SATURDAY SERENADE… a Tribute to the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

On this day, October 28, in 1886, The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. On the pedestal was inscribed a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus – a statement that would become as much of a symbol of America as the Statue of Liberty itself, for it pronounced to all who approached our Eastern gateway (my family, included), that they were welcome – that they were finally ‘home,’ that the tears, fears and death of their past was now behind them. Although we all have the sonnet memorized, I’ll repeat it here: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

The song I’ve chosen to commemorate this day is from the musical, “Chess.” It was sung about love of country – not America, but of the country the lead character was leaving to come to America. Whenever I hear this song, I think of my family, and what they must have felt when leaving their homeland, seeking a better life. The singer is Kerry Ellis, star of West End musical theatre (including originating the role of “Meat” in “We Will Rock You” – she got the best song in the entire show!) and the guitar soloist is the AMAZING Brian May (lead guitarist of QUEEN).

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