soundcloud.com/larya/jamboree-gpo-1 This piece serves as the scherzo to the symphony. It is part Marlboro commercial, part “Turkey in the Straw” with a tipsy trombone solo added.
Remember the Marlboro man in cowboy hat astride his horse and lighting up a cigarette with western mesa in the background? If you had three stations on your black and white T.V. you could watch Bonanza, Gun Smoke, and The Wild Wild West. That was before global warming, carbon footprints, and the 24 oz. soda had been invented. Then came 1969. We landed on the moon and suddenly our national destiny had been fulfilled. The new mantra became, “If we can land a man on the moon, we can end world hunger, cure cancer, bring world peace etc.” where the “we” meant the federal government. The government became our big brother, surrogate spouse, and general provider for half of the U.S. population. I hope this piece captures the feeling and attitude of the American people before the great society and before our freedoms were surrendered for faux security. All comments are welcome.