Saturday, April 26, 2014


The Runaway - Norman Rockwell
I Hear America Singing 

 Walt Whitman 

I hear America singing, 
the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics,

 each one singing his as it should 
be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he 

measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he 

makes ready for work, 
or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs 

to him in his boat, 
the deckhand singing on the 
steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he 

sits on his bench, 
the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, 

the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, 
or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, 

or of the young wife at work,
 or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him 

or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—

at night the party of young fellows, 
robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their 

strong melodious songs.

Mine America's Coal - Norman Rockwell
It isn't the America we knew as we grew.
Nor our fathers and mothers, what they knew.
Nor their fathers and mothers, what they knew.
A few steps behind we were as we grew.
The backs of the city we saw as we grew.
To grab one mountain day
To live through and through
In the way that we knew as we grew
Is magic not possible to do.
Blown away like the wind that took Tara,
With the America we knew as we grew.


One Hit Wonders of 1958
The Silhouettes
Get a Job
One of the best known doo-wop
songs of the 1950s.
Reached the number one spot 
on the Billboard pop and 
R&B singles charts.
(His mother said 'get a job' and basically 
that's where the song came from - 
 tenor Richard Lewis.)
The Silhouettes - 1958

Without ambition one starts nothing. 
Without work one finishes nothing. 
The prize will not be sent to you. 
You have to win it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peasant Couple Going to Work - Vincent Van Gogh
The Walk to Work - Jean Francois Millet
Laurie London
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
A traditional American spiritual,
first published in the paperbound hymnal
Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New, in 1927.
Made the popular song charts in 1958.
#1 on the Most Played by Jockeys song list in the USA
 and went to number three on the R&B charts.
 Most successful record in the USA 
was by a British male singer, Laurie London. 
Reached #2 on Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores 
survey and #1 in Cashbox's Top 60.
The first and only gospel song to hit #1 
on a U.S. pop singles chart.
Laurie London - 1958

How wonderful it is that nobody need 
wait a single moment before 
starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank
Sunrise - Monet
Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky - Van Gogh

The Monotones
 The Book of Love
Peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Billboard ranking of #5 for pop
songs and #3 for R&B.
The Monotones - 1958  

Clearly one must read every good book
at least once every ten years.
C.S. Lewis

Woman Reading a Book - Jean Baptiste Camille Corot
Woman Reading in a Landscape - Jean Baptiste Camille Corot
Ed Townsend
 For Your Love
Ed Townsend was invited to appear on 
American Bandstand the first month 
it aired on television.
He became an overnight success,
and the song shot up the
US pop chart, reaching #13. 
Ed Townsend - 1958

I Don't want someone who's perfect
because I'm not perfect.
I want someone who's real;
someone who complements me
rather than completes me.
J.C. Reed
Conquer Your Love
The Love Song - Jean Antoine Watteau
Pastoral - Chardin Boucher
Earl Grant
(AT) The End (of a Rainbow)
Grant's only entry into the U.S. Top 40.
Reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 
and number sixteen on the R&B chart.
Earl Grant - 1958

At the end of a rainbow
You'll find a pot of gold
At the end of a story
You'll find it's all been told

But our love has a treasure
Our hearts can always spend
And it has a story
Without any end

At the end of a river
The water stops its flow
At the end of a highway
There's no place you can go

But just tell me you love me
And you are only mine
And our love will go on
Till the end of time

At the end of a river
The water stops its flow
At the end of a highway
There's no place you can go

But just tell me you love me
And you are only mine
And our love will go on
Till the end of time
Till the end of time

Landscape with Rainbow - Joseph Anton Koch
Tom Henderson Smith - Rainbow and Oxbow
The Teddy Bears
To Know Him Is To Love Him
Written by Phil Spector,
inspired by words on his father's tombstone,
"To Know Him Was To Love Him".
Stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 for 23 weeks,
in the Top Ten for 11 of those weeks,
at the #1 chart position for three weeks.
At 19, Spector had written, arranged, played,
sung, and produced the best-selling
record in the country.

The Teddy Bears - 1958

Even though there are no ways of knowing for sure,
there are ways of knowing for pretty sure.
Lemony Snicket

A Scout is Helpful - Norman Rockwell
Homecoming Marine - Norman Rockwell
The American Way (WWII) - Norman Rockwell

Little Girl Observing Lovers on a Train - Norman Rockwell

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