Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Ordnance n' Alcohol 2017

Usually on this day I post Charles Ives's own recording of his song They Are There!, because we were usually bombing brown people abroad and it's a loopy enough performance that you can hear in it both snark and some acknowledgement of what arguably mythical American Values (TM) are supposed to be. (Of course that's only my interpretation but you can judge for yourself.)

Needless to say, things are a bit different this year. So, while we're still bombing brown people abroad, I've opted this year for the second part of Three Places in New England, "Putnam's Camp, Redding, Connecticut". Its clash of tunes from the Big Book of New England Small Town Band Music seems apt these days. Also the middle part where the kid wanders into the woods to escape the crazy.

Putnam Park has a statue by Anna Hyatt Huntington of Israel Putnam escaping the British at Greenwich. The context has changed, but the gesture still holds.

photo, from wiki, by Roy Klotz, MD


  1. You know...I have never visited Putnam Park.

  2. I listen to this piece...and I find myself interjecting "god damn them" all over the place. Perhaps he "battle cry" of Redding?