The power of song

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The power of song
Terri and I were recently watching a YouTube documentary on old Route 66. Boy, did that bring back some memories. As a lad, my grandmother Elsie packed me and my two sisters into her 1952 Chevrolet and drove us from Southern California to Saint Louis Missouri, and back again along Route 66: Burma Shave signs, diners, old motels with "sanitized" drinking glasses wrapped in paper (for your safety). It remains a wonderful memory of a bygone past. In the video, the travelers find themselves in Winslow Arizona and, what I found remarkable, was the only reason you and I both know the name of that city. "Well, I'm standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see. It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me.'' Thanks to musician Glen Frey and his band, The Eagles, a town becomes iconic. That's the power of song. Songs and music change culture. Let us never forget the power of music.
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