Good Day, Sunshine

I was hoping people would submit “sunny day” music, especially appropriate for what for many people will be a lost Memorial Day weekend.

Shrug came through with this one:

(Of course all this being said, we mustn’t forget what Memorial Day is really all about: the men and women who never made it back to enjoy May weekends at the beach)

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  1. A slightly later Beatles song, “Here Comes the Sun”, has become a really good (IMO) cultural icon as something to play at positive-outlook and aftermath moments in public discourse.

    Our classical music radio station used to have more extensive suspensions of regular broadcasting for fund-raising days, or Marathons on behalf of other entities altogether such as the CSO or Lyric Opera. Also of course a few times for special news coverage following disasters. In either case, the thing they would play afterwards, to relax and recuperate, would be the Pastoral Symphony, Beethoven’s 6th.
    I didn’t use to care that much for that symphony (nothing against it, just wasn’t thrilling and high on my list). But I noticed recently that I just always feel better when I hear it! I’ve come to really enjoy it!
    And just like “Here Comes the Sun”, its ability to project reassurance is both in part inherent from the music (and words), and in part associational / symbolic. Which is no less real.

  2. Here in New Jersey, we seem to be getting around the “is it safe to go to the beaches?” question the old-fashioned way: with rain.

  3. Before the bed bugs came (in 2009) we used to go annually to Washington, DC for Memorial Day weekend. One year we chanced on the second Memorial Day concert at the Capitol. We stayed awhile, but with nothing to sit on we left after after about an hour (had we known it was an hour and a half we would stayed. After that we went prepared with a couple of damaged yard pieces of fabric to sit on at the concert. We went every year until 2008. We sat in rain, we sat in heat… we would get there earlyish and sit near the stage for the hosts and speakers (in the early years often hosted by Charles Durning and a second actor – whose name has slipped both my and Robert’s heads). We also had a good view of the entertainment stage. We miss it and try to watch it on PBS these years. (Can’t find an RV park that we can conveniently get to DC from on the Metro (an hour trip from the one we have found is too much for Robert’s motion sickness) and we don’t want to try to park the RV, though it is only a Chevy van, in DC proper – too tall for a garage generally,but we keep trying.

    While there is much entertainment in the show it is definitely focused on remembering those who served and died as well as those who served and are still with us with readings by various actors/actresses from letters from military personnel and/or their families while separated for duty. This year there was a virtual version of the show and we watched that.

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