Tradition and Nostalgia Also Take the Checkered Flag at the Indy 500

I’m doing something a little different today instead of a book feature. If you’re a fan of car racing, or if you’re from Indiana, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this post in which Alice discusses the Indianapolis 500 and provides links to several renditions of “Back Home Again in Indiana.” I’ll definitely be back next Thursday with a review of a collection of essays that provide audio insight, so stay tuned.


Tradition and Nostalgia Also Take the Checkered Flag at the Indy 500

by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

NOTE:  At the end of this post, you will find a link for the song “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

Listening to the pre-race ceremonies of the Indianapolis 500 each May on the Indy Car Radio Network and on the television broadcast does bring forth a few nostalgic tears and does “make me long for my Indiana home,” as the lyrics of “Back Home Again in Indiana” conclude.  Over 101 years ago, James Frederick Hanley (born in Rensselaer, Indiana, in 1892)composed the music while Ballard MacDonald (born in Portland, Oregon, in 1882) wrote the lyrics for the 1918 hit song “Back Home Again in Indiana,” which was first published in January of 1917.

Although this 1918 hit was first performed at the Indianapolis 500 by a trackside brass band in 1919, the first time…

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

3 thoughts on “Tradition and Nostalgia Also Take the Checkered Flag at the Indy 500”

  1. Hi, Abbie–You surprised me with re-blogging this Indy 500-related post!  I always appreciate your re-blogging my posts because you have 321 followers and so many readers of your blog. Special thanks to you for your support!

        A friend of mine who is a musician told me that she and her husband performed “Back Home Again in Indiana” many times with another group in Wisconsin.  I wonder if you have ever sung this “Indiana” song.

    Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend–Alice


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