Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Letter R

Since I'm a Kansas girl, I thought it might be fun to do HOME ON THE RANGE for the letter R.

Range is described as an extensive area of open land for livestock. If any of you bloggers have been to our state you will recall plenty of open land.

From Wickipedia:


"Home on the Range" is the state song of the American state of Kansas. Dr. Brewster M. Higley (1823–1911) originally wrote the words in a poem called "My Western Home" in the early 1870s in Smith County, Kansas. The poem was first published in a December 1873 issue of the Smith County Pioneer under the title "Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam". The music was written by a friend of Higley's named Daniel E. Kelley. Higley's original words are similar to those of the song today but not identical. The song was adopted by settlers, cowboys, and others and spread across the USA in various forms. During the early 20th century, it was arranged by Texas composer David W. Guion (1892–1981) who is often credited as the composer. It was officially adopted as the state song of Kansas on June 30, 1947, and is commonly regarded as the unofficial anthem of the American West.




"Home on the Range" is often performed in programs and concerts of American patriotic music, and is frequently used in plays and films. These include the 1948 film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (sung by both Cary Grant and Myrna Loy), the 1967 off-Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (sung by the cast as a glee club rehearsal number), the 1980 film Where the Buffalo Roam (sung by Neil Young over the opening credits), the 2009 film The Messenger (sung by Willie Nelson over the closing credits), and in the 1946 western film Colorado Serenade (sung by actor Roscoe Ates). The song has naturally also made its way into screen shorts for children and adults, as in the 1954 Looney Tunes cartoon, Claws for Alarm, in which it is sung by Porky Pig.



"Home on the Range" has been featured as the state slogan on Kansas vanity license plates since 2005.



An arrangement of "Home on the Range" is played by the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks at the end of all home football games in Memorial Stadium



                                                             Dr. Brewster M. Higley






Hope you enjoy my little addition to history today for ABC Wednesday hosted by

http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/

Ann

18 comments:

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Really awesome post. I enjoyed the u tube have a great week. Lv sis

zongrik said...

very interesting, it's a cool song

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Andy David said...

Hello.
Fascinating post! Enjoyed the video. Thanks for sharing.

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Black Jack's Carol said...

A fun post that told me more than I ever imagined about a childhood favourite song. Thank you!

aka Penelope said...

Very interesting post! It is easy to see why this song touched the hearts of settlers like none other. It describes so well the way people felt about the rough but beautiful land that challenged them. I had no idea it was a poem to start. :)

Carver said...

Great choice for R day. Carver ABC-Wed. Team

Roger Owen Green said...

great version of the song
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

magiceye said...

very interesting indeed!

Mar said...

Loved your post, great song!!

chubskulit said...

Thanks for posting the video, I got to see it.

R is for RED, come and see.
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Annie said...

Very interesting! It's such a classic song but I knew nothing about its history. Thanks for sharing!

Gattina said...

Very interesting didn't know about it !
Gattina
ABC Team

Lisa said...

I spent many years living in Kansas so I can really appreciate your post today!

jill said...

very interesting Ann thanks for your comment.xx

bj said...

Gosh, and I thought all this time, it was a TEXAS song. :) hahhaa...
I just got a recipe to make sugar free chocolate that can be used as cho. chips.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Here's a website for you:

http://www.thehomeontherange.com/

The cabin is being restored and they have activities going on.

EG CameraGirl said...

I confess that I didn't know Home on the Range was about Kansas. I always thought it was about the Dakotas or Montana! Thanks for clearing that up.

Annesphamily said...

Ann this was a wonderful story. I like those vintage songs and I liked the video! Have a great Sunday!

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