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Fri Sep 29, 2017, 12:40 PM

Tragedy in Puerto Rico reminded me of the musical West Side Story

It debuted in 1957 and nothing has changed. The great song America has two lines still pertinent today...
"Life is alright in America"
"If you're all white in America"

It was about coming to America from Puerto Rico.

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Reply Tragedy in Puerto Rico reminded me of the musical West Side Story (Original post)
CatMor Sep 2017 OP
niyad Sep 2017 #1
CatMor Sep 2017 #2
Leith Sep 2017 #3
niyad Sep 2017 #4
Leith Sep 2017 #5
niyad Sep 2017 #6
Iggo Sep 2017 #8
CatMor Sep 2017 #7
Leith Sep 2017 #9
CatMor Sep 2017 #13
MineralMan Sep 2017 #10
Leith Sep 2017 #12
Leith Sep 2017 #11

Response to CatMor (Original post)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 12:43 PM

1. here

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 12:46 PM

2. Thank you.

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 12:58 PM

3. Thanks for Posting That

Sad that it is still true.

America is one of the best songs of all time. It's in 3/4 time, but the beat is actually a slowed 1-2, followed by a quicker 1-2-3 (yeah, I was part of a group that did the song).

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Response to Leith (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:02 PM

4. were you one of the dancers as well? this is exciting!!

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Response to niyad (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:10 PM

5. Oh, No...

It was high school marching band. I just didn't want to go into the unrelated story. However, during the bridge between songs, the band divided into two sides, leaving a lone trombone player in middle with his Maria solo. He got more cheers than the football game.

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Response to Leith (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:11 PM

6. that is a sweet story--thank you for sharing it!!

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Response to Leith (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:14 PM

8. Ah, Marching Band.

One of the two constants of my (four different) high school experience.

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Response to Leith (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:11 PM

7. I agree about one of the best songs of all time..

I loved the dancing too.

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Response to CatMor (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:14 PM

9. Rita Moreno Deserved Her Lifetime Achievement Award

She is wonderful in everything she does.

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Response to Leith (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:28 PM

13. She sure did deserve the award....

she still looks amazing.

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Response to CatMor (Original post)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:17 PM

10. My girlfriend and I in High School sang the "Somewhere (There's a Place for Us)" duet

from West Side Story at the school talent show in 1963. We played the entire scene. Got us a standing ovation. Made us both cry, too, since the school year was almost over and we were going in different directions to colleges the next fall. Sadly, our relationship didn't survive the separation. The song still brings tears to my eyes.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:21 PM

12. Another Wonderful Song

Plaintive.

Sad that this country refuses to learn the lessons given gently.

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Response to CatMor (Original post)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:18 PM

11. It Made Me Think of a Couple Lines from Another Song from West Side Story

A boy like that would kill your brother,
Forget that boy and find another.


I think every US citizen of Puerto Rican ancestry is going to vote in every election in the near future. And they won't vote for the party that made this tragedy worse.

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