Skip to comments.Freeper Canteen - Independence Day Weekend Music - July 5th 2014
Posted on 07/04/2014 5:57:58 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
The music button is at the bottom of this page but this is WORTH repeating.....over and over and over again!
RUSH INTRODUCTION: My father, Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr., delivered this oft-requested address locally a number of times, but it had never before appeared in print until it was published in The Limbaugh Letter. My dad was renowned for his oratory skills and for his original mind; this speech is, I think, a superb demonstration of both. I will always be grateful to him for instilling in me a passion for the ideas and lives of America's Founders, as well as a deep appreciation for the inspirational power of words, which you will see evidenced here:
"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor" It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the Southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home. Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today. The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven.
The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that "the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them." All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks. On the wall at the back, facing the president's desk, was a panoply -- consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year.
Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it "in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!" Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. "Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York." Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase "by a self-assumed power." "Climb" was replaced by "must read," then "must" was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called "their depredations." "Inherent and inalienable rights" came out "certain unalienable rights," and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change. A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote.
Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: "I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American." But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. There were no trumpets blown. No one stood on his chair and cheered. The afternoon was waning and Congress had no thought of delaying the full calendar of routine business on its hands. For several hours they worked on many other problems before adjourning for the day.
Much To Lose ; What kind of men were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against the crown? To each of you, the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock and Jefferson are almost as familiar as household words.
Most of us, however, know nothing of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them? I imagine that many of you are somewhat surprised at the names not there: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry. All were elsewhere. Ben Franklin was the only really old man. Eighteen were under 40; three were in their 20s. Of the 56 almost half - 24 - were judges and lawyers. Eleven were merchants, nine were landowners and farmers, and the remaining 12 were doctors, ministers, and politicians. With only a few exceptions, such as Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, these were men of substantial property. All but two had families. The vast majority were men of education and standing in their communities. They had economic security as few men had in the 18th Century. Each had more to lose from revolution than he had to gain by it. John Hancock, one of the richest men in America, already had a price of 500 pounds on his head. He signed in enormous letters so that his Majesty could now read his name without glasses and could now double the reward. Ben Franklin wryly noted: "Indeed we must all hang together, otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately." Fat Benjamin Harrison of Virginia told tiny Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: "With me it will all be over in a minute, but you, you will be dancing on air an hour after I am gone." These men knew what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. And remember, a great British fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor. They were sober men. There were no dreamy-eyed intellectuals or draft card burners here. They were far from hot-eyed fanatics yammering for an explosion. They simply asked for the status quo. It was change they resisted. It was equality with the mother country they desired. It was taxation with representation they sought. They were all conservatives, yet they rebelled. It was principle, not property, that had brought these men to Philadelphia.
Two of them became presidents of the United States. Seven of them became state governors. One died in office as vice president of the United States. Several would go on to be US Senators. One, the richest man in America, in 1828 founded the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
One, a delegate from Philadelphia, was the only real poet, musician and philosopher of the signers. (It was he, Francis Hopkinson not Betsy Ross who designed the United States flag.)
Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, had introduced the resolution to adopt the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776. He was prophetic in his concluding remarks: "Why then sir, why do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise not to devastate and to conquer but to reestablish the reign of peace and law. "The eyes of Europe are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of freedom that may exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever-increasing tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repost. "If we are not this day wanting in our duty, the names of the American Legislatures of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens."
Though the resolution was formally adopted July 4, it was not until July 8 that two of the states authorized their delegates to sign, and it was not until August 2 that the signers met at Philadelphia to actually put their names to the Declaration.
William Ellery, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers' faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some men sign quickly, "but in no face was he able to discern real fear."
Stephan Hopkins, Ellery's colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he signed with a shaking pen, he declared: "My hand trembles, but my heart does not."
"Most Glorious Service" Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken.
Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.
Francis Lewis, New York delegate saw his home plundered -- and his estates in what is now Harlem -- completely destroyed by British Soldiers. Mrs. Lewis was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she died from the effects of her abuse.
William Floyd, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as refugees without income for seven years. When they came home they found a devastated ruin.
Philips Livingstone had all his great holdings in New York confiscated and his family driven out of their home. Livingstone died in 1778 still working in Congress for the cause.
Louis Morris, the fourth New York delegate, saw all his timber, crops, and livestock taken. For seven years he was barred from his home and family.
John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods. While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked his homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without ever finding his family.
Dr. John Witherspoon, signer, was president of the College of New Jersey, later called Princeton. The British occupied the town of Princeton, and billeted troops in the college. They trampled and burned the finest college library in the country.
