House committee nixes ‘Shenandoah’

The House Rules Committee voted on Wednesday to table a measure that would have designated "Shenandoah" as the interim state song.
The committee vote came after a presentation by a vocal ensemble from Shenandoah University of a version of the song written by the school's music dean, Charlotte Collins, that removed references in the original to the Missouri River.
"The students who sang the song from Shenandoah University did a great job - and the people who rewrote the lyrics to be more inclusive did a great job as well. But the song still talks about the Shenandoah Valley as a focal point. And it just does not represent the entire state. And a state song ought to be representative of the entire state," said committee member Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave.
Sen. Charles Colgan, D-Manassas, had proposed the legislation naming "Shenandoah" the interim state song. Colgan said last month that his goal was to have a song in place for the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony on tap for 2007.
"Shenandoah" came in a distant third in an Augusta Free Press reader poll conducted in February - trailing Palmyra composer Bob Clouse's "Oh, Virginia" and country-music legend Jimmy Dean's "Virginia" in the voting.–By Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press.