Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
In October 2001, the country, especially New York, was still reeling from the tragedy of 9/11. But baseball was back and at Game 2 of the World Series in Phoenix, AZ, our nation got a much needed boost in moral when Ray Charles came out to sing today’s song “to honor America”. He was stunning as always, but so were all the signs of patriotism in the stands: people holding their hands over their hearts, people waving American flags, people cheering each time Charles said the word “America”. At our worst, we were at our best. On this 4th of July 2020, may our country begin to find peace and patriotism again, and may we find comfort in the red, white and blue colors that unite us all. Have a safe and blessed Independence Day, everyone.
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.”
Ray Charles at Game 2 of the World Series in October 2001. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Ray Charles: “America The Beautiful” (2001, performed live at Game 2 of the World Series in Phoenix, AZ. Written by Katharine Lee Bates).
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