I read with interest and a good bit of eye-rolling, the latest bill to come out of the Connecticut General Assembly regarding the Wright Brothers' place in history, designated months for hyphenated Americans, a new state song and a state polka, of all things - "Altering history, and other silliness," (June 16).
As a professional composer, I was particularly curious about the selection of a second state song, "Beautiful Connecticut Waltz." I pulled it up on YouTube and heard what can only be described as good ol' country music from the hills of Tennessee. How is this appropriate for Connecticut and how did this come about?
I don't recall hearing of another state song contest as was done in the late 1970s only to end up with the lame decision of "Yankee Doodle" and his macaroni.
Doesn't our small, historic and beautiful state deserve something more fitting and dignified than these current choices? Surely there's no lack of competent Connecticut composers in and out of our universities. Obviously there is a lack of musical judgment among those who have the final say.