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Invasion of the polar vortex

 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

Yes the polar vortex is going to do one of its little numbers and give a big chunk of the U.S. some of the coldest weather of the season to parts of the midwest, before scooting eastward towards the northeast (heads up DYB!).

the polar vortex is expected to become displaced from the Arctic Circle and plunge down to near the upper Great Lakes.

Our WCW (West Coast Widdershins) should not be affected by this.  Those of us in the south should get some cold weather but nothing earth-shattering, like, say, Chicago.

“Latest indications are that Chicago could set a record on Wednesday for the day’s lowest high temperature,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines. Temperatures have not been held below zero for an entire day in Chicago since Jan. 6, 2014.

And as I said, the northeast will get smacked also.

Temperatures along the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to New York City to Boston may struggle or fail to reach 20 during the day. Overnight lows can be in the single digits and lower teens.

So let’s take a look at some songs about cold, whether it’s cold weather, cold hearts, groups with “cold” in the name and similar instances.

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Foreigner~Cold As Ice

Annie Lennox~Cold

Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong~Baby It’s Cold Outside

Queensryche~Cold

Rolling Stones~She’s So Cold

Bruce Springsteen~Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

Coldplay~Fix You

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Okay Widdershins, my choices above, please add some of your choices in the comments.

Open thread, of course.

 

 

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Happy Sunday Widdershins!

We made it all the way to January 6th!! The good news is: Democrats are now in charge of the House and Nancy Pelosi is in charge of the Democrats of the House. Trump is livid. It hasn’t been all smooth sailing. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was busted having danced in college on video! And Michigan Rep Rashida Tlaib was busted calling Trump a “motherfucker” in a bar. Republicans are flipping out! Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – whom Trump called “Steve” in a Rose Garden ceremony – said GOP has written a resolution CONDEMNING such outrageous behavior. As someone on Twitter said, though: GOP might want to pace themselves. If they think a young woman in college dancing a tribute to “The Breakfast Club” and a grown woman cursing in a bar is scandalous, what are they going to do when the subpoenas start flying? They  might choke themselves to death on their pearls.

Oh and both Seth Moulton and Tim Ryan voted for Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker. So, take that! Remember how we were all rooting for Connor Lamb to win? He voted against Pelosi.

Anyway, just a tiny shred of optimism is setting in as Democrats announce plans to question Kirstjen Nielsen, whom I have dubbed “The Hyena of ICE”,  on what the hell’s been happening on the border. They announced their intention of looking into Trump’s profiting off of the Presidency. They want Wilbur Ross on the carpet. So…we’ll have some entertainment, at least.

So – hope and optimism is our musical theme for today! What are some of your favorite tunes that give you hope?

This is an open thread.

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR WIDDERSHINS!

Well I have to say Widdershins this is the most optimistic I have felt since November 2016.  I freely admit that the road ahead will not be easy but with a strong majority in the House, despite not having the Senate, things are looking up and since all revenue bills must originate in the House this is gonna be enjoyable.  Add in the new chairs of committees such as Judiciary and Intelligence, and it is gonna be a fun year to watch.

With that let’s look at some New Years songs.

(1) Bringing In A Brand New Year~Charles (not Charlie) Brown

(2) Funky New Year~Eagles

(3) Happy New Year~Abba

(4) Maybe Baby (New Year’s Day)~Sugarland

(5) It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve)~Barry Manilow (somewhat a downer)

(6) My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)~Peggy Lee

Okay Widdershins.  If you have any favorite New Year songs share them in the comments below.

Open thread of course.

 

 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

Well it seems we may indeed have had a Blue Wave this past Tuesday.

  • We retook the House of Representatives.
  • Democrats won women’s support by 19 points, the largest margin in the history of midterm exit polling
  • Voters under 30 also favored Democrats this year by a 35-point margin over Republicans
  • Independent women voted for Democratic candidates by a 17-point margin after narrowly supporting Republicans in 2014
  • And white women, a reliable voting bloc for the GOP, split their votes evenly between the two parties this year
  • We picked up seven governorships

So perhaps we need to say thanks.  Thanks to all of those who got out and voted, all of the workers for the candidates who won and thanks to everyone involved in the GOTV process.

Let’s take a look at some songs that include thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Have to throw in some Bach because…Bach)

 

 

 

There ya go Widdershins.

Open thread, of course.

 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

The official date of the Autumnal Equinox for 2018 was September 22nd.  Of course here in Loozeana we were still in “sauna mode” and dealing with heat indices.  However since then we’ve had a couple of so-called fronts that moved through and lowered the temps just a tad.  However, I’m still running the a/c and expect that to continue.

So with that in mind let’s dig out the “fall” and Autumn songs, but let’s expand it to include any songs that have “fall” in them or the lyrics and with any meaning of the word, That should open it up a bit

Green Day~Wake Me Up When September Ends

Wyclef Jean~Gone Til November

Neil Young~Harvest Moon

One of my faves because Ella Autumn In New York

Fall Like Rain~Eric Clapton

Fallin’ ~Alicia Keys

So there ya go Widdershins, six “fall” songs and not all of them seasonal. Feel free to add some of your own below.

Open thread, of course.

