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Caledonia

Caledonia, the song, is an unofficial anthem for Scotland. Caledonia, the word, is a Latin word for Scotland. The Scottish folk ballad was written by Dougie MacLean in 1977. MacLean was visiting the beach in Brittany, France but feeling homesick for his beloved Scotland.   He said: “I was in my early 20s and had been Read More

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What a Wonderful World

With Thanksgiving approaching, I thought What a Wonderful World would be a great song to discuss this week. Louis Armstrong recorded this song by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss in 1967.  He was only paid $250 for the original recording.   He accepted the spec payment to ensure the orchestra would also be paid. Read More

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12 Days of Christmas

Christmas season will officially start in just a few weeks, but I thought we would get a head start before enjoying a Thanksgiving song next week. The Twelve Days of Christmas is an English Christmas Carol that resolves around a series of gifts “my true love gave to me.” The song was published in 1780 Read More