 2019 release "The State of Swing" features 14 originals. ... more

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