Wednesday, July 04, 2012

A Capitol Fourth, 2012, close-up (from the living room)

Today, with a slight ankle sprain (were I a subscriber to Natitude, it would cause Davey Johnson to scratch me from the lineup), I stayed a home, “cheated”, and watched a Capitol Fourth (hosted by Tom Bergeron) on PBS. And that was without cable (which is still down to my home because of a wayward tree limb), but with an emergency RCA digital antenna from Best Buy. (Guess what: old master antennas in 50s houses don't work, either.) 

The height (or best highlight) of the "presentation" came quickly, with John Williams (whom I did not realize was New York born – I had always thought he was British) conducting his own Olympic Fanfare (5 min).   I didn’t know that John Williams had also composed music for Sunday Night Football (NFL). Being at home, I could check the key (of the fanfare) on the Casio (C Major). Apolo Anton Ohno introduced America’s Olympic entrants.

Matthew Broderick sang from the Broadway musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” (no, haven’t seen that one, but numerous others)

Javier Colon honored disabled veterans (the projected video showing the injuries was disturbing).  Phillip Phillips (21), American Idol winner, sang some country just before the climax of the concert, the usual Tchaikowsky 1812 close.

There’s an advantage to staying home – you can see the performers on stage up close, and you can see the fireworks much better.  One of them looked like the Crab Nebula.

The PBS descriptive link is here.

I've always wondered who decided which artists to invite to the concert. In 2004, I was there, up close, when Clay Aiken performed. 

This morning, on a crutch, I did make it to a local pancake breakfast, a join gathering of a Mormon stake in north Arlington VA (with full power restored) and the Trinity Presbyterian Church across the street.  The Mormons were in a large majority, and many uniformed members of the Boy Scouts of America (with a lot more discipline than in "Moonrise Kingdom") were there for the flag raising and National Anthem played by solo trumpet. There was a six-minute “sermon”, which stressed the idea that national identity and outcome means a lot on top of personal performance in life.

P.S: Made an early morning ("The Fifth of July") visit to Barrack's Row, Ted's Bulletin (of interest to Nationals' fans  -- whole families with children were waiting to be seated this morning; I ate at the counter), and particularly the Marine Barracks (8 ST SE Washington DC), where the Marine Band could be heard rehearsing "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (Louis Lambert, 1863). 

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