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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 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 Widdershins!
I don’t know about where all of our Widdershins live, but here in Bama we’re having our first real cold snap with an arctic front moving through. We’ll be having lows in the twenties and teens and a few days where the highs will not climb out of the forties. The Winter Solstice is just a few weeks away. Yikes! Fredster is not happy with cold weather.
Perhaps we could make an analogy between the shorter, darker and colder days to the results of the election, but we won’t go there today. We’ll just ascribe the cold weather to the normal seasons and not give the other thing much thought. At least for this weekend.
So with that let’s look at some songs about cold, cold weather and the like. Maybe some cold hearts perhaps? My choices are below and I look forward to seeing yours in the comments.
(1) Out in the cold ~ Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
(2) Cold Song ~ Sting
(3) Cold Weather Blues ~ Muddy Waters
(4) Die Winterreise ~ Der Liermann ~ Schubert: Fisher Dieskau
(5) The Four Seasons-Winter ~ Vivaldi
(6) Cold Wind To Valhalla ~ Jethro Tull
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A few of random thoughts for the week, my fellow Widdershins.
This weekend I attended a friend’s wedding in Washington DC. My friend, Mike, served for 5 years in the Army, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and worked his way to Captain before leaving service. He came out of the closet to his friends in the army shortly before leaving and before DADT was repealed. (His husband used to work in a publicity firm in DC that serves politicians. Because everybody needs good PR.) They took Trump’s election very personally, especially as a gay couple. But it was encouraging to have the military chaplain, who presided over the ceremony, acknowledge how difficult life for gay men and women is in the military and how much he hopes things get better.
I was seated at the table with some of my friend’s former military brothers and sisters, all straight. My direct neighbor was one very Southern redneck from Texas. I, the East coast elite, looked at him with suspicion at first. But as he cheered the grooms’ first dance I was reminded of a story another friend once told me about Spike Lee. That friend was a manager of a movie theater in Harlem and they held premieres of several Spike Lee movies. At one premiere a fight broke out in the audience. Lee came up to my friend afterwards and apologized for the fight, though he had nothing to do with it. My friend responded: “Oh it’s fine, we were expecting it so we were prepared.” Lee responded: “You shouldn’t have expected it and it shouldn’t have happened. I’m sorry it happened.” Lessons learned about assumptions, so I shouldn’t have made any about this large Southern military man and what he thinks about gay people and their marriages.
Speaking of gay, Madonna was just named Billboard Magazine’s woman of the year. I love Madonna, not just in that back-handed “Well she’s proved her mettle for 30 years and she’s got a few big hits” sort of way. I genuinely love her music, she’s written some of the most infectious and important pop songs of the last 30 years. She’s charted more No. 1 hits than any other artist in Billboard’s history. Her tours have earned $1.3 billion, the most of any female artist. So it’s not just shock values, she has proven her musical chops for 30 years. I also admire her determination. This is one woman who refused to bake cookies. One may not like her music or respect her approach to fame, but it’s hard to argue she’s more famous than Jesus’s mother at this point. That’s quite the feat. She’s paved the way for many women in the entertainment industry. Now, as a 58 year old, she’s still pushing boundaries. About a year ago she posted a photo to Instragram with hairy armpits. Internet broke. People were very upset. Mind you, she caused controversy with hairy armpits in the 1980’s too and maybe the fact that people were still angry about it is why it was important for her post the photo. The Billboard interview that accompanies the Woman of the Year headline, by the actress Elizabeth Banks, touches on a few interesting topics. Madonna hosted a rally for Hillary Clinton in Washington Square Park in NYC the night before the election. She says since the election she’s felt like “someone died.” And she was disappointed by how many women voted for Trump.
Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external. A lot of it has do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation. Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.
Madonna is also asked about ageism in the entertainment industry and America. One thing people constantly tell Madonna now is she should stop flaunting her boobs or hairy armpits because she’s an old woman. One way to dismiss her is to call her “irrelevant.” Nobody says that about Mick Jagger. And they were telling Madonna to not flaunt her boobs when she was in her 20’s too.
Age is only brought up with regard to women. It’s connected to sexism, chauvinism and misogyny. When Leonardo [DiCaprio] is 60 years old, no one is going to talk about his relevance. Am I relevant as a female in this society that hates women? Well, to people who are educated and are not chauvinists or misogynists, yes.
And speaking of Washington DC, above is a photo we took at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday.