Judge Richard Stockton, another New Jersey delegate signer, had rushed back to his estate in an effort to evacuate his wife and children. The family found refuge with friends, but a Tory sympathizer betrayed them. Judge Stockton was pulled from bed in the night and brutally beaten by the arresting soldiers. Thrown into a common jail, he was deliberately starved. Congress finally arranged for Stockton's parole, but his health was ruined. The judge was released as an invalid, when he could no longer harm the British cause. He returned home to find his estate looted and did not live to see the triumph of the Revolution. His family was forced to live off charity.
Robert Morris, merchant prince of Philadelphia, delegate and signer, met Washington's appeals and pleas for money year after year. He made and raised arms and provisions which made it possible for Washington to cross the Delaware at Trenton. In the process he lost 150 ships at sea, bleeding his own fortune and credit almost dry.
George Clymer, Pennsylvania signer, escaped with his family from their home, but their property was completely destroyed by the British in the Germantown and Brandywine campaigns.
Dr. Benjamin Rush, also from Pennsylvania, was forced to flee to Maryland. As a heroic surgeon with the army, Rush had several narrow escapes.
John Martin, a Tory in his views previous to the debate, lived in a strongly loyalist area of Pennsylvania. When he came out for independence, most of his neighbors and even some of his relatives ostracized him. He was a sensitive and troubled man, and many believed this action killed him. When he died in 1777, his last words to his tormentors were: "Tell them that they will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it [the signing] to have been the most glorious service that I have ever rendered to my country."
William Ellery, Rhode Island delegate, saw his property and home burned to the ground.
Thomas Lynch, Jr., South Carolina delegate, had his health broken from privation and exposures while serving as a company commander in the military. His doctors ordered him to seek a cure in the West Indies and on the voyage, he and his young bride were drowned at sea.
Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., the other three South Carolina signers, were taken by the British in the siege of Charleston. They were carried as prisoners of war to St. Augustine, Florida, where they were singled out for indignities. They were exchanged at the end of the war, the British in the meantime having completely devastated their large landholdings and estates.
Thomas Nelson, signer of Virginia, was at the front in command of the Virginia military forces. With British General Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown, fire from 70 heavy American guns began to destroy Yorktown piece by piece. Lord Cornwallis and his staff moved their headquarters into Nelson's palatial home. While American cannonballs were making a shambles of the town, the house of Governor Nelson remained untouched. Nelson turned in rage to the American gunners and asked, "Why do you spare my home?" They replied, "Sir, out of respect to you." Nelson cried, "Give me the cannon!" and fired on his magnificent home himself, smashing it to bits. But Nelson's sacrifice was not quite over. He had raised $2 million for the Revolutionary cause by pledging his own estates. When the loans came due, a newer peacetime Congress refused to honor them, and Nelson's property was forfeited. He was never reimbursed. He died, impoverished, a few years later at the age of 50.
Lives, Fortunes, Honor Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact.
And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark. He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."
The 56 signers of the Declaration Of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. "And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
RUSH EPILOGUE: My friends, I know you have a copy of the Declaration of Independence somewhere around the house - in an old history book (newer ones may well omit it), an encyclopedia, or one of those artificially aged "parchments" we all got in school years ago. I suggest that each of you take the time this month to read through the text of the Declaration, one of the most noble and beautiful political documents in human history. There is no more profound sentence than this: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..." These are far more than mere poetic words. The underlying ideas that infuse every sentence of this treatise have sustained this nation for more than two centuries. They were forged in the crucible of great sacrifice. They are living words that spring from and satisfy the deepest cries for liberty in the human spirit. "Sacred honor" isn't a phrase we use much these days, but every American life is touched by the bounty of this, the Founders' legacy. It is freedom, tested by blood, and watered with tears.
