John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts. Beginning in 1802 he wandered through northern and Midwestern states planting apple nurseries. Many of his seeds were collected from cider presses in Pennsylvania. His trees fed many settlers and legend says he was loved wherever he went.
So enjoy a fresh apple in his honor, or perhaps some applesauce or a slice of apple pie.
On this date, September 24, in 1977 Styx released “Come Sail Away”. I am positive I was not listening to it that autumn as I was a college freshman music major. I was spending hours in a practice room improving my less than impressive scales and piano technique. I also was working on sight singing, ear training, and attempting to gain an elementary grasp of the violin for string pedagogy class (one of the more stressful endeavors I have ever undertaken). But sometime somewhere I would find the tune to “Come Sail Away” to be one of those that sticks in the brain. Hope you don’t wake up in the wee hours of the morning with it looping around in your head.
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