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Thread: Check this out--J.F.K. Tribute--November 22,1963---It's Effect On Our Country, The World

  1. Default Check this out--J.F.K. Tribute--November 22,1963---It's Effect On Our Country, The World

    I want to share this YouTube musical/visual presentation reflecting on the lasting effect that John F. Kennedy's assassination has had on our country over the past fifty years I co-wrote the song "Childhood's End" and assisted in its video production. By the way, this project was never intended in to be any kind of political statement. There is no sensationalism in this song or its visual production and it has nothing to do with ideological agendas, conspiracy theories or the like . It's simply a look back at that dark day in Dallas almost a half a century behind us and its far-reaching effects it's had on our nation and the world.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ssPibCd-1U


    I've been a lyricist/songwriter all my life, having the good fortune of working with a number of talented and gifted artists over the past 30+ years. The songwriting credit I'm most proud of is providing the words for "Shadowland", a song co-written with Graham Nash and Joe Vitale that appeared on Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's first reunion album, "American Dream", certified platinum in 1989.

    Unfortunately, these days many young people today aren't fully aware of the lasting effect President Kennedy's assassination has had on our country and the world over the past fifty years. As the saying goes, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". I think it's critical for our future that this moment from our nation's history is never swept under the carpet of the changing times. We owe that much to our children, our children's children and the future generations that are here long after we are gone...


    Rick Ryan


    http://childhoods-end.com/

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    What's wrong with 'political'? Without involvement in it by most Sheeple, we are were we are....and please don't use the term 'conspiracy theory'....the JFK assassination was a conspiracy in fact!
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Ryan View Post
    By the way, this project was never intended in to be any kind of political statement. There is no sensationalism in this song or its visual production and it has nothing to do with ideological agendas, conspiracy theories or the like . It's simply a look back at that dark day in Dallas almost a half a century behind us and its far-reaching effects it's had on our nation and the world.
    As a writer of prose and dramatic fiction (and, FWIW, as a close friend of the late lyricist Sammy Cahn), my advocacy of the unique power of art to effect change -- positive and negative -- on scales from personal to global is second to none.

    Your goal in creating the project is your business.

    But I must ask for clarification: How exactly to you expect your project to inform "young people today [who] aren't fully aware of the lasting effect President Kennedy's assassination has had on our country and the world over the past fifty years" if you denude it of the style and content without which such awareness is impossible to stimulate?

    Are you arguing that artistic expression can exist absent the artist's point of view?

    Are you suggesting that your project is not informed by your point of view on the assassination?

    How would that be possible, if you don't mind the question?

    And please give serious thought to the greater meanings of Peter Lemkin's admonition regarding conspiracy "theory" and fact.

    Thanks.

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    Dear Mr. Drago,


    On November 22, 1963, I was an 11-year old Irish Catholic kid growing up in Belmont, Massachusetts.
    I'll never forget that Friday afternoon when we were informed at school what had taken place. In the ensuing years, I've come to realize the loss of President Kennedy in such a senseless and brutal manner affected me more than I ever knew at the time. The words to this song were very difficult for me to write, bringing me to tears many times during it's composition. All the feelings that 11-year old boy experienced fifty years before...feelings he'd somehow tucked away into the deepest recesses of his psyche...were suddenly coming to the surface. It was a cathartic experience, to say the least.
    I can understand your being critical of the choice of words in my post, but the lyric to the song "Childhood's End" is an altogether different matter. They were words that came directly from my heart...from somewhere deep inside myself...more from that little 11 year old kid in me who hadn't yet yet formed any political beliefs than from the 61 year old man who is sitting here writing this response to you. I certainly do believe there was a conspiracy behind the assassination of J.F.K. However, I truly believe that if my mind had been focused on a political agenda or conspiratorial theory instead of what I felt deep inside my being about that horrific moment in our history, I doubt that any song would have been written at all. As a writer and artist yourself, I hope you can understand.

