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A Nostalgic Evening
Five Decades of Music

1920s: The Roaring '20s were a time of speakeasies, short skirts, the Charleston dance, and jazz music. The 1920s also showed great strides in Women's Suffrage, and archaeology hit the mainstream with the discovery of King Tut's Tomb. There were an amazing number of cultural firsts in the 1920s, including the first talking film, Babe Ruth hitting his home-run record, and the first Mickey Mouse cartoon.

Five popular songs from the 1920s

Al Jolson

West End Blues
Louis Armstrong

Rhapsody In Blue
Paul Whiteman
(Featuring George Gershwin)

Ain't Misbehavin'
Fats Waller/Louis Armstrong

T For Texas
(Blue Yodel #1)
Jimmie Rodgers

1930s: The Great Depression hit the world hard in the 1930s. The Nazis took advantage of this situation and were able to come to power in Germany, establish their first concentration camp, and begin a systematic persecution of Jews in Europe. Other news in the 1930s included the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, a wild and murderous crime spree by Bonnie and Clyde, and the imprisonment of Al Capone for income tax evasion.

Five popular songs from the 1930s

In The Mood
Glenn Miller

Minnie The Moocher
Cab Calloway

Over The Rainbow
Judy Garland/Glenn Miller

Pennies From Heaven
Bing Crosby/Eddy Duchin/Teddy Wilson
(Featuring Billie Holiday)

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
Bing Crosby/Rudy Vallee

1940s: World War II was already underway by the time the 1940s began and it was definitely the big event of the first half of the decade. Plus, the Nazis established death camps in their effort to murder millions of Jews during the Holocaust. When World War II ended, the Cold War began. The 1940s also witnessed the assassination of Gandhi and the beginning of Apartheid.

Five popular songs from the 1940s

Take the "A" Train
Duke Ellington

Artie Shaw

Swinging On a Star
Bing Crosby

Stormy Weather
Lena Horne

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
Glenn Miller/Andrews Sisters

1950s: The 1950s are sometimes referred to as the Golden Age. Color TV was invented; the polio vaccine was discovered; Disneyland opened; and Elvis moved his hips on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Cold War continued as the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union began. The 1950s also saw segregation ruled illegal in the U.S. and the beginning of the Civil Rights movement.

Five popular songs from the 1950s

Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog
Elvis Presley

Rock Around The Clock
Bill Haley and His Comets

Put Your Head On My Shoulder
Paul Anka

Wake Up Little Suzie
The Everly Bothers

Great Balls of Fire
Jerry Lee Lewis

1960s: To many people, the 1960s can be summed up as the Vietnam War, hippies, drugs, protests, and rock and roll. Although those were important aspects of the 1960s decade, other events occurred as well. The Berlin Wall was built, the Soviets launched the first man into space, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the Beatles became popular, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Five popular songs from the 1960s

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Rolling Stones

Like a Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan

Hey Jude

All Along the Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix

Mr. Tambourine Man

Remember, just because you don’t like something
doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it.
It just means you don’t like it.
Cheri Huber

Always look to what is inside.
Never allow the true essence and worth
of a thing to escape you.
Marcus Aurelius

The first step toward change is awareness.
The second step is acceptance.
Nathaniel Branden

Always in life the moments that matter are where thought ends;
they appear in nonsense, as lightning in sunlight,
as a burst of laughter over a cup of tea.
Christmas Humphreys

You might be poor,
your shoes might be broken,
but your mind is a palace.
Frank McCourt

I had been my whole life a bell,
and never knew it until at that moment
I was lifted and struck.
Annie Dillard

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward.
They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


we're madly in love,
so it's all right to kiss me
anytime you feel like it.
Suzanne Collins

A man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation,
and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.
Lewis Carroll

With unfailing kindness,
your life always presents what you need to learn.
Whether you stay home or work in an office or whatever,
the next teacher is going to pop right up.
Charlotte Joko Beck

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water. Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.


Good humor may be said to be one of the very best
articles of dress one can wear in society.
William Makepeace Thackeray

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Melody Beattie

Art is something which, although produced by human hands, is not created by these hands alone, but something which wells up from a deeper source in our souls.

Vincent van Gogh

One of the most difficult things for us to accept is that beneath all our dreams and disappointments, we live and breathe in abundance. It is hard when in pain to believe all we ever need is before us, around us, within us. And yet it is true. Mysterious as it is - no matter our pain or excitement, our drama or circumstance - all that we could hope for is here. We lack nothing.

Mark Nepo

A fresh attitude starts to happen when we look to see that yesterday was yesterday, and now it is gone; today is today and now it is new. It is like that - every hour, every minute is changing. If we stop observing change, then we stop seeing everything as new.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

I'm going to smile,
and my smile will sink down into your pupils,
and heaven knows what it will become.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
Ancient American Indian Saying

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Albert Einstein

I’m not waiting until my hair turns white to become patient and wise.
Nope, I’m dying my hair tonight.
Jarod Kintz

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
C.S. Lewis

There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met.
Jim Henson

A friend is one that knows you as you are,
understands where you have been,
accepts what you have become,
and still, gently allows you to grow.
William Shakespeare

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense,
and to have her nonsense respected.
Charles Lamb

Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
Louisa May Alcott

The best mirror is an old friend.
George Herbert

Can miles truly separate you from friends?
If you want to be with someone you love,
aren't you already there?
Richard Bach

No friendship is an accident.
O. Henry

Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.
Stephanie Klein

However rare true love may be,
it is less so than true friendship.
Albert Einstein

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me
was when one asked me what I thought,
and attended to my answer.
Henry David Thoreau

A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.
Maya Angelou

Be slow to fall into friendship,
but when you are in,
continue firm and constant.

Everyone has a gift for something,
even if it is the gift of being a good friend.
Marian Anderson

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility,
never an opportunity.
Khalil Gibran

When you choose your friends,
don't be short-changed by
choosing personality over character.
W. Somerset Maugham

A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself.
Frances Ward Weller

When a friend is in trouble,
don't annoy him by asking
if there is anything you can do.
Think up something appropriate and do it.
E.W. Howe

I may not always be with you
But when we're far apart
Remember you will be with me
Right inside my heart.
Marc Wambolt

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