There is a freeway ramp near the Lakefront in Milwaukee that has a tune inscribed on the wall. It recently was discussed in the news because people have been trying to figure out what the song or tune was from. It has been revealed, "The musical notes are the chorus to the song "Smiles" and was written by Lee S. Roberts in 1917. Judy Garland and a number of other singers have sung it at various times, according to a recently article in On Milwaukee. They also mentioned how the tune came to be on the wall: "During the meetings, many options were considered for the design of the wall along the northbound exit from the Hoan Bridge. The group supported the idea of combining the ideas of water and music bringing together the themes that represent this area of the lakefront."
Shiner suggested "Smiles" is certainly appropriate as a reference to the Summerfest logo.
As an aside, Pyrtiz added that, "the oscillation of the staff and chord lines are meant to represents the waves of Lake Michigan." You can read the entire article here
Another reason to smile when you're in Milwaukee!
something to think about...
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