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Good Sunday to you Widdershins.   With the fourth of July coming up I thought I would take another look at this post I wrote sometime back on musical marches. It’s also being reposted because I got too much shit going on right now to attempt to sit down and write anything else. There will be the usual hubbub of hot dogs, apple pie, fireworks and probably a few parades.  Those parades will probably include marching bands. Being that I was a music major in my first college incarnation, and that I was an instrumental major and also in marching band, my thoughts went to marches.  March music was and is a part of Americana.  We have had fife and drum corps, trumpet corps, all the way up to enormous marching bands today.  Musically speaking, a march  “is a piece of music with a strong regular rhythm which in origin was expressly written for marching to and most frequently performed by a military band.”.  Marches are usually written in 4/4 or 2/4 time, and the tempo is around 120 beats to the minute.

An American march (and some British – especially the marches of Kenneth J. Alford aka Lt. F. J. Ricketts) has three strains and the third one is usually referred to as the “trio”.  Marches also appear in classical and operatic music as well as what we consider the “typical” march setup.

We’ll go with the idea that “march” can be any part of the piece or song.  It can be in the title, in the lyrics or whatever.  So let’s see what everyone comes up with.  My contributions are below.

This is one of John Philip Sousa’s “lesser” marches, the King Cotton march.  You may not recognize the name but you may be familiar with the music.

Here’s another Sousa march where I’ll bet you recognize the music but did not know the name.  This is the “Liberty Bell” march.

Here’s another march, a British one time time, written by Kenneth J. Alford, the Colonel Bogey March that you probably know from the movie The Bridge over the River Kwai.  What you probably don’t know is the background for the creation of the march.

Supposedly, the tune was inspired by a military man and golfer who whistled a characteristic two-note phrase (a descending minor third interval) instead of shouting “Fore!”. It is this descending interval that begins each line of the melody. The name “Colonel Bogey” began in the later 19th century as the imaginary “standard opponent” of the Colonel Bogey scoring system, and by Edwardian times the Colonel had been adopted by the golfing world as the presiding spirit of the course. Edwardian golfers on both sides of the Atlantic often played matches against “Colonel Bogey”.Bogey is now a golfing term meaning “one over par”.

This march is entitled the “National Emblem March”.  I’ve heard this countless times but never knew who the composer was.  It was a gentleman by the name of  Edwin Eugene Bagley.

Bagley incorporates into the march the first twelve notes of The Star-Spangled Banner played by Euphoniums and Trombones and ingeniously disguised in duple rather than triple time. The rest of the notes are all Bagley’s, including the four short repeated A-flat major chords that lead to a statement by the low brass that is now reminiscent of the national anthem. Unusually, Bagley’s march does not incorporate either a break strain or a stinger.

The U.S. military uses the trio section as ceremonial music for the color guard when presenting and retiring the colors.

Another fine British march, again by Alford is “The Mad Major”.  Since Ricketts/Alford was a Lt. and the title involves a “mad” major I wonder if there was some payback here.  😉

Another Alford march with some history to it:

The vanished army was the original British Expeditionary Force which went to France in August 1914. They were all professional soldiers – regarded as the finest British army ever deployed, which was saying something! There were a mere 80,000 of them and they faced an enemy five times their number. After battles at Mons, the Marne, the Aisne and Ypres (Oct-Nov., 1914) they had fought themselves to death. Their army had vanished. This march was written by Kenneth Alford to honour them.

I’ve got two more famous Sousa marches played by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Corps Band.  First, “The Washington Post” March.

The last of the marches by “The March King that I selected is “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.  Here’s a little info for you.

Piccolo players play the famous obbligato in the first repeat of the trio (the one after the breakstrain). In the final repeat of the trio (grandioso), the low brass joins the piccolo players with a prominent countermelody. The official version, as played by the United States Marine Band, is performed in the key of E-flat.

Now I haven’t forgotten the vocal and operatic folks here so I’ve got this for all of you from Aida.

I know there are some more opera “marches” out there so I’m hoping our opera and vocal fans help me by adding some pieces below.

Open thread of course and hope everyone has a happy fourth of July.

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Since I may have not given this enough time last week
I’ll repost today so DYB can add some Madonna vids

 

HAPPY SPRING WIDDERSHINS (I THINK)

The calendar told us that Tuesday was the Spring Equinox but for some of us it still seems as if winter hasn’t gone away.  Our dear northeast Widdershins had Winter Storm Xanadu or something like that this week and I think I heard that there may be another one headed that way.  Nevertheless let’s take a look at some songs about spring.  Perhaps we will at least get in a springlike mood.  And let’s face it: it’s a break from the vulgar talking yam and the insane crap he’s been pulling lately.

There are tons and tons of songs out there but I’ll include a few that I knew of and others that I found.

(1) Mendelssohn~Spring Song

(2) The Beach Boys~Spring Vacation

(3) Bill Evans Trio~Spring Is Here

(4) Billie Holiday~Some Other Spring

(5) Frédéric Chopin~Spring Waltz (although supposedly not Chopin)

(6) Ella Fitzgerald~I Got The Spring Fever Blues

So there you go Widdershins; a nice half dozen spring or springish songs.  Please add your choices in the comments below.

Open thread of course.

 

 

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Happy Sunday Widdershins!

The last couple of days we talked about support animals and therapy animals: seems like therapy animals have become all the rage. Once upon a time it was dogs we used for emotional support. Now people have gotten attached to hamsters, peacocks, rabbits, lizards, etc. I suppose whatever one finds comfort it can be your support… who is anyone to judge. Except I’m totally judging anyone with a support anaconda, cockroach or goldfish.

I personally find a lot of comfort in music. Music is my real emotional supporter. Music is the most universal language of all. It transcends millennia, languages and borders. (Alcohol does too, but music is arguably healthier.) So – what are some of your emotional support musical artists? Are there performers or songs you go to when you are stressed? We are all stressed these days. What music gets you through the day?

Weekend!

Posted on: November 11, 2017

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Happy weekend Widdershins!

Our Fredster is not feeling super fabulous because of the toothache. So I’m filling in for the weekend post.

Let’s face it, we have all been living through the worst toothache imaginable for more than a year now. This past week we commemorated the 1 year anniversary since Puty-poop installed his protege Don Dump into the White House. Even though Hillary Clinton and her campaign tried to ring the alarm about Russian interference during the election, the press – and a huge chunk of the electorate – yawned. Only now are we learning the details that curious journalists (like David Corn) should have learned a year ago and saved America from the biggest catastrophe that has happened to it in its history. I’m really not sure the US can ever recover from Trump. That’s the best case scenario…

But enough of that for the weekend. Let’s get back to more pleasant topics like pain and hurt. That’s our musical theme. Pain! Bring on the pain!!!!!!!!!

You see Widdershins, I told you previously that we would most likely be visiting this topic again, and here we are.  The latest antics of the “President” are surely the signs of someone who is either bonkers/batshit crazy/insane, or is sooo super smart (ask him about his IQ!) that he is playing three dimensional chess with Spock.  All things being equal above, I’m going with the former.

So…(sigh) once again, let’s take a look at some crazy songs.  Now as before, the songs can be about any form or variation of crazy; plain ole crazy, crazy in love…you know the drill.  My choices are below.

(1) All the Madmen~David  Bowie

(2) Back On My Feet Again~Randy Newman (concerns a patient in the mental hospital, whose sister absconds with a white millionaire wearing blackface)

(3) Delirium~Lacuna Coil

(4) Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment~Ramones

(5) Crazy~Patsy Cline (gotta have one “crazy” love song)

(6) They’re Coming To Take Me Away (ha-ha)~Napoleon XIV

(7) Insane~Korn

(8) Crazy~Gnarls Barkley

(9) Redneck Crazy~Tyler Farr (and here I thought it was just a given-
Redneck/Crazy)

(10) Madhouse~Anthrax

Okay Widdershins those are my selections and hope to see some of yours in the comments.  Also, after listening to all of these, you may feel a little bit anxious or crazy yourselves. In that case we have a fine selection of psychotropic meds at the Widdershins gift shop (trial sizes only).  So stop by to see if we have something that can help out.  Our list of meds literally goes from A to Z so we probably have you covered.

I’ll be around in the later afternoon/evening because, football.

 

 

 

Yes dear Widdershins it seems we will once again visit the land of fibs, untruths and general mendacity.  I fear it will be a recurring theme for the foreseeable future as long as the man-child is in our midst.

So y’all know the drill.  I’ll put up a few musical clips following the theme and y’all can please add some of your own contributions in the comments.

(1) Flashpoint~Fear Factory  (“One last spark of dishonesty And that will be the death of me”)

(2) Napalm Factory~Mass Appeal Madness

(3) Rotten Sound~ Traitor
Stealing from your family/Destroying your security
Safety of our well-being/Torn by your dishonesty

(4) A Matter of Trust~Billy Joel

(5) Would I lie to you~Eurythmics

So there you go widdershins, volume what-number-is-this? of the Donald Trump lying songs tribute. Keep those lists handy as I feel we will be returning to this theme again.

Please share your contributions below.

Belatedly, Happy St. Paddy’s Day
Widdershins!

How’s the craic Widdershins?  (Don’t know if I used that correctly or not!

So according to the link above on Irish slang that’s supposed to mean “Hello”!   Friday was officially St. Paddy’s day but we’ll just celebrate it today.  We’ll  pretend we’re still celebrating from Friday.

Now of course this being an Irish holiday/celebration, it has to have music and indeed there more Irish music than you could shake a shillelagh at.  And the styles do run the gamut.  So I’ll put my selections below and you can, if you wish, add your in the comments.

 

(1) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ~ Irish Celebration

(2) The Dubliners ~ Molly Malone

(3) The Great Big Sea ~ The Night Pat Murphy Died

(4) The Pogues ~ Dirty Old Town

(5) Dropkick Murphys ~ I’m Shipping Up To Boston

(6) The Dubliners & The Pogues ~ Irish Rover

So there ya go Widdershins!  A nice six-pack of songs to help you to continue celebrating the grand day!  Of course it’s an open thread.

 

 


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