Messianic Prophecies: Wisdom 2: 12-20

      Something for the weekend.  O Come, O Come Emmanuel.  We start Advent tomorrow, and my thoughts have been turning to the many messianic prophecies in the Old Testament that are applicable to Christ.  I do not think

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Chester

Something for the weekend.  Chester,  America’s unofficial national anthem during the American Revolution.  Written by William Billings in 1770, he added new lyrics to the song in 1778 and transformed it into a battle hymn for the Patriots in their war for

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Shenandoah

Something for the weekend.  The haunting American folk song Shenandoah.  The above version is by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Here is a fine violin version by the Irish group Celtic Woman:

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Sam Grant, the Beatles and the Internet

I feel that we are on the eve of a new era, when there is to be great harmony between the Federal and Confederate. I cannot stay to be a living witness to the correctness of this prophecy; but I

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Te Deum, Triumphalism and History

Something for the weekend.  Te Deum (To God) sung by the Benedictine monks of Saint Maurice and Saint Maur.  A song sung by Catholics in moments of triumph and thanksgiving, it was probably written by Saint Nicetas in the late

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Over There

When I was 12 or so, my father picked up a newly released album of World War One music entitled, after the most famous American song of the war, Over There. It is now long out of print (though still

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Saving Civilization One Word at a Time

            For the end of the world was long ago, And all we dwell today As children of some second birth, Like a strange people left on earth After a judgment day. For the end

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Get Off the Track!

Something for the weekend.  Get Off The Track! by the Hutchinson Family Singers, a family group of singers who were very popular in the North during the 1840’s, 1850’s and 1860’s.  They were fiery abolitionists and this song became the

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The Irish Volunteer

Something for the weekend.  The Irish Volunteer.  A mainstay of the Union armies in the eastern theater during the Civil War were Irish Americans who volunteered in huge numbers to fight.  This song was popular among the men who fought

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Lilies of the Field

      Something for the weekend.  The closing “Amen sequence” from the film Lillies of the Field (1963).  The film was based on Williamn Edmund Barrett’s novel of the same name which was inspired by his admiration for  the Benedictine

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Waltzing Matilda

      Something for the weekend.  A first rate vido explaining the rollicking song Waltzing Matilda to those of us who do not speak Australian.  🙂

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Remember

Something for the weekend.  Scenes from the American Revolution set to the music of the film National Treaure.  This Fourth of July weekend we should recall our heritage, especially the eight long years of war it took to achieve American independence. 

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Scotland the Brave

Something for the weekend.  Scotland the Brave.  The tune is only from the early 20th Century.  The lyrics are frankly forgettable compared to the grandeur of the song so I will not repeat them here.  Instead, time for a little

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O’, I’m a Good Old Rebel

Something for the weekend.  O’, I’m a Good Old Rebel by Major James Randolph.  This rendition is sung by Bobby Horton, who has fought a one man crusade to bring Civil War music to modern audiences.  It is the most

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Triumphal March

Something for the weekend.  Triumphal March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.

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Holst the Planets: Neptune the Mystic

  Something for the weekend.  Neptune the Mystic from Gustav Holst‘s The Planets.  A very mellow piece of music for what I hope will be a mellow weekend.

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Keynes vs. Hayek, Round Two

Russ Roberts and friends have come out with another Keynes vs. Hayek rap video: The production values on this are great, and I like the noir look they’ve got with, but I have to admit I slightly prefer their original:

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What Wondrous Love is This?

  Something for the weekend.  What Wondrous Love is This? and the Pieta.  After Michelangelo completed it and had the Pieta moved to display it, the workmen who did it refused to accept a penny for their hard labor, saying

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Lilliburlero

Something for the weekend.   The lilting strains of Lilliburlero from the classic movie Barry Lyndon (1975).  The song originated during the Not So Glorious Revolution of 1688, after the usurper William of Holland, with the help of English traitors, chased James II,

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Charlemagne

    Something for the weekend.  Charlemagne by the endlessly talented folks at music for history lovers, sung to the tune of Call Me by Blondie. Charles the Great.  He found the crown of the Roman emperors lying in the

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1988: Best Year Ever!

Advisory Warning: The video is rated R for skimpy clothing and suggestive sexual behavior.  Youth should receive permission from their mother or father to view this video. I’m a sucker for anything ’80s as you can tell, but you have

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Viva Roma No. V!

  Something for the weekend.  From those endlessly talented folks at History for Music Lovers, Viva Roma No. V to the tune of Mambo No. 5. Civis Romanus sum said Saint Paul, or its Greek equivalent, and even while Christians were

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Hannibal and 16 Tons

Something for the weekend.  A song about Hannibal to the tune of 16 Tons.   Hattip to Hank at Eclectic Meanderings.  I have read quite a bit about the Punic Wars, but I have never seen information on them conveyed more fetchingly than

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Shiloh’s Hill

Something for the weekend.  Shiloh’s Hill.  This moving song on the battle of Shiloh is based on a poem written by M. G. Smith who fought in the battle with Company C, 2nd Texas Volunteer Infantry.  The song is performed

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The Vacant Chair

Something for the weekend.  The incomparable Kathy Mattea singing the Civil War song The Vacant Chair.  Originally written in 1862 to commemorate Second Lieutenant John William Grout, 15th Massachusetts, who was killed at age eighteen at Ball’s Bluff, one of the early battles of

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Marines’ Hymn

Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world.? But the Marines don’t have that problem. Ronald Reagan Something for the weekend.  The oldest of the official songs of a branch of the

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O Holy Night

     Something for the weekend.  O Holy Night.  The rendition above is done by Celtic Woman.  The hymn was written in 1847 by Placide Cappeau at the request of his parish priest.  The English version was written by John Sullivan

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Katyusha

Something for the weekend.  Katyusha, one of the more beautiful songs from the late and unlamented Soviet Union.  Here is a rendition by the Red Army choir:  

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Rocky Top

Something for the weekend.  I have never been particularly fond of Country and Western music, a musical genre that my late parents perhaps overdosed me on as I was growing up.  However, I have always been fond of the rollicking

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Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead

Something for the weekend.  For some unfathomable reason, this weekend seemed the time for the song Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead. The video of the beginning of the post is of course a version of Ella Fitzgerald’s, a songstress

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Chester

Something for the weekend.  Chester by William Billings.  During the American Revolution, this was the unofficial national anthem for the new United States.  As we participate in elections it is good to recall the struggles throughout our history that bequeathed to

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Army of the Free

Something for the weekend.  Army of the Free, one of the more rousing of the Civil War songs.  Sung by Bobby Horton who has waged a one man crusade to bring the music of the Civil War to modern audiences.

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Conquest

Something for the weekend.  Conquest theme from the 1947 film Captain From Castile.  As all University of Southern California alums know, the work was composed by Alfred Newman who bequeathed all rights in the work to the University to play at

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