A patriotic Musical Palate Cleanser

A GTP salute to all our veterans, including this one:

There’s only one appropriate MPC for that.

Thanks for your service, folks.

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28 responses to “A patriotic Musical Palate Cleanser

  1. Salty Dawg

    Well done, Senator! That earlier pic is priceless!

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Jimi Hendrix, AIRBORNE?
    Love it.

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  3. Gurkha Dawg

    Is that Mitch Mitchell on the drums?

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    • illinidawg

      Yes “For the concert, he added rhythm guitarist Larry Lee and conga players Juma Sultan and Jerry Velez. The band rehearsed for less than two weeks before the performance, and according to Mitchell, they never connected musically.

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  4. RangerRuss

    Man, you know Pvt Hendrix caught hell in the pre-Vietnam 101st when they were still an Airborne unit.

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    • illinidawg

      I did basic at Campbell and the 3d Bde was still there. All our DI’s were 101st and they loved to run us like we were ABN and not legs.

      Here is Bob Kerrey, Seal and MOH recipient singing “And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” after his election in 1998.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        That was great illinidawg. I’ve never seen it before. There’s a lot of truth in that song, more than most of us care to admit.

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  5. illinidawg

    Now when I was a young man I carried me pack, and I lived the free life of a rover
    From the Murray’s green basin to the dusty outback, well, I waltzed my Matilda all over

    Then in 1915, my country said son, it’s time you stopped rambling, there’s work to be done

    So they gave me a tin hat, and they gave me a gun, and they marched me away to the war

    And the band played Waltzing Matilda, as the ship pulled away from the Quay

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  6. illinidawg

    As an aside, I was at the 1998 Music City Bowl when this happened.

    “The 1998 Music City bowl kicked off at 5 p.m. EST on December 29, 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennesse Jazz musician Larry Carlton performed the traditional pre-game playing of the national anthem, but his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner did not meet with the crowd’s approval, and he was booed.”

    He wasn’t really booed much because, well, you can’t boo the National Anthem. After he finished the Hokie “Corps of Cadets” sand it acapella and got a big cheer. After Tech beat Bama we were driving back and the radio was a Bama feed. All the call in people did was bitch about the was Carlton played it. Bama-Virginia Tech ain’t Woodstock. (Actually as soon as he started I looked at my wife and said “this is not going to go over worth a damn.”

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  7. Thanks bud. Or you’re welcome.

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  8. Got Cowdog

    Many thanks to all who served and are serving. It’s the only regret I have, now I’m old and I’ll never know if I was man enough. My very best wishes to those that were.

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    • illinidawg

      Rocky Blier was the keynote at the Wall in 1999. He said “We were cooks, truck drivers, chopper pilots. . . and man were we scared”. I don’t know about being man enough because I went in 53 years ago yesterday on my 17th birthday so, after a tour in Korea and Vietnam, I was still a 19 year old kid when I came home.

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      • RangerRuss

        Belated happy birthday illinidawg. I hope you have many more and enjoy them all.

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        • illinidawg

          Thanks, this one was pretty good. Family came in for the coast and I got to take my brother to the Mizzou game. He’d never been and now he’s been to this and the ND game AND get to meet the Senator at his tailgate.

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    • Gurkha Dawg

      Cowdog, I got a feeling you would have done just fine.

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  9. Jack Klompus

    Yeah! Thanks to all of the Blutarskians that have served!

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  10. spur21

    Celebrated my 20th birthday in a little pizza / beer hall at Ft Wolters while attending flight school. Some Great times – feeling immortal – which didn’t last long.

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  11. RangerRuss

    I know why chopper pilots like to fly. Because it’s hard to walk when you have balls the size of Crisco cans.
    God bless you spur21.

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