“One Brick at a Time”, from the musical Barnum, is the Royal Peace Song of the Day for Friday, September 23rd.
Duchess Susanna saw the play Barnum, off-Broadway, when she was a young thing. And, she has always been inspired by the music. In between a more complex plot, the play Barnum has uplifting songs about dreaming, hope, and choosing paths in life.
Masters of War by Bob Dylan is the Peace Song of the Day for Saturday, September 10, 2011. When Duchess Susanna heard Duke Augustus playing this song this morning, she requested he post it as it the Peace Song of the Day because she had to leave to go bring music into the world. Duke Augustus find these to be some of Dylan’s most straight-forward lyrics, but there still seems to be room for disagreement. The song was released in the spring of 1963 album TheFreewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Wikipedia claims that Nat Hentoff‘s liner notes frame the song as a protest against Cold War arms build-up.The liner note themselves seem to give the song a broader context:
“Masters of War” startles Dylan himself. “I’ve never really written anything like that before,” he recalls. “I don’t sing songs which hope people will die, but I couldn’t help it in this one. The song is a sort of striking out, a reaction to the last straw, a feeling of what can you do?” The rage (which is as much anguish as it is anger) is a away of catharsis, a way of getting temporary relief from the heavy feeling of impotence that affects many who cannot understand a civilization which juggles it’s own means for oblivion and calls that performance an act toward peace.
“May There Always Be Sunshine” is the Royal Song of the Day for Tuesday, September 9th. You can find the lyrics in the Rise Up Singing songbook on page 161. The song is based on the words of a Russian child. Original words by Lev Oshanin, English by Thomas Botting, music by Arkadi Ostrovsky.
All around me, here on Long Island, I see children returning to school. This song is dedicated to all the moms, dads, teachers, and school staff, swirling around with preparations for another year of learning and fun. The song “May There Always Be Sunshine” is a simple request from a child, that there may always be sunshine, mama, and “me”. Many people have interpreted the song as a humble and profound wish for peace.
Eek! The Duchess truly was shaken up by the earthquake. The first song she picked was already chosen as The Peace Song of the Day by The Duke in July. Hope you enjoy the Duchess’s video choice and comments on “Let’s Get Together”, but…
The new, revised, actual Royal Song of the Day for Wednesday, August 24th, is: “Turning of the World” by Ruth Pelham. Video and post: here.
“Let’s Get Together” by Chet Powers, popularized by The Youngbloods, is The Royal Song of the Day for Wednesday, August 24th. “Let Get Together” was one of the songs performed at the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Peace (many years ago, before they received their royal titles).
The Duchess of Peace chose this song as a point of reflection after the earthquake, which struck in Virginia yesterday, and shook Duchess Susanna’s world a bit, here on Long Island.