 

 

 

Good Sunday to you Widdershins.   With the fourth of July coming up I thought I would take another look at this post I wrote sometime back on musical marches. It’s also being reposted because I got too much shit going on right now to attempt to sit down and write anything else. There will be the usual hubbub of hot dogs, apple pie, fireworks and probably a few parades.  Those parades will probably include marching bands. Being that I was a music major in my first college incarnation, and that I was an instrumental major and also in marching band, my thoughts went to marches.  March music was and is a part of Americana.  We have had fife and drum corps, trumpet corps, all the way up to enormous marching bands today.  Musically speaking, a march  “is a piece of music with a strong regular rhythm which in origin was expressly written for marching to and most frequently performed by a military band.”.  Marches are usually written in 4/4 or 2/4 time, and the tempo is around 120 beats to the minute.

An American march (and some British – especially the marches of Kenneth J. Alford aka Lt. F. J. Ricketts) has three strains and the third one is usually referred to as the “trio”.  Marches also appear in classical and operatic music as well as what we consider the “typical” march setup.

We’ll go with the idea that “march” can be any part of the piece or song.  It can be in the title, in the lyrics or whatever.  So let’s see what everyone comes up with.  My contributions are below.

This is one of John Philip Sousa’s “lesser” marches, the King Cotton march.  You may not recognize the name but you may be familiar with the music.

Here’s another Sousa march where I’ll bet you recognize the music but did not know the name.  This is the “Liberty Bell” march.

Here’s another march, a British one time time, written by Kenneth J. Alford, the Colonel Bogey March that you probably know from the movie The Bridge over the River Kwai.  What you probably don’t know is the background for the creation of the march.

Supposedly, the tune was inspired by a military man and golfer who whistled a characteristic two-note phrase (a descending minor third interval) instead of shouting “Fore!”. It is this descending interval that begins each line of the melody. The name “Colonel Bogey” began in the later 19th century as the imaginary “standard opponent” of the Colonel Bogey scoring system, and by Edwardian times the Colonel had been adopted by the golfing world as the presiding spirit of the course. Edwardian golfers on both sides of the Atlantic often played matches against “Colonel Bogey”.Bogey is now a golfing term meaning “one over par”.

This march is entitled the “National Emblem March”.  I’ve heard this countless times but never knew who the composer was.  It was a gentleman by the name of  Edwin Eugene Bagley.

Bagley incorporates into the march the first twelve notes of The Star-Spangled Banner played by Euphoniums and Trombones and ingeniously disguised in duple rather than triple time. The rest of the notes are all Bagley’s, including the four short repeated A-flat major chords that lead to a statement by the low brass that is now reminiscent of the national anthem. Unusually, Bagley’s march does not incorporate either a break strain or a stinger.

The U.S. military uses the trio section as ceremonial music for the color guard when presenting and retiring the colors.

Another fine British march, again by Alford is “The Mad Major”.  Since Ricketts/Alford was a Lt. and the title involves a “mad” major I wonder if there was some payback here.  😉

Another Alford march with some history to it:

The vanished army was the original British Expeditionary Force which went to France in August 1914. They were all professional soldiers – regarded as the finest British army ever deployed, which was saying something! There were a mere 80,000 of them and they faced an enemy five times their number. After battles at Mons, the Marne, the Aisne and Ypres (Oct-Nov., 1914) they had fought themselves to death. Their army had vanished. This march was written by Kenneth Alford to honour them.

I’ve got two more famous Sousa marches played by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Corps Band.  First, “The Washington Post” March.

The last of the marches by “The March King that I selected is “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.  Here’s a little info for you.

Piccolo players play the famous obbligato in the first repeat of the trio (the one after the breakstrain). In the final repeat of the trio (grandioso), the low brass joins the piccolo players with a prominent countermelody. The official version, as played by the United States Marine Band, is performed in the key of E-flat.

Now I haven’t forgotten the vocal and operatic folks here so I’ve got this for all of you from Aida.

I know there are some more opera “marches” out there so I’m hoping our opera and vocal fans help me by adding some pieces below.

Open thread of course and hope everyone has a happy fourth of July.

Since I may have not given this enough time last week
I’ll repost today so DYB can add some Madonna vids

 

HAPPY SPRING WIDDERSHINS (I THINK)

The calendar told us that Tuesday was the Spring Equinox but for some of us it still seems as if winter hasn’t gone away.  Our dear northeast Widdershins had Winter Storm Xanadu or something like that this week and I think I heard that there may be another one headed that way.  Nevertheless let’s take a look at some songs about spring.  Perhaps we will at least get in a springlike mood.  And let’s face it: it’s a break from the vulgar talking yam and the insane crap he’s been pulling lately.

There are tons and tons of songs out there but I’ll include a few that I knew of and others that I found.

(1) Mendelssohn~Spring Song

(2) The Beach Boys~Spring Vacation

(3) Bill Evans Trio~Spring Is Here

(4) Billie Holiday~Some Other Spring

(5) Frédéric Chopin~Spring Waltz (although supposedly not Chopin)

(6) Ella Fitzgerald~I Got The Spring Fever Blues

So there you go Widdershins; a nice half dozen spring or springish songs.  Please add your choices in the comments below.

Open thread of course.

 

 


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