Donna Langwig’s article on page 20 of the February issue of the Nugget, “Augsberg Centennial Singers to perform in Catalina Church”, resulted in over 200 attendees being pleasantly entertained for the afternoon, during the 90-minute performance on Sat., Feb. 23.
One of the most inspirational renderings was that of a song called “The House I Live In.” Paul Christensen was the soloist, and here is what the audience heard:
“What is America to me? A name, a map, or a flag I see, a certain word, democracy. What is America to me? The town I live in, a plot of earth, a street, the grocer and the butcher, or the people that I meet, the children in the playground, the faces that I see, all races and religions. That’s America to me.
The place I work in, the worker at my side, the little town or city where my people lived or died. The “howdy” and the handshake, the air of feeling free, the right to speak my mind out. That’s America to me.
The things I see about me, the big things and the small, the little corner newsstand and the house a mile tall, the wedding and the churchyard, the laughter and the tears, the dream that’s been growing for 250 years. The town that I live in, the street, the house, the room, the pavement of the city, or a garden all in bloom. The church, the school, the clubhouse, the million lights I see; but, especially, it’s the people. That’s America to me.”
The 60-member group received a standing ovation after their 15 selections, which resulted in an encore.
/s/ Bob Coulson