Weekly Vinyl – JFK speaks

14 Aug

John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917 – 1963
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
(1963)

SONY DSC

I believe I got this one at a Goodwill store. I went for the image and for the historical context. As I’m listening to this album now, in the context of the run up to the 2016 US presidential elections with the drawn out primaries and Donald Trump… I have to say … they don’t make them like they used to.
Here was a guy who had hope and power on his side – stirring speeches. It is a refreshing contrast to the drivel we hear these days – from both US and Canadian politicians. There are no forced soundbites. There is no built in spin. There are no talking points. You can hear JFK espouse clear ideas which will be used to move the country forward.
And yes, the “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” speech is here. If a politician would say these words now he would be pilloried quickly by all sides.
To be fair, one has to really concentrate when listening to this album – these are original recordings made when the technology was quite lacking. .

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