This spring a pair of robins built their nest on the downspout of our house and raised their family. For a couple of weeks these three little ones had their mouths open from the crack of dawn until the setting sun. The parents were very busy keeping food on the table for this trio. This image was captured about ten days ago and the little ones were almost ready to leave the nest. They are gone now and I will remove the nest. Maybe I’ll get another pair next year.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
Today is Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day and honored those who lost their lives in the Civil War, the name was changed to Memorial Day after World War I and honored all who had lost their lives in military service in all wars. The 4M challenge this week is to spell Memorial Day with the first letter of the songs we select. Honestly, I don’t believe I have ever posted that many songs at once, so I think I will put a little different spin on it. I will select songs from the era’s of several wars.
First up is the Civil War. My great grandfather was a member of the 15th Kentucky Cavalry. Probably the most famous song to come from that conflict was The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The next song come out of World War 1. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but it ended with an armistice. That is, no one surrendered and no one, everybody just agreed to quit killing. One of my grandfathers served in the army during WWI. Whenever we send our sons and daughters into conflict, our constant prayer is that they will return home safely. The song that expresses that hope is Til We Meet Again.
My father served in the Navy in World War II. His ship took part in the invasions of Iwo Jima, the Marshall Islands, and Sipan. World War II gave us the “Big Band Sound” and none better than Glen Miller. The song, American Patrol.
My final selection comes from my personal experience. I served in the Army in Vietnam (1967-68). The music from the Vietnam era as filled with protest songs. It was not a popular war and history would tell us it was probably a conflict that we should never have gotten involved with. For my final selection I call on Creedence Clearwater Revival and Fortunate Son. Have a blessed week.