For a person who enjoys good music as I do, there is so much good music out there. With the impeachment hearings going on I decided to see what the founding fathers might have been listening to if they had their streaming service. I typed in the wrong date, 1790 instead of 1787 and found this marvelous piece. I could have gone with traditional, the up start Mozart or the always in fashion Johann S Bach. Instead I clicked on this Italian composer I had never heard of before and found a wonderful piece of music.
We live in blessed times
What I have learned by doing this weekly music post is that there is so much good music. An orchestra could play every night all year long and never repeat themselves and never play an inferior piece They don’t. They repeat the same “important” composers in the same boring top 40’s style play list.
For something different as in “I never heard of this guy”
On this veterans day week there are a few things we rarely discuss. One is the separation of the military from civil governance. We are lucky as a nation, for the most part the military stays out of politics. While Trump has made that difficult and I will always respect those who err on the side of caution. It is a serious decision.
The Slow-Boil Revolt Retired senior military officers are growing more concerned that the Trump administration doesn’t want their advice—and they’re struggling with how much they can say publicly. Say nothing as norms shatter around you, and you’re implicitly enabling a president who some of your former colleagues believe is threatening national security. Speak up, and you risk destroying the balance of power that protects American democracy. “For the U.S. military, being apolitical is a critical element of civilian control of the military—an absolute in a democracy,” the retired four-star general Joseph Dunford told us in his first extensive comments since leaving active duty. “The alternative is a military dictatorship.”
The dilemma for retired senior officers now is whether the oath they took to the Constitution in military life requires deference to the sitting president—as, for example, Mattis has argued—or whether the president himself is such a danger to the Constitution that upholding the oath actually demands discarding the apolitical norm, as McRaven and Hayden have done. Brooks said that commenting on any politician in an ad hominem way represents the crossing of a Rubicon, and that he didn’t know what might force him to do so. But, he said, “silence itself, like being overly aggressive, can undermine the Constitution.”
Mid 20th century high brow music (jazz or orchestra) seemed to forget that music has always encouraged folks to dance. But you can’t dance to Bebop or to todays selection. I think that is a reason Rock and Roll was able to dominate as it has.
I enjoyed todays selection, I found the percussion of the piece to be interesting but it is nothing that I would want to listen to all day. It is a bit like pickles, imo, you can enjoy them but you don’t make a meal of them. I will admit that after listening to the whole twenty minutes of this piece, I was ready for a break.
When you click on the youtube link they have provided information about the piece and the musicians.