Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, marked by picnics, ballgames and family fun — not to mention the painfully prosaic "Beginning of Driving Season." In its original intent, though, it's a day to remember those who have died in service to the country.
That dual, paradoxical nature of Memorial Day takes on a musical form with these selections, each of which unifies disparate feelings, words or musical elements to become an expression of uncommon power and beauty. In the process, each reminds listeners of both what has been lost and what we value most.
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