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During the long ride back home, Bates couldn’t get the images of the purple mountains and endless skies out of her mind, so she fleshed out her original journal notes until she’d come up with four stanzas of verse. She mailed her poem to The Congregationalist, who published it on July 4, 1895. Soon afterward, composer Silas Pratt set her words to music, and everyone was singing “America the Beautiful.” (This included folks in Canada and Australia, who inserted their own country’s name in the lyrics.) • John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is, by act of Congress, the official march of the United States. The melody has another place in popular culture, however. In North America, the song NO Credit Requirements Call Today! is played by live bands at the circus or in theaters as a signal that a NO Intrest Rate (509) 924-7334 life-threatening emergency is afoot. Playing this particular song as a “code” alerts personnel to start evacuation procedures without alarmLow Monthly Payments 808 N. Pines ing the audience. “You Could Be Driving Today” • Songwriter Woody Guthrie learned about traditional folk and blues music while traveling from Oklahoma to California with migrant worker groups during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression. After working at a California radio station for several years, Guthrie headed to New York City. At the time of Guthrie’s sojourn, Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” was hugely popular. • As he later admitted during a frank interview, Woody had grown tired of hearing it on the radio and felt the nation needed something new. While watching the scenery pass by on a crosscountry train trip, he penned what became his most famous song. He set his descriptions of the American terrain to music (a melody he’d borrowed slightly from an old gospel song). In 1940, Woody released the single that he hoped would knock Kate Smith off the charts, “This Land is Your Land.” • Julia Ward Howe wrote the poem that eventually became known as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” as a challenge from a Unitarian minister. The reverend noted that Union soldiers often sang “John Brown’s Body,” while Confederate soldiers sang their own lyrics to the same melody. He thought that better, more unifying words could be written, and so Howe came up with the inspiring lyrics that we still sing today: “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord...” • According to George M. Cohan, he was inspired to write “You’re a Grand Old Flag” after meeting a Civil War veteran who’d seen action at the Battle of Gettysburg. The aging soldier was carrying a folded but tattered flag, and when he noticed Cohan’s interest, he commented, “She’s a grand ol’ rag, isn’t she?” Cohan later changed the word from “rag” to “flag” to avoid any disrespect. THE END

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