Thursday, July 03, 2014

REPOST -- MA-73 - American Favorites

This is music relating in some way to the country that I love.  The country that, ideally, tries to to the right thing. That in its best intentions, stands for fair play, individual rights, private property, and the value of the individual.
01. The Star-Spangled Banner - Jerry Goldsmith (1:22)
02. This Land Is Your Land - Peter, Paul & Mary (2:27)
03. Let’s All Be Americans Now - Arthur Hall (3:05)
04. People Like You and Me - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (3:46)
05. The Stars and Stripes Forever - The US Army Ceremonial Band (3:33)
06. Home on the Range - The Sons of the Pioneers (2:41)
07. God Bless America - Kate Smith (2:04)
08. Variations on “America” - Charles Ives (7:10)
09. The House I Live In - Frank Sinatra (3:39)
10. The Magnificent Seven Main Title - Elmer Bernstein (1:59)
11. Pleasant Moments - Scott Joplin (3:02)
12. Ragged Old Flag - Johnny Cash (3:08)
13. No Restricted Signs (Up in Heaven) - Golden Gate Quartet (2:59)
14. You're a Grand Old Flag - James Cagney (5:39)
15. High Noon - Tex Ritter (2:47)
16. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (3:11)
17. Battle Hymn of the Republic - John Williams & The Boston Pops (5:01)
18. A Lincoln Portrait - Aaron Copland (15:44)
19. The Stars and Stripes Forever - Vladimir Horowitz (4:00)

In my opinion, Track 1 is the best instrumental version of the National Anthem anywhere.  Another reason to be grateful for Jerry Goldsmith!
The various sentiments in other songs or musical pieces may be corny to some, but for me it is HONEST corn.
The version of "A Lincoln Portrait" is from the early 1980s, dubbed over FM radio onto a cassette that was well-played.  There is hiss.  But this track also includes the composer, Aaron Copland as the narrator of the piece.  That makes it worth the listen! Whenever I think of these words of President Lincoln, I now imagine them in Copland's sincere, reedy voice.  Who doesn't get a chill hearing the final words of the Gettysburg Address backed and capped with such wonderfully stirring music?

Remember, the only thing worse than our system of government is ... all the other ones.


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Welcome Back to The Fortress of Markitude!

Previous visits to my nonsolitary stash of superness were here:

And, as with previous posts in this series,  PLEASE NOTE:  all of these pictures were taken a few years ago when the place was less cluttered.  All text is in the present tense anyway.

Now we’ve reached the inner sanctum of inner sanctums, the Comics Closet.

You can tell by the presence of videotapes that these photos are a few years old.

Here is a better shot of all of the STAR TREK model box lid illustrations, cut out and mounted like patients etherized upon a table.  I must confess the truth, that most of these cutouts are courtesy of my friend Ed Porter, who had even more STAR TREK models than I did.

The small piece of STAR TREK model seen hanging from the ceiling in the top right corner is the AMT electrified Enterprise model from STAR TREK: The Motion Picture.

At the bottom you can see a fan piece of Superman art I bought at a SoonerCon.

If you can imagine taking a 90-degree left turn from the previous photos and taking a picture with your right shoulder touching the videotape shelf above, then you’ve got the viewpoint of the above image and the next one.

Hanging above is the electrified shuttle sold  in tandem with the Galoob 3¾-inch STAR TREK: The Next Generation figures.

Below that is an inflatable NASA space shuttle, and at the top of the photo you can see part of the STAR TREK: The Motion Picture AMT version of a Klingon ship.

Since this photo was taken, there are even more long boxes in there!

From this angle you can also see Ed Porter’s Battlestar Galactica model in the distance, hanging at the far end of the ceiling from the light fixture, perfectly at home with the other spaceships.

As you can tell from your angle on the inflatable space shuttle hanging from the AC grate, this is a reverse angle from the previous two photos, with your back against the videotape shelf seen in them.  (Yes, MORE videotapes!)

Well, I’m going to leave you in VHS limbo on this instalment of our series inside the Fortress of Markitude.  More to come!

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