THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1921
(By W. B. Butler) legs at the feet of the patrirchal bard.
Traditions link the past with the And what an experiment that is for
present. They are what the Alumnus dilating the external cranial orifices!
recalls with as keen a sense of delight To what great stories of the past does
and familiarity as the sentimentalist the present listen when the old-timer
who ponder over the trinkets bright orates about the "queer and curious"
and broken. To him they are the of days gone by! Oh! Those were the
morning glories that twine around the days of real sport.
old back door. They are the present In 1959 the University of Michigan
day spiritual heritage of the 1921 Glee Club was organized. Since col-
Michigan student. . We can define tra- lege songs are an organic part of
dition only as "something there," an- traditions, this was nothing but a
omnipotent omnipresence hoarded up recognition of an inheritance from
in the past-something immortal, the European pater-universitas. The
self-propogatory and subject to little chant and song of the tribal praise-
revision. Tho chance and change are this is the hymn to the Alma Mater.
busy ever and man decays and ages The greatest stimulus to college
more, the Michigan spiit never wanes, song tradition was the advent of one
The tradition-wave is borne on with Albert Augustus Stanley, a brilliant
the ever-changing student body as its young musician ready to be molded
medium. As the medium deviates in into the Michigan spirit. Thirty years
type from the past as time writes its ago in a small upper room on State
changes, it must follow that tradition Street, three men met for a Sunday
is nicked by many but yet judicious afternoon relaxation. They were Pro-
interpretations. We cannot live in the fessor Frieze, Prof. F. N. Scott, and
past and who takes an interest in the Prof. A. A. Stanley, who decided that
history of Michigan? Only occasion- the Alma Mater was worthy of greater
ally does the lucky man sit with cross- praise. The following week a Latin
IS JUST FS NOURISHING AND DELICIOUS
DURING THE WINTER MONTHS AS IT IS IN
SUMMER. IT KEEPS YOU IN GOOD HEALTH
THE YEAR 'ROUND
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hymn was written and placed before Prior to 1914 the Glee club was on
the enthusiastic Stanley, who striking solid traditional foundation. These
the A flat chord with eyes upon the were the days when the honor of a
words, the hymn felt, created a great berth on the Glee club was second to
new song, born of an uncanny sudden- no other campus honor; when the
ness that can be attributed only to a "making" of the "Varsity Midnight
deep inspiration. "Laudes atque Car- Sons" Was almost like winning an "M"
mina" was played as it stands written and when "making" the trip club
and imperishable today, one of the every two years was the result of
greatest college hymns. Take up the sheer stick-to-it-iveness.
old '88 Yellow and Blue song books But what about 1914? That year
and the later dark blue covered one, witnessed the arrival of a new direct-
and see who has given much to Michi- or, and the Glee club's palmiest days
gan tradition. They are Frieze, Gay- were ushered in. The Glee club rose
ley, Stanley, and Scott. What a heri- to the heights of perfect male-chorus
tage we have! To whom are many singing-travelling 10,000 miles west
immediately dedicated? See the book's and back in two trips. What is the
footnotes: "Dedicated to the Universi- significance of that? Just this: that
ty Glee Club." the spirit of Michigan was brought to
They were written for singing-who thousands of alumni who had held
shall sing and propagate? For the only dim hopes of ever again being
hearing is necessary to the apprecia- touched by the thrill of "The Victors."
tion. Verily has the Glee Club taught In 1916 at Tacoma, Carl Johnson heard
the student body to love its college of the real Michigan for the first time
songs. Alas come the days of the -a factor in hiscoming here. Alumni
damned, for who can sing now in in the secluded prairie and "bad-land"
Latin; what poet among us is inspired hamlets of the wooly west ran coat-
"by the sacred fires of knowledge?" less to the depot at the strains of "The
Who of them can equal F. N. Scott's Yellow and the Blue." In the past
"Goddess of the Inland Seas?" And, five years, the musical clubs have
where is another Louis Ebel "of thee brought Michigan spirit to every large
toast to Michigan" and "The Victors" city west -of the Mississippi. They
calibre. See to whom this song was have travelled no less than twenty-
dedicated and by whom the original five thousands of miles, and the "loco-
was sung. Where are the Union Opera motive" has rung from the opera stage
days of Monk Moore and Bill Diekema? of every principal alumnus center.
Not a lasting song has been written, Even Gen. Jose Gonzoles Escobar of
since Konzaland's "College Days" and the Jaurez Federal garrison was pep-
Contrary Mary's "Friar Song." Yes ped up by the strains of "The Victors"
many a feeble attempt has been made, during the last club trip.
but they all have lacked the deep in- The club promoted collegiate spirit
spiration of the X~ers. (Continued on Page 8)
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