Travel Tuesday – Longing for London

For a 10 year plus period, starting in 1998,  I was lucky enough to fly into Heathrow once or twice a year spending some time in London and other parts of England or Scotland.   Watching the Olympic coverage is making me miss my favorite destination, so I am sharing some more London scrap-book pages.    These snap shots  were taken on Christmas Day 2005 during a lunch cruise on the Thames.



Music Monday – “La Marseillaise”

On this date, July 30, in 1792 Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle’s songChant de guerre pour l’Armée du Rhine”  (English: War Song for the Army of the Rhine”) was first sung in Paris.  The French National Convention adopted it as the Republic’s anthem in 1795. The name of the song became La Marseillaise  because it was first sung on the streets by volunteers from Marseille.

Hector Berlioz arranged “La Marseillaise”  for soprano, chorus and orchestra around 1830.  Click here to listen to an audio file of his arrangement.

Music Monday – Cold as Ice

On July 23, 1977 – Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” was released.  Given how hot late July can be the idea of being as “cold as ice” does not strike me as all that bad.  I doubt I paid any attention to the song coming out in 1977.  It was the summer after I finished H.S. and prior to starting college.

Listening to it now the synthesizer/keyboard sounds of that period were down right ugly.  No wonder I enjoyed church organ lessons and playing with different combinations of stops.  If I was a 17-year-old now instead of then I am sure a nice digital piano and computer composition programs like Finale would have outweighed those organ lessons.

For anyone who is wondering why all the ancient pop music rather than “classical” on Music Mondays it is because the sights that are popping up lately for ‘this day in music history’ are for pop, rock, and oldies.  I will probably get back to a few posting posts on more serious genres at some point before 2012 draws to a close — we are on the downside of the year now.

Travel Tuesday # 28 – Peterborough Market & Cathedral

August 8, 2005 was a beautiful today to be in Peterborough England. 


We spent most our time inside the “Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew Peterborough” — that is a mouth full.   However, as I look back it is these outside photos that remind me of how nice the day was.

If you click the link above you will see a list of the 10 things of note at the cathedral.  For me, as a reader of historical novels since my late teens, Katherine of Aragon’s grave & Mary Queen of Scots’ former resting place were the spots I headed for first.


Music Monday # 28 – American Bandstand

     On July 9, 1956  — “Dick Clark began one of the longest runs in hosting a television series when he debuted as host of Bandstand on a TV station in Philadelphia.  The show was eventually picked up by ABC-TV and would change its name to American Bandstand.”

Info and photo from Inside the Rock Era

As a young teen in the 1970s I worked in a family owned department store most Saturdays.  I would try to have my lunch break coincide with when the show aired so I could view part of the show.  I mostly wanted to catch the segment where Dick Clark spoke with an artist or group before they performed on stage.

1812 Overture

If you go to an outdoor July 4th  concert with fireworks chances are you will hear a rendition of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Festival Overture in E flat major, Op. 49, commonly known as the 1812 Overture.  It was written in  1880 to commemorate Russia’s defense of the home land against Napoleon’s invading forces in 1812.  Tchaikovsky began work on the piece on October 12, 1880, and had it completed  6 weeks later.  The overture is best known for its climactic cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass finale.  While this piece has become an American July 4th patriotic “Pops” concert standard it is only obliquely related to  U.S.  history.  The North American War of 1812  diverted  British forces, freeing Napoleon to attack Russia.

Tchaikovsky himself came to America in May of 1891 as the guest of honor for the opening of Andrew Carnegie’s new Music Hall in NYC.  He conducted at least 2 of his works during the 5 day music festival   While one of the websites I used for this post states that the 1812 Overture was one of those works the Carnegie Hall website itself does not mention that being the case.   It says Tchaikovsky conducted his Marche Solennelle on Opening Night and his Piano Concerto No. 1 several days later.

Complete work, or if you just want the “wow” finale jump to 11:30 in the video.

For expanded info on the 1812 Overture you may want to visit this TutorGig page.