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Year in Review

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Fasten your seat belts!

In an effort to help stimulate the economy and give a hand to America’s struggling automobile companies, the US Government this year gave us the Car Allowance Rebate System, more commonly known as the “Cash for Clunkers” program. “Cash for Clunkers” helped stimulate the economy by boosting auto sales while putting safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles on the roadways. A huge number of people turned out to trade in their old cars and take more than a “short ride” in their newer, faster machines. Who knows? Maybe those classical music-loving car owners rocked out in their new toys to John Adam’s minimalist hit, which was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the opening concert of the 1986 Great Woods Festival in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Music Heard On This Episode

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle — John Adams - Harmonielehre • The Chairman Dances • Tromba lontana • Short Ride in a Fast Machine / Sir Simon Rattle (EMI Classics, 1994)
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