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Israeli Grandmother Pens Anthem Beloved by Two U.S. Presidents

Loretta Weinberger, an Israeli grandmother, has written songs for Sesame Street and other children’s TV shows. But it’s a composition the native of England wrote for the U.S. that’s gotten her attention from not one but two American presidents.

Her anthem “Gonna Keep America Singing” was performed at the inauguration parade for Donald Trump on January 20. And it had been played at a 2013 Fourth of July party at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Israel, which prompted a request for sheet music from the United States Marine Band and a thank-you note from then-President Obama.

Her motivation for writing “Gonna Keep America Singing” was entirely apolitical. “I really just wanted to unite the country with song. I’ve written hymns for Israel, too. My purpose in life is to make people smile with music, whether children or adults.”

Weinberger currently is hoping to start a nonprofit organization to provide instruments for Israeli children who can’t afford music lessons.

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