Correctness Is the Goal
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Correctness Is the Goal
(Ken Ficara) Licensed under a Creative Commons License.
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Ken Ficara: Harmonica, loops, samples

Produced by Ken Ficara

Recorded on Park Place

At Angry Mom Records in Ithaca, I picked up a 1961 Folkways LP called Mend Your Speech, narrated by Harry Fleetwood, possessor of "a kindly gentle voice and a cultivated manner." This "remedial study" focuses on correct pronunciation of common words. It's a deeply strange record, and its calm obsession with "words fitly spoken" is, in spots, rather disturbing.

The backing track for this is looped bass harmonica, chromatic harmonica, abuse of the microphone with various metal implements, and vocals inspired by seeing Yoko Ono last week.