A Musical and Literary Tribute for D-Day

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the day that changed history. The Allies sent soldiers in a massive assault against the Germans. Thousands went into battle. Thousands died, thousands were injured. We honor this day and remember those who fought and those who died. There is little new to be said, but we mustn’t forget the men and women who sacrificed to stop the fascists. This musical and literary tribute for D-Day is a small attempt to honor those whose lives were forever changed because of World War II. “I’ll Be Seeing You” Billie Holiday, 1938 Billie Holliday sang this soulful song in 1938. In the lyrics she tells her love she will see him everywhere she looks (even though he’s gone away). It became the farewell anthem for soldiers and has been sung by many others. The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank © 1947 German-born and Jewish, Anne Frank got a diary for her thirteenth birthday. A short while later, she and her family went into hiding. Her diary shares details of her daily life, her wishes, and her desires until the Nazis captured her and her family. She died in a concentration camp at the […]

Inspiration from War and Resistance

Novelists are often told, “write what you know.” That’s not quite right. They should learn what they don’t know. Then when they write, they write from a place of knowing. I wanted to write about everyday people who decide to fight for their freedom. So I turned to history again. I needed inspiration for my then in-progress novel, My Soul to Keep. I looked for character inspiration from war and resistance. I found a lot more. Google is my friend. I searched for resistance and freedom fighters. Scanning hundreds of articles about resistance groups or rebels or freedom fighters I looked for firsthand accounts. I read a lot of articles. Articles about the American Revolution, the Syrian Civil War, and the Polish, the Yugoslavian, the Dutch, and the French resistance fighters in WWII. Syrian Civil War and Reality There were two resources I returned to over and over again. I found a number of YouTube videos about the Syrian Civil War. These were videos not for the faint of heart. They showed the real brutality of war, the spirit of resistance, and the destruction of homes and lives. It also showed the resilience of the human spirit. People lived in the […]

Fun Facts and Trivia about America’s Patriotic Music

Let’s celebrate this month’s theme of Independence and Liberty and Freedom with fun facts and trivia about America’s patriotic music. Can You Name the Patriotic Song that Matches These Lyrics? 01. “Where the grapes of wrath are stored” 02.“Thru the night with a light” 03.“There’s pride in every American heart” 04.“We fight our country’s battles” 05.“The banner of the western land” 06.“broad stripes and bright stars” 07.“Mind the music and the steps” 08.”A thoroughfare for freedom beat” 09.”Land where my fathers died” 10.“That ribbon of highway” 11.“See what freedom costs in each marble cross” 12.“Silver wings upon their chest” 13.“All is well, Safely rest. God is nigh.” 14.“You’re the emblem of the land I love” 15.“A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam” 16.“When you hear mother freedom start ringin her bell” 17.”Where we dream as big as we want to” 18.”some stood through for the red, white and blue” 19.”I’m out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight” 20.”We’ll rally round the flag, boys” (Answers at the bottom of this post.) The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key  Spangled Banner” written by Francis Scott Key was originally a poem based on his observations of the British attack […]