Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Up To The Mountain: Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

In Favorite Song, Hear this, Life Around Me, Lyrics, Music, People that Rock, Songwriting, United States, You HAVE to on January 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Martin Luther King, Jr Day, 2010 is a day to remember a great man that was used as a vessel for peace and paved the way for global change.  “King’s main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States, which has enabled more Americans to reach their potential.  He is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today.  His name and legacy have often been invoked since his death as people have debated his likely position on various modern political issues.” (wikipedia)

Songwriters often look to reality for inspiration.  Patty Griffin is one of the many to be inspired by Dr. King.  Her song Up To The Mountain was inspired by the last speech he was ever able to deliver – I’ve Been To The Mountain TopRead the rest of this entry »

Merry Christmas

In Life Around Me, Mission Statement, Music, Ponder this, You HAVE to on December 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Merry Christmas to one and all from the Nashville Music Buzz!

Thank God for the many blessings in your life and joy will abound!

I pray that you and yours will remember to celebrate love, peace and grace this holiday season.

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Songwriting 101: The Christmas Song

In Co-writing, Favorite Song, Life Around Me, Lyrics, Music, Music History, Singing, Songwriting on December 14, 2009 at 5:00 am

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..."

The art of writing songs is one of the most captivating subjects for musical zealots.  When written in harmony with a touching melody, simple-everyday-words become lyrics.  Lyrics have the power to transcend generations and geographical boundaries to touch the heart, mind, and soul of the listener.  This is definitely the case for The Christmas Song.

Written in 1944 by vocalist Mel Tormé and Bob Wells, The Christmas Song is often subtitled, “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire.”  According to Tormé’s own account the song was written in the blistering days of summer.
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The Industrial Birth of Labor Day

In Ponder this on September 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

j0441284In honor of Labor Day, I thought it would be good to trace the roots of the holiday.  “As the Industrial Revolution took hold of the nation, the average American in the late 1800s worked 12-hour days, seven days a week in order to make a basic living. Children were also working, as they provided cheap labor to employers and laws against child labor were not strongly enforced,” (history.com).  These working conditions consumed most of the 19th century.

Throughout this time strikes were common place and brought the horrible working conditions to the public eye.  The last straw, the boycott of the Pullman Railway Car by the American Railroad Union in 1894, caused congress to enact the first official Labor Day.  This holiday for workers would fall on the first Monday of September. Read the rest of this entry »

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