Timeless Harmonies

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Today, we will deviate from business and mindset to enjoy some great music from history!

Hearing a few bars of a particular piece of music can bring back vivid memories, whether from yesterday or from decades ago.  Some of these pieces are truly timeless, ranging from great symphonies and operas to more contemporary works. 

I perform with What Cheer Winds Concert Band annually and several pieces we played were made popular decades ago, while continuing to remain relevant.

The Wizard of Oz.  If you haven’t seen this movie, please STOP reading, watch it and join the human race.

Seriously, this is an American classic, with equally classic songs.  Possibly the most iconic vocal takes place only about five minutes into the movie, as “Dorothy” (Judy Garland) sings Over the Rainbow in an introspective moment, singing of a hope that there really is a place and time where there would be no troubles.

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly... and the dream that you dare to, Oh why, oh why can’t I?

That concept is something that all can identify with and hope for. 

Over the Rainbow was brought again to popularity due to the beautiful, light-hearted recording released in 1993 by Hawai’i native Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ol. 

Music is what feelings sound like.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is one of the most highly recorded songs, and ranks #1 on the list of “Songs of the Century” for the 21st Century – an educational project by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic, Inc.  This rank was achieved by votes received with historical significance in mind.  This Academy Award-winning ballad is just as relevant 70 years after its original performance.  Amazing!

“A song about a song about love.” 

Stardust was composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael, with lyrics added in 1929 by Mitchell Parish.  Carmichael originally recorded this classic tune (prior to the lyrics being added), the first of over 1,500 recordings – making this one of the most highly recorded songs of the 20th century.  It was popularized in 1930 by Isham Jones and his Orchestra, but my personal favorite is the classic sound by Nat King Cole in his recording 30 years after it was written.  His “unforgettable” liquid sound tells its story well. 

And now the purple dusk of twilight time Steals across the meadows of my heart…

Stardust will continue to be a monument on the musical landscape for decades to come. 

“A song about a song about love.” 

What are some of your favorites?  What is YOUR Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I'd love to hear from you!


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