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Statue of Liberty Documentary by Ken Burns, much fodder for thought and knowledge base for singing GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR

Posted on: March 14, 2017

This post is an addendum to the post
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (“The New Colossus,” A Singable Poem in Picture Books)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/give-me-your-tired-your-poor-a-singable-poem-in-picture-books/

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Addendum, 3/14/2017

I’m still working to build my knowledge base for performing THE NEW COLOSSUS (Statue of Liberty poem by Emma Lazarus) and GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR (a portion of that poem set to music by Irving Berlin).

I just watched Ken Burns Statue of Liberty documentary. The poem is mentioned and recited, but I do wish there was something about Emma Lazarus and how/why she came to write the poem, and her thinking behind it, as the poem gives voice to Lady Liberty, and further sculpts the ideal and welcome for which she stands there in New York harbor. Truly, though, the subject of Emma Lazarus and her poem could be a documentary all its own.

There was much to be gleaned from the wonderful documentary. I wrote out some notes and a meaningful quote from her sculptor:

Notes on
Statue of Liberty
Documentary by Ken Burns

Having Liberty does not mean you get to hurt others, your liberty stops at the point where what you want to do crosses the line into someone else’s liberty or well being.

All HUMANS ARE created equal (I hold this truth to be self evident) and deserve life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and the world has benefited mightily from the advancements created by the framework of ideas and laws set forth in the Declaration of Independence and later in the Constitution of the Untied States.

But we cannot let our celebration of the glories of these achievements ignore that some in society and its citizens (due to their lack of social and intellectual evolution) have not yet lived up to the ideal, resulting in the suppression and suffering of many and society losing out on the the gifts the suppressed could have shared if they (immigrants, minorities, women) weren’t forced to claw their way to just survive the indignities of the situation politically powerful bigots put them into.

On the other hand, this same lack of social and intellectual evolution has, to some extent, resulted in the undeserved/unearned elevation of others who do not reward the world properly for their privileges, but use their elevation in corrupt practices, failing their responsibilities to use their situation to do Good.

We cannot ignore this and must continue our work as citizens of the United States and as celebrants of the ideals it stands for to further achieve perfect realization of these ideals. We might not make it, but we must TRY!!

The fact that we have not yet achieved the ideal is a fault of people falling short and failing the mission, not of the ideas upon which this country was founded. Those ideals still stand up as the goals which we should all strive to attain.

Sculpture Bartholdi:
“Colossal statuary does not consist simply in making an enormous statue. It ought to produce an emotion in the breast of the spectator. Not because of its volume, but because its size is in keeping with the idea that it interprets. And with the place which it ought to occupy.”

American Tune, by Paul Simon

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Related Posts

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GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/give-me-your-tired-your-poor-a-singable-poem-in-picture-books/

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The New Colossus and Give Me Your Tired Your Poor, a song sheet for the poem and song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/the-new-colossus-and-give-me-your-tired-your-poor-a-song-sheet-for-the-poem-and-song/

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Guitar chords, a sing along sheet, a sing along book, and a scratch vocal for GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/guitar-chords-a-sing-along-sheet-a-sing-along-book-and-a-scratch-vocal-for-give-me-your-tired-your-poor/

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AMERICAN HISTORY IN ILLUSTRATED SONG
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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POETRY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-poetry/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS
A List of Illustrated Compilations of Children’s Poetry with Singable Poems
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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A Beautiful 1884 Deed of Gift from France for the Statue of Liberty Further Illuminates Irving Berlin Song Based on Emma Lazarus Poem

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