The Tuscon memorial service for the Arizona shootings began with a rendition of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.
This dignified tribute of the day-to-day work of democracy, is a strong way to note the work of politics and freedom. This was the work taking place at the constituent meeting Congresswoman Giffords was holding at the time of the shooting.
We are all equal citizens.
Here is a brief history of this work from National Public Radio. You can also hear Fanfare at this site.
This work was commissioned for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1942.
Here are facts about the great American composer Aaron Copland. Mr. Copland lived 1900-1990.
Mr. Copland is also well-known for his famous work Appalachian Spring.
Dignity is found in the creative and hard-working response to the challenges and opportunities of daily life.
The playing of Fanfare for the Common Man to begin the memorial service was appropriate and hopeful.
Without for a moment forgetting the part that circumstance and dumb luck plays in life, we all have the ability to make the best of who we are in this existence. We all have the ability to make each day a day of great value.