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Massed Fife and Drum Corps – A Deep River July Tradition

July 17, 2011

Reposted from today’s Rocky Hill Historical Society web page:

58th Annual Deep River Ancient Muster-Massed Fife and Drum Corps-July16, 2011

Everyone loves a parade and what can be more appropriate for a parade than a fife and drum corps marching smartly down the street, banners and flags unfurled. Better yet, how about several hundred fifers and drummers in a mass parade through a sleepy Connecticut river town.

That is the scene on the third Saturday of every July when the annual Deep River Ancient Muster, a Connecticut tradition since 1885 convenes. Of this massing of drum corps an excited newspaper reporter, in a contemporary account, exclaimed;

“The noise shook green apples off the trees, moved a frog onto the railroad track, jolted nails out of the shingles in the roofs, and the hens in the poultry yards along the route laid premature eggs in fright.”

Read more of this interesting article from Time magazine: Time Aug 03, 1970

Video Credit: L.E.Agnelli

The Middletown Press printed an article with video by Claire Michalewicz about the muster:

“DEEP RIVER – The sound of drums was hard to miss in Deep River on Saturday, as 60 fife and drum corps marched down Main Street to Devitt Field for the 58th Annual Deep River Ancient Muster. Once there, the corps performed one by one for hours into the evening…The festivities started with a “tattoo” on Friday night, with a smaller group of corps performing on the field. On Saturday morning, all the participating corps lined up on Main Street and marched down the street to Devitt Field. One by one, they participated in “jollification” – stepping out onto the baseball diamond and performing a few short pieces before the judges and audience…”

Video Credit: Claire Michalewicz, Middletown Press

Stephen Foster and Hard Times: Born on the Fourth of July

July 4, 2010

Stephen Collins Foster was born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania,now part of Pittsburgh, on the Fourth of July in 1826. That was a most important Fourth; it marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It was on that day too that the second and third presidents died – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

(John Tasker Howard)

(born July 4, 1826, Lawrenceville, Pa., U.S. — died Jan. 13, 1864, New York, N.Y.) U.S. songwriter. He began writing songs as a child, influenced in part by black church services he attended with the family’s servant and by songs sung by black labourers. In 1842 he published “Open Thy Lattice, Love,” and in 1848 he sold “Oh! Susanna” for $100; it quickly became an international hit. He later entered into a contract with the publisher Firth, Pond & Co. He was commissioned to write songs for Edwin P. Christy’s minstrel show; his “Old Folks at Home” became one of the most popular songs of the century. In 1857, drinking heavily and in financial difficulties, he sold all rights to his future songs to his publishers for about $1,900. In 1860 he moved to New York; he died penniless at age 37, leaving about 200 songs, including “Camptown Races,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Beautiful Dreamer,” and he is universally regarded as the greatest American songwriter of the 19th century. Source

Oh, Susanna! Stephen Foster's Greatest Hit!


Oh, Susanna! sung by Pete Seeger: Oh, Susanna

“So far as is known, only one song has ever made the Hit Parade eighty-seven years after it was written and seventy-seven years after the death of its composer. That song is Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair by Stephen Collins foster. In 1940 and ’41, when the broadcasters and the American society of composers, Authors, and Publishers were feuding, the radio suddenly discovered Jeanie. She was sung, she was played as a ballad, an aria, a chorus, a fantasy, a ballet, a foxtrot, a swing tune. It is a safe wager that during those two years Foster’s ballad had more performances and was heard by more people than in all the years since its creation. The wonder is that it survived such mauling, that it has not departed into Limbo together with Yes, We Have No Bananas and the Hut Sut Song…Deems Taylor, in the forward to A Treasury of Stephen Foster; Random House, New York; 1946. The illustrations here are from that book and are by William Sharp.

Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair-Sung by Jan Degaetani: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair

Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair

Hard Times Hard Times was the second of the two songs which were based on fragments of folk songs which Stephen heard as a child in the Negro church where the family nurse, Olivia Pise, worshipped. Hard Times was published in January of 1855, four and a half years later than the other song of Negro derivation. Oh Boys, Carry Me ‘Long, and its words were tragically prophetic, for it became one of the songs that Foster sang most frequently in his last days, when “hard times” were on him in full force indeed”

Hard Times Come Again No More

Here is Hard Times.. sung by Renee Fleming and Garrison Keillor:
Hard Times Come Again No More Garrison Keillor-Renee Fleming

…And, another version by Emmylou Harris:
Hard Times [Come Again No More Emmylou Harris

How Well Do You Know Our National Anthem?

June 10, 2010

I was surprised today to learn about the additional verses to “The Star Spangled Banner” written by Francis Scott Key in 1814.  An impromptu, yet stirring, rendition of the seldom sung fourth verse was voiced at a recent Tea Party gathering by former marine Louis ? : (video here)  Amazing!

Here is the text of verse four which we hear in the video:

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

Here’s a photo of sheet music cover.
Lots more history on our National Anthem here (Wikipedia)
Here is an MP3  complete version by Doug Alan Wilcox of Frederick MD.

Obama’s Subtle Hustle, Smooth as Mother’s Butter

October 13, 2008

“In the Name of Obama, Amen!

“I Will Follow Him”: Obama as My Personal Jesus is the title of an article in the Sept 18 issue of “The Sophian”, a student run newspaper at Smith College in Northampton MA. Asst. Features Editor Maggie Mertens, who penned the piece, opens with:

Obama is my homeboy. And I’m not saying that because he’s black – I’m saying that in reference to those Urban Outfitters t-shirts from a couple years ago that said, “Jesus is my homeboy.” Yes, I just said it. Obama is my Jesus.

