For me, Jackson’s song stands out among top branded works on 9/11/2001

New York City; Spring, 2001. Photo by Jen Day-Thompson
New York City; Spring, 2001. Photo by Jen Day-Thompson

It’s not surprising that the attacks on the US on September 11, 2001 inspired art in different genres. One of the most significant genres is the music that tragic day produced. For my generation, and those younger, 9/11 was perceived in a manner similar to the way my grandparents and parents responded to Pearl Harbor Day observed on December 7. Some songs touch us more than others. Continue reading “For me, Jackson’s song stands out among top branded works on 9/11/2001”

Memorial Day origins still debatable, but US honors war dead in unison

Societies have honored those who died in war dating to antiquity. In the US, we pay tribute on the last Monday in May. There is still an argument about who was the first to celebrate Memorial Day in the US, but there is unity in paying homage to those who’ve given their lives for country and flag. In the South when I was a young girl, I remember my grandmother buying artificial poppies from veterans collecting money for various causes on Memorial Day. Because the day was a holiday that demanded little in the way of celebration, everyone had their own take on observing it.  Continue reading “Memorial Day origins still debatable, but US honors war dead in unison”

Tribute to veterans includes Nashville songwriter Rob Crosby’s prayer for peace

US government photo/Vietnam Era.
US government photo/Vietnam Era.

The Crazy Daysies chose to dedicate their weekly show on Thursday to America’s veterans. Among the songs they performed is a tune by Rob Crosby, “‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired.”

There’s a small bit of personal history for our family with Crosby, but there’s also a lot of history related to Veterans Day. Continue reading “Tribute to veterans includes Nashville songwriter Rob Crosby’s prayer for peace”