Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
"Politics is silly, it's inane."
Gosh, now that I come to think of it...
Dick Tarquin Fintimlinbinwhinbimlim Bus Stop F’tang F’tang Ole Biscuit-Barrel Armey is right.
Watergate? Silly. Iran-Contra? Silly.
Moral turpitude? Silly. "Shock and Awe"? Silly silly.
And the destabilization, based on 'conservative thought', of the credit backbone on which the world economy is based...An act which will have generational repercussions?
What's that word again?
Silly me, I forgot.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
'In Germany, they came first for the Communists...
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
And then they came for the trade unionists...
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
And then they came for the Jews...
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
And then . . . they came for me.
And by that time - there was no one left to speak up.'
- Pastor Martin Niemöller
Fight all forms of racial, ethnic, religious, sexual and political intolerance and discrimination, wherever it is found.
We can do no less as humanity.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Charles 'Yardbird' Parker, with Miles Davis, Lucky Thompson, Do Do Marmorosa, Arvin Garrison, Vic McMillan and Roy Porter, Orthinology (second take), Los Angeles, 1946.
Albert Ayler, with Niels Bronsted, Ronnie Gardiner, and Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson, Summertime, Copenhagen, 1963.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, with Ron Burton, Henry "Pete" Pearson, Robert Shy, and Joe "Habao" Texidor, Misty/I Want to Talk About You, Montreux, 1972.
Michael Brecker, with Don Grolnick, Eddie Gomez, Mike Mainieri and Steve Gadd (Steps), Invitation, 1980's.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Of course you don't, Matthews...Isn't that the issue?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
If you'll be kind enough to forgive me...I'm a little out of sorts.
You see, my muse left me. Flew away yesterday. Oh, he'll be back. But it probably is over forever.
So I find myself at a bit of a crossroads. There's nothing more passé at the moment than an Bush caricaturist, because that boat has surely sailed.
My American friends have a new leader, and he appears to be serious about transparency.
This is an interesting and refreshing development, but one can see a subjective curtailing of flights of fancy when things hidden are revealed.
The imagination must turn to other things, things more positive and life-enhancing for oneself and others...And a world in which we are all connected.
So, I now open my heart to suggestions in the comments, and to offers and collaborations from any with an interest.
Those who wish to speak privately are free to use the email provided to the right of this post.
All exchanges will, of course, be kept in the strictest confidence.
You might also notice a small button under that email.
If my works have caught your eye over time, and you would like to express some regard for them in a tangible fashion, I would accept any such expression gratefully.
Be seeing you
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
...For my suggestive pal distributorcap NY.
"War is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought."
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Mingus, with Don Pullen, George Adams, Gerry Mulligan, Jack Walrath, Benny Bailey, and Danny Richmond, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Montreaux, 1975.
The Mingus Big Band, with Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax, Moanin', 1993.
...And happy birthday to Al Foster, one of the many exceptional drummers to work with Miles Davis.
Although he moved to Crawford to better teabag the Worst! President! Ever!...and bid the incoming President-elect to perform a lewd act on his automatic weapon, it seems that hope is indeed in the air.
Perhaps he should lobby for a position involving something that he is more informed about - For example, 'underage groupie molestation' czar, 'or 'Poo in the pants for a week' undersecretary.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
My correspondent Caoimhin Laochdha has written a most erudite celebration of birthdays at Daily Kos, well worth a read.
From me, bright birthday wishes to all.
...Although how riffraff such as I got lumped in with luminaries as Michelle Obama, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Earle, and Muhammad Ali in the tags is beyond my powers of explanation.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
By way of my pals Eureka Springs on the late shift at FDL and that refined gentleman of letters Ornery Bastard...I think this young feller has a bright future in showbiz, if he'd just turn down that loud guitar and sing a nice ballad or two like that cute little Englebert Humperdinck.
Bonus: They don't make live TV like that no more