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10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
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Every year, the Library of Congress taps culturally significant recordings for preservation in its National Recording Registry. Today the Library announced the selection of 25 more snippets of sound, including Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, Dylan Thomas reading "A Child's Christmas in Wales," and Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner performing their 2,000-year-old-man shtick. One piece of audio that hasn't yet made the cut turned 55 yesterday:
The power and beauty of these words—a simple utterance that changed the course of American history—remain undiminished since they were first intoned by elegant, soft-spoken lawyer Joseph Welch on June 9, 1954. Welch calmly delivered this courageous rebuke to Joe McCarthy during televised Senate hearings investigating Communist activities in the U.S. Army. Like a pin prick to the hot-air-engorged witch-hunts of the '40s and '50s, Welch's words initiated the great unraveling of the Red Scare and shook a cowed Cold War nation out of its torpor.
In the spirit of exploring every corner of the audio motherlode, the Miner offers this historic 12-minute confrontation between Welch, special counsel to the Army, and Senator Joe McCarthy (R-Wisconsin), who was attempting to assassinate the character of Welch's associate Fred Fisher: Listen (mp3)
About eight minutes into the exchange, Welch punches the bully McCarthy with another ringing blow, the sound of which, like the 10 musical selections offered below, fills the ear with a deeply satisfying sensation. Though not a succinct sound bite destined for posterity, Welch's words here were no less withering: "If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty, I would do so. I like to think I'm a gentle man. But your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me."
Valentine to the Genius Songwriter Andy Razaf
Maxine Sullivan ~ "Memories of You"
(Blog: Soulful Divas)
Dude Was Short-Listed for the Poet's Chairs at Oxford and Cambridge
Benjamim Zephaniah ~ "Rasta"
(Blog: Satta Massagana)
From the album: Dis Policeman Keep on Kicking Me to Death (mp3)
St. Louis Free Jazz Meets Ghanian Percussion
Mor Thiam ~ "Dini Saffarrar"
(Blog: You Got a Problem?)
[7 more moments of decency, after the jump]
Full Name: Juan Candido Washington y Landrón
Jackie Washington ~ "Morning Song"
(Blog: Play It Again, Max)
Sambas Short and Sweet
Sargentelli e o Sambão ~ "Sargentelli e o Sambão"
(Blog: Toque Musical)
Ennio Morricone ~ "Una Pistola Per Ringo" / "Il Ritorno Di Ringo"
(Blog: Sleazy Listening)
From Una Pistola Per Ringo: Grotesque Suspense (mp3)
Electric, Eccentric and Cheeky
Lol Coxhill ~ "Fleas in Custard"
(Blog: 9 Grey Chairs)
Forty Years of Field Recordings
Various ~ "Africa and the Blues"
(Blog: Times Ain't Like They Used to Be)
Buh-Bye Polka Grammy!
Li'l Wally ~ "The Polka Beat for Your Dancing Feet"
(Blog: Radio Sinbad)
From the album: Aye Aye Aye (mp3)
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