The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (243): Thanks given

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (243): Thanks given


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2020



  • Greg Bottini says:

    It’s really not the kind of music I care to listen to.
    Fred Waring was considered an oldy moldy even back in the 30s, and this stuff is pure mold.
    (Duke Ellington’s re-composing of The Nutcracker, however, is superb! I hope you’ll post an excerpt of THAT, Norman.)
    Fun fact: Waring established and owned the Waring Blendor (sic) Company.

  • Dragonetti says:

    I couldn’t get further than halfway through for danger of severe emesis. Was there a twist at the end? Did it dissolve into a mad axe murder for comic effect or something? Am I going completely insane or have I missed something? Please help. I’m deeply puzzled and disturbed by this.Thank you.

  • David Winsby says:

    I like going over the river and through the woods just fine, but my favorite is to gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  • JB says:

    “Daily comfort zone ” . are you winding us up Norman ?

  • Bostin'Symph says:

    Awww. It’s a little bit of cosy comfort to warm the heart on a cold and dark Northern Hemisphere day!

  • E says:

    Thank you, NL. It’s another reference from music heard in childhood.

  • Sharon says:

    Does England have an equivalent of a Thanksgiving?
    What about the rest of Europe? Please excuse my ignorance

  • David K. Nelson says:

    Well Thanksgiving IS the day to disregard all those doctor’s warnings about blood sugar levels, but this pushes things pretty close to the diabetic coma level. Coming after this, watching a Shirley Temple movie would be like a mouthwash of lemon juice and muriatic acid.

    But before you wonder what the market could possibly have been for this particular “unbreakable record,” it does pay to familiarize yourself with the old airchecks of the 1930s and 1940s, and try to understand what made someone like Gabriel Heatter one of the most famous and beloved broadcasters of his time.

    If we must do this to ourselves for Thanksgiving then I suggest instead the very lovely recording Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops made of the “Song of Thanksgiving” by Valarius. I refer to the stereo remake, not their old 78 rpm, but that will do, too.

  • William Safford says:

    Perhaps people will enjoy Arlo Guthrie’s tale of how he spent one Thanksgiving Day over half a century ago, “Alice’s Restaurant.”

    The original:

    Also check out his live versions. I’m listening to one on the radio, which has a funny added story concerning President Carter’s son and President Nixon.

    Arlo is the son of famed folk singer and activist Woody Guthrie.