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Belatedly, Happy St. Paddy’s Day
How’s the craic Widdershins? (Don’t know if I used that correctly or not!
So according to the link above on Irish slang that’s supposed to mean “Hello”! Friday was officially St. Paddy’s day but we’ll just celebrate it today. We’ll pretend we’re still celebrating from Friday.
Now of course this being an Irish holiday/celebration, it has to have music and indeed there more Irish music than you could shake a shillelagh at. And the styles do run the gamut. So I’ll put my selections below and you can, if you wish, add your in the comments.
(1) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ~ Irish Celebration
(2) The Dubliners ~ Molly Malone
(3) The Great Big Sea ~ The Night Pat Murphy Died
(4) The Pogues ~ Dirty Old Town
(5) Dropkick Murphys ~ I’m Shipping Up To Boston
(6) The Dubliners & The Pogues ~ Irish Rover
So there ya go Widdershins! A nice six-pack of songs to help you to continue celebrating the grand day! Of course it’s an open thread.
Good Sunday Widdershins!
I had been at somewhat of a loss last weekend and this one on what kind of post tying in some songs or movies that I could do. Then one of our fellow shinners mentioned the possibility of writing on the Oscar fubar and that yeah, stuff happens. We know the story well by now.
The two accountants in charge of handing out the envelopes at the 2017 Academy Awards “froze” when La La Land was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner over Moonlight, this according to the show’s stage manager.
Gary Natoli spoke to The Wrap about what occurred backstage as the events unfolded, saying Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, accountants with PricewaterhouseCoopers who handled the Oscars balloting, didn’t react fast enough when the mistake was made.
The veteran stage manager said he immediately told other stage managers in the wings to get Cullinan and Ruiz onstage to correct the error. But, he added, both the accountants hesitated.
They probably “hesitated” because in fact, they are accountants, CPAs in fact. These are not people who are used to being front and center on nationwide television. No, these are backstage -backoffice type folks who deal with pencils (probably good ones like Ticonderoga #2s), and adding machines with lots of paper spilling out of them.
So, as they say, shit happens or to be passive about it: mistakes were made. And that brings us to our musical theme: Mistakes. There is a goodly number of songs about mistakes and not necessarily mistakes of the romance type. My choices are below.
(1) Everybody Makes a Mistake ~ Otis Redding
(2) Last Mistake ~ Glenn Hughes
(3) Make a Mistake with Me ~ Brad Paisley
(4) A Mistake ~ Fiona Apple
(5) We took the wrong step years ago ~ Hawkwind
(6) Laughing ~ David Crosby (from 1st solo album)
Okay so those are my choices. Feel free to add your own in the comments. Oh and here’s one mistake none of us made:
This is an open thread for you to take wherever you wish.
Good Weekend Widdershins!
Another week has passed and how many tRump & co. eruptions did we have? No, don’t answer that. It was merely rhetorical. However the answer is too damned many! Basta!!
Accordingly, we need to take our minds off the orangey pretender for a day or two. My suggestion is we take a look at some feel good, happy, or similar songs. Any type of songs that will take our minds off you-know-who for just a little break. If it’s something that makes you feel good or peppy (er no, not the Dr. Pepper song) add it in the comments. My choices are just below.
(1) What a Wonderful World ~ Louis Armstrong
(2) Going up the country ~ Canned Heat
(3) Somewhere over the rainbow ~ Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (yay for cut & paste with the name!)
(4) Good Vibrations ~ The Beach Boys
(5) Doo Wah Diddy Diddy ~ Manfred Mann
(6) Cool Jazz ~ Miles Davis
(7) Flying Home ~ Lionel Hampton
So there you go Widdershins: a half dozen (plus one) musical selections of various genre.
Please add yours in the comments below.
Good Weekend Widdershins!
Let’s face it folks: the man is batshit crazy. We’ve known it all along. We saw it demonstrated on tv for all to see during the primaries and the general election. We have seen any number of suggested reasons for his behavior: he has a short attention span, he has ADD or ADHD, he could be dealing with dementia or could have sundowners syndrome.
I had a couple of pieces bookmarked with give some different diagnoses. This article from The Independent suggests he has “malignant narcissism”.
In a bid to warn the public, psychologists are publishing their diagnoses of Trump. Most recently, John D. Gartner said Trump “is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.”
He believes Trump shows signs of “malignant narcissism,” which is defined as a mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression and sadism in Campbells’ Psychiatric Dictionary.
Meanwhile, this article from The Daily News suggests a few other symptoms and other issues.
The fuzzy outlines of President Trump’s likely mental illness came into sharper focus this week: in two interviews with major networks, he revealed paranoia and delusion; he quadruple-downed on his fabrication that millions of people voted illegally, which demonstrated he is disconnected from reality itself; his petulant trade war with Mexico reveals that he values self-image even over national interest; his fixation with inaugural crowd size reveals a childish need for attention.
