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Happy Fourth of July!

Next to the “1812 Overture,” this is my favorite Independence Day song — by Paul Simon and Johann Sebastian Bach.


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  1. Thanks, Dan. I have heard that song since it came out and did not know the connection to Bach, who I also love. My mom, who died last year, would have been 101 today. Bob Sprague

    • Bach didn’t write the tune, but did many different settings of it. Required study in harmony classes.

  2. Dan Kennedy

    We heard it in church one Sunday. I hope you are enjoying good memories of your mother today.

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