Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

*ahem*

Could I have a moment of your attention before you disappear into a blizzard of parades/football games/cooking/eating/otherwise celebrating Thanksgiving?

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks […] for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

[…]

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington
George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress

 

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(un)Official CastroCornuCopia

 

Some cooking tips:


Video courtesy of Snoopy

 

And because I find this song appropriate:


Video by MusicCityRoots

(Yes, I am that corny. Be thankful I did not grace you with The Wiggles’ version–on autoplay.)

 

Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

 

*Yes, this is pretty much the same Thanksgiving Day post as last year (and the year before, through time immemorial) (or at least two years back). This makes it a Copia TRADITION, up to and including this note, which is nothing at all like me being lazy. Happy Thanksgiving!

About that Mesquite show

You know, the one that Castro did this past Saturday? Well, it resulted in this quite nice article in the Mesquite News:

“We all have very diverse musical interests that we kind of combine to make us what we are,” Jason said.

[…]“I think we are better together, and this is too special not to try.”

 

For the full piece, click on over to the website!

RIP, Leonard Cohen

For more about that “part of our journey,” click on over to these…

This really was the “Hallelujah” TV cover that started it all. In 2008, when Castro performed a vulnerable acoustic version on Idol’s top 16 week, judge Simon Cowell noted that the late Jeff Buckley’s 1994 rendition was one of his favorite recordings of all time. This resulted in a huge sales spike for Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” propelling it to the top spot on the iTunes singles chart. The single was later certified platinum, 14 years after its original release and 11 years after Buckley’s death; at the time, this was the biggest digital sales spike for a song performed by an Idol contestant. Cohen’s original and a version by Rufus Wainwright also received sales boosts, and Castro himself appeared briefly in the top spot on iTunes chart (he was removed due to Idol producers not wanting to favor any one contestant; it was a very different world then). Eight years later, Castro’s “Hallelujah” is still considered one of the greatest performances in American Idol history.

Yahoo Music

 

“Hallelujah” has also been recorded by Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, k.d. Lang, Bon Jovi, and countless contestants on American Idol (including season seven contestant Jason Castro, who had a minor hit with it and created another moment for Buckley’s version).

EW.com

 

In March 2008, after American Idol contestant Jason Castro sang Buckley’s arrangement of “Hallelujah” on Fox’s talent competition, Buckley’s recording shot to #1 on the Top Digital Songs chart.

Yahoo News

In 2008, during the seventh season of American Idol, Jason Castro performed Buckley’s version of the song, which propelled the late singer’s version to the top of download charts

People

 

And you definitely want to check out Billboard’s list of 12 Most Memorable Covers of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, because it wraps up with Leonard Cohen’s own original version.

RIP, Mr. Cohen. The world has lost a poet.

More from the Grammer/DeGraw tour…

Also there’s a bunch of great photos at RexFeatures.com. (Sorry, I can’t bring them over, but you can look at them there!)

This is a trifle late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LIZ!

Today is our Liz’s birthday!

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*ahem*

That is A Liz, but that is not our Liz. Our Liz is Lizzy LEMON.

Yes, that is A Liz Lemon, but that’s not OUR Liz Lemon.

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…Well. Closer!

Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LIZ!

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Erm. Surely we can do better than that.

Closer, but still…

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(Or something stronger, if you prefer.) Party on, Liz, and thanks for all the fish!

 
*Yes, this is almost same birthday post as the last two years, with just a few image-tweak. It’s a TRADITION, okay?