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KillgoreTrout On November - 8 - 2014

Welcome one and all to another weekend music thread. I must admit, after bouncing around a few possible themes in my head, I have drawn a bit of a blank. I think my brain is bruised a bit after last Tuesday’s national debacle. Is it only one third of the voting public that gives a crap anymore about where our country is headed?

I am stunned, gobsmacked, flabbergasted and annoyed! I think this weekend’s thread should be open to anything that comes to mind that may help soothe the savage (and dejected) breast! Post your favorites that help you express your feelings best. Post your favorites that may lighten the darkness a bit, or just rage at the machine!

Written by KillgoreTrout

Once a wander, working vagabond, fellow traveler on this 3rd stone from the sun. Hurtling through space and time. Lover of books (especially the classics), all kinds of books from novels, poetry, essay collections, fiction and nonfiction and a big Kurt Vonnegut fan. I am a secular humanist and technically an atheist.....Taoist.

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  1. Nirek says:

    I know there are a lot of songs but Doo Wop is some of the best music…

  2. monicaangela says:

    Some of you will get this, some of you won’t….but here goes:

    • A wonderful piece, but I don’t get it.

      • monicaangela says:

        This piece was written by Beethoven but the version playing is not the original. This version was transcribed by Ludwig Nohl, just as this is true, I believe the democratic congressional campaign was not an original, but something someone put together that looks like and sounds like a democratic campaign but isn’t really like the original outline that should have been used.

        As it cannot be confirmed that the title of this piece is correct, we do not know if it was dedicated to Elise or transcribed incorrectly. It is believed that the piece was for Therese Malfatti Von Rohrenback zu Dezza. Just as I believe the strategy for the democratic congressional campaign was somehow transcribed incorrectly and turned out to be more for DINO voters or Republican Lite voters rather than for Progressives and Liberals. As I said, I knew some/most would not get it, but some who read this site but do not participate sent emails to me this morning, they got it right away. :)

  3. Nirek says:

    This song takes me back to 1969 when I was in Vietnam…

    The pictures are so like what I saw over there.

    • monicaangela says:

      Exactly Nirek, it reminds me of the road from what used to be Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh city, to DaNang. I left in 1969 and even though that song wasn’t playing in the background, it would have been perfect for my departure, I was happy to be going home without a scratch and the world although in turmoil where I was leaving was sure to be wonderful when I returned to my family and friends. Thanks for the memories. :)

      • Nirek says:

        Monica, of all the movies about Vietnam I think “Good morning Vietnam” with Robin Williams was the most accurate from my perspective.

        May Robin rest in peace.

        • What about “Full Metal Jacket?” The scenes in Huey were exactly like newsreels of that battle. Stanley Kubrick was a stickler for accuracy.

          I know the boot camp scenes at Parris Island were the most accurate I have ever seen.

          • monicaangela says:

            Yes, that one also KT, I remember seeing a lot of that at Fort Gordon. Some day someone will actually make a movie about the war in Vietnam that will encompass all we remember and what was going on behind the scenes. I hope that when they do, they use the accurate historical events in documentary fashion, but with all of the beauty and drama of a major motion picture.

            • FMJ was very accurate. I saw film reels from the battle for Hue City, and many scenes in the film were almost identical to the newsreels.

              A movie capturing all that would encompass that war would be nearly impossible to make, I think. It’s a great idea though. 😎

          • Nirek says:

            KT, they all showed a lot of what we infantry had to endure. The Eagle flights were dangerous but I loved flying. Got pushed out from 30 feet one day when we were taking fire. The door gunner wanted us out so the chopper could get away.

            • Sorry for the confusion, I meant Hue City, but I spelled it wrong. I was referring to the battle for Hue City.

              The film recreated much of it very accurately.

        • monicaangela says:

          I saw a lot of Robin Williams Good Morning Vietnam depicted and it brought back memories, but I also saw a lot of what was depicted in “Apocalypse Now” and have to thank Marlon Brando, Robert Duval, Martin Sheen and Laurence Fishburne among others for what I also feel was an excellent movie although not completely accurate in ever arena, but pretty close to the truth in some parts.

          • Nirek says:

            Remember the motorcycles with the bench seats in front? They were scary to ride in.

            • Nirek says:

              My time was mostly in rice paddies and jungle.
              Lots of Eagle flights out into the boonies then sweeps back to the Fire Base, drawing fire. Fun times, NOT!

            • monicaangela says:

              In DaNang there was an official building that housed a USO club. The club was always open, but the special USO shows that involved celebrities from different countries and the U.S. were big events. The club was very nice. It had a huge stage and a nice dance floor. The bar was humongous, with at least a dozen bartenders at any given time.

              I saw Ann Margaret and Bob Hope at one of the “special night’ shows I was able to attend. We had a really good time, but as I said before, it was a bit rowdy for me.

              Yes, we were there at the same time. I arrived in Saigon in May of 1968 and left from Saigon in May of 1969 so I was there the first 5 months of 1969.

            • Nirek says:

              Monica, the memories are both good and bad. We were there part of the same time. I was there ten months of 1969. Just because that was all the time I had left.
              You mention USO, I got to see one USO show. It was put on by folks from the Philippines. They came out to our fire base under heavy guard.

            • monicaangela says:

              LOL! The bicycles were bad enough, more speed only made it worse. I was fortunate enough to have spent my time between Saigon and DaNang. I had a jeep and a driver whenever I had to venture away from the compound.

              I was only in the field once, that was in Phu Bei…and strictly by accident, the medevac chopper I had hitched a ride on to get back to DaNang from Saigon was suddenly redirected to Phu Bei to pick up casualties…flying over we saw many of those bench seat “cabs” loaded down with people fleeing the scene. I hoped I would never have to witness an incident like that ever again, and I never did.

              I spent most of my time in the compound where I was stationed, very, very busy. Every now and then a few of us would get together and go to the USO in town, but that was very, very seldom. An American woman was a prized commodity around the USO, and most of the soldiers were not on their best behavior when they had an opportunity to go there. Thank God for the MP’s. :)

              Anyway, to make a long story short, yes I saw them, and would never have used one for travel. :)

  4. pinkpantheroz says:

    How I feel about the GOP/TP and the 1%!

  5. Fergie1 says:

    This is how I feel 150%!

  6. jjgravitas says:

    Shiela Chandra -- Ever So Lonely

  7. jjgravitas says:

    War: Lowrider

  8. jjgravitas says:

    Harry Nilsson -- Take 54

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