While growing up in Central Indiana I always attended the spring event, SPECTACULAR, a dynamic, two-hour theme park style concert presented by the internationally known, Ball State University Singers.
Several times, I heard the theme song in the medley, “Lady America”, which was a catchy, glue-like melody that resounded in one’s mind for weeks. It was one of my favorite numbers.
In 1983, I joined this ensemble upon entering my freshman year of college as a music education major. Mr. Larry Boye, the Ball State University Singers’ director, had worked with Disney in several capacities, but mostly as director for Disneyland’s Kids of the Kingdom. When the Ball State University Singers went on tour the fall of 1984, “Lady America” was resurrected with new, additional tunes. It was the finale to the tour production medley concluding with “Golden Dream” from EPCOT’s The American Adventure.
Every July Fourth, two songs resonate in my brain: Irving Berlin’s “It’s A Great Country” from MR. PRESIDENT, and “Lady America.”
I looked up “Lady America” on YouTube and found it! How cool to revisit the Kids of the Kingdom performance.