Going through formalities.
Click on the link here for audio player: 1956 Republican Convention – Day 1
A reminder of just how much has changed in the race for the Presidency.
For example – this short address by Utah Senator Wallace Bennett:
Sen. Wallace Bennett (R-Utah): “Our country has always recognized that people grow old. It’s part of the divine plan. And we’ve always gone out of our way to provide for those people. Never has that been more vigorously demonstrated than during the present Administration. More than ten million more Americans were made eligible for Social Security payments. Payments were raised for seven million more, who were already eligible. When the Republican Congress replaced the Democrat Congress in 1953, only 47% of our aged were eligible for Social Security benefits. Under Republican legislation 75% are covered. Social Security coverage was extended to Farmers by a Republican Congress. It was extended to 200 thousand Domestic workers by a Republican Congress. It was extended to 250 thousand Ministers by a Republican Congress. To a hundred thousand home workers – to over 3 million state and local Government employees, to fifty thousand Federal employees – all by a Republican Congress. The same Republican Congress that created the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. But the job is not finished, the program should be broadened, and it will be by a Republican Congress.”
Here is a one hour extract from the days activities for August 20, 1956 as reported by CBS Radio and their continuing gavel-to-gavel coverage of the 1956 Democratic and Republican Conventions.
Megaafonia – Indie from Spain – with mellotrons, no less.
Click on the link here for audio player: Megaafonia -Pere Pedregos
Further evidence that Rock Without Borders yields interesting results. Megaafonia is a band from Spain I ran across on several sites the past few years. Around since 2005 – with two albums and an ep currently out, Megaafonia have been forging inroads and getting some good notoriety in the process around Spain and throughout Europe.
Tonight it’s a track off their 2010 album Tutto. Pere Pedrègos gives a good idea of where this band is coming from musically. Indie/Alternative with some blasts of Mellotron towards the end of the track. You can’t possibly go wrong with that!
And since it’s in Spanish there’s that language barrier – which by now should be no barrier, right?
Check them out and “like” them on Facebook while you’re at it
Marcel Mule – One of the greatest advocates for the Saxophone in Classical Music.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Debussy – Rhapsodie Orientale for Saxophone and Orchestra – 1955
To more familiar territory this week. Still by way of French Radio in the 1950’s. The repertoire is Debussy this time. The Rhapsodie Orientale for Saxophone and Orchestra featuring the legendary saxophonist Marcel Mule, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of The French Radio conducted by another legend, Manuel Rosenthal in this circa 1955 Radio broadcast recording.
Rare broadcast recordings of familiar works as performed by the biggest names of the day.
Perfect end to the week, if you ask me. Or a perfect start – depending on where you are