This Week’s Musical Selection from Heidi Dybing

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!

This Week’s Musical Selection from Heidi Dybing

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!  

This Week’s Musical Selection from Heidi Dybing

Jean Sibelius was a Finnish composer, born in 1865.  He was one of many political protesters of his time.  Finlandia is the last of his seven pieces written and performed to protest against the Russian Empire’s increasing influence on the Finnish people.  Because of censorship by the Russians, each time an orchestra performed the piece, the title was changed.  One name was Happy Feeling at the Awakening of Spring.  That fits now!
In 1900 Sibelius arranged the orchestral piece for solo piano.  We also know it today as the hymn “Be Still, My Soul”.  
I chose this piece for Mothers’s Day weekend to honor my Mother.  She was my piano teacher and was especially fond of this classical piece.  
Happy Mothers’ Day all! And happy spring!