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GOOD MORNING TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Did you know that the “Happy Birthday Song” started out as “Good Morning to You”?  Did you know this song was created by two sisters from Louisville, Kentucky?

Mildred J. Hill, a composer, organist, concert pianist, and musical scholar was teaching at the Louisville Experimental Kindergarten School where her sister, Patty Smith Hill, was principal.  Mildred came up with the melody to what we now know as “Happy Birthday” and Patty added the lyrics.  They created a song for teachers to use to welcome students to class each day.  The song was created in 1893 and called Good Morning To You and went like this:

Good morning to you, Good morning to you, Good morning, dear children, Good Morning to all.

Nobody really knows who changed the words to Happy Birthday to You and put them to the melody of Good Morning to You but the song was being used in all kinds of musicals, on radio, in telegrams and for birthday celebrations.  The Hills were not getting any compensation for the use of the song.  Jessica Hill, another sister, who had copyrighted the song on behalf of her sisters filed suit and secured copyrights to Happy Birthday To You. 

The Clayton Summy Company, working with Jessica Hill, published and copyrighted “Happy Birthday” in 1935.  This copyright will not expire until 2030 but the Company was bought by a New York accountant named John Sengstack in the 1930s and renamed Birch Tree Ltd.  Warner Chappell, purchased Birch Tree in 1998 and is now a part of the giant AOL Time Warner conglomerate.   The song brings in about $2 million a year and the Hill Foundation’s share goes to charity or to a nephew of Patty and Mildred.

So, to all my lovely blogging friends out there the next time you sing Happy Birthday to a friend or relative just remember this little ditty written by two Southern sisters from Kentucky and sung hundreds of millions of times each year is the most recognized song in the English language and has been translated into at least 18 different languages.

MEMORIAL DAY!

Things to remember on Memorial Day…….

It is the
VETERAN,
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the reporter,
 who has given us freedom of the press.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
 
It is
the VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

   
It is
the VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the
VETERAN who
salutes the Flag,

It is
the
VETERAN
who serves
under the Flag,

  
  
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

We can be very
proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
God
Bless them all!!!
 

 

   

MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!

KENTUCKY’S FAMOUS CASTLE

Kentucky has been home to this castle since it was built by Real Estate Developer, Rex Martin, back in 1969. It is located on Versailles Road in Woodford County near Keeneland Race Track.

I will never forget the first time I saw this structure. I had moved back to Frankfort, our capital city, and gone back to work for state government. I had been away from this area of our state for almost 30 years. I was on my way to a meeting in Lexington with several co-workers. I could not believe my eyes! A real live castle on a hill with turrets, and a fence surrounding the place. I was mesmerized and could not stop talking about it. Of course, they all thought it was so funny that I had never seen it before.

Anyway, the castle set empty for 30 years and was a topic of conversation for Kentuckians as well as tourists that happened to pass by and stopped to take photographs.

It was purchased in 2003 by Tom Post for 1.8 million and has gone through extensive renovation and been renamed, “CastlePost“.

CastlePost is now complete with lodging fit for a king for overnight guests, weddings, and charity fund-raising events. There are 16 guest rooms, 21 bathrooms, a library, dining room for 40 guests, ballroom, game room, 20′ x 50′ pool, tennis and basketball courts. There will be bowling lanes and a putting green on the roof. Cost of a room is from $375 to $475 a night or $1,250 for turret suits!

This link will take you to their website: http://www.thecastlepost.com/ If you scroll down to the spot that says: Check out the CastlePost on KET News, there is a very interesting video there that gives information about the castle’s history and how Tom Post’s dream is finally coming together.

So, if you want to stay in a real castle and live like a king while you are here visit us in the heart of Bluegrass Country.

Do you have an unusual place or structure near where you live that has been a curiosity to visitors?