You can read the rest here.

More on the Obamamessiah:

Is Barack Obama the Messiah?

Obama: Messiah of the Braindead

ConservativePunk

One wonders, is there any rational thought remaining on the Left? Clutch has figured out just how malleable are the Obamamaniacs. The clever lyric from their song “Subtle Hustle” is excerpted below: Subtle Hustle – Clutch MP3 1:06

Back again with a quickness, pick it up, pick it up.
Master arithmeticness, light it up, light it up.
I got the heat in both feets, snake handler’s hands.
Come back with slickness and do it all again.

My subtle hustle, smooth as mother’s butter.
I let it ride on, I let it ride on.

Now I’m the media’s darling, pick it up, pick it up.
An international phenomenon, light it up, light it up.
I cause eclipses with a wave of the hand.
Let them hang in ellipses and do it all again.

My subtle hustle, smooth as mother’s butter.
I let it ride on, I let it ride on.

I got your number. I steal your thunder.
I got your mother’s maiden name tattooed on my arm.

I drive out daemons. Can I hear an Amen?
Now say my name.
Lay hands on screaming heathens. And do it all again.

My subtle hustle, smooth as mother’s butter.
I let it ride on, I let it ride on.

La Scala Drinks the Goracle Kool Aid….

June 3, 2008

Sad news from La Scala in Milan: (from AP)
MILAN, Italy (AP) – First it was the film and the book. Now the next stop for Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is opera. La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house.
Fortunately the opera won’t appear, if ever, unti 2011. By that time, hopefully, Al Gore’s alarmism will prove to be unwarranted and his crackpot theories will have been exposed for the fraud that they are.

In the meantime we present this modest proposal for La Scala and Signr. Battistelli:

Il mondo Nuovo Secondo il Goracle
(opera in diversi atti nefasto)

Di Londra che brucia! Di Londra che brucia!

In tutta la città, tutta la notte
Tutti con la guida completa fari
Bianco o nero che a sua volta, affrontare la nuova religione
Everybody’s seduta ’round guardare la televisione!

Lbretto:

Il Goracle: (Basso-Baritone)
Ho inventato Internet. Come l’uomo più intelligente del mondo portare prima di una visione del mondo catastrofe, un mondo soffocamento nel proprio gas di scarico.

1a prostituta: N. Pelosi (Mezzo Soprano)
Fare la tua offerta O Goracle; a portare l’America in ginocchio; a “level playing field “per tutte le nazioni; ad imposta nel dimenticatoio noi con i nostri” cappuccio e il commercio “regime.

2a prostituta: B. Boxer (Soprano)
E ‘sui nostri bambini, sui loro figli, e circa il pianeta che abbiamo ereditato.

il Salvatore: J. McCain (Tenor)
Vorrei ripulire il pianeta, farò il riscaldamento globale una priorità.

Risposta pubblico, gettando la frutta: Basta Cretini

h/t: Scott Thong

Hartford Vets Day Parade Sunday Nov 4

October 31, 2007

Vets for Freedom (VFF) will be a new addition to this year’s parade. The details:

Parade 2007 – Hartford, CT’s 2007 Veterans Day Parade is orchestrated by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Each year their work brings the response of attendees and participants from across Connecticut and throughout Massachusetts. An estimated 25,000 – 40, 000 viewers line the parade route and this year will be entertained and have their spirit of national pride lifted by some 40 Veterans groups, 25 marching bands, and 96 marching units made up of 3,5000 people from almost 50 Connecticut towns and cities.

The Veterans Day Parade this year will be held a full week ahead of the official National Veterans Day . The Veterans’ Day Parade in Hartford, CT, 2007 will beheld on Sunday, November 4 beginning at 1 p.m. in the downtown area. This year’s parade will feature government figures like Hartford Mayor Perez , small units from the CT. Sons of the American Revolution and more sizable marching bands from the University of Connecticut and University of New Haven Marching Band and Color Guard.

Drum and Fife and Pipe and Drum divisions will add variety to the musical offerings. Civic and business representatives will also provide some local interest and color .

Special Features. In addition to the large number of marching units and participants the Veterans’ Day Parade in Hartford, CT 2007 offers several special features . The crowd will have the opportunity to view parade participants who are also inductees into the CT Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Those attending will find the parade all the more memorable for as everyone comes to attention for a shared moment of silence, the tolling of the Center Church Bell, the singing of the national anthem and a climactic A-10 flyover.

The Veterans’ Day Parade in Hartford, CT in 2007 may well resemble other parades of other years, but this year there are a number of Connecticut units home from overseas duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. The opportunity to honor those newest veterans is likely to be sufficient to swell the customarily large crowds and to raise everyone’s consciousness of how much we truly owe to those who take up the uniform and the flag in the name of peace and democracy.

Pic: 2006 parade with Governor’s Horse Guards in the vanguard.

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Woody Guthrie Program: Global Woody 9/28

September 27, 2007

Wesleyan Ph.D candidate Jorge Arevalo Mateus is presenting a multi-media program entitled “Global Woody” at the Green Street Arts Center on Fri. Sept 28, 8PM. The Wesleyan Connection news site reports:


Global Woody will examine (Woody) Guthrie’s continuing influence through a multimedia presentation that contains music, film and rare archival material. Included in the presentation will be a live musical performance by Tao Rodriguez Seeger. Arévalo Mateus will also speak about the process of producing a historical recording of Woody Guthrie released Sept. 6.

Photo below is of Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Pete Seeger’s grandson. who will be performing at the event.

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More information about the recording at : http://www.woodyguthrie.org/

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