From this day on, things were going to be looking a bit different in Paris.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for June 20, 1940
News for this June 20th in 1940 was not the most optimistic, especially if you were around Paris at the time. Word from the government, relocated to Bordeaux, reiterated that the war was over and France had lost and that all armed resistance end.
Envoys were sent to negotiate a peace settlement and Germany could add one more conquest to their Blitzkrieg strategy.
The only one left was across the channel, and they weren’t planning on giving up anytime soon.
Meanwhile, the news in Washington was the formation of a coalition Cabinet by FDR with the nomination of Henry L. Stimson to be Secretary of War and Col. Frank Knox to be Secretary of the Navy. Both considered to be major developments due to their political nature (both were Republicans who served under Taft and Hoover), but further evidence the U.S. was inevitably inching closer to full involvement in the War. It was also expected to be a major upset in the plans at the upcoming Republican Convention to frame FDR as a War President.
All that, and a lot more for this ominous June 20th in 1940 as presented by the NBC Blue Network’s News Of The World.
- Hitler Tours Paris, 1940 (historychannelfromthewar.com)
Irma Thomas – Sendin’ some Soul to Spain
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Irma Thomas, live at Black Is Back Soul Weekend – June 16, 2013
It’s hard to believe the Black Is Back Soul Weekend festival was the first time Queen of Soul Irma Thomas played in Spain. But from all accounts it was true. Needless to say, the legend hit Madrid and the audience went nuts.
And for good reason. Irma Thomas is one of those living legends we always talk about and she was in fine form this past Sunday. Luckily for those of us not able to be there, the always wonderful Radio Nacional Espana Radio 3 was on hand to broadcast the goings on.
One thing – lots of talking between songs, and mostly talking over intros. From what I’ve been experiencing the past few years of recording streaming audio from overseas, it’s one of those things announcers do in Europe; talk a lot – they all seem to. But if it meant not hearing this huge moment and that incredible voice, I’ll take the banter any day. Besides, the sound is wonderful.
So with all that, turn this one up and bask in the heady glow of a living legend. It’s good for you.
Soprano Maria Espada joins the festivities in Mahler’s 4th.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player -Part 2:
Over to Barcelona this week for a concert featuring music of two favorite composers; Benjamin Brittan and Gustav Mahler. The Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña is conducted by Pablo Gonzalez and features Spanish Soprano Maria Espada, joining the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony Number 4.
The first part (top player) features music from Britten‘s Peter Grimes – Pasacaglia and Four Sea Interludes and the second half (bottom player) is given over to the Mahler.
The concert was recorded on My 26th.
A nice contribution to Anti-Road Rage Wednesday, if you ask me.
Turn it up anyway.