In the midst of turmoil, a reminder we’ve come a long way.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Fourth of July celebration with President Kennedy – July 4, 1962 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
The Fourth of July in 2013 is full of turmoil and uncertainty. Oddly, the Fourth of July in 1962 was almost exactly the same. The world in the midst of Cold War. The upheaval of former colonies. The Civil Rights movement. Changing value systems. The status of our nation as a whole – what kind of people had we become.
We asked those questions in 1962 and we’re asking those questions again in 2013.
Some things will forever stay the same as long as they’re being done over and over again in the hopes of a different outcome.
Yes . . .I know. Insanity.
But as a reminder of how tenuous this all is; a reminder of the fragile balances we often keep up and the prevailing optimism that everything eventually works out, here is the Fourth of July, as celebrated in 1962, with an address by President John F. Kennedy.
Enjoy the Fourth. Keep an eye on the four-legged folks. Don’t get too loaded. Don’t make any big promises. Anticipate your hangover tomorrow. Designate a driver. Stay away from arguments. Consider us all in the same boat.
- Happy Fourth of July everyone (brokenbrilliant.wordpress.com)
Click on the link here for Audio Player: T. Rex In Concert At Wembley – March 18, 1972
Since we’re heading into a holiday tomorrow, I thought I’d get things partly rolling with a classic T. Rex concert, recorded at Wembley on March 18, 1972.
There’s a lot of live T. Rex material out there, but unfortunately, not much is very good. This one sounds excellent and it gives further evidence to the remarkable talent he was. At the time, I don’t recall T.Rex being taken all that seriously – something on the par with early Sweet and Bay City Rollers – bands that relied on appearance and songs loaded with hooks that had a lot of teen appeal, but not a whole lot beyond that. But over the years Marc Bolan has grown in stature – songs like Jeepster and Ride A White Swan are considered classics today. Even though the T.Rex fanbase was decidedly teen at the time – those teenagers have grown up and are now quite middle-aged. One wonders what Marc Bolan would be doing now, had fate not stepped in and ended his career. It’s true that, at the time of his death, his music was evolving. So it’s interesting to consider what T. Rex would sound like today.
But we’ll never know – and we will always be wondering.
For tonight at least, there’s no room for wondering – here is what Marc Bolan and T.Rex sounded like, smack in the middle of their heyday.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Danish National Symphony In Concert – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Danish National Symphony In Concert – Part 2
Over to Moscow this week for a concert by the visiting Danish National Symphony, conducted by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and featuring the legendary Pepe Romero, guitar solo.
Recorded by Radio Orpheus in March this past year, the concert features music of Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Rodrigo and Johannes Brahms.
Here’s what’s on the players:
1. de Falla: El Amor Brujo
2. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra (w/Romero)
1. Brahms: Symphony Number 1
The Rodrigo is a perennial favorite with a lot of people, despite the fact that he composed a lot during his lifetime. Still . . .he was no one-hit wonder.
Good concert. Part of a week-long celebration of Mstislav Rostropovich back in March.
And it make for perfect pre-holiday anti-road rage music.