22 November 2010

JFK



On 22 November 1963 at 12:30 PM Central Standard Time, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


The number one album in the United States at the time was In The Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary which featured a lovely rendition of "Blowin' In The Wind" originally written by Bob Dylan.


The number one single was "I'm Leaving It Up To You" by Dale and Grace:


Interestingly enough, according to Wikipedia, Dale and Grace were in Dallas, Texas (they were scheduled to perform on Dick Clark's Caravan Of Stars show) on the day of Kennedy's assassination and had actually waved to the president from their hotel room moments before Kennedy was shot.

In a national tragedy of this historical magnitude sometimes we forget about the cultural context. From my perspective, it's always interesting to remember the musical context surrounding these events.

Music - more than film, television and even books, for me - has the power to really put you in a different time and place.



{ The Postal Service - "Sleeping In" }

Last week I had the strangest dream.
Where everything was exactly how it seemed.
Where there never any mystery on who shot John F. Kennedy.
It was just a man with something to prove,
slightly bored and severely confused.
He steadied his rifle with his target in the center
and became famous on that day in November




N.B. The "Top Albums: 2005" post has been moved to tomorrow.