Monday, May 25, 2015

Land That I Love




Timothy Miller sings "God Bless America" at the Braves home games when they play on Sunday.  (Other times, they play a recorded version of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame".)
Now, I have heard others sing this song but for me, there is no one who can touch the rendition by Mr. Miller.    At the end, when he sings, "My home... sweet ...HOME".. That last note will send chills up your spine, it's wonderful!


"God Bless America" was written by the songwriter, Irving Berlin  who also wrote "Always" and "White Christmas". (It is estimated that he wrote over 1500 songs!) He was a first generation American who appreciated this country and found a way to say it in a song.  I found this quote from his daughter... .

 “I came to understand that it wasn’t ‘God Bless America, land that we love.’ It was ‘God bless America, land that I love.’ It was an incredibly personal statement that my father was making, that anybody singing that song makes as they sing it. And I understood that that song was his ‘thank you’ to the country that had taken him in. It was the song of the immigrant boy who made good.”


In memory of all those who have served under the Stars and Stripes.




20 comments:

  1. He has the most incredible voice, you're right, I do get chills listening to him.

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    1. I know that there must be plenty of other singers who sing this same song at baseball games but I am glad we have Timothy Miller in Atlanta for our Braves games!

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  2. What a wonderful voice! Thank you for sharing this, Kay.......

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  3. Wow! A perfect way to start my day. Have a great Memorial day, Kay.

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    1. Hey Kay, hope you had a great one too!

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  4. Kate Smith singing this song will always be my favorite.

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    1. By the way I love, love, love your new header picture.

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    2. I do like Kate Smith singing it too but I still say that Mr. Miller is the way I like it best.
      And thanks about my header photo! I took that one, in May of last year, it is a garden beside an old sharecropper's house in Rutledge, GA, it is where they used to have the Sunflower Festival.

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  5. Thank you. Their sacrifice deserves to be remembered, and more than once a year.

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    1. My mother's first husband died in Korea. He was only 24 and one of my earliest memories was seeing his Purple Heart and the folded American flag.

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  6. Amen and Amen....beautiful.

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    1. Oh, I am glad you like it too. So glad to hear someone sing this song with feeling and sincerity.

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  7. Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day.

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    1. Thank you! And I hope you had a wonderful time with your family also.

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  8. To be honest I didn't know the full story behind the song. It really goes back to the foundations that America was built upon. He was given an opportunity, made good, and gave thanks to the country that gave it him. Just as we now give thanks to the people who have fought to keep the country.

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    1. Well yes, that is very well put...thank YOU! :-)

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  9. He's got a great set of pipes alright!

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  10. It's such a beautiful, emotion-filled song. I love hearing it.

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