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Hello Widdershins

So it’s a weekend.  Has anything changed other than the daily sick and dead counts?  Eh, not much I don’t guess.

Since DYB did a musical post a few weeks back on the Beethoven I thought I would do one on Herr Mozart.  But first a little update from the Southern coast.

  • Checking my wx underground page for the local weather I see that in my parish the number of covid 19 cases has gone from 176 to 239 with 8 deceased.  That is an increase of 63 from yesterday and 1 additional death.  Those numbers are small except when you realize the population is a tad over 30,000.  The pop dropped after Katrina and recovered somewhat.
  • According to a presser by the Mayor of New Orleans, the coroner’s office is full along with area funeral homes so the city may have to bring in reefer units to put the bodies, much like New York.
  • This man right here, needed much more than a $2,500 bail.

But enough, let’s move on to the music.

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I know this was a brief one but here’s one more thing.  Go check to see how your area is doing with social distancing here.  I really didn’t need to check it to see that my parish got a D-.  And I’m not surprised considering the woman on the other side of the duplex had a gathering last weekend with four cars in the drive and on the street.  Saturday she had someone else over.  And that’s why I made a sign to go on the front door in a sheet protector that says unless you are a delivery person, utility employee or someone otherwise known to me who is practicing social distancing I’m not opening the door.

Talk and discuss as you wish.

 

Good Weekend Widdershins

So is it a good weekend so far?  For me, dunno yet.  I’m doing my best to ignore the pandemic at least for the weekend.  I’ve put the tv on one of the music channels tuned to “light classical”.  I just don’t want to hear anything more about Covid 19 or the blatherings of El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago nor his butt-kissing Surgeon General.  So let’s just enjoy some toe-tapping St. Paddy’s Day or other Irish songs.

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Good Weekend Widdershins

Yes it’s still two weeks away.  Yes this may be premature but you know what?  As Auntie Mame said “We need a little Christmas” so we need a little bit of spring right now.

We have a disease that is working it’s way across the country and have a President* who, instead of relying on science, goes with “hunches”.  A President* who thought it was a good, great idea to cut funding for the CDC and NIH.  A President* who thought it was a good idea to appoint his Vice President to head the federal response to the corona virus. A man who as governor of Indiana refused to go along with a needle exchange program that led to one of the largest outbreaks of AIDS in his state.  So yeah, we need a little spring right about now.

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And don’t forget (although except for possibly your stove, microwave, wall clocks, you should be covered): 

Good weekend widdershins-what’s left of it

Being that most of the shinners are on the west coast I thought I’d take my time to do the weekend post.  Also, tree pollen here is sky high and even with my allergy meds I’ve still been sneezing and I’m keeping the tissues nearby.  Achoo!

So let’s take a look at some cartoons.  Since most of the cartoonists have their cartoons ready to go somewhat early, I didn’t see a lot of them dealing with Biden’s SC win.  But let’s face it:  there were/are plenty of other topics.

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Okie doke.  Hope y’all enjoyed them.

 

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Hello Widdershins!

Well here we are, another week down, several billion to go of this election. (And don’t forget, the next election starts the day after this one ends.) Although to be honest, if Trump wins there probably won’t be another election, so at least we would have THAT to look forward to!

We learned last night that Bernie Sanders has been accepting Russian help in his election for a full month. I say “has been accepting” because he was briefed on the fact that the Russians are helping him a month ago and he has said not one word about it. And when the news broke yesterday in Washington Post he got angry at WaPo for releasing the news just before the caucus in Nevada, blaming the “Democratic establishment” of trying to sabotage him. It is long past time for us to say and keep repeating: Bernie Sanders is Trump. There is very little separating them temperamentally. Now on policy yes, there are many differences. But temperamentally, Bernie is Trump. He is also a traitor. The fact that he has been silently accepting Russian help in the election for the past month is disqualifying. Period. Full stop.

Speaking of actual revolutionaries, the ones who changed the world: here’s something you may not know – this year marks the 250th birthday of our lord and savior Ludwig van Beethoven. There is lots of Beethoven being performed. I just heard the complete String Quartets and in the middle of a full Symphonies cycle. (It’s nice to have connections and score free tickets.) It’s going to be all Ludwig all the time for a year. And for the record, Beethoven would have been mortified by Trump. Remember when Beethoven wrote his blazing Symphony No. 3, the “Eroica,” he dedicated it to Napoleon. And then he heard that Napoleon had installed himself Emperor. Beethoven scratched out the dedication and wrote: “In memory of a great man.”

Beethoven’t music changed the direction of music: his compositions like Symphonies 3, 5 and 9, his Piano Sonatas and especially String Quartets, took the development of music into previously unimagined directions. Even people like Mozart could never have imagined it. So I’m going to post some Beethoven: Revolutionary and Poet. You post some other trail-blazing musicians who changed the world in some way. (I hope someone posts Madonna because she did!)

Here’s arguably the most famous piece of music ever written: Beethoven’s Fifth, played on original instruments (gut strings, hide timpani, valveless horns, etc.) This is the orchestra whose symphonies cycle I’m currently hearing at Carnegie Hall.

Here is the last piece of new music Beethoven is known to have completed: an alternative final movement to his String Quartet No. 13. (Though he completed 16 Quartets, after finishing the 16th he went back to revise the 13th, which included this new finale.) This is how a giant ended.

For anyone who only knows Beethoven as the deaf madman writing Earth-shaking music, this is the final movement of his last Piano Sonata, No. 32. There are no more beautiful, more perfect, more heart-rending compositions than this one (some may be equal, but none surpass it for me.) It starts off as one of the most lovely melodies ever composed, then gains steam into drama – and then what could be an early jazz/swing dance! It truly is the work of a madman.

Hello Widdershins

We here in nola are getting into the heart of the Carnival season and there are twenty-seven parades this weekend.  Now no way in hell I’m going to all of them, but there are a number I want to see including the fur baby krewe of barkus.  There’s another animal krewe that’s parading and thank goodness they are on two separate days.  I love the ones with the critters.

It’s going to be me and my funeral director friend for the parades here on the south shore and then we’re going to be joined by another of his friends (she’s also a funeral director!) across the lake on the north shore.  (Gee, I’m wondering if someone is trying to tell me something about a new career or something? Nah, that’s not for me)

So as the title says tawk amongst yourselves and I’m going to be yelling “Throw Me Something Mister!”.

 

I’ll check in sometime Sunday.

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Good Weekend Widdershins

I thought I had a backup set for the weekend post but, eh, things happen.  I was m.i.a. yesterday because I was once again helping out my friend with his Mardi Gras stuff.  To move things along let’s take a look at some political cartoons.

Obviously the impeachment vote was a biggie along with the S.O.T.U. speech and the Iowa cluster.  Let’s take a look.

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Aw-rite, I’m done until next weekend.


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