In 1994, on the 25th anniversary of that speech, Bill Clinton had this to say: "It was one of those magic moments in the history of Congress, and maybe of our country, which reminds us all, for all of our differences, there's a common chord
that unites us when we are all at our best.
The varied voices and experiences that make up this collection strike one common chord
sung succinctly by Suheir Hammad (India): "I will never be as American as apple pie.
On Yellow, the massive hit single from Parachutes, Coldplay's uncanny knack for striking a common chord
was made clear.
Frank Schaeffer's report of the sleepless nights and the awakenings in the middle of the night with an uncertain feeling strike a common chord
in the lives of servicemen's family members of any branch of the military.
Here detuning the common chord
served as an expression of pain in line with the text, the passage in Thoreau where he describes how the Jesuits tortured the Indians who didn't want to give up their faith, but the Indians still expressed unparalleled love for their enemy and forgiveness.
Before university he took a gap year to travel, he drinks real ale, smokes Marlboro Lights (not terribly on message these days, but he is trying to quit another common chord
of communion with many modern twenty-somethings) and says he currently listens to indie rock band The Killers.
Cheshire playwright Tim Firth is a man who does know about these things - his parents and grandparents were all teachers - and his television comedy, The Flint Street Nativity, struck a common chord
with viewers when screened in 1999.
At the same time, Hartman describes the somber experiences of Diasporan Blacks and the apathy of Ghanaians at sites of slavery: "We were encouraged to mourn because it generated revenue, but our grief struck no common chord
of memory, no bedrock of shared sentiment" (171).
News of Barbaro's death on Monday, after a battle lasting eight months and involving 20 surgical procedures, spread quickly and struck a common chord
of sadness around the racing world.
Their music doesn't necessarily sound Jewish, so what is the common chord
between Jewish composers and their disproportionate success in the film industry if the connection isn't audible?
I had presumed that the black world shared a thread of connection or a common chord
of memory based upon this, our tragic past.
Her music and celebrity have struck a common chord
with all generations and all walks of life.