Muskegon man can't get over 'The White Cliffs of Dover'

Nov 20, 2012


Clif Martin said he's not quite old enough to be a member of The Greatest Generation, but he sure remembers their music.

In his latest "Burping Canary Feathers" blog, the Muskegon man warmly recalls the music of the 1930s and 1940s, and especially during World War II.

"I was 15 when the war ended," Martin wrote in "There is nothing like a dame, Vera." "By the time I was draft age, the Korean War was going on, but I was classsified 4-F. They didn't want me. If you were 1-A, you would soon be in uniform."

Martin said the music helped Americans and British get through World War II. He keys in on one particular songstress who became "the sweetheart of the troops, " Dame Vera Lynn.

"You don't need to be an old Brit to be moved by 'We'll meet again,'"  Martin noted. "'(There'll be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" can pack an emotional punch even if you've never seen those cliffs and you don't know where they are. ... There is something grand about Dame Vera singing those songs."

To read more of Martin's blog, and a link to a video of Vera Lynn in recent years talking about the old songs, click here.


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