Saturday, April 30, 2016

This 'Carousel' Presents Some Beautiful Music

I hope you don't mind this little change in the usual classical music weekend format on the Tales, as the fetching Mrs. B and I attended Houston's Wortham Center on Friday night for a wonderful production by the Houston Grand Opera of Rodgers and Hammerstein's great musical, "Carousel". 


Written as a stage musical in 1945 by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and adapted for film in 1956, this epic show tune musical contains some beautiful music, as do all of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musicals. 

Trying to keep somewhat with the classical format, please turn up the volume and listen to this ultra beautiful music from Carousel in symphonic orchestral form.  

Warning:  You may need some Kleenex for the emotional song, "You'll never walk alone", in the fourth video.

Rodgers and Hammerstein: "Carousel" Orchestral Suite - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra:
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Rodgers and Hammerstein: "Carousel" - "If I loved you":



Rodgers and Hammerstein: "Carousel" - "June Is Bustin' Out All Over":



Rodgers and Hammerstein: "Carousel" - "You'll never walk alone." [Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra]:



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Bravo!, and thank you, Houston Grand Opera!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Indiana - Choose Cruz/Fiorina Over Trump/Clinton

It's up to you Indiana.  On Tuesday May 3, 2016 Indiana will hold the Republican primary and we will find out if the GOP and the conservative movement will commit political suicide by voting for the totally unelectable Donald Trump, or continue to survive by voting for Senator Ted Cruz. 

If Donald Trump wins Indiana, I am afraid, unless some miracle happens, there will be no stopping him to the nomination on the first ballot and he will be the Republican nominee.  But if Donald Trump loses Indiana, we are headed to a contested convention in which Donald Trump cannot win after the first ballot.  

Thankfully the Ted Cruz campaign realizes it is do or die in Indiana and is pulling out all the stops.  First with the Cruz/Kasich alliance where John Kasich has voluntarily stepped away from campaigning in that state to leave it for Ted Cruz to win and I think, more importantly, with Ted Cruz strategic gambit to name the popular and exciting CEO, Carly Fiorina as his running mate, if he wins the nomination. 

Some are saying it is out of desperation and is a Hail Mary play and that may be true.  But isn't that better than just sitting back and giving in to the Trump train destruction?  Remember, sometimes, Hail Mary passes are completed and the team that throws them wins the game.  I believe this pass will be caught and the Cruz/Fiorina team will win Indiana in a big way.

I loved how Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina in their announcement in Indiana, both linked Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton.  They did it over and over again and I hope they continue to do this over and over until next Tuesday.  Both Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina emphasized that both Trump and Clinton are two sides of the same coin; both New York big government liberals who have gained wealth with insider Washington D.C. deals.  Hillary by selling influence to the crony capitalist like Donald Trump, and Trump by buying influence from beltway liberals like Hillary Clinton.  

This has made it a clear distinction for the voters of Indiana in their time for choosing.  

Indiana do you want the constitutional conservative team of Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina or do you want the inside liberal deal maker team of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? 

I originally supported strongly Senator Marco Rubio and thought he would be by far the strongest candidate to go against the Democrats, but if I were a citizen of Indiana with the choices that are before us it wouldn't even be close.  I would walk over broken glass to get to the polls on primary day to choose the Cruz/Fiorina team, and save the Republican Party from a disastrous Donald Trump nomination and a certain Hillary Clinton presidency.

Indiana: Choose Cruz/Fiorina over Trump/Clinton!



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bruce Springsteen Honors Prince In Concert

Bruce Sprinsteen and the E-Street band had a big concert on Saturday April 23, 2016 for the opening night of his River Tour 2016 in Brooklyn, NY's Barclay Center. 


What the audience didn't know is what his first song would be.  It was Prince's big hit "Purple Rain".  Of course, Bruce did this in honor of Prince. 
R.I.P. Prince - as Doves cry
Just think of the chills the audience must have gotten when Bruce Springsteen opened the concert with "Purple Rain".  I know I would have sat there with prayers and chills and awe of this tribute. 

Thanks to Bruce Springsteen for this video on You-Tube of your River Tour Concert in Brooklyn on April 23, 2016:



Thank you Bruce Springsteen and God Bless.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

40th Anniversary Of Great Patriotic Act At Dodgers Stadium

One of the great acts of patriotism occurred 40 years ago [from yesterday] on April 25, 1976 at a Major League Baseball game at Dodgers Stadium between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.  
baseball player and patriot - Rick Monday
This act of patriotism was made by Chicago Cubs outfielder, Rick Monday.  One thing to know about Rick, who is now a baseball announcer, is that he was not only a very good baseball player but also a former member of the Marine Corps Reserve. 

Here it is thanks to Major League Baseball:  April 25, 1976 at Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium - Dodgers vs. Cubs:




After this incident Monday was presented by the Dodgers organization with the American flag he saved on "Rick Monday Day" at Wrigley Field on May 4, 1976. 

Tales salutes great American patriot, Rick Monday.