Monday, April 20, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020
“Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee,
Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
Lull’d by the moonlight have all passed away …”
~ “Beautiful Dreamer”
~parlor song by American songwriter
~published posthumously in March 1864
~ one of Foster’s most memorable ballads & best loved works
~ recorded by Bing Crosby in 1940 & various other artists
~ Foster, known as “the father of American music,” was an American songwriter known primarily for his parlor music. He wrote more than 200 songs, including “Oh! Susanna,” “Hard Times Come Again No More,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks At Home” (“Swanee River”), “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Many of his compositions remain popular today. He has been identified as “the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century” and may be the most recognizable American composer in other countries. His compositions are sometimes referred to as “childhood songs” because they have been included in the music curriculum of early education. Most of his handwritten music manuscripts are lost, but editions issued by publishers of his day can be found in various collections.
An April sunset beckons as a beautiful blossom waits for a nearby bud to wake and bloom on my favorite pink magnolia tree at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Monday, April 9, 2018
“For the winter is passed. The rain is over and gone. The flowers are springing up. And the time of the singing of the birds has come.”
~ Song of Solomon 2: 11-12
The first breaking bud of the season on my favorite pink magnolia tree shows off its beauty on an early April evening at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.