Just For Fun


Something for the weekend.  I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Rube Goldberg devices, and the Swedish musical group Wintergatan has constructed one of the most amusing, running on 2000 marbles.

Published in: on January 12, 2019 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Star Trek the Music

Something for the weekend:  Star Trek Mega Suite.  Something easy to star off the year, various Star Trek musical themes.

Published in: on January 5, 2019 at 7:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Something for the weekend.  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer sung by Gene Autry.  Rudolph first appeared in a coloring book written and drawn by Robert L. May in 1939 as a Christmas giveaway by Montgomery Ward.  The tale of Rudoplph proved immensely popular with kids, with the coloring book still being in print and sold more than seven decades latter.  The famous song was written by Johnny Marks, a song writer and world war 2 combat veteran.  It was first sung by Harry Brannon in November 1949, shortly before the singing cowboy, Gene Autry, performed his immortal rendition. (more…)

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Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.

Isaiah 7:14



Something for the Christmas weekend.  Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming.  Written by the ever prolific composer Anonymous in 16th century Germany, it quickly became a favorite hymn of both Catholics and Protestants in that time and land of religious strife, and that is a good message for Christmas. (more…)

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Te Deum

Something for the weekend.  Right after Thanksgiving, Haydn’s Te Deum Number 2 in C seemed appropriate.

Published in: on November 24, 2018 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Te Deum  
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Uber Alles?

Something for the weekend.  The day after the date which commemorates the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Fall of the Berlin Wall the song could only be Das Lied der Deutschen, the national anthem of Germany since 1922.  A magnificent people, the Germans have not infrequently found themselves in the forefront of events disastrous for the West and for them. 




Once all the Germans were warlike and mean,
But that couldn’t happen again.
We taught them a lesson in 1918
And they’ve hardly bothered us since then.

Tom Lehrer, The MLF Lullaby

On the other hand, there is much to say in favor of a people whose national anthem celebrates wine, women and song!

Although the verse that celebrates these magnificent aspects of life, and the first verse with uber alles, are not part of the official national anthem that contains only the third verse.

1. Germany, Germany above all
Above everything in the world
When, always, for protection and defense
Brothers stand together.
From the Maas to the Memel
From the Etsch to the Belt,
Germany, Germany above all
Above all in the world.

2. German women, German fidelity,
German wine and German song,
Shall retain, throughout the world,
Their old respected fame,
To inspire us to noble deeds
For the length of our lives.
German women, German fidelity,
German wine and German song.

3. Unity and right and freedom
For the German Fatherland;
Let us all strive to this goal
Brotherly, with heart and hand.
Unity and rights and freedom
Are the pledge of fortune grand.
Prosper in this fortune’s glory,
Prosper German fatherland.





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For All the Saints


Something for the weekend.  For All the Saints. written by William W. How in 1864.  How would go to be an Anglican suffragan Bishop of London, who tirelessly, and successfully, ministered to the poor in the dreadful slums of East End.  It has become a popular hymn among most Christian denominations.

1. For all the saints, who from their labours rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

2. Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

3. For the Apostles’ glorious company,
Who bearing forth the Cross o’er land and sea,
Shook all the mighty world, we sing to Thee:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

4. O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

5. For the Evangelists, by whose blest word,
Like fourfold streams, the garden of the Lord,
Is fair and fruitful, be Thy Name adored.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

6. For Martyrs, who with rapture kindled eye,
Saw the bright crown descending from the sky,
And seeing, grasped it, Thee we glorify.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

7. O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

8. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

9. The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

10. But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

11. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

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Would You Rather Be a Colonel with an Eagle on Your Shoulder or a Private with a Chicken On Your Knee?


Something for the weekend.   Would You Rather Be a Colonel with an Eagle on Your Shoulder or a Private with a Chicken On Your Knee?  The American involvement in World War I produced an immense amount of music, much of it ephemeral.  Thus it was with this briefly very popular tune, before it fell into deep obscurity, which claimed that privates had more fun in the Army than colonels, a tell tale sign that the lyricist, Archie Gottler, did not serve as a private in the Army.  “Chicken” was 1918 slang for a young lady, a term that would later be shortened to “Chick”.

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String Quartet Number Four


Something for the weekend.  George Whitefield Chadwick’s String Quartet Number Four (1895).  Chadwick was perhaps the finest representative of what has come to be called the Second New England School of composers.   I have always regarded this composition as the realist movement in Art set to music.

Published in: on October 20, 2018 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on String Quartet Number Four  
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Autumn Song


Something for the weekend.  The Seasons:  October (Autumn Song) by Peter Illych Tchaikovsky.  Lots of  Autumn showers spurring on rapid leaf changes of color this week in Central Illinois, and this song seems appropriate.


Published in: on October 13, 2018 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Autumn Song  
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