At the time, uncertainty.
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Certainly the date of June 6th isn’t the sole property of 1944. A lot has happened since then. But as time passes and the numbers of people involved or bearing witness to that day in history begin to fade, it’s more of a tribute to our parents and grand-parents (and Great–Grandparents) who went through a time of great uncertainty and upheaval and lived to talk about it.
For one thing, we really just don’t fight wars like that anymore, and haven’t since the early days of Vietnam. The enemy has changed and has become less defined. If World War 1 signaled the end of the “proper war”, World War 2 signaled the end of the clearly defined one, and it is unlikely it will ever return to the “rules of engagement” era so strictly adhered to then.
The one element that hasn’t changed is the aftermath. The physically and emotionally damaged are always left in vast numbers – whose aftereffects go on for decades, and always will as long as wars are fought in any conventional or non-conventional way. There are doubtless still veterans of World War 2 coming to grips with events from going-on 70 years ago.
Maybe one day we’ll look at June 6th as a distant antiquity as many already have – it will be less and less observed as have battles of previous wars faded from our collective consciousness. But not this year, and certainly not next when it will mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France and the eventual capitulation of Hitler and Nazi Germany.
But for now, here is a one-hour extract from June 6, 1944 as presented by Mutual Broadcasting and the BBC, from 7:30 until 9:00 in the morning. People in the U.S. hearing the news as they were waking up, and all attention was focused on the coast of France.
Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches – Figuring prominently on a veritable who’s who of “best-of” lists.
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In case you haven’t noticed, Scottish electro-pop raves Chvrches (pronounced Churches if you were wondering) are currently embarking on a North American tour which began in May and goes until the end of June, when they head back to Europe and keep the ball rolling at least until October. A lot of festival appearances are booked, so it should be a good year for them.
Very busy band. Very busy new band. Chvrches have only been around since 2011 and only started making waves last year when they managed to get on most of the “best of” lists around Europe and became one of the main bands to watch in the coming year.
Tonight its one of their German “introducing” gigs from early in May. I’m not sure of the venue but am guessing it’s Munich, although it might be Berlin – as the date didn’t show up on their site’s itinerary, but Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin are all in there someplace. So . . .
Check them out if you haven’t seen them yet. They should be heading east this week. After that it’s back to Europe for, what looks like, the rest of the year.
- Chvrches… (bintheknow.wordpress.com)
- Chvrches – Music Inspiration (chinabambi.wordpress.com)
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Over to Madrid this week for a live as-it-happened concert featuring Orquesta Nacional de España, guest-conducted by Jiri Belhlavek and featuring American violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn in music of Vorisek, Vieuxtemps and Tchaikovsky. The concert was broadcast live from the stage of the Auditorio Nacional de Musica de Madrid on June 2nd.
The concert is rather long, so it’s broken up between two players. The top player features the Vorisek and Vieuxtemps and the bottom player features the Tchaikovsky.
Here’s what’s on the players:
Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España
Transmisión directa desde el Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid.
Part 1 – 1.VORISEK: Sinfonía en Re mayor. 2. VIEUXTEMPS: Concierto para violín y orquesta nº 4 en Re menor, Op. 31, H. Hahn (vl.),
Part 2 – 1.TCHAIKOVSKY: Sinfonía nº 6 en Si menor, Op. 74.
H. Hahn (vl.), Orq. Nacional de España. Dir.: J. Belohlávek.
Another dose of Anti-Road Rage Wednesday to get you reasonably out of rush-hour.
There’s a small micro-second glitch towards the end of the Vorisek that sounds like it came from their end. With live concerts, ya gotta take your chances.