April 16, 2009



Wisteria courtesy of Penny, Poppy & Patches

"He cannot be a gentleman which loveth not a dog." --- John Northbrooke

Hi friends,

My Mommy wants to share a video my Aunt Judy sent us. It is beautiful and brilliance like this needs to be shared. Mommy has heard Taps played at several military funerals but never knew the words that went with it until now. It made the useless killing of Marcus Luttrell's dog Dasy even harder to understand but she was a hero, as far as we are concerned, just like Marcus is so we dedicate this post to her memory.

Melissa Venema, 13-year old Dutch Trumpeter, is the trumpet soloist as she plays "Taps" in its entirety. She is playing it on a trumpet whereby the original was played on a bugle.

The original version of Taps was called Last Post , and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801. It was rather lengthy and formal, as you will hear in this clip, so in 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named Taps .


Day is done, gone the sun, from the hills, from the lake, from the sky.

All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep, may the soldier or sailor, God keep.

On the land or the deep, safe in sleep.

Love, good night, must thou go, when the day, and the night need thee so?

All is well, speedeth all to their rest.

Fades the light; and afar goeth day, and the stars shineth bright,

Fare thee well; day has gone, night is on.

Thanks and praise, for our days, neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the shy!

As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

It does make you cry so here is a video to make you smile.

My Uncle Neil sent this next video to the Mommy cause he says his cat Tigger does this to him.

Love, kisses & {{{huggies}}}....Mona


Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Mona sweetie,
We just caught up on your bloggie and read the post abt Dasy. It made mom so sad and upset at the same time about the senseless murder... what evil hearted people would do this?? We hope they rot in hell... **hmmmph**

Maggie and Mitch said...

Melissa did an awesome job with "Taps"!
That skateboarding doggie is just amazing!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Lady Kaos said...

We knew the stpry behind taps, but we never knew what the words were. Thanks for posting them!

The OP Pack said...

Taps was awesome and only 13!!!! Imagine her in five more years.

That dogskateboarder is something else, really made Mom smile.

The kitty one wouldn't work for us:(

Woos, the OP Pack

Abby said...

Hi, Mona & Mommy...

My Mom was laughing at the cat video...

She says Tigger used to do that stuff all the time...She is very old now & only eats & sleeps, but when she was young she did that stuff all the time...

Abby xxxooo

Lorenza said...

You made us cry, you made us laugh.
Have a great weekend
Kisses and hugs

The OP Pack said...

You are so sweet, Mona. Of course you can use the picture but you might want to wait and see some more for Thunder and Phantom. Thunder's is ready but we need to wait for the rain to stop to get Phantom's. Too bad about the cancellation.

Woos, Dakota

Lisa Krempasky said...

Marcus Luttrell is a true American hero. He deserves our thanks and support.

Good job with Taps.