Donald R. McClarey

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

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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

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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

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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.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

  “folks don’t like to have somebody around knowin’ more than they do. It aggravates ’em. You’re not gonna change any of them by talkin’ right, they’ve got to want to learn themselves, and when they don’t want to learn

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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

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Adagio for Strings

  Something for the weekend.  Adagio for Strings (1936) by Samuel Barber.  It gets my vote for the most powerful piece of music to come out of the last century.  It perfectly mirrors my feelings of anger, despair and hope

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Rhapsody In Blue

  Something for the weekend.  Rhapsody in Blue (1924).  George Gershwin had a brief life of 38 years.  What he could have accomplished musically with a longer life span is a sad might have been.

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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

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The Untouchables: Death Theme

Something for the weekend.  The Death Theme from The Untouchables (1987).  Two posts about Chicago violence this week and my thoughts have turned to this wonderful, albeit ahistorical, movie.  The music by Ennio Morricone is wonderfully evocative of time and

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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

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On Vacation 2018

  Something for the weekend:  Holiday Road.  I am on vacation with my family until August 5. My internet connection in the coming week will range from intermittent to non-existent. That is now by choice.  In the past it was not,

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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 familiar to American audiences:  

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The Incredibles

Something for the weekend.  The theme song from The Incredibles (2004).  My bride and I saw The Incredibles with our kids back in 2004 and greatly enjoyed it.  We will be seeing Incredibles 2 this weekend with our now adult

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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

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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. 

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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

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General Benjamin Butler

    Something for the weekend.  General Butler sung by Bobby Horton who wages a one man crusade to bring authentic Civil War music to modern audiences.  Butler was cordially hated by the South due to his tenure as military

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Jester Song

Something for the weekend.  The Jester Song from the Danny Kaye flick The Court Jester (1955).  In an age of truly unfunny comics it is a pleasure to  watch a true comedic genius at work.     Of course I

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I Hate Snow

Something for the weekend.  I Hate Snow.  Courtesy of Winter Storm Uma my little slice of Central Illinois is under a winter storm advisory today.  This after a week of spring like weather.  Depressing, but such is life in the

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Just As I Am

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. Billy Graham       Something for the weekend.  On the week in which Billy Graham died there can only be one song: 

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Hail to the Chief

Something for the weekend.  Hail to the Chief.         The Presidential anthem, it was written by James Sanderson in 1812 and became associated with the Presidency in 1815 to honor George Washington and the ending of the

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K-K-K-K-Katy

Something for the weekend.  K–K-K-K-Katy, one of the more popular songs of 1918.  Our times do not have a monopoly on silly music.  Kids were still singing this in the Sixties when I was growing up.    

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Winter War 45

Something for the weekend.  Finlandia Hymn.  My Bride and I are off to Winter War 45, a war gaming and rpg convention that I have been attending since 1976.  Go here to read about it.  We usually pick up some new

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Glory Music

We bide our chance, Unhappy, and make terms with Fate A little more to let us wait; He leads for aye the advance, Hope’s forlorn-hopes that plant the desperate good For nobler Earths and days of manlier mood; James Russell

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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 weekend.  Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming. 

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Turkey in the Straw

“I have lately made an Experiment in Electricity that I desire never to repeat. Two nights ago being about to kill a Turkey by the Shock from two large Glass Jarrs containing as much electrical fire as forty common Phials,

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That Old Black Magic

Something for the weekend.  The incomparable Ella Fitzgerald singing That Old Black Magic, which was written in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, with music by Harold Arlen, and which seems appropriate on this pre-Halloween weekend.           It

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Of Rainy Days and Mondays

    Something for the weekend.  Rainy Days and Mondays (1971).  Lots of rain here in Central Illinois this week as October comes in quite wet.  The Carpenters, siblings Richard and Karen, recorded this song in 1971, and it was

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How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down On the Farm?

    Something for the weekend.   How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down On the Farm?  With music by Walter Donaldson and words by Joe Young and Sam M. Lewis, the humorous song became immensely popular in 1919, especially with troops

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Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Something for the weekend.  Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.  Written in 1844 by Henry Alford, a Church of England rector, it quickly became a favorite hymn throughout the English speaking world.   My village of Dwight, Illinois is having its

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