Tuesday Tunes: Surf’s Up!

Gone to the Beach.
It wouldn’t be summer without some surfing tunes:
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Happy Flag Day!

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What better way to celebrate this day than with a song specifically about the United States flag? Written by George M. Cohan in 1906 – and the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies of sheet music – “You’re a Grand Old Flag” has been popular for over a century:

The original lyric for this perennial George M. Cohan favorite came, as Cohan later explained, from an encounter he had with a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. The two men found themselves next to each other and Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded but ragged old flag. The man reportedly then turned to Cohan and said, “She’s a grand old rag.”

Cohan thought it was a great line and originally named his tune “You’re a Grand Old Rag.” So many groups and individuals objected to calling the flag a “rag,” however, that he “gave ’em what they wanted” and switched words, renaming the song “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

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Foodie Friday: Easy as (Buttermilk) Pie

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Whenever we go to visit Paul’s mom, we know that there is always going to be pie.

Mary has these wonderful old cookbooks filled with recipes from long ago – all of those little “church” and “small town” cookbooks fit into one of her kitchen drawers. All of the recipes that Paul and his siblings grew up on are in that little drawer, and now that all of them are grown, those recipes have been copied and taken to new homes.

While Paul is perfectly happy with just pouring a can of cherry pie filling into a crust and calling it a day, I fell in love with the buttermilk pie that Mary makes – it’s sweet and lemony and oh-so-good.

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Tuesday Tunes – “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess

Now that it’s summer, what better song to share than the haunting “Summertime” from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess“?

Here is Harolyn Blackwell’s ethereal performance (Paula Ingram plays the role of “Clara” in this 1993 “American Playhouse” staging; her voice is dubbed by Blackwell) – my all-time favorite version of this American classic:
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If you are interested, the “American Playhouse” video is available on Amazon.  You can also get either this song or the entire soundtrack (in CD or MP3 formats) – a truly amazing performance!
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Sunday Funnies: It’s What Dads Do (Pre-Father’s Day Post)

Several years ago, one of the kids’ dumber-than-dirt cats ran up the neighbor’s tree and wouldn’t come down. Meowed piteously for a couple of days.  The girls were almost in tears, thinking about their poor little kitty up in that tree.  Finally, they did what all kids on TV do….

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June 6, 1944: The Beginning of the End

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On this day seventy-six years ago, Allied Forces crossed the English Channel and stormed the beaches of France in order to bring about the end of Adolf Hitler’s madness. Thousands of brave young men lost their lives that day so that millions of people could live in freedom.

May we never forget their sacrifice:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

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Foodie Friday: Quick and Easy Crab Cakes

I don’t remember where I originally found this recipe, but this very quickly became one of our family’s favorites – it’s sinfully easy to make, and oh, so delicious:

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Rated:rating
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Servings: 4
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Tuesday Tunes: Kick-Off to Summer, 2019

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Many folks consider Memorial Day Weekend to be the “official” start to the Summer season. There is the annual running of the Indy 500, the men fire up their grills, and the fashionable ladies are “allowed” to start wearing white shoes.

I figured I would wait until the first part of June to run a “summer” post, though –

I ran across this video and had to share it with you:
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Have a great day, everybody!
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Hello, June!

"Flaming June" by Frederic Lord Leighton, c. 1895

“Flaming June” by Frederic Lord Leighton, c. 1895

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It’s the first day of June – what better way to start out the month than with this classic number from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” ?

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Wasn’t that fun? Hope you enjoyed it!
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The Thanks of a Grateful Nation

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General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters.

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and com­rades will, in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

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