    Kind regards,

    Rick Ryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Ryan View Post
    Dear Mr. Drago,


    On November 22, 1963, I was an 11-year old Irish Catholic kid growing up in Belmont, Massachusetts.
    I'll never forget that Friday afternoon when we were informed at school what had taken place. In the ensuing years, I've come to realize the loss of President Kennedy in such a senseless and brutal manner affected me more than I ever knew at the time. The words to this song were very difficult for me to write, bringing me to tears many times during it's composition. All the feelings that 11-year old boy experienced fifty years before...feelings he'd somehow tucked away into the deepest recesses of his psyche...were suddenly coming to the surface. It was a cathartic experience, to say the least.
    I can understand your being critical of the choice of words in my post, but the lyric to the song "Childhood's End" is an altogether different matter. They were words that came directly from my heart...from somewhere deep inside myself...more from that little 11 year old kid in me who hadn't yet yet formed any political beliefs than from the 61 year old man who is sitting here writing this response to you. I certainly do believe there was a conspiracy behind the assassination of J.F.K. However, I truly believe that if my mind had been focused on a political agenda or conspiratorial theory instead of what I felt deep inside my being about that horrific moment in our history, I doubt that any song would have been written at all. As a writer and artist yourself, I hope you can understand.

    Kind regards,

    Rick Ryan
    I was an 11-year old Italian Catholic kid growing up in Providence, Rhode Island.

    Here's hoping than your "belief in" conspiracy can metamorphose into the understanding that conspiracy in the case of JFK's murder is fact.

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    Mr. Ryan,
    This is quite powerful.
    Thanks
    Jim
    Read not to contradict and confute;
    nor to believe and take for granted;
    nor to find talk and discourse;
    but to weigh and consider.
    FRANCIS BACON

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    Nice song and Video Rick.I'm glad you added the lyrics at the link.I think I'll just post them up here.

    CHILDHOOD'S END

    The pain flashed like a headline
    Thrown upon the magic screen
    A thousand days, a single flame
    One instant in between

    A camera's prayer of silence
    Frozen church to grassy knoll
    One single act of violence
    Robbed a country of its soul

    We tuned in as the colors dropped
    The day when all the laughter stopped


    They change the guard
    The decades bend
    A dream dies hard at childhood's end
    The children weep
    Old men pretend
    The tide runs deep at childhood's end


    The future made its promise
    But our youth was double-crossed
    A war of fear, a failed Frontier
    One dream forever lost

    A destiny abandoned
    And an innocence betrayed
    A piece of every one of us
    Died in that motorcade


    A thousand days, ten thousand nights
    We all were in the killer's sights

    They change the guard
    T
    he decades bend
    A dream dies hard at childhood's end
    The children weep
    Old men pretend
    The tide runs deep at childhood's end
    We search to find a symbol
    That the ages can't dilute
    A lifeless oath, a ruined dress
    One tiny son's salute

    Forgetful minds remember
    Though the pictures peel and crack
    The day our childhood went away
    And never quite came back

    A nation's fate in one blind shot
    It closed the gates of Camelot

    They change the guard
    The decades bend
    A dream dies hard at childhood's end
    Our children weep
    Old men pretend
    The tide runs deep at childhood's end

    Copyright 2013 Rick Ryan
    "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
    Buckminster Fuller

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    "One blind shot"?

    Really?

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    We all were in the killer's sights




    The tone is tragedy
    The deed the act of "the killer"


    Rated CP for Commission Approved





  10. Default Not that big a reach if one can see the powers behind the illusion

    "Here's hoping than your "belief in" conspiracy can metamorphose into the understanding that conspiracy in the case of JFK's murder is fact."

    A sincere move of one apostrophe, from "killer's" to "killers' " and I could agree - to a point.

    The cover-up of realities that began even before the murder would be untouched by that small change, but it could be a touchstone to cast the Warren Commission and HSCA so called conclusions in the junk pile and open the door to ... doin' our own thinkin'.

    An end of childhood. The revelation of Government complicity in both murder and obstruction of justice. Enough to end a childhood I would think. Crimes of State.
    Read not to contradict and confute;
    nor to believe and take for granted;
    nor to find talk and discourse;
    but to weigh and consider.
    FRANCIS BACON

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