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Thread #8916 Message #56296
Posted By: Bill in Alabama
29-Jan-99 - 02:47 PM
Thread Name: Songs of the American Civil War
Subject: RE: Songs of the American Civil War
Heidi-- There have been many instances in which folks have been offended by the performance of Dixie's Land (the original title given the piece by the composer)in recent years. Actually, the song pre-dates the war, and was written by a northerner, and the original words don't address the war. HOWEVER-- It was originally written as a minstrel number, and was in a stage-slave dialect. You would be well advised to inquire among members of your own community as to its possible reception. At the formal victory celebration in Washington after the surrender, when President Lincoln was invited by the military band to request a song, he asked the band to play Dixie. Mentioning this to introduce the song might help smooth things out. Sorry that I can't be of more help.