Dawn Greets Us With A Sunrise Serenade! –

Walking through Sawyer Point Park, Murphy and I observed this beautiful sunrise. Standing there slack jawed, our attention was diverted to birds singing in the trees sourounding the river bank. It was a nice counterpoint to the vista before us. Though the birds held Murphy’s gaze, I suspect it was for a very different reason. As I meditated on this photograph, a Glenn Miller tune, Sunrise Serenade, recorded April 10th 1939, seemed to complement the river music we experienced that morning. Even if you are not a fan of Swing, it is worth sitting down, pulling out a few tracks from Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Bix Beiderbecke, and certainly Glenn Miller. Music from the Big Band Era is, as its name implies, big, lush, and beautifully orchestrated, but still incorporates Jazz improvisational elements, as solos are traded between horns, woodwinds, and even rhythm sections.

There is much beauty and goodness in the world. One need only pause to experience it. Wishing you health and happiness from The Murphy-Cam Project!