Here is a list of the songs in the Jukebox:
Artist/s - Song Names:
Aaron Tippin - Where The Stars And Stripes And Eagles Fly
Air Force - Wild Blue Yonder
Armed Forces Medley - Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps And Air Force Hymns
Darryl Worley - Have You Forgotten
Glenn Miller - The Saint Louis Blues March
John Philip Sousa - US Navy Theme ( Anchors Aweigh )
John Phillip Sousa - El Capitan March
John Phillip Sousa - Semper Paratus ( The US Coast Guard Song )
John Phillip Sousa - The Stars And Stripes Forever
John Phillip Souza - Stars And Stripes Forever
John Wayne - America, Why I Love Her
John Wayne - Face The Flag
John Wayne - The Pledge Of Allegiance
John Williams And The Boston Pops - 1812 Overture ( Tchaikovsky )
Kate Smith - God Bless America
Lee Greenwood - God Bless the USA ( I'm Proud To Be An American )
MTC - Marines' Hymn
Mormon Tabernacle Choir - You're A Grand Old Flag
Mozart - The William Tell Overture
Navy - Anchors Aweigh
Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir - The Marines' Hymn
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir - You're A Grand Old Flag
The Stars And Stripes Forever
The US Air Force Airman Of Note - Wild Blue Yonder
The US Air Force Band - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines Medley
The US Air Force Band- Battle Hymn Of The Republic
The USA Marine Corps Band - The Star Spangled Banner
US Army Theme Song
USA - Patriotic Medley - This Is My Country, God Bless America, This Land Is Your Land, America The Beautiful
Vera Lynn - We'll Meet Again - ( 1940 Version )
Read: 2 Peter 3:10-18
If my family ever moves from the house where we live now, I want to unhinge the pantry door and take it with me! That door is special because it shows how my children have grown over the years. Every few months, my husband and I place our children against the door and pencil a mark just above their heads. According to our growth chart, my daughter shot up 4 inches in just 1 year!
While my children grow physically as a natural part of life, theres another kind of growth that happens with some effortour spiritual growth in Christlikeness. Peter encouraged believers to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 3:18). He said that maturing in our faith prepares us for Christs return. The apostle wanted Jesus to come back and find believers living in peace and righteousness (v.14). Peter viewed spiritual growth as a defense against teaching that incorrectly interprets Gods Word and leads people astray (vv.16-17).
Even when we feel discouraged and disconnected from God, we can remember that He will help us advance in our faith by making us more like His Son. His Word assures us that He who has begun a good work in [us] will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6).
Here is a list of the songs in the Jukebox:
Artist/s - Song Names:
DJ El Chinos Solar Latin Club, Volume 2 - Alls Ovaent
DJ El Chinos Solar Latin Club, Volume 2 - Buen Sonero
DJ El Chinos Solar Latin Club, Volume 2 - Descarga De Boulez
DJ El Chinos Solar Latin Club, Volume 2 - Salsa De Barrio
Jack Costanza - Airegin
Jack Costanza - Descargacom
Jack Costanza - En La Noche
Jack Costanza - Going Home
Jack Costanza - Te Quiero Te Quiero
Johnny Blas - Adelante
Johnny Blas - Afro-Rican
Johnny Blas - Black Bean Power
Pibo Marquez Y Su Descarga Criolla - Irimo
Pibo Marquez Y Su Descarga Criolla - Juancito Trucupey
Pibo Marquez Y Su Descarga Criolla - La Carcel
Pibo Marquez Y Su Descarga Criolla - Las Calaveras
Robin Jones And King Salsa - A La Timba Tambor
Robin Jones And King Salsa - Abebe
Robin Jones And King Salsa - Amor Verdadero
Robin Jones And King Salsa - Bomba De Salon
Robin Jones And King Salsa - King Salsa Theme
Robin Jones And King Salsa - La King Salsa Llego
Robin Jones And King Salsa - La Montana
Robin Jones And King Salsa - Las Calles De La Habana
Robin Jones And King Salsa - Olufina
Sunlight Square - Para Guarachar ( Barrio Moderno Mix )
Sunlight Square - Para Guarachar ( Obsessive Compulsive Mix )
Sunlight Square - Para Guarachar ( Original 7 Inch Radio Edit )
Sunlight Square - Para Guarachar ( Original Mix )
Beautiful words to a beautiful country that is worth saving!
Wow! You’re fast! ;-)
(((( HUGS ))))
More classical music set for tonight. Mendelssohn and Beethoven on the way.
Of course! :)
Stunningly beautiful music, spel. Thank you! ((HUGS))
Love the repost of Rush’s Dad’s writings. And great pictures above the jukebox button.
I Love Beethoven...
Mendelssohn, not quite as much, but I do appreciate his genius.
My mom called me in great distress this morning, saying that the Boston Pops July 4th Concert on the esplanade this year was horrible. She was afraid she was going crazy because she couldn’t imagine that the Pops could actually be so bad. So I found the 1812 overture portion on the internet and played it while she was on the phone.
