Let’s All Do The Chicken Dance!!!

May 14th

Dance Like a Chicken Day – Well, this is a different one.  I’m sure most of us have heard the Chicken Dance Song, though I  admit I’ve only heard it through a stuffed chicken that played the song and flopped up and down when a button was pushed in its wing.  Everything I read about this day says that “it’s a traditional dance played at every wedding reception to get people up and dancing”.  I can tell you, I have performed quite a few weddings in the last few years, and not once have I heard the DJ’s play the Chicken Dance Song.  Granted, I rarely stay for the entire reception, but it’s truly not something I’ve seen or heard done at  even one.  But it is a fun song, and I’m sure its a funny dance.  If you haven’t heard of it. . . . here’s a link.  Enjoy!  Who knows?  You may play it at your next party! 

The Stars and Stripes Forever Day – The story behind the music: In late 1896 John Philip Sousa and his wife took a much-deserved vacation to Europe.  While they were there Sousa got word that the manager of the Sousa Band had suddenly died.  The bad was scheduled to begin another cross country tour soon and Sousa returned to America immediately to take over the band’s business matters.  He told the rest of the story in his auto-biography, “Marching Along: Recollections of Men, Women and Music”.  Here is a quote from the book:

Sheet music coverHere came one of the most vivid incidents of my career. As the vessel (the Teutonic) steamed out of the harbor I was pacing on the deck, absorbed in thoughts of my manager’s death and the many duties and decisions which awaited me in New York. Suddenly, I began to sense a rhythmic beat of a band playing within my brain. Throughout the whole tense voyage, that imaginary band continued to unfold the same themes, echoing and re-echoing the most distinct melody. I did not transfer a note of that music to paper while I was on the steamer, but when we reached shore, I set down the measures that my brain-band had been playing for me, and not a note of it has ever changed

It was an immediate success and Sousa’s band played it at almost every concert until his death over 35 years later.  He even set it to words.  Below you can see the lyrics.  Here’s a link to hear the march and appreciate the amazing brilliance of John Philip Sousa.

The Stars and Stripes Forever Lyrics
by John Philip Sousa – 1897

Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with might endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.


Underground America Day – This day was founded by an architect by the name of Malcolm Wells in 1974.  Mr. Wells passed away in 2009, but his celebration lives on for the 1000s of homeowners who have decided to live a more ecologically aware lifestyle.  This is a day to recognize those folks who have built underground homes, using the resources that we have in the earth.  It takes less power to heat these homes, as they are insulted by the very ground itself.  They are safe from many different accidents or disasters that could destroy them (maybe like the trees that seem to land on our house, cars and property every time a darn breeze blows through!), and they are completely unique. I’ve seen some pretty interesting pictures of some underground homes, and I can tell you that I wouldn’t turn one down if the opportunity arose to have one.

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day – The early 19th century brought the invention of baking soda and powder, and the biscuit got a dramatic makeover from heavy and dense to light as a feather!  Hubby’s sausage gravy goes very nicely over a batch of these delicious little morsels!

Well, we’ve had quite the musical Tuesday!  Whether silly or serious, music is good for the soul.  Enjoy your day, celebrate at the top of your lungs, dancing your heart out!  God bless you and I will see you tomorrow!

 

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