The Arts

Music, Poetry, Movies, Painting & Sculpture

All of these arts have inspired people to live better lives for



The Common Good

Below are some works of art which have inspired me over the years.

What are some works of art which inspire you?

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Beautiful Music and Beautiful Photography

Always Bring Hope

“Autumn Leaves” by Nat King Cole   

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“Hope is the Thing” is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic is a book edited by B.J. Hollars and published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The book is a collection of 100 short essays and poems by Wisconsinites about their thoughts during the 2020-21 pandemic, each of which explores how and why they experience Hope in their lives even in difficult times.

In Recognition of Our Newest Federal Holiday - Juneteenth

The Black National Anthem

BY JAMES WELDON JOHNSON A group of young men in Jacksonville, Florida, arranged to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday in 1900. My brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, and I decided to write a song to be sung at the exercises. I wrote the words and he wrote the music. Our New York publisher, Edward B. Marks, made mimeographed copies for us, and the song was taught to and sung by a chorus of five hundred colored school children.
Shortly afterwards my brother and I moved away from Jacksonville to New York, and the song passed out of our minds. But the school children of Jacksonville kept singing it; they went off to other schools and sang it; they became teachers and taught it to other children. Within twenty years it was being sung over the South and in some other parts of the country. Today the song, popularly known as the Negro National Hymn, is quite generally used. The lines of this song repay me in an elation, almost of exquisite anguish, whenever I hear them sung by Negro children.

A Beautiful Song By a Wonderful Singer

When I see or hear beauty in any way, shape, or form,

I am filled with hope.

We can all create beauty. Some can do it through the arts.

Most of us can create it through our relationships with people.

Hear is something beautiful by the combined talents of a 

composer (Puccini), a soprano (Renata Tebaldi), and orchestra.

Renata Tebaldi - O mio Babbino caro (Concert) - YouTube


Emmane Beasha: A Ten Year Old Girl With a Beautiful Voice

Bringing Joy to Millions

And a Smile to Your Face

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“We’ll Take a Glass Together”

From the Musical Grand Hotel