|Smile when you say that...|
As the ship nears dock, the Marines are greeted by the citizens of Melbourne: banners lettered with "American Saviors," "God Bless the U.S.M.C.," etc. are carried by enthusiastic and beautiful young women, who are smiling and cheering madly. Confetti everywhere. Staged as it was in this production, it's a scene that reminds me of when the Beatles landed in New York City in 1964.
And yet the Marines on board ship look on glumly at the townsfolk, not a smile to be seen anywhere. I don't believe it!
Sure, they may have been exhausted and shell shocked, with many of them suffering from the effects of malaria. But these are red-blooded, healthy young men - oversexed Marines, to boot. Not even a smile on any of them? No... no, I just don't believe it.
I tried looking this one up, but the only thing I can find is the continual mention that the time in Melbourne was among the best for the Marines in the 1st Marine Division, very fondly remembered a lifetime later. (The word "paradise" crops up frequently.)
I'm not sure how what remained of the male population of the city regarded the Marines, but I'm sure it was more or less what the British thought in 1944: "The American boys are overpaid, oversexed and over here."
Last week I bought a 1960 Frankie Lane Western gunslinger Lp at a record store in Richmond: Hell Bent for Leather! It's in nice shape - very few clicks or pops - and in a very nicely recorded stereo. I know many of the songs form a cassette a friend gave me 25 years ago. The orchestrations and vocal arrangements are by "Johnny" Williams, now better known as John Williams, probably the best known living composer of famous film scores. An excellent recording all around.
Here's the Western gunslinger ballad/1960's early Rock and Roll hybrid "Wanted Man". It's catchy, but it's not the best song on the album. That would be the truly epic "Gunfight at OK Corral," I think.
The gunslinger ballad was in vogue in the early 1960's; I became a fan of the genre way back in 1965, when I used to play Lorne Greene's "Ringo" endlessly. I have a couple of Marty Robbins Lps - his "El Paso," a big hit for him in 1960, may have been the archetypal song in the style.
The Lp I want is the Johnny Cash Ride this Train record, which is more about railroads than gunslingers, despite the cover art. And I really ought to get that Lorne Greene Lp on CD now... oh, wow. On amazon.com the collection I want is $88! Whew. Maybe I'll just stick to vinyl digitizations.
I'm also in the process of digitizing my A Clockwork Orange Lps. Everyone knows about the soundtrack album - I see it at yard sales fairly often. I also have the 1972 Walter Carlos additional Moog Lp... better. I see it's been released on CD - yikes! Expensive. But horrorshow.
Angry Birds in Space just released a new game addition for my iPhone, which I have downloaded and been playing. The software is interesting... the game sometimes involves launching birds into the collapsing gravitational fields of planets. In one of these, there is actually a point, a Laplacian node, where the fields counteract and objects are held motionless. (I've read about the existence of these spots somewhere.) Fascinating, to see that coded into a video game! But then, I once spoke a friend at church who has a background in physics; he does coding for video games. When I went "Huh?" he responded, "There are a lot of physics in video games." Indeed!