#ThrowbackThursday: “Over The Rainbow” by Judy Garland On this day in 1939 Judy Garland made her first commercial recording of the song “Over The Rainbow.” The song would not only become her signature song, but also the standout song for the film it was recorded for The Wizard of Oz. As hard as it may be to believe, Judy Garland’s version of “Over The Rainbow” never appeared on the charts. Despite this lack of initial commercial success, critics began to recognize the song almost immediately. It won the 1939 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and at the turn of the century was named the number one on the “Songs of the Century” list put out by the Recording Industry Association of America, the National Endowment of the Arts, and Scholastic in 2001. It was also named the top song by the American Film Institute on their list of the top 100 songs from the past 100 years of film released in 2004.
Event Alert: The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons from Oz Few stories inhabit our individual and collective psyche like The Wizard of Oz. And few teachers can guide us through an exploration of its archetypal lessons and their application to our life as Jean Houston. Take a joy-filled journey into the metaphoric land of Oz where Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Lion, the Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch, and Toto come alive to teach hidden lessons. As you move through this magnificent, mythical world, you access the gifts of each character and learn seven ways to combine your unconscious and conscious minds to uncover your hidden talents, resources, and vision. Through a blend of lecture, interactive exercises, dancing, poetry, and meditation, you discover how to respond to life with innovative action. As you write your own expanded story, you tap into an exciting new sense of meaning and purpose for your life.
Author receives Oz Award Oz, fantasy and science fiction author Ron Baxley Jr. of Barnwell received a certificate from the International L. Frank Baum and All Things Oz Historical Foundation bestowing him an Honorary Lifetime Membership during the closing ceremony of Oz-Stravaganza 2016 on June 5. Baxley has been invited as an author in Authors and Artists Alley in the foundation’s Oz-Stravaganza Festival, held in the birthplace of original Oz author L. Frank Baum, for six years. He has donated copies of his books to the All Things Oz Museum, promoted the efforts of the festival and board via social media, and donated proceeds from some projects to the museum. A part-time correspondent for The Times and Democrat, he has written many Oz and science fiction books and has co-written an Oz/Wonderland book with James C. Wallace II.