Tuesday, July 2, 2013

For Independence Day: The Stories Behind Patriot Songs

The library will close at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 and remain closed Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.

If, in honor of July 4, you want to bone up on your patriot song history, check out Songs Sung Red, White, and Blue: The Stories behind America's Best-Loved Patriotic Songs by Ace Collins (ML3551 .C65 2003). For example, he gives a brief history of how John Philip Sousa became the March King, the circumstances of his composing "Stars and Stripes Forever" and the path to the song's being named the Official March of the United States.

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