Monday, July 13, 2015

[001] ‘Date which will live in infamy’ lives in music on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO — An MTSU student who was inspired to set Pearl Harbor to music will be the guest on the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with student composer Blair Boothe will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 6, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Boothe, a senior from Culleoka, Tennessee, majoring in instrumental music education, introduced “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy” in an April 30 performance by the Columbia Winds at Columbia Central High School.

Columbia Winds is a 50-piece band of high school juniors and seniors who play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

Boothe said he was inspired to compose a piece that recalled the opening salvo of America’s involvement in World War II by watching a History Channel documentary.

“In my compositions, I like to think of a story or a progression of events or an item or a person, something that the audience can relate to as they listen to a piece,” said Boothe. “So, during the Pearl Harbor piece, I like for them to be able to go through in their head and, by what they’re listening to, be able to tell what’s taking place.”

Musical segments of “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy,” taken from the April 30 performance, will be included in the broadcast.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to and click the “more” link under “Audio Clips.”

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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