Archive | February 1, 2017

155th Anniversary Of The Publication Of The “Battle Hymn Of The Republic”.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and ENJOY here. See link below.

Click here to access the Wikipedia entry …

A YouTube rendition that I like. In my opinion some sing it a tad too slow.

I like it maybe even a bit faster than this … STRIDENT … Marching.

This rousing, very visceral song was popular in Ceylon as “My Eyes Have Seen the Glory” in the 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up — and was the norm at the time it was enjoyed for its music OUTSIDE of its religious connotations. That was the multicultural, multireligious Ceylon I grew up in. My adoptive mother thought she was, and would claim she was, the most ardent Buddhist — EVER. But, her all time favorite song, that she sang year round, and at least once a week was “Silent Night“. Some days, if we were in the car, she would sing it multiple times a day. There was no religious significance. She just liked it. I am sure that it was through my adoptive mother, who was very musical and could play the piano by ear, that I got to know this “Battle Hymn“. As I mentioned above I prefer it fast — marching pace.

But, enjoy. 155 years.

It was published in the February 1862 issue of “The Atlantic Monthly” — which I guess became available on February 1.


by Anura Guruge

Way Cool Google Doodle Black/Native Indian Female Pioneering Sculptor, Edmonia Lewis.

by Anura Guruge

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

Click to ENLARGE and read here.

Use link on image to access Google original.




Click to access Wikipedia entry for Edmonia Lewis.


Click to access the “Google Arts & Culture” pages for Edmonia Lewis.

Her most famous work “The Death of Cleopatra” (1876),
now at the Smithsonian.


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