Today I listened to a delightful program on NPR called American Anthem. Among the songs that the show profiled were:
- The Star Spangled Banner (naturally)
- America The Beautiful
- Fanfare for the Common Man, by Aaron Copeland
- Born in the USA
- God Bless The USA
- America, by Simon & Garfunkel
- This Land is Your Land
- The Times They Are a-Changing
- Get Together, as performed by the Youngbloods
- Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, Op. 95, B. 178, by Antonín Dvořák
Sometimes, a song isn’t just a song: It’s shorthand for an idea. Some songs can rouse and rally huge masses of people at once, whether they’re chanting in a stadium, marching in the streets or sweating it out on the dance floor.American Anthem: The Playlist. (2019, July 01). Retrieved July 4, 2019, from https://www.npr.org/2019/07/01/736718887/american-anthem-the-playlist
NPR has put together a playlist that not only includes the songs listed above but also songs that have reached “anthemic status.”
I think that this playlist should include Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” What other songs do you think should be included?
Glad tidings and blessings to all!
The two holidays that celebrate the divinity of Christ—the divinity that’s the very heart of the Jewish rejection of Christianity—and what does Irving Berlin do? He de-Christs them both! Easter, he turns into a fashion show [Easter Parade] and Christmas into a holiday about snow [White Christmas].
That quote from Phillip Roth begins Marc Tracy’s article “From ‘Winter Wonderland’ to ‘White Christmas,’ the Top Ten Christmas Songs Written by Jews” in Tablet magazine and quite frankly, I can’t think of a better way to begin this post.
I’ve assembled a playlist of the de-Christed secularized Christmas songs listed in Tracy’s article:
There’s plenty of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra here, but the one video that catches my eye and ear is the video of Mel Tormé and the one, the only Judy Garland singing The Christmas Song (aka Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), which Tormé co-wrote with Bob Wells. Who knew? I didn’t even know that Mel Tormé was Jewish.
If you want to listen to Nat “King” Cole’s iconic rendition of The Christmas Song, visit #MusicMonday Nat “King” Cole “The #Christmas Song”.
Tracy, M. (2016, December 09). From ‘Winter Wonderland’ to ‘White Christmas,’ the Top Ten Christmas Songs Written by Jews. Retrieved December 21, 2018, from https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/music/22910/have-yourself-a-jewish-little-christmas
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