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  • feedwordpress 09:49:20 on 2017/02/20 Permalink
    Tags: , America, , , , musical, Oklahoma, , , , ,   

    A Little Happier: A Happiness Lesson from the Broadway Show “Oklahoma!” 

    I often get my “America feeling” — whenever I vote, or serve on a jury (twice), when I see the Statue of Liberty, when I watch Schoolhouse Rock (yes, I’m dating myself with my love of Schoolhouse Rock). The America feeling is a happy, intense, transcendent feeling.

    I remember that I felt it very vividly one day when the song “The Farmer and the Cowman” from my daughter Eliza started playing music from her playlist, which included, of all things, the song “The Farmer and the Cowman” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1943 musical Oklahoma!

    Yes, the song is dated, and it trades in cliches. Nevertheless, I love it, and the America feeling hits me hard, especially at the end.

    Andrew Carnes:
    The farmer and the cowman should be friends,
    Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends.
    One man likes to push a plough, the other likes to chase a cow,
    But that’s no reason why they cain’t be friends.

     

    All:
    Territory folks should stick together,
    Territory folks should all be pals.
    Cowboys dance with farmer’s daughters,
    Farmers dance with the ranchers’ gals.

     

    Aunt Eller:
    I’d like to teach you all a little sayin’
    And learn the words by heart the way you should
    I don’t say I’m no better than anybody else,
    But I’ll be danged if I ain’t jist as good!

    If you’d like to watch the clip from the movie, here’s the whole song:

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    Happier listening!

    The post A Little Happier: A Happiness Lesson from the Broadway Show “Oklahoma!” appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

     
  • feedwordpress 17:34:45 on 2017/01/20 Permalink
    Tags: America, Inauguration Day, Preamble, , , , Schoolhouse Rock, ,   

    Like January 1 or a Birthday, Inauguration Day Prompts Me to Reflect. Plus, Schoolhouse Rock. 

    US Inauguration

    I often get what I call the “America feeling.” It’s such an intense emotion, that I usually get all choked up.

    I got it when I went to see the Broadway show Hamilton, especially during the song “Cabinet Battle #1”:  “‘Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ We fought for these ideals; we shouldn’t settle for less.”

    I get it every time I hear the song “The Farmer and the Cowman” from the musical Oklahoma! “I don’t say I’m no better than anybody else — but I’ll be danged if I ain’t jist as good!”

    When I was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, I got it every time the Court was called to order before oral arguments. “Oyes! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting. God save the United States and this Honorable Court.”

    I get it every time I vote.

    When I was writing my biography of John Kennedy, Forty Ways to Look at JFK, I got it each time I read my favorite speech of June 11, 1963. “This is one country.”

    I got it when I applied for an emergency passport.

    And today I keep thinking about something that always gives me the America feeling — the Schoolhouse Rock video, “Preamble.” How I love Schoolhouse Rock.

    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    In seventh grade, we all had to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution, and Schoolhouse Rock made it easy.

    Do you experience something like the “America feeling?”

    (Fill in the name of your own country!) Under what circumstances?

    Certain days, such as January 1 or the celebration of a birthday, often remind us to reflect on our lives and our hopes for the future.

    For me at least, Inauguration Day is prompting me to think about the highest ideals of the United States, and how I, in my own way, can strive to fulfill its promise.

    The post Like January 1 or a Birthday, Inauguration Day Prompts Me to Reflect. Plus, Schoolhouse Rock. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

     
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