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BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend

keberoxu 02 Jul 21 - 09:55 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Jul 21 - 10:10 PM
Donuel 03 Jul 21 - 07:58 AM
Bill D 03 Jul 21 - 11:20 AM
leeneia 03 Jul 21 - 12:02 PM
pattyClink 03 Jul 21 - 12:44 PM
keberoxu 03 Jul 21 - 02:11 PM
Mrrzy 03 Jul 21 - 02:16 PM
pattyClink 03 Jul 21 - 03:03 PM
robomatic 03 Jul 21 - 06:05 PM
Rapparee 03 Jul 21 - 09:16 PM
keberoxu 04 Jul 21 - 10:26 PM
Donuel 05 Jul 21 - 07:35 AM
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Subject: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Jul 21 - 09:55 PM

It isn't every year that
the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday.

Where I am spending the summer,
the party being thrown before sundown
includes invitees who are not only
friends and family,
but their pet dogs.

Presumably the dogs will not participate in the kickball game.

Have a happy one, one and all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jul 21 - 10:10 PM

The new Thundershirt arrived today for Pepper; now if I can keep it in place (not ripped off of her by Cookie who sees every new thing as a toy that she wants to have all to herself).


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 07:58 AM

I celebrate John Phillips Sousa who wrote stars and stripes forever on his return voyage from Europe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 11:20 AM

..and I celebrate his inclusion of the piccolo solo! I played in my high school band, which had 2 excellent players. Sitting 10 ft. from the piccolo solo LIVE is an amazing experience.

But the celebration this year is tempered by my constant awareness of various attempts to undermine the basic principles of what it stands for.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: leeneia
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 12:02 PM

I know, Bill D.

for me, the day has a sad nostalgia. The parents long dead will not be organizing a picnic in the park, with brats and burgers on the grill and home-made potato salad.

The whole family will not be going to the fireworks tonight. Fireworks, heck. The next generations doesn't even answer my e-mails, forget going somewhere with me.
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Donuel, thanks for the link. That piccolo solo is one of my favorite things. Did you know that ragtime and Sousa marches share the technique of starting on the tonic and leaping to the fourth in the next section? I think they share other features too, but I forget what they are.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: pattyClink
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 12:44 PM

I'm going to skip the public festivities, apparently the new virus strain is on the rise in the western states. Also don't feel like dealing with rah-rah militaristic patriotism these days.

Probably have to skip the zoom this week, will be on the road. But I had been thinking about 'songs for the 4th'.   I feel a lot more affection for the varied people of the US, and its magnificent landscapes, then for flag and government.

Long ago I got to hear Frank Jr. at a small club and he did a wonderful performance of a song he said was a favorite of his Dad's. "The House I Live In".   Long years later, I was at a big rest stop on the freeway south of Philly, there was a McDonald's as I recall, and the place was jumping with people traveling here and there, all kinds, a babble of languages, so much energy and variety, the melting pot on the move.   The song started running through my mind.

This is a short that was produced on the subject of 'tolerance'. It was during WWII, and remember black soldiers, and women, were still in segregated outfits. If you don't want to hear Frank Sr. sing something sappy, then give the tolerance lecture, then skip to 7:00 when he actually sings the song.

The House I Live In


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 02:11 PM

The Mudcat/Digitrad has that song, pattyClink, written by
Lewis Allan and Earl Robinson. It's SongID=9758.

There's even a MIDI file.

I haven't listened at the moment because
I remember seeing that short video a long time ago:

"A house that we call Freedom,
The home of Liberty,
But especially the people,
That's America to me."

Thanks for the reminder!


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 02:16 PM

Listening to NPR reading the entire Declaration of Independence is my July 4th thing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: pattyClink
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 03:03 PM

Thanks Donuel, I was glad to see that was the Field Band doing S&SF! What a quality outfit. Their Battle Hymn is pretty superb. For those who haven't seen it:
Battle Hymn of the Republic

Glad The House I Live In is in the Mudcat. So many people have never heard of it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: robomatic
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 06:05 PM

"Be kind to your web-footed friends
For a duck may be somebody's mother!"

Stars'n Stripes Forever is one of those quintessential American songs to me, the other is Sing, Sing, Sing as writted by Louis Prima and performed by Benny Goodman.

And to be sharing the time with friends from across the pond reminds me of a Bicentennial mug I saw in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston:

"SUCCESS
to the crooked but interesting
town of BOSTON"


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Jul 21 - 09:16 PM

Now I shall descend to my Lair, but I wish all a Glorious But Safe And Sane Independence Day (assuming you're in the USA, the rest of you have a great day).


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Jul 21 - 10:26 PM

It's remarkably peaceful where I am staying.
I expected all kinds of booms and bangs.
Now that it is 10:30 PM local time,
and after dark,
I hear some stuff going off ... not bad ...
famous last words??


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Subject: RE: BS: Happy Fourth of July weekend
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Jul 21 - 07:35 AM

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/04/us/nathans-hot-dog-contest-2021-winners-joey-chestnut-michelle-lesco/index.html

I expect all kinds of booms and bangs.


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