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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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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.

Good weekend Widdershins

Ah yes, it certainly is getting crazy out there.  tRump is impeached.  Bill Barr is running the Justice Department like it’s a wholly owned subsidiary to benefit tRump, Pompeo at State had no idea that one of his ambassadors was under a possible threat in Ukraine, and Pence’s reputation as the good boy is being sullied.  And of course they all have one phrase in common:  I don’t recall.  They also all have at least one thing in common; Lev Parnas’ great note taking.  I tell ya, if the Dems do take the White House back this year they are going to have to tent the W.H., State and Justice Dept buildings just to get the taint out.

With all of that happening, lets’ take a look at some songs about crazy, going crazy and the like.

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(turn your volume down for this one)

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Okie doke folks, that’s about it for me.  We have had, ahem, crazy weather here with highs getting into the low 80s which means running the a/c in January plus my dehumidifier.  Now we have a yuge cold front heading down and we’re going to drop into the forties for the high on Tuesday. I think my sinuses can just give it up.

Of course open thread.

 

 

Happy Saturday, Widdershins, and I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Today is a day of football and basketball, with our friends here mostly favoring football. In honor of not just these sports, but other games people play, here’s our Lazy Weekend music post. I hope everyone enjoys it!

Hello Widdershins, we have made it to another weekend. Yay us!!!

Do you all remember that the ACA enrollment is currently open? Spread the word because the Orange Turd is keeping it quiet, some people may not even realize.

This week saw some good news – the blue wave continues – we picked up a governorship in Kentucky (Moscow Mitch and Russian Rand’s home state) and took control of the Virginia government. That’s huge. Republicans in Kentucky actually considered voiding the election and placing the Republican into the governor’s mansion, but they decided even they couldn’t be so brazen. Or something. In any case, they’re letting the Democrat stay (how nice!)

Bloomie is jumping into the Democratic primary. The man who ran for NYC mayor as a Republican and then became an Independent wants the Democratic ticket. Ok. To Bloomberg’s credit “Moms Demand Action,” the gun-control organization he is funding has done extremely good things in helping flip places blue. But if he really wanted to be helpful he would just start a Super PAC with a few hundred million he’ll spend on his campaign and support one of the very excellent people already running, like Kamala Harris or Amy Klobuchar. Alas, vanity thy name is a billionaire he’s jumping in. Time will tell what comes of it.

But enough about politics. I wanna hear some tunes! I want to hear some DUETS!!! Because what can be more beautiful than two people working together to achieve beauty? DUETS!!!!

Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni grew up together – they even shared the same wet-nurse! The beautiful duet that ends Act 1 of Puccini’s “La bohème” as sung by Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti in 1964 and then in 1996.

 

 

Happy Weekend Widdershins!

There’s something happening. Something new in the air. A disturbance in the Force. Democrats are laser focused on Trump’s shenanigans with Ukraine. As a Ukrainian by birth all I can say is “You’re welcome” if this is the thing that brings down Trump.

Something feels different about this one. I hope I’m right. I hope we don’t lose this one because we don’t have many chances left.

So to help each other get through these newly exciting and mortifying times, let’s try to make each other laugh. Post a funny video. Could be a funny cat video. Funny music video. Whatever makes you laugh. Make us all laugh!

Good Weekend Widdershins!

No, not falling back as in the (ugh) time change but rather offishully  *fall* or autumn which arrives on Monday, September 23rd as the autumnal equinox.  I hope however that DYB enjoyed his fallish temps last week.  Did they stay around D?

 

Now despite that scientific fact, we here in Nola are probably going to continue having our high temps in the 90s.

Nevertheless, we’ll just pretend it’s “fallish”.  And speaking of autumn or fall I found some quotes concerning the season.

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

— Lauren DeStefano, Wither

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

— Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

— Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

So let’s take a look at some fall or autumn songs and I hope you add some of your own.

 

Love me some Ella.

 

 

 

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And lest we forget that because it’s Fall or “pre-Fall” it’s also time for this:

Okie doke, open thread as usual.

 


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