I am including this because of this historic day and anniversary.
President Kennedy was a transformational leader, and it’s hard to imagine what it felt like to hear of his assassination 50 years ago today. Kennedy was shot as the Boston Symphony Orchestra was about to begin its regular Friday afternoon concert. When word of his death reached the hall a few minutes later, the audience was already seated, oblivious to the world-changing events happening in Dallas.
In a powerful — and stunningly level-headed — decision, the orchestra’s music director, Erich Leinsdorf, sent librarian William Shisler to get the music for the funeral march from Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony. Shisler quickly distributed the music onstage, letting the musicians know what had happened.
This recording, from WGBH in Boston, begins when Leinsdorf takes the stage to announce the terrible news to the audience and captures the BSO’s heart-rending performance of the Beethoven symphony — a work they found out they were playing only minutes before.
Again, may we never forget; and never forget who did this.
This is stunning. Also too, consider this an exception to the new rule.
What I know him for…:
Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.
May he rest in peace.
A high school in Indiana decided recently to ban the classic country song “Rocky Top” from football games because its references to “moonshine” are supposedly “politically incorrect,” as WNDU.com puts it.
Indiana High School Bans Classic Country Song at Games Because It’s…Politically Incorrect?
“We have a hard time seeing how we can continue to let our whole school body, student body celebrate to a song that’s about alcohol,” said Plymouth School Superintendent Dan Tyree, who is responsible for the ban. — Source
…and Indeed, we are on the eve of destruction:
(H/T and thank you to Ed @ HotAir.com)
This is for Linda Ronstadt, who is fighting for her life. Fight like hell woman!
Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can’t sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago. But she ascribed her inability to sing to a tick bite (“my health has never recovered since then”), and believed the shaking in her hands resulted from shoulder surgery.
In a wide-ranging interview with AARP’s music writer Alanna Nash to be published on aarp.org next week, Ronstadt revealed how she discovered that “there was something wrong” with her voice.
“I couldn’t sing,” she told Nash, “and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.
“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”
Ronstadt walks with the aid of poles when on uneven ground, and uses a wheelchair when she travels.
After the week I’ve had, I am in need of some good music.
This is from 1972. This is Chicago Transit Authority.
This is from an era, when the city of Chicago was actually worth a darn and not the leftist swamp it is now.
Although, some of the songs in this video are quite leftist in nature, “We can make it happen” being a perfect example — it is still good music.
Also too, please note: This video features the late, great, Terry Kath, who was tragically killed in a gun-related accident; just 6 years after this video was filmed.
Enjoy and please, enjoy the weekend!
For the Bradley S. Clanton idiot who left the pud comment on my blog.
It appears that Alvin Lee finally made it home.
Alvin Lee, the guitarist and singer of Ten Years After, has died.
A statement posted on his official website read: “With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.
“We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.” — More at Music Radar