Can you name the tune in the Power of Knowledge, our Independence Day episode of Power2ools? It sounds very familiar doesn’t it? It should be. This song has been used as a soundtrack for sports teams, inaugural events and a lot television shows and movies including Path to War (2002), Brothers in Arms (2005) and even an episode of the hit TV show, The Simpsons (2007).
This inspirational song was written by one of my favorite composers, one of the greatest American composers of all time, who wrote it for the Cincinnati Orchestra in 1942, just as the United States was entering World War II. Ironically, the first time I ever heard the song, it wasn’t being played by a classical orchestra at all but by the 1970s rock English rock band, Emerson, Lake and Palmer!
Whenever I hear this piece, in my mind, I can see the grand and open spaces of America, the rolling plains and the mighty mountains. Sometimes, I even picture myself standing on a coastal cliff staring out into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. To me, and many others, it is a very patriotic piece and it is the very reason I chose it for our Independence Day themed Power2ools, the Power of Knowledge.
Watch the video, have a listen and see if you can name this piece or who wrote it? Did you recognize it right a way or did you need some hints or to look it up on line? Comment below and let us know how you did!
Happy Independence Day!
Dr. Mark Giuliano, Pastor
The Old Stone Church, Cleveland