Over the past week, our public television station has featured Ken Burns' documentary of "The War". I have not been able to watch it in its entirety, but have watched enough to know it is excellent. It's not a moment too soon as those who can provide anecdotal stories are in the time of their life that if we are to hear their story, we must listen to them before they are no longer able.
The footage of the WWII is the ones that are familiar to us who have watched war movies growing up. The black and white accounts of folks on the front line show young men who fought for our country and of those that tell the story through Burns' documentary.
However, the part of the documentary which is so touching and beautiful is the music. I hear pieces of music I am familiar, not associated by war, but from my love of classical music. There is the music from that time, ones that i heard over and over and over again as a child. The music of my parents.
There were times when I was a teen when I tried to not like that music - it was "old" music, a music that happened before me and was claimed by my parents. And, my grandmother would play the music which was her music and would play it over and over again on the piano - songs like "I'll take you home again Kathleen" and "My Buddy".
When my uncle and aunt decided to move from their home and make the transition to a retirement community, the comment that stuck with me came from my uncle "no one sings and knows the same songs I love". I knew that the songs he knew and love were slowly fading from the music known today. Comfort songs, songs that remind of our youth, and who we were and where we were.
I don't know the last time I heard some of the music my grandmother played on the piano. I don't know where the sheet music went. And I know there are those who are trying to preserve the songs from that era.
Perhaps you know the songs of those who lived in the time of WWII -- or know someone who does. As Big Geez stated in his review - The problem is that it's so freakin' good that I'm afraid I'm in danger of overselling it, but at the same time I can't help myself — it's that remarkable. He's right.
Last, but not least, I offer a piece of music from that time
What songs do you remember??