The later version was notably recorded by Kate Smith , becoming her signature song. Irving Berlin wrote the song in while serving in the U. Music critic Jody Rosen says that a Jewish dialect novelty song, "When Mose with His Nose Leads the Band," contains a six-note fragment that is "instantly recognizable as the opening strains of 'God Bless America'". He interprets this as an example of Berlin's "habit of interpolating bits of half-remembered songs into his own numbers. In , Smith's rendition was featured in the patriotic musical This is the Army along with other Berlin songs. The manuscripts in the Library of Congress reveal the evolution of the song from victory to peace. The song was used early in the Civil Rights Movement as well as at labor rallies. Later, from December 11, ,  through the early s, the playing of Smith singing the song before many home games of the National Hockey League 's Philadelphia Flyers brought it renewed popularity as well as a reputation for being a "good luck charm" to the Flyers  long before it became a staple of nationwide sporting events. At that time, the song represented cultural and religious tolerance. During a live television broadcast on the evening of the September 11, , terrorist attacks , following addresses by then House and Senate leaders, Speaker Dennis Hastert Republican and Tom Daschle Democrat , members of the United States Congress broke out into an apparently spontaneous verse of "God Bless America" on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington, D.
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It was , and Kate Smith was in the market for a new brand. She was going to be wholesome, the girl next door. So when they approached the composer Irving Berlin , in need of a new patriotic gem for Smith to perform on Armistice Day now Veterans Day in , he had just the thing: an old tune, written and stashed away during his Army days 20 years earlier. Early on, it was a lofty monument of patriotism as the United States climbed out of the Depression and then lurched into war. Seventy years later, it became a symbol of unity after the Sept. Berlin, born Israel Baline, was 5 years old when his family arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitic persecution in Russia. The song was written at an Army camp in the Long Island hamlet of Yaphank, which some years later would become home to a community of German-Americans who supported the Nazis. Berlin deemed it too somber for the occasion.
If my mother needed her surgeon's attention, I wouldn't want him to be thinking about his wife's lamenting that he's never home, not romantic, etc. Reading your blog has helped, especially in seeing that these lonely feelings are normal. You are brave and good people and seem to be raising wonderful children who will be lights for everyone with whom they come in contact. I knew a woman who married a man who converted to the church and she spent the rest of their married life telling him he was not good enough. Spending a lifetime single is not something most people would choose to do, but fear of being forever single should never be a deciding factor in entering a marriage, lest serious problems go unaddressed before serious commitments are made. It's hard right now because he's on a general surgery rotation so his hours suck and I never see him. She is passionate about it. In retrospect, I believe I was being led to my current spouse. I think marriage means sacrifice on both sides. I'm sorry you may be hearing a lot of negativity from us.
Second, in my experience mormons have been some of the kindest people I've ever had the privilege to know, and they have not lived up to the cult image you describe. I am sooooo proud of him but his career has broken me in a way I don't know if I can piece back together. Your attempts at being funny or lightening the mood may backfire, and your date may be put off. Obviously don't make any commitments further in the relationship because you do not want to be married into an insane orthodox LDS family because it will cause alot of troubles.