Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th America!

7 comments:

FreeThinke said...

____________ FIREWORKS ____________

The fountains in the sky in brilliance burst

Over throngs who thrill as patterns spread

In radiant arms of glowing hues disbursed

Natant in the blackness overhead.


Deafening as any cannonade

Explosions follow soon the hiss and squeal ––

Preliminaries to the star brigade

Erupting floridly, yet quite unreal.


Naumachia was naught compare to this

Delirium. Decorum’s cast aside.

Enraptured like Narcissus we know bliss,

Non sequitur to what’s seen nationwide.


Could joy we take in heaven’s fireworks

Earthbound hold us, while the Devil smirks?




~ FreeThinke - The Sandpiper

-FJ said...

The Sandpiper. Sailboat?

FreeThinke said...

Since you asked, The Sandpiper was a regional quarterly I had the pleasure of editing and publishing a long time ago. One of the happiest, most productive periods in my checkered career.

FreeThinke said...

Thanks by the way for mounting a first-class rendition of that piece of good movie music. I remember it it best from its having been used to represent "Marlboro Country" back when it was still possible to advertise cigarettes on TV. Remember the Marlboro Man? Well, this was his leitmotif. ;-)

Elmer Bernstein was one of several extraordinarily gifted composers who wrote beautiful, highly creative symphonic "background music" for the American cinema before Rock Crap and electronic synthesizers took over and befouled the field.

Bernstein (no relation to Leonard by the way –– I looked it up just to be sure) wrote the poignant, deeply affecting score for To Kill A Mockingbird among many other things. That alone endeared him to me forever.

FreeThinke said...

I have to say in addition that it's obvious to me that Elmer Bernstein was influenced by Ferdé Groffe of Grand Canyon Suite fame, who was in turn influenced no doubt by Aaron Copland, who was, himself a movie composer. Copland composed the music for both Our Town and The Heiress.He my have dine others, but I'm not sure.

It's no insult by the way to say that So-and-So was influenced by anyone else. Virtually ALL the real composers were influenced by someone who came before, but was probably less significant than they. Many of them considered it a compliment to be "quoted" by others,

FreeThinke said...

DEDICATED to the FIFTH of JULY in the USA:


________ THE PARTY'S OVER ________


The party's over, it's time to call it a day
They've burst your pretty balloon
And taken the moon away
It's time to wind up the masquerade
Just make your mind up
The piper must be paid

The party's over, the candles flicker and die
You danced and dreamed through the night
It seemed to be right not heaving a sigh
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party's over
It's all over, my friend

The party's over, it's time to call it a day
They've burst your pretty balloon
And taken the moon away
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party's over
It's all over, my friend.



~ from Bells Are Ringing

Thersites said...

Very appropos.