It was awful. I have never heard such an unbalanced and amateurish performance. This was WITH a choir, and the usual Army Howitzers providing the cannon notes. The Cannon were great. The Choir was OK. The Orchestra was awful. The woodwinds sounded out of tune and the strings were inaudible. The Hatch Shell has good acoustics, so the whol thing was a puzzle to me. It was a day early doe to the storm approaching, but still...it sounded like a high school band at half-time, and not a good one at that.
I sure do miss Arthur Fiedler.
Heck, I even miss Jon Williams!
(And I do have “Esplanade” creds. Attended Every year from 1976 to 1998.)
You’ll enjoy the Mendelssohn trio. It has great tunes for wallowing.
LOL. I don’t wallow,
Felix Mendelssohn was a contemporary of Chopin and Schumann. Unlike so many of the artistic set, he married young and stayed married. The Mendelssohns were close friends with the Schumanns, and they were also close to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Felix spent time in England, where he founded the City of Birmingham Symphony, which is still in existence today. Because the Mendelssohns were so conventional in their family arrangements, the Queen was happy to have them over to the palace because she and Albert could put away their English and break out their High German in conversation. Of course, Felix would sit down at the piano and play his latest Songs without Words.
Felix was 30 in 1839 and conducting at the Leipzig Gewaudhaus Orchestra when he put this trio to paper. Its in four movements. The first movement, marked molto allegro agitato in 6/8 time, starts with a passage for cello that most cellists would kill to play. You can just wallow in that melody.
At 1:56, Felix introduces the second subject in F Major, and this is another tune you can just wallow in.
At 3:42, they skip the repeat of the exposition and go right into the development. Felix works over the two subjects in a variety of keys in a masterly manner.
At 5:56, Felix recaps the first subject and turns to the second subject in D Major at 7:10. The coda uses both subjects to wrap it up with a bang.
This performance features my old buddy Adam Neiman on piano. (We are both fans of Ayn Rand.) Note that Adam doesnt use a paper score, but displays it on his laptop.
Thanks, Publius, for Rachmaninov’s “The Star Spangled Banner”. ((HUGS))
Some of my students scroll their music on their tablets. Since i accompany may of them on bass, I have had to learn how to do this too, as I watch over their shoulder. Having the notes move while one keeps one’s eyes steady is exactly the opposite of what I learned, so it is a challenge for me.
It’s even worse when they do it on an iphone!
The 1812 Overture was an old performance video..The rain’s to blame. Hatch shell had to be evacuated.
By World War II, he had given up hope of ever returning home, and as he was dying of cancer in 1943, he gave up any hope of being buried in the sacred soil of Mother Russia.
Three weeks before his death, he became an American citizen. It was his final political statement.
He is buried in Valhalla, NY, not too far from another Russian émigré who found her voice in America, Ayn Rand.
Just Wow...I searched For “July 3rd 2014 1812 overture” and that’s what came up. But the shell was decorated differently so you must be right.
The last time I went in 1998, it was Keith Lockhart at the podium. That was the first time they did the truncated version, leaving out the entire buildup with the Marseilles conflicting with the Russian Hymn and depicting the battlefield prior to the climactic ending. I was disappointed then, and if that was a video, it must have occurred after the 1998 performance, which in itself was disappointing, but at least it was on pitch!
This slow movement, marked andante con moto tranquillo, is in ternary format and opens with another beguiling tune from a melodic master. It even sounds like Chopin at times. The middle portion turns a bit dark. The opening returns for a resolution that sounds a lot like Schumann.
WOW!! Thanks for the rest of the story on Rachmaninov. Very interesting!!
I see that there’ll be plenty of wallerin’ music this weekend! Happy 4th to you in your new home! :)
I missed it last night..thinking it would be on the 4th.
Yep. Lots to waller in this weekend. It’s nice sitting here in 66 degree weather and not sitting on the side of Hurricane Arthur.
Yeah, you skated that one! I hope no one has been injured or killed in the hurricane!
Grand Old Flag.
No one could write a scherzo like Felix, and his light-fingered approach was influential on Schumann and others. This mono-thematic scherzo in D Major is marked leggiero e vivace. Just sit back and enjoy some good, clean fun. The ending is absolutely inspired.
No prob, Ma! ;-)
(((( HUGS ))))
Yes. they moved it up because of the impending storm.
My Dad (RIP) took all of us to the 1976 Bicentennial Concert which was, Of Course, Arthur Feidler. It was wonderful, and there were over 500,000 people there. They did the whole 1812, and you could have heard a pin drop in the audience. It was a transcendent experience, and i will treasure it always.
Maybe that is why I am so sensitive about this beautiful Boston tradition, and get very disgruntled when it is done poorly.
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