I should have been a Johnny Cash fan, but I wasn’t. He was another Arkansan, had an outsider reputation, and had come up through hard knocks. On the other hand, his rich baritone voice lacked something; accuracy. I bought his duet album with Bob Dylan. It was almost painful to listen to it. Waylon Jennings, who was Cash’s roommate at one time, described Cash as a “song stylist” rather than a singer.
And then, by sheer accident, looking for something else, I found…Continue
LUBBOCK, TEXAS....CLEAR LAKE, IOWA
Rave on, rave on and tell me,
Tell me, not to be lonely,
Tell me you love me only,
Rave on to me.
I often say that I’m not much on religion, and that’s true, but I’m not without belief. I have a deep abiding faith in good. I believe that good is everywhere. Unfortunately, it is not the good things that people do, but the bad that gets all of the headlines.
‘The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interrèd with their bones.” Anthony at the funeral of Julius Caeser
Somehow, that overshadowing makes it hard to explain a faith in goodness.
I remember thinking, as I was studying plane geometry in high school, this is all very nice, but nothing is shaped this way. The world is not made up of circles, rectangles and triangles as pure forms. But, I enjoyed geometry because for some reason that I couldn’t identify everything made intuitive sense. How could that be? It turned out that the real geometry was a little mor complicated, but related.…Continue
Nutcracker medley, Straight No Chaser (a famous a capella group) and Joshua Bell (a famous classical violinist)
The playing on this is insane.
There was a famous experiment done involving Bell in 2007, covered by the Washington Post. I described it in a comment a few years ago:
In 2007, this world-famous violinist went into a Virginia suburban Metro station…
What are all those X's in the title? They're a rhythm.
Try clapping that rhythm and see if you can identify it. Try it twice through, repeated exactly. The capital X's are accented, but each x takes the same length of time. They represent eighth notes in a four quarter measure.
If you're having trouble counting them, there are eight X's per measure. In the first, accents are on 1, 3, 6, and 8. In the second, 4 and 6. This is really syncopated: Natural accents are on odd…Continue
The disturbing contradictions over the ongoing investigation and the official version of what happened during the mass shooting in Las Vegas on a Sunday evening during a country and western concert are perplexing to say the least. The narratives being continually hammered into the minds of…Continue
The other night we baby-sat our 8 year old granddaughter while our daughter and her partner had a date. They told me in advance that they were going to a concert by "Witch Bottle", a band from Seattle and they didn’t know what the music would be like. The fear was that it would be loud and so they decided not to invite me. (Besides they needed a baby-sitter.)
Afterwards, my daughter said that I would have liked it. It was a genre known as neofolk.
A brief search on…Continue
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What? That I should take and type through Carl Sandburg's letter To Mrs. Jacob Buchbinder---
Aug. 23 
For the past week or so I've been collecting links to stories about the situation in Portland, Oregon with the idea of posting about how the grotesque hate crimes of a deranged maniac, whose name I will not mention resulted in the murders of Rick Best, 53, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche. Anna Herrington posted…Continue
It’s been a sort of miserable day. After an overcast morning the rain started about noon, and it is pouring now. L showed me a place where there is a water problem with water coming down the outside wall onto the screen porch. It is at a place where the gutter does a 90 degree bend and a roof valley empties. Ugh.
Added to that is the fact that the House voted today to pass the abomination that has been substituted for the AHA (Obamacare). No one doubts, except the “Freedom…Continue