Fanfare for the Common Woman/Man (Vid of the Day)

To quote the May 11, 2020 posted @YouTube intro…

“National Philharmonic’s virtual performance of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” honors hospital workers currently fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The video features several National Philharmonic musicians playing multiple parts of Fanfare alongside photographs of DC, Maryland and New York City hospital staff working inside COVID-19 units.

Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” was originally composed in 1942 during the hardships of World War II. The piece was written for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and was inspired by a speech by then Vice President, Henry A. Wallace, titled, “Century of the Common Man.”

Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski noted that the idea of the common man, the frontline workers, keeping all of us afloat during this time of pandemic, makes this fanfare a perfect fit. He hopes that this video reaches those doing this important work and offers them a bit of comfort and solace.

The music was performed by National Philharmonic musicians Michael Hall (horn), Chris Gekker (trumpet), David Sciannella (trombone), Willie Clark (tuba) and Tom Maloy (percussion, timpani) at their respective homes. Each part was recorded live with the musician’s own equipment and mostly filmed on their personal cell phones. The sound was mixed by Director of Artistic Operations, Kyle Schick and the video was produced by Patron Services Manager, Quinton Braswell.

Several of the photographs that accompany the music throughout the video were taken by photographer Sinna Nasseri. Nasseri’s photos of frontline workers at grocery stores and hospitals have been featured in Vogue Magazine and most recently in The New York Times.”

About all I can add…

To conquer coronavirus all 7.8 billion of us must recognize that this deadly pathogen still poses a grave threat to humanity.

To make health care providers’ lives… to make all of our lives… less complicated… please understand that you can be infected and asymptomatic… and as such… shedding and spreading coronavirus. While you may recover from COVID-19, those who you infect, if suffering from compromised immune systems, likely will not. Since a vaccine and/or therapeutics have yet to be discovered…

Stay socially isolated at home! Stay masked / socially distanced in public!

If you contract COVID-19, self-quarantine and, if symptoms worsen, seek prompt medical attention.

Turn a deaf ear to ignorant, arrogant, avarice driven leaders, whose lackadaisical attitude and bad advice have already sent nearly half a million people, worldwide, to an early grave!

 

 

 

 

 

Fanfare for the Common (________ please fill in the blank)

 

Headline Options: male, female, transgender, gender neutral, non-binary, agender, pangender, genderqueer, two-spirit, third gender, and all, none or a combination of these.

 

Throughout the United States and Canada, today is Labor Day. Spanning our world, we find a similar holiday… International Workers’ Day… which folks, typically, celebrate each May 1st.

Regardless of when / if we celebrate… Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man is appropriate music for this post.

Why a song about the common man?

Well… seeing how the wealthy get unduly mollycoddled, yearlong, that’s why I felt it vital to counteract this with a selection that’s working poor / middle class specific on Labor Day.

But, is not that song title simply, too damned sexist?

Yep, yer damned tootin’ it is! But, Copland did compose his masterpiece way back in the far more sexist days of 1942. I mean, what more could we expect… WELL… uh… other than his having scored (scored with) an empowering / rallying of the human spirit anthem. Hmm… all in all… not a bad trade off, right?

Anyway, this is why I now dedicate two versions of Fanfare… the symphonic blog topper AND rocked up blog ender… to the world of industrious, uncommon commoners. And let’s make no mistake about it… we are UNCOMMON in every positive connotation of that word. Be our status active worker, semiretired or retired… the vast majority of us know fully well what it’s like to toil away at low paying, bereft of benefits jobs… and far worse yet… oft while tirelessly offering our loyalty to unappreciative, tyrannical bosses.

GRANTED… the well heeled, high financiers do clutch (too tightly) at the purse-strings linked to commerce / job creation.

HOWEVER… were it not for the workers of the world, who REALLY DO MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN… the big biz high and mighty would, literally, be chowing down on their figurative dough… bread… LETTUCE!

On this Labor Day… be they our past or present bosses… to suitably honor the suits / remind ourselves of OUR importance… let’s offer up a rather nontraditional toast.

Before digging into our picnic / dining room table salad bowls, let’s hoist our salad dressing bottles / cruets skyward.