Donald R. McClarey

Fireworks Melody

  Something for the Weekend.  I always find the Handel composition Music For the Royal Fireworks (1749) to be stirring.  It was written to celebrate the ending of the War of the Austrian Succession and the signing of the peace

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Columbia the Gem of the Ocean

  Something for the weekend.  Written in 1843, by Thomas a Becket, yeah, the name is correct, with lyrics by David Shaw, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean was probably the most popular patriotic ballad of the Nineteenth Century.  A

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Stars and Stripes Forever

  Something for the weekend.  For a weekend following Flag Day Stars and Stripes Forever seems called for.  Beyond a doubt the best known composition of John Philip Sousa, it is the National March of the United States.  Sousa wrote

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G.I. Jive

    Something for the weekend:  G.I. Jive.  Recorded in 1944 by Johnny Mercer, he intended to write a song that he thought American soldiers would like.  The song was a popular one among the G.I.s.  Here is a rendition

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May the Fourth Be With You

    Something for the weekend.  The Saga Begins by Weird Al Yankovich.  Bonus, hattip to my bride:

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Spring

  Something for the weekend.  Spring Symphony by Robert Schumann.  Written in 1841 it is a fine example of the genius of Schumann, a genius cut short by mental illness, probably caused by a brain tumor.  Schumann left this vale

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Miles Gloriosus

  Something for the weekend.  Bring Me My Bride, perhaps the funniest sequence, in what I regard as one of the funniest films of all time, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  A superb recreation of

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Triumphal March

  Something for the weekend.  The Triumphal March from Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi. A play written in 1971 and set in the Old Kingdom of Egypt, the first part of the March has always struck me as the passing of

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Winter War 46

Something for the weekend.  Finlandia Hymn.  My Bride and I are off to Winter War 46, 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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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

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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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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

Something for the weekend.  Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity from Gustav Holst’s The Planets.

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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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