Wanted to send a short message and hope everyone is well and recuperating after a festive July 4th. The 4th is my favorite holiday since it stands for patriotism, independence, freedom, and love of country. Symbols of fireworks and marches can’t be beat..in my opinion.
MUSIC…Thanksgiving celebrations bring out the tradition of Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie..:) July 4th is Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney. It’s the life story of George M. Cohan, the first nonmilitary recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He authored “Over There”, “Yankee Doodle Boy”, “Grand Old Flag” and thousands more. I only wish he and his music were remembered more during our modern times. It amazes me how difficult finding sheet music of his compositions is. He was a remarkable musical genius.
I had a chance to play in a concert band during festivities yesterday (July 4). No July 4th is complete without Cohan tunes, in my opinion. And, of course, the concert ended with Stars & Stripes Forever. John Phillip Sousa and George M. Cohan….heart be still. 🙂
Thanks for reading. Hope everyone is doing well.
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