Saturday, June 30, 2007

Lest We Forget...

After you have read Mr. Haugen's poem in the previous post, visit his website for information about his CD entitled "Lest We Forget". It won Patriotic Album of the Year in the Hawaii Music Awards. Here are some quotes about the CD from the site.

The new recording features some patriotic songs and some of the award-winning songs that have helped the community focus on events such as the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. The CD includes two stirring poems, patriotic hits, four songs related to the USS Arizona, one for those who are buried in our National Memorial Cemeteries-- from Punchbowl to Arlington -- plus other new and old songs, even a couple of memorable poems, all guaranteed to warm your heart and give you pause to reflect.

He's sending me the CD and I can't WAIT!! I know it will be wonderful. It will probably be one that I can't listen to in the car for fear of tears clouding up my vision. ;)

Here's what you’ll hear on the new CD:

1. Lest We Forget (a poem) read by Don

2. BB39 a Gordon Freitas song about a young sailor on the USS Arizona on
Dec. 6, 1941, recorded here for the first time, sung by Gordon

3. Peaceful Arizona, the award-winning Freitas song about that famous Hawai`i
landmark, sung by Gordon

4. We Still Care, the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Song sung by Keith
and the Sounds of Aloha Chorus. This was sung in the 50th anniversary events
at Pearl and was the theme song for the 1991 Aloha Bowl half-time show.

5. Yes, We Remember, narrated by US Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the only
member of the US Senate to win a Congressional Medal of Honor, with original
piano score by Bob Nelson.

6. In Flanders Fields (a 1918 poem by Dr. John McCrae) read by Don

7. Walking Through The Memories, a Requiem to the Fallen, also by
Haugen, was premiered in the 2001 Armed Forces Day Combined Military Band
Concert at the Hawai`i Theatre, and helped Keith win this year's Aloha Spirit
Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai`i. This is a tribute in song to
all those buried in our National Memorial Cemeteries. Keith has the lead.

8. Whisper 'Semper Fi,' (The Ballad of the Leatherneck) by Haugen and
Freitas, is premiered on this recording. It is about an aging US Marine who
appears to have been forgotten by his family and country, sung by Gordon

9. Ballad of the Green Beret, the 60s hit by Sgt. Barry Sadler, sung here by
Keith, Don, and Gordon, just as they performed it in the 2000 Veterans Day
Concert in the Atherton Performing Arts Studio

10. Danny Boy, one of the most famous songs ever about a son going off to war,
sung by Don.

11. Cease Fire, A Christmas Song is one of the most unusual Christmas songs
ever written.Haugen wrote this during another Middle East war in the 1980s. It is sung by Keith.

12. Patriotic Medley includes This Land is Your Land,God Bless America, and
The Stars and Stripes Forever, sung by Keith, Don & Gordon

See what I mean about tears? I can just tell it's going to be great. In Flander's Fields is one of my favorite poems.

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