Monday, December 3, 2012

Sing Louise... SING!

My friends and family know that I cry at the drop of a hat.
And music is often the prompter for a flow of liquid emotion.

Yesterday we attended the
14th Annual Central Montana Christmas Cantata Choir performance.
Over 50 local residents form 9 community churches participated.
For about six weeks they rehearse for this hour long event.

Frankly... I looked like a leaky faucet during the entire performance.
There's something so uplifting about a group of disparate people
joining together to create something so beautiful and inspiring.

The holidays are getting closer.
And that means we'll be listening to all of the tried and true holiday standards.
What's your favorite?

OK -
I admit it!
The original
White Christmas 
crooned by
Bing Crosby
is on the
top of my list.

Not the remake -

Somehow that song means Christmas to me.
In 2004 my team and I used "White Christmas"
as the theme for the Marshall Field's holiday campaign.

From the
Snow White
to the shopping bags -

was tones of white
plus soft shades
of the classic
Marshall Field's green.

While this link is a little rough... this is the compilation spot
of the campaign that we ran on Christmas Eve in Chicago.

What's truly sad
is that we often don't
know what we had
until you've lost it.

During my time at Field's
It was my privilege
to work with
who did
for the most
in the United States.

Today the venerable State Street Flagship
has the sign "Macy's" on it.

I guess Macy's CEO,
Terry Lundgren
was right when he said
"Nobody really cares".

Or... was he wrong?
Almost every weekend...
there are still protesters
standing on State Street
in front of the flagship crying
"Bring Field's back"!

In fact there is a very active "Field's Fans" group
who continue to push for reviving the Marshall Field's brand.

Well Terry... the people really did care.
Makes sense given that Marshall Fields delivered
memorable experiences and merchandise for over 150 years.

All of this is proof that
we often don't know what we love 

That's what I worry about in Lewistown.
If we allow our history to fade away... slowly our memories will also.

Lewistown, Montana 1917 - Courtesy of Montana Memory Project - Lewistown Library