The Fifty States – in Music – Saturday on The American Sound
We all know the story: the United States of America became the United States of America after an angsty break-up with Great Britain, which had hoped we wouldn’t notice being taxed to the ying-yang for non-existent commodities and services. Then our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, consisting of increasing numbers of tax-mongering mini bureaucracies – I mean, states. Â Then immediately each of the states embarked on a campaign to develop its own unique personality, separate from but equal to its siblings.
Take Ohio: she’s at once Rosie the Riveter and the gracious farmer’s wife. (For some reason, I’ve always imagined Ohio as a girl.) Or Massachusetts, the home of the cut-to-the-chase, Â it’s-too-cold-to-waste-time-doing-this kind of people. Then there’s Colorado, the land of a thousand Birkenstocks. And if California were a guy, he’d wear one of those loud Hawaiian shirts.
This is all in good fun, of course. But in all seriousness, countless composers have drawn musical inspiration from our fifty nifties, inspiration that has resulted in some of the freshest, loveliest music around.
Join me Saturday evening at 6 for a fun musical tour of some of our fifty states onÂ The American Sound.Â We’ll criss-cross the country from Alaska to the Deep South and tour Nebraska with gorgeous music by Joseph Curiale, the mineral mines of Montana with an overture by John Heins and Utah’s spectacular scenery with John Duffy’s “Utah” Symphony.
Tune in Saturday at 6pm for The American Sound on Classical 101!