“Narcissism impairs his ability to see reality,” said Dr. Julie Futrell, a clinical psychologist, who, of course, added a standard disclaimer because she has never actually treated Trump. “So you can’t use logic to persuade someone like that. Three million women marching? Doesn’t move him. Advisers point out that a policy choice didn’t work? He won’t care. The maintenance of self-identity is the organizing principle of life for those who fall toward the pathological end of the narcissistic spectrum.”
Call it what you will, we know what he is: Batshit crazy.
I have found a few songs to go along with the theme. There are tons and tons of them out there but I concentrated on the crazy songs concerning those who are truly disturbed. My selections are below and feel free to contribute your own in the comments.
(2) Fight ~ Little Crazy
(3) Metal Church ~ Psycho
(4) Criminally Insane ~ Slayer
(5) Institutionalized ~ Suicidal Tendencies
(6) Stone Cold Crazy ~ Queen
So there you go Widdershins: a half dozen songs about mental illness, craziness, what-have-you in celebration (?) of our 45th President and Commander-in-Chief of the military. As always, this is an open thread.
Good Weekend to you Widdershins!
Well the talking yam has yet to take office but the congress critters have already started their session and naturally the first thing the Repubtards did, right out of the gate, was to start their “let’s kill obamacare” stuff. Paul “grannystarver” Ryan says things are too urgent and just can’t wait. Now that may be because he’s afraid of what folks and other congress critters might see. And indeed they would be correct in wanting to at least find a replace before they decide to repeal. Still, it’s going to be those angry folks who pulled the lever for Trump who will regret their vote the most.
Across rural America, the Rust Belt, Coal Country and other hotbeds of Trumpism, voters have repeatedly expressed frustration that the lazy and less deserving are getting a bigger chunk of government cheese.
I would say that getting some cheese is better than getting no cheese. What’s the old saying: Act in haste-repent in leisure? They’ll have plenty of time now for the new version: Act in haste-die without healthcare. So these folks are going to experience regret.
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Okay, those are my picks and I hope you will add some below.
Good Weekend Widdershins and Happy New Year!
Well here we are my friends…down to the last damn day before the New Year. Oh whoop-de-doo! Meanwhile, the Doomsday Clock continues its inexorable ticking down until the 20th of January. On the bright side that falls on a Friday and we know that the orange talking yam is not really a workaholic so perhaps we have a few extra days before the damage starts. But enough of that! Let’s enjoy what we can while we can.
To that end let’s do a musical event today just as if this was a normal, Widdershin Weekend. This weekend let’s take a look at some New Year’s Eve songs and concentrate on some happy, joyful things. I mean, things might not be as bad as we think they’re going to be n’cest pas? Okay, right. Well we’ll just kid ourselves and enjoy it for a day or two.
I have my selections below and hope that you will consider adding some of your own in the comments. C’mon…we can party hardy for a day or two!
(1) Celebration ~ Kool & the Gang
(2) Bringing In a Brand New Year ~ B B King
(3) Christmas Ain’t Christmas, New Year’s Ain’t New Year’s (without the one you love) The O’Jays
(4) Celtic New Year ~ Van Morrison
(5) ABBA ~ Happy New Year
(6) Ella Fitzgerald ~ What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
Okay Widdershins, put on those thinking caps and add some selections below! Now Fredster is going to be in and out from the blog because…football bowl games. However, that should not stop y’all from keeping the place jumpin’.
Good Saturday and Weekend!
Yes, if you haven’t already been bombarded at the malls, grocery stores, your mail, emails and all the rest, we’re into the “special season” of the year. Oh what fun…
I was originally going to do a Christmas/holiday movie post but I didn’t have enough phenergan on hand to counteract the nausea that would induce. So instead I’ve opted for “Christmassy” songs. I feel that will be holiday themed enough for us.
Perhaps I’m being overly pessimistic but with the advent (ha!) of a tRump Presidency and his four horsemen who will be
leading the apocalypse, uh running the country, I see at least four years of lumps of coal for us not in the one percent or not being Putin. So without further adieu here we go!
(1) A Christmas Festival ~ Leroy Anderson ~ Boston Pops Orchestra: A staple of high school and middle school bands across America (Why listen to one Christmas classic when you could listen to a brass-blasting medley of nine?)
(2)‘Cold White Christmas’ ~ Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
Background info: The subject of this ballad is a young graduate who decides to go and make it on her own, only to find herself in a dead-end job and a mouldy flat. But with too much pride to face her family, she ends up spending Christmas alone, counting bed bugs.
(3) Dear Santa (Bring me a man this Christmas) ~ The Weather Girls
(4) Santa Claus ~ The Sonics
(5) Merry Christmas (I don’t want to fight tonight) ~ The Ramones
(6) Run Rudolph Run ~ Chuck Berry
So okay, those are my choices/selections for this weekend before the holiday. Please share yours in the comments below.