Patriotism: Say it with Music

Patriotism: Say it with Music

Patriotism
The Fourth of July conjures up images of American flags and fireworks, summer picnics and lemonade. Along with those images are the sounds associated with the holiday. The day is not complete without patriotic music from the local high school marching band, the community concert in the park, or the Boston Pops on television. Chances are that all of those performances will include some music by one or more of three American composers who have contributed to our American songbook: George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, and John Philip Sousa. George M. Cohan (1878-1942): Born on July 3, but his love of America was such that he told everyone his birthday was the Fourth of July. He began writing songs and performing in his parents' vaudeville act practically as soon as…
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