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Glenn Miller Orchestra Scandinavia – American Patrol

An evening pause: Americans once had brass, and Glenn Miller’s music captured it, both in instruments and in sound. This has a happy defiant exuberance that now seems lost.

Hat tip Tom Biggar.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • janyuary

    Brings back memories of cramming into packed auditoriums, even sitting on the concrete floor of a large former WWII army base auditorium (that was for Stan Kenton’s band, holy cow did we baby boomers truly ROCK that night, those guys were smokin’ hot), for the Big Bands that would tour our little cow towns on the California coast. Big Band was such a relief from the daily grind of adolescent whining and wailing and grousing that dominated the music scene, mostly three-beat two-chord missives requiring little skill or thought. Big Band, on the other hand — those guys were working men.

    That music was why we won WWII. It was grown-up music, sophisticated, gutsy, and eloquent as hell. That was that generation. But as the old potheads say, “Time keeps on slippin’ slippin’ slippin’ … into the future ….” !!!! {^)

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