Posted by Don Borchelt on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 @10:20:12 AM
What's this? Did old Abe play banjo?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 @10:56:47 AM
Lincoln was pictured playing the banjo several times. But the cartoons (and doctored photos) were intended to be derrogatory, regarding the salvery issue.
Lincold DID like banjo and Minstrel music -- and claimed "Dixie" was one of his favorite tunes... BEFORE the Civil War. (Dan Emmett first performed it in 1859)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 @12:33:25 PM
thanks my friend, but the Dixie lyrics sung in the South were written in 1858 by William Shakespeare Hays of Louisville, KY, not Emmett. Google William Shalespeard Hsys for his bo and sounds of his music. Hays and Emmett wrote different lyrics to the same music composed By Sir Henry Bishop, an English muscian who wrote the stong about 1830l, based on an old Scottish or Celtic tune. The Bishop song was named Dashing White Sergeant, but is better know for its line, "For a soldier I would go," and this is why the song is played for every West Point graduation. Oc course, most folks think the band is playing Dixie at West Point, but it is not. Hays version of the lyrics was carried south by the band of the KY National Gurad when it marched south to join the Confederate army, which is how the song spread through the army during the war.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 @2:30:13 PM
Best address until the one I saw a few hours ago...thank you for the post.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 @2:33:28 PM
With malice toward none ....
Yes, Father Abraham was one for the ages. Thank you for reminding us of him, especially on this day when it would appear that we are moving to a more perfect union, as our forefathers originally intended.
I am truly proud to be an American knowing full well the difficulties ahead.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 @8:22:53 PM
nice blog and comments.
Thursday, January 22, 2009 @8:43:51 PM
Don, There will be some big Lincoln celebrations this year. Clearly a deeply spiritual man, yet undefined by superficial religious categories. I had planned to use portions of the Second Inaugural in my sermon this Sunday. I'll check back on your blog a few times for good interpretative comments, and maybe some of them will make it into my text. The last paragraph could not be more true of the times in which we live. I hope that Barack is up to it. Difficult times can produce great leaders. Best to you, Don. I think I can guess why you posted this, although I won't. John
Don Borchelt Says:
Friday, January 23, 2009 @7:26:38 PM
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
Sunday, January 25, 2009 @1:49:12 AM
It's sobering to see how terribly relevant those words still are in this day and age.
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