It was compared to flying; "take off" was a signal to start a solo. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Acoustical Society of America. Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime. The "dah" anticipates, or leads into, the "DUM. Its Computational and Transcultural Foundations".
Rosa. Age: 29.
They described a kinetic quality to the music.
Phoebe. Age: 25.
Swing (jazz performance style)
Perhaps the best answer, after all, was supplied by the hep-cat who rolled her eyes, stared into the far-off and sighed, "You can feel it, but you just can't explain it. In music, the term swing has two main uses. Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal.