Saturday, August 19, 2017

The soothing concert sounds of Paul Whiteman, featuring Ferde Grofe and Jack Fulton




Before I forget, and for those who don't already know, it's Christmas in July time at Ernie (Not Bert).  (Wait, it's August!  Boy, is Ernie dedicated!)  Everyone is wondering how Ernie does it, and that includes me!

Meanwhile, over here, some soothing sounds for people having trouble getting to sleep--people like, oh, for example, me.  Four superb sides by Paul Whiteman--three of them "concert" treatments of pop songs and the fourth a symphonic jazz piece by Rube Bloom called Soliloquy.  These are my own rips from my own  12-inch 78 rpm copies, and I hope I've done the originals some justice.

Meanwhile, on the sleep front, I'm halfway there with a recent prescription that has me sleeping like a log but, unfortunately, still plenty sedated after getting up (or, rather, making the attempt!).  It's back to the drawing board, but at least I've experienced some decent sleep.  Problem is, I need decent awake time, too.  Comes in handy....

Two of our selections--Lover and I Can't Give You Anything But Love--feature (in my opinion) lovely vocals by Jack Fulton, whose biggest fan has to be Gary Giddins, author of Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams--The Early Years, 1903-1940. who describes Fulton's singing style as "effeminate" and "almost flaccid," apparently because Jack sang in a (gasp!) falsetto.  (What was next?  Long hair?  Flowery clothes?)  I would like Giddins' book a great deal more if he'd managed to present Bing as something new and important (which Bing certainly was) without resorting to insult-a-thons, but the volume is dedicated to hyping Bing as the hero in a sea of backward squares (is that redundant)?  In other words, same ol' pop biography.

To the music.  Sorry for all the junk on the Zippyshare page:

I Can't Give You Anything But Love--Paul Whiteman and His Orch.

ALL PAUL WHITEMAN ORCHESTRA (in "concert" mode)

I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Arr: Ferde Grofe)--Vocal, Jack Fulton (1928)
When Day Is Done (Arr: Ferde Grofe) (1927)
Soliloquy (Rube Bloom, Arr: Grofe?) (!927)
Lover (Arr: Adolph Deutsch?)--Vocal, Jack Fulton (1933)

Enjoy!


Lee


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Greetings! Still here

Just to let everyone know I'm still among the living.  More specifically, among the tired.  I'm having major sleep issues, but they're slowly working themselves out with the help of prescription meds.

It's just that, for some strange reason, I go through the day tired (as I did today), then sit in a chair at 1 am, wired awake.  What the heck?  This is the pattern I seek to end.

Hope everyone's fine.  Be very careful next Monday when the solar eclipse occurs.  I won't even try protective glasses myself--I'm simply not looking.  I'm sure it'll be on TV.

Where I live, we won't get the complete blackout effect.  Which is fine, since I'm not looking, anyway.


Lee


Sunday, July 02, 2017

Mingo presents... Fourth of July, 2017!!



Mingo's eyes were operated on two weeks ago, and they're doing way better.  The way I understand it (and I may be wrong) is that all three of Mingo's eyelids--upper, lower, and inner--were turned the wrong way.  Our vet, Dr. Mike, had never encountered anything like it before and was hesitant at first to operate, but Mingo's condition kept getting worse, so he went ahead, and... now Mingo is looking (and seeing) a lot better!  Mingo can't wait for the local-town fireworks, which are visible from our back yard.

The selections--marches, polkas, fiddle tunes, choral performances, and more--were all ripped by me (with musical direction by Mingo) from 78s and vinyl my collection.  Mingo and I wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth!

Click here to hear:  Fourth of July, 2017

The Standard Bearer March--Conway's Band, 1917
The Star Spangled Banner--Prince's Band, 1916
Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean--Prince's Band, 1916
Yorktown Centennial--March (Sousa)--United States Marine Band, 1921
Swanee (Gershwin)--All Star Trio, 1920
Original Jigs and Reels--George Stehl, Violin Solo, 1910
Battle Hymn of the Republic--Victor Mixed Chorus w. Orch., 1928
Arkansas Traveller--Kessinger Brothers, 1928
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere--Budd McCoy, 1959
Stars and Stripes Forever--The Thunderer (Street Organ, Amsterdam), 1959
American Eagle Polka--The Polkateers
Americana Medley--The Banjo Barons, 1959
You're a Grand Old Flag--George M. Cohan, Jr., 1948
Chester (Billings)--Janice Beck, organ
Chester (Billings)--The Gregg Smith Singers, 1969
This Is a Great Country (Irving Berlin)--Lawrence Welk, 1976
This Is My Country--Lawrence Welk, 1976


Lee






Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017, Part 2



Two more selections for today, and I'll try not to complain about Windstream in this post, especially considering the fact that Zippyshare is now, for some reason, working.

I have no idea how I got it to work.  It could have been one (or more) of any four solutions I tried, including switching from Google Chrome and saying in a loud Patrick Stewart voice, "YOU WILL WORK AS I COMMAND."  It was probably the Patrick Stewart voice.

I think the last time I featured Ferde Grofe's wonderful c. 1929 Over There Fantasie was in 2013.  Not sure, since I long ago purged most of this blog's history (too many "dead" links), but here it is again, and in something we don't hear a lot of at this blog: stereo.  I've coupled it with a highly enjoyable and inspiring version of William Billing's Revolutionary War anthem Chester, arranged by United States Army Band leader and commanding officer Colonel Samuel Loboda.  It includes a 21-gun salute (just to let you know).

Click here to hear: Over There Fantasie--Chester

Over There Fantasie (Grofe, c. 1929)
Chester (William Billings; arr. Colonel Samuel Loboda

The United States Army Band, Colonel Samuel Loboda--Leader and Commanding Officer, 1975.


From LP, The United States Army 1775-1975 (No label name)



Lee

Memorial Day 2017




I can no longer use Zippyshare--I try to upload, and nothing happens.  I imagine it's our sick and sorry excuse for internet service (the joke known as Windstream DSL).  So Box.net my uploads will have to be, unless and until I get around to enjoying the experience of staring helplessly at an upload that refuses to happen.

You who enjoy an actual internet connection have no idea how unbelievably lucky you are.  And, yes, they actually bill us for ours.

Click here to hear: The Trumpeter

The Trumpeter--Raymond Newell, Baritone; Ion Swinley, Narrator, 1929.
Your Land and My Land (Romberg, A: Grofe)--Paul Whiteman and His Orch., w. vocal refrain, 1927.
March for Americans (Grofe)--Meredith Willson and His Orch., 1941.

Lee