Today is an anniversary of special significance for many U.S. citizens. There have been two previous posts by Katie Rodda about the impact of war on music (Veterans Day and Armistice Day and The Music and Sounds of the Vietnam Era) relating how music affected the era and events.
Lasting approximately two hours, the attack on Pearl Harbor disrupted lives and families for generations to come. Popular music in the United States was turning towards a blend of sophistication from the big bands, ballads, and sometimes plain old fun. But Europe also had their favorites and anthems, still sung today (I’m imagining a British pub and camaraderie emerging after a few pints.)
We have audio and braille materials in the NLS Music collection available for our patrons. Victory at Sea, a television documentary about the war focused on naval battles and was orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennet from twelve themes composed by Richard Rodgers. There Are Some Days You Don’t Forget, DBM 01179, is a Mike Whorf Kaleidoscope program with memories of Pearl Harbor and D-Day. What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, available at DBM 00869 includes “Sentimental Journey” and “I’ll Be Seeing You”, possibly an optimistic farewell for a wartime romance. “I’ll Be Seeing You” is also available in braille at BRM 07455 for high voice and piano.
But, there are fun and uplifting songs as well; a particular favorite of mine is “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, brought to the front by the Andrews Sisters with its fun lyrics and swing rhythms. It’s available for piano at BRM 07840. “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” along with “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” and “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover” are all available in BRM 25727, Hits of the Forties. And Just Standards Real Book, C edition at BRM 36374 is a recent BARD upload with lots of great tunes including another edition of “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “It’s Been a Long Long Time,” and “I’ll Get By (As Long as I Have You.)”
The movie From Here to Eternity takes place in an exotic locale unknown to U. S. citizens until December 7, 1941. The movie’s composers were nominated for an Oscar in best music score category. DBM 00556 features an interview with George Duning, one of the composers.
Black and white photo of the view facing northwest – U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor
Today’s blog celebrates the career of W.C. Handy. Born in Florence, Alabama on November 16, 1873, William Christopher Handy became interested in music at an early age. His father, a minister, felt that music was an unwise career choice for him and, indeed, the young Handy experienced years of poverty and homelessness at first. But […]
Audio version of NLS Music Appreciation catalog now available.
American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: A (Part 2 – Atkins, Charles) This blog is about filling the alphabet with names of American composers, and American composers and musicians who are visually impaired or blind. At this point the idea is to have two composers listed for each letter of the alphabet, knowing […]
One of the fun and interesting parts of working at the NLS Music Section is being able to upload files to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Our patrons are always checking to see what is new in the “Recently Added” link, and we frequently remind them that not all the NLS Music Section collection is […]
In the space of just two weeks, musicians and music-lovers remember the life and death of two of the most famous saxophonists known to the world: Eric Dolphy, who passed away on June 29th, 1964 and Albert Ayler, who was born on July 13th, 1936. Each of them left an indelible mark on the world, […]
We’ve discussed show-tunes, Broadway, and the Great American Songbook on the blog before, but we have yet to talk about perhaps one of the most influential composers of American standards: Irving Berlin, who happens to celebrate his 129th birthday today. Along with penning a few Broadway scores, including the score for Annie Get Your Gun, […]
Every year, 25 recordings are added to the LOC’s National Recording registry, recordings that are considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” The purpose of this blog is not to list all 25 of them, but to highlight those where the song is part of the NLS Music collection. Most of these items may be downloaded […]
This April marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. The Library of Congress is commemorating that significant anniversary with exhibits, publications, and other various activities. As part of this commemoration, the NLS Music Section was asked to provide braille music for blind visitors. While going through the collection, we […]
It’s always interesting to check the date for famous birthdays or events and see where reflections will lead. Today, January 26, is the birthday of Stèphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist. That’s right, violinists can be jazz musicians, and once you hear a sample, you’ll start appreciating, and I hope, admiring the style. In fact, stringed […]