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an overview for young people, since it has clear, concise com- mentaries, it’s a remarkably far-ranging book that has real value for people of all ages. It can be c o n - sid - e r e d as an out l ine which will encourage us all to read more listen

and to carefully,

to comprehend what is happening these days. Tinking back to days of the American Rev- olution, one immedi- at e ly hears: “Yankee Doodle!” Te term “re-appropriation” needs to be injected. Redcoat troops put extremely insulting words to that snappy old tune and poked bully-kind of fun at the rag- gle-taggle American Colonials fighting them. Strangely fashion- able “dandies” in Britain at the time liked silks, satins wore wildly

and circular

wigs that were called “Macaroni.” But, the Yankee Doodles made that orig- inally insulting term a badge of honor and got even by “re-appro- pri at ion,” which is what it’s c all ed w h e n, cleverly, the Yankee troops grabbed the tune, sassed and humiliated the British troops right back when they won. Our stirring national an- hard-to-sing

them, the really

“Star-spangled Banner” is also a very old tune. However, the mov-

ing poetry was written by Francis Scott Key, a lawyer whose hobby was writing poetry. One of the great problems of

American classical

music is really one of unfamiliarity. Tink how rare it is to hear a major work. Te promotion in many different digital ways and big concerts of contem- porary hip- hop, rap, rock and roll, jazz

and blues is con- stant. Many more radio

stations play those styles of music. Repetition is essen- tial when learning any new music. It’s fun to see tv broad- casts of enormous crowds—with al- most


person singing along with

single every

word of songs they love.

helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul!”

Luther Burbank for chamber music,

If you’d like to inve s t i - gate new n ames, ch e ck out some “ G r e a t Amer ic a n Composers.” For the 4th of July, we have John Phillips Sousa’s toe-tap- ping “Stars and Stripes Forever” march. Aaron Cop- land (b. 1900), from Brooklyn, NY, famous operas,

film scores, wrote “Appalachian Spring,” “Billy the Kid,” “Rodeo” and fabulous “Fanfare for the Common Man” –sports fans will

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better, happier, and more

always make people


know it right away. Possibly the composer who rep- resents American music best is George Gershwin. Almost every- one enjoys—and recognizes—the thrilling opening wail of the clar- inet when we hear his “Rhapsody in Blue.” Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side

Story” introduced him to wider audiences who also had a chance to hear him in broadcasts he in- tended for very young folks to en- courage them to listen to all kinds of music. No need to “convince” folks about John Williams, and his stirring works for “Star Wars” and much more.

Horticulturist Luther Bur- bank, in 1875, fa- mously wrote about Sonoma County as “the chosen spot of all this earth.” It is a great joy that the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is flourishing at its Mark West Springs Road location. Te new Harmonies sculpture exhibition

is impressive. Burbank could be a cranky man: “Te greatest torture in

the world for most people is to think.” However, he also wrote “Flowers always make people

better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and med- icine for the soul!”

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