The Record Album: Entertainment Drought 1964 And “State Fair”
A 1995 Review, Love is in the air (mail)
by Michael J. Vaughn, from the Internet
The Anxiety of Influence by Harold Bloom
A review of two musicals “she loves me”
And “Most Happy Fella”
Refers to “The entertainment drought
That followed the Kennedy Assassination”.
In the United States that mourned
It is the swerve of Influence described by
Harold Bloom. Along a neural pathway
A specific work of art.
Thought turns instead
To a continuum and immediacy
For that national emergency and shock.
Physically I turn off art
I would have experienced.
In State Fair 1962 the family
Reaches Dallas in the convertible. And thought
Turns instead to the tragedy.
The Record Album
The entertainment drought
Rose from the audience. State Fair 1962
Was set in Dallas. On my album cover
From Andrews and Burnett,
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall
Enormous sheepskin chaps
From Neiman Marcus – Big D,
Little A, double-L, A, Ess…
After, I almost never listened anymore.
While the tv stayed on with serious music
News and No commercials in 1963
She came back in the evening from
The Runeberg Lodge Choir fiftieth anniversary.
They presented their concert but cancelled
The Sunday Banquet and the people
From Canada started back.
From the backyard garage and steps
Through the back porch, into the kitchen.
She would have figured out On Friday
if we had wanted to go with her
that Saturday Evening.
The Record Album, Again
I almost never listened anymore.
Orange cover - They have on their
Enormous Sheepskin chaps from Neiman Marcus.
On the internet: a you tube video of What’s My Line
With Carol Burnett, February 1964.
As she shakes hands with the panel
And she hugs Buddy Hackett,
She continues to look so solemn.
I was confirmed in 1964
In school and In the front pew directly beneath
The national prayer for the bereaved
we continued into spring. Confirmed, young
And influenced, we were bereaved.
State Fair Critics
Before the entertainment drought
Critics gave State Fair a Fair.
But did they swerve
As described by Harold Bloom
Stigmatized by the stigmatized topic
Of mental illness. Influence.