September 27, 1988 |
The Olympics have always been known for gold and records. The Games of the XXIV Olympiad will be remembered for a gold record. "Hand in Hand," the official song of the Seoul Olympics, has sold more than one million records. The Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee says the song is No. 1 on the charts in Switzerland, Hong Kong and South Korea. And it's among the top 10 in Denmark and West Germany. The song was composed by Italy's Giorgio Moroder, who won Academy Awards for his music in the movies Midnight Express, Flashdance and Top Gun. "Hand in Hand" was recorded by a local quartet known as Koreana, which performed the number during the Games' opening ceremony.
January 25, 2001 |
It has a state bug and a state dinosaur, but New Jersey is one of the few states without an official state song. But that could change if the fourth graders at Centre City Elementary in Mantua have their way. They plan to resurrect a campaign to make a 40-year-old march New Jersey's official song. The march came within one signature of making it to the state list 29 years ago. The 75 youngsters launched their campaign to promote the short march by singing "I'm From New Jersey" at last night's meeting of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
June 16, 1997 |
McDonald School, McDonald School, It's where we learn the Golden Rule. What did you do when you left elementary school? Slip your favorite teachers a card and a hug, thanking them for being nice? Maybe a little celebration in front of the steps, happy to be "growing up" and moving on to middle school? Can you even remember that far back? It's a safe bet that McDonald Elementary student Heather Siegfried will remember her school for quite a while - and vice versa.
February 15, 2009 |
Start with a colorful cast of characters and a modest goal. Then add provincialism and decades of haggling. Now throw in a compromise idea that still leaves some bristling. Finally, mix in fear of a media backlash. And there you have the story of New Jersey's futile quest for a state song. (And maybe the story of New Jersey, period.) Senate President Richard J. Codey has been in the Legislature since 1974 and has hammered out deals on $30 billion budgets, school funding, and property taxes.
February 13, 1996 |
I'm from New Jersey I don't expect too much If the world ended today I would adjust - "I'm from New Jersey" (1991) by folksinger John Gorka John Gorka's opinion notwithstanding, New Jerseyans are unable to adjust to not having a state song. And yet, they haven't been able to pick one either. But they're trying again. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman recently signed a bill authorizing the state Arts Council to look for "persons expert in musical composition" to produce a state song.
May 5, 1998 |
As Garrett Stephenson dragged his shell-shocked body off the Veterans Stadium mound in the fourth inning last night, he was serenaded by the official song of the City of Philadelphia. Booooooooo. Stephenson might not have a chance to grow weary of this ugly sound. He probably has made his last start at the Vet for a while. The righthander gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings and pointed the Phillies toward their worst defeat of the season, an 11-2 setback at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
July 12, 1993 |
A week ago I wrote a column concerning the difficulty of singing "The Star-Spangled Banner. " I pointed out that even professional singers are hard- put to sing our national anthem to its conclusion. Several wrote to agree, others felt the song has been around too long to "change horses in midstream. " Some said they have always been offended singing a song about "bombs bursting in air. " One reader, who was born on Sept. 13 - the day the song was written (but not in the same year)
July 5, 1993 |
It's time to bite the bullet. America needs a new national anthem, one with a tune anybody can sing and with words we can all remember. Our national song is so difficult to sing, laughter often replaces the reverence the anthem should inspire. For several years now, the American response to the singing (and maiming) of "The Star Spangled Banner" has ranged from nervousness to embarrassment to rage. It is rare when anyone triumphs over the musical treatment of our most revered official song.
August 26, 1992 |
When election time rolls around, the creative juices of Henry and Bobbie Shaffner start flowing. Yes, the authors of "Dukakis Has Got It," and "Jimmy Carter" have banged out a new toe-tapper for Clinton-Gore. It's a song with an odd history. The Shaffners of Bala Cynwyd actually wrote this song in the middle of a five-way battle for the Democratic nomination with the title "The Search for a Likely Candidate. " When Bill Clinton sewed up the nomination, they simply rewrote the song, but kept the title.
September 19, 1987 |
The song was inside him for a long time, Richard Gill remembers. But it took the "Last Patrol" to bring it out. The Last Patrol was the 140-mile march from Washington to Philadelphia in May in connection with Philadelphia's Vietnam veterans memorial, which is to be unveiled next month at Penn's Landing. And although Gill, 34, had never seen military service, he felt at one with the men slogging along U.S. Route 40. "I was moved," Gill was saying yesterday, "and all of a sudden, it all came together.