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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

♫The Blue Ribbon of Music♫

Blue ribbons are symbols of high quality presented for varying demonstrations, accomplishments, achievements, and competitions. In the music industry, reference to precious materials - gold, platinum and diamond - categorize when a music recording has shipped or sold a certain number of copies. At that point, the recording becomes what is known as certified (RIAA certification). The number of copies required has changed through the years but the recognition remains the same. Let's step back in time to the first ever record certified as gold.

Today in Music History: February 10, 1942

Glenn Miller received the first ever gold record for the sale of 1.2 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo". It was presented to him at the CBS Playhouse in New York City. The composition was nominated for an Academy Award in 1941 for Best Song from a movie.

Embrace the Past...

"Chattanooga Choo Choo" cover
Song by The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Source: en.wikipedia.org

The impact "Chattanooga Choo Choo"would have on the music industry was not fully envisioned when composed in 1941 by Harry Warren (music) and Mack Gordon (words). It has since become iconic of an era gone, but not forgotten. The original recording (RCA Bluebird B-11230-B) by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra symbolized a big-band/swing tune and was featured in the 1941 movie "Sun Valley Serenade". What makes it even more iconic is the day it became the No.1 song across the United States: December 7, 1941.

Southern Railway Steam Locomotive 1940s

The evolution of the train is much like life, its journey through time collects treasured memories of people and places as it stops and goes from one station to another. Have you ever thought about comparing life to a train ride or a series of train rides?

 Life on the Train

The song was written by the team of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren while traveling on the Southern Railway's Birmingham Special train. The song tells the story of traveling from New York City to Chattanooga. The inspiration for the song, however, was a small, wood-burning steam locomotive of the 2-6-0 type which belonged to the Cincinnati Southern Railway, which is now part of the Norfolk Southern Railway system. That train is now a museum artifact. From 1880, most trains bound for America's South passed through the southeastern Tennessee city of Chattanooga, often on to the super-hub of Atlanta. The Chattanooga Choo Choo did not refer to any particular train, though some have incorrectly asserted that it referred to Louisville and Nashville's Dixie Flyer or the Southern Railway's Crescent Limited.
Source: en.wikipedia.org

Ride the rails, Feel the motion, Sense the power

The Sounds of a Vanishing Era

While this is a 9-minute presentation, it only takes
a couple of minutes for you to feel the passion
of the railroad in a bygone era.

"The time will come when people will travel in stages moved by steam engines from one city to another, almost as fast as birds can fly, 15 or 20 miles an hour.... A carriage will start from Washington in the morning, the passengers will breakfast at Baltimore, dine at Philadelphia, and sup in New York the same day.... Engines will drive boats 10 or 12 miles an hour, and there will be hundreds of steamers running on the Mississippi, as predicted years ago."
--Oliver Evans, 1800

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

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