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  •  I've Returned to My Grade-Middle School Home Town (7+ / 0-)

    where my last event before leaving half a century ago, was to play the Memorial Day parade in "Jr. High" marching band, a small town Jr. High band of about 100 pieces. I can still sing our 2 parade snare drum cadences (I played clarinet). A brass playing member of our band was once named on an episode of "Fraser" for something he did back in that time.

    That last parade, yes, the wool was so hot. Memorial weekend in my town is when the rhododendrons explode, and the destination graveyard for the parade is adorned with them.

    I went on to a lifetime of musical adventures that involved wool and memorial day, most of the time too hot, a few percent so cold the wool wasn't enough.

    Wool-related, here's a Scots funeral lament appropriate to the day. The flowers o' the forest represent the young fighting men of Scotland in this song around as old as the USA, but cast in the language an events of a time much earlier.

    "The prime o' land lie dead in the clay."

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:22:35 PM PDT

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