Donald R. McClarey

Ode to Freedom

Something for the weekend.  Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conducted by the late Leonard Bernstein, in the city of Berlin a few weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall.   It was a grand time to be alive.

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Perry Mason Theme Song

Something for the weekend.  Few television shows have had a more distinctive theme song than Perry Mason. Fred Steiner wrote the song known as Park Avenue Beat. The tune was written in a jazzy style because he expected Mason to

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O’ For a Muse of Fire

  Something for a weekend.  Soundtrack to Henry V (1989).  Hard to believe that it has been three decades since the release of Kenneth Branagh’s masterful take on Shakespeare’s celebration of England’s greatest warrior king.  Bonus:  Henry pondering whether asserting

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Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

  Something for the weekend. Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.  I have always loved this Protestant hymn.  In 1856 Dudley Atkins Tyng was removed as pastor from the Episcopalian Church of the Epiphany in Philadelphia due to his fervent

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The Sand Pebbles

  It is said there will be no more war. We must pretend to believe that. But when war comes, it is we who will take the first shock and buy time with our lives. It is we who keep

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Dragnet

Something for the weekend.  Dragnet theme song performed by Ray Anthony and his orchestra in 1953.  Bonus:  My favorite Joe Friday speech:  

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Autumn Leaves

Something for the weekend.  Autumn Leaves (1945) composed by Joseph Kosma with English lyrics by Johnny Mercer.  Sung by the unforgettable Nat King Cole, it is a good welcome for Autumn, my favorite season of the year.  

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100 Things Every Man Should Know

  For the weekend.  100 Things to Remember (1999) by the late great Tim Wilson.  My bride has described it as The Gods of the Copybook Headings for hillbillies.

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Adagio For Strings Tribute to the Victims of 9-11

  Something for the weekend. Samuel Barber’s Adagio For Strings tribute to the victims of 9-11.  Never forget.

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Don’t Fear the Reaper

  Something for the weekend.  Don’t Fear the Reaper (1976) by Blue Oyster Cult.  Ever find a song so catchy that you like it even if you find the lyrics appalling?  That is me and this paean to suicide that

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On the Waterfront

  Something for the weekend.  Symphonic suite from On the Waterfront (1954).

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The Swamp Fox

“[a]s for this damned old fox, the Devil himself could not catch him.” British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton after fruitlessly pursuing Marion twenty-five miles through swamps.     Something for the weekend.  The Swamp Fox theme song from the Disney

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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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