Spanish Ladies

 

Something for the weekend.  Spanish Ladies.  One of the most popular of sea shanties, it was written circa 1796, by that most prolific of all authors Anonymous, an artifact of the French Revolutionary wars.  It quickly became popular among American sailors.

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August 23, 1864: Secret Cabinet Memo

We are Coming Father Abraham, written by Stephen Foster in 1862.  Few songs better conveyed Northern determination to win the War.  However, by August 1864 that determination seemed to be wearing thin.

 

With the War stalled both East and West Union morale was faltering.  On August 22, 1864 Lincoln received a letter from Republican party chairman Henry J. Raymond suggesting that Lincoln offer peace terms to Jefferson Davis on the sole term of acknowledgement of the supremacy of the Constitution with slavery to be dealt with at a later date.   Lincoln’s morale remained unshaken, but he was a veteran politician and could read the political tea leaves as well as any political prognosticator.  That he read defeat in the tea leaves is demonstrated by what has become known as The Blind Memorandum.  Lincoln sealed this document and on August 23, 1864 asked his cabinet officers to sign it unread.  They complied.  Here is the text:

This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected. Then it will be my duty to so co-operate with the President elect, as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such ground that he can not possibly save it afterwards.

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Aretha Franklin: Requiescat in Pace

 

Something for the weekend.  I Say A Little Prayer, sung by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.  She died this week at age 76, leaving behind a body of work that will give joy to generations to come, and that is not a bad legacy.

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The Untouchables: Death Theme

 

Something for the weekend.  The Death Theme from The Untouchables (1987).  With all the news about Chicago violence this week, my thoughts have turned to this wonderful, albeit ahistorical, movie.  The music by Ennio Morricone is wonderfully evocative of time and place.  The sad and powerful music recalls for me the line from The Lord of The Rings It is a sad thing to be a Man, but it is a proud thing too.

 

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On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away

 

 

Indiana:  The Mother of Vice Presidents

 

 

 

Something for the weekend.  On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away.  The state song of Indiana since 1913, the song has fallen into obscurity thanks to the popularity of Back Home Again in Indiana, a song often erroneously thought, at least by non-Hoosiers, to be the state song of Indiana.  My family and I will be crossing the mighty Wabash on our way back home today from Gen Con in Indianapolis.

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Die Wacht am Rhein

Something for the weekend.  Die Wacht am Rhein (The Watch on the Rhine.)  A patriotic song popular in Germany in the 19th and first half of the 20th century.

 

 

The rendition most popular to American audiences:

 

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June is Bustin’ Out All Over

Something for the weekend.  June is Bustin’ Out All Over (1956).  Central Illinois is experiencing a very pleasant June weather wise.  I became familiar with this song as a child listening to it being played on the Captain Kangaroo Show.  Leslie Uggams gave a memorable rendition in 1968:

 

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A Time For Us

Count Marc Antonio Verano:

For 70 years,
I've watched the seasons change.
I've seen the vibrant life of summer,
the brilliant death of fall...
the silent grave of winter.
And then, I've seen
the resurrection of spring,
the glorious birth of new life.
And my father and my father's father
have seen it before me.
Nothing ever dies, my friend.
You don't believe that,
do you?

 Andrea Orsini:
I don't have your wisdom,
my lord.
I believe that I was born
and that I must die...
and that I must make the best of what
lies between the two extremes.
Screenplay, Prince of Foxes (1949)



 

 

 

 

 

Something for the weekend.  A Time For Us, also known as The Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (1968) and What is a Youth. Written by Henry Mancini for Franco Zeffirelli’s take on Shakespeare’s immortal tale of doomed love.  I know of no other song that better conveys the passage of time, and what a joyous, sad and wondrous thing the life that God grants us is.

 

 

 

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Salve Regina

Something for the weekend.  Salve Regina.  A hymn to Mary whose origins are lost in the historical mists of the Middle Ages in the Eleventh Century.  Catholics regard May as the month of Mary and thus this song is appropriate.  I have always loved it.

 

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A Little Traveling Music

British Soldier:
You call yourself a patriot, and loyal subject to the Crown?

Hawkeye:
I do not call myself subject to much at all.

 

Something for the weekend.  On a road trip today to pick up our daughter from library school at Dominican and music from Last of the Mohicans (1992) seems appropriate.  Rarely have I heard music that gives a better sense of movement.

 

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