Suzanne's Soundtrack Sunday
-If the movie is titled "The Jazz Singer", why was every single released off the soundtrack NOT jazz? Pondered this as "America" was playing while we waited to step off on the parade route.
-Why is it that a lousy song by a so-so singer, because it has an appropriate theme for a holiday, gets played ad nauseum on the holiday? Thought this as I was subjected to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" over and over. And why should God bless just the USA and not the whole world-or universe, for that matter?
-By the same token, why is it that an excellent song gets relegated to just being played leading up to the holiday that is part of the song's subject, even though it was NOT considered a holiday song by the composer? All the thinking of holiday hits and misses made me think of Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne." (And I find it cool that Wiki addresses what inspired the melody.)
-Which brings me to the next question? Why is Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" a regular part of concerts celebrating America's birthday? It's a song commemorating Russia fighting against Napoleon. Still a good song-but what about an American composer for that day?
-Why is it that a song that has nothing to do with a specific holiday gets played for that holiday? "My Favorite Things" has nothing to do with Christmas, doesn't even appear in a Christmas scene in the Sound of Music, yet it is considered a Christmas song?
-Had to add this one, because I used to hear it at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Concert at Antietam every July 4th weekend. Why is it that "Maryland, My Maryland" is the same as "Oh, Christmas Tree"?
Further research indicates that the same melody is used for "Florida, My Florida" and "Michigan, My Michigan". If I were to use the logic that I live in states were the legislature adopts a Christmas song as the state anthem, I guess I'd better start looking for jobs in Michigan...
Answers? More questions to add to the list? Anyone?