Heidi and Phil posted this Saturday evening, May 30, 2020.
Last weekend Phil and I watched the CBS Sunday night movie (memories of childhood Sunday evenings) and the feature was Titanic. It has been 23 years since the premiere and we had forgotten what an amazing movie it was. The theme song has been in my head all week (a very enjoyable ear worm!) and we decided to use My Heart Will Go On as our music offering. Monday I decided it would be a reassuring message for the Covid pandemic we are all dealing with but then Monday evening happened. Now the violence, hate and despair that is happening in our Twin Cities and elsewhere has overshadowed what we previously thought was overwhelming. The occurrences in our wonderful Minnesota cities is not something I can even comprehend. I wish everyone in the entire world could have what we have here…our natural beauty, safety, clean air and water and caring neighbors. How can we fix this? What can we do? Final line…..”You are safe in my heart. And my heart will go on and on.” May everyone be safe tonight, and tomorrow, and on and on…..
Once again, an interesting history to this beautiful patriotic song. The lyrics were written by Katharine Bates and the melody by Samuel Ward. The two never met. In 1893, Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College, was on a train trip to Colorado Springs to teach summer school. She was inspired by so many sights along the way. (An aside…verse 3, alabaster cities refers to the “White City” at the World’s Exhibition in Chicago. Erik Larson wrote an excellent novel called “The Devil in the White City”. I highly recommend it!) The composer, Ward, was on a ferry boat trip to Coney Island on a perfect summer day and was inspired to write the music. In 1910 the lyrics and melody were united to become America the Beautiful. P.s. I wish this song was our national anthem!
In 1974, my senior year at LHS (and a mighty fine one it was!), there was a song that won Academy, Grammy, and Golden Globe awards. The Way We Were. The theme song for a romantic period movie starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford (how can you go wrong there!). And of course, sung by the amazing Barbra. Somehow, this seems the right choice for this week. “so it’s the laughter, we will remember…..the way we were.” And we are still laughing! stay healthy, stay happy!