And one of the places we visited was the Holocaust Museum. The subject of the Holocaust is one I’ve read about a fair amount in the past. Nazi atrocities have always fascinated me so I’ve done a fair amount of reading on the subject because I keep trying to understand how ordinary people could such awful things. I highly recommend Richard Rhodes’ “Masters of Death,” for example, about the Einsatzgruppen, an elite group of SS soldiers who followed the German army into Eastern Europe and exterminated, virtually by hand, about 1.5 million people as the German Army advanced into the Soviet Union in 1941. It was the first step of Hitler’s Final Solution. So the images and the stories at the museum are something I have been reading about and studying for some time. But having everything assembled in one place and in such a thorough fashion is very heavy. Two places at the exhibit were particularly haunting. At the end of the Final Solution section the hundreds of shoes in a pile are hair-raising. But the most emotional moment, unexpectedly so, was walking through a train car used to deport Jews to Dachau. You walk in, you stop for a moment inside – and it just takes your breath away. You can hear the voices still echoing inside the walls.
In the first part of the exhibit, about Hitler’s rise to power, it’s really difficult to not see the ascendancy of Trump and its parallels to Hitler. I know, you’re not supposed to compare people to Hitler. But sometimes you can and you should. Hitler rose in power in part because nobody believed he would do any of the horrible things he said he would do. His ideas and philosophies were not new to anyone. He articulated them in his book and he spoke about them at length as he rose to power, before he was appointed to be the Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg. Hitler challenged Hindenburg for Presidency in 1932. The vote was close and they had to have a run-off, one week of campaigning. Hindenburg delivered one radio address. Hitler rented a plane from Lufthansa and spent the week flying around Germany, holding rallies in 22 cities in one week. The public was electrified, he made headlines of every newspaper. Hindenburg, a very well-known figure, won the run-off. But Hitler, the master rally-holder, became a big enough thorn in Hindenburg’s side that he appointed Hitler to be Chancellor of Germany. Hindenburg’s allies convinced the aging President that Hitler could be controlled from the inside and that appointing him would be harmless. We know the rest.
As Germany’s Left shattered because nobody could agree on a common adversary, and a certain wing of the Left didn’t think everyone else was pure enough to support – Hitler, who promised the frustrated Germans that he would make Germany relevant again – quickly consolidated his power. He then did exactly what he said he would do. In one documentary shown at the museum, a female reporter returning from Germany held a press-conference on a boat. (Sadly I did not jot down her name and have not been successful at locating this press-conference online. I couldn’t even narrow down the name of the reporter.) But she said explicitly that she observed that the Nazis had started doing in Germany exactly what they all along said they were going to do, so maybe America and the world should start taking them seriously.
I’m not saying Trump is Hitler. I’m just saying…
One thing I really liked in the exhibit is that the final section is dedicated to many individuals who fought against the Nazis and helped Jews during the Holocaust. There are many names and photographs, and brief summaries of how they helped. None of them are as famous as Oscar Schindler. But how amazing that someone remembers their individual stories, ordinary men and women of different ages, backgrounds, professions and religions, who risked their own lives to save others.
I kept checking for their death dates and was glad to see that many of them did survive the war and lived long lives. Though not all.
A few college students formed a small group The White Rose. Consisting of students from University of Munich that included siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, Alex Schmorell, another Scholl sibling Inge and a philosophy professor Kurt Huber. The students were in their early 20’s. Between June 1942 and February 1943 they distributed leaflets denouncing the Nazis and their mass murders of Jews, some of which the members of The White Rose hand witnessed first-hand at home and at the front. Soon they were all arrested and executed. Hans Scholl’s final words were: “Long live Freedom!”
Prior to their deaths, several members of the White Rose believed that their execution would stir university students and other anti-war citizens into a rallying activism against Hitler and the war. Accounts suggest, however, that university students continued their studies as usual, citizens mentioned nothing, many regarding the movement as anti-national. Their actions were mostly dismissed, until after the war when their efforts were eventually praised by the German consciousness.
What’s on your mind folks? This is an open thread.
Good Saturday & Weekend Widdershins!
Oh my Widdershins, Fredster has been anxious and out of sorts this entire week. No it doesn’t have anything to do with politics or the election. No, it’s the yearly LSU-Alabama football game this weekend. Like most of the major athletic conferences, the SEC has two divisions: East and West for the SEC. LSU is in the West Division. And so is Alabama. LSU’s path to anyplace post-season has to involve Alabama. They have been a cross to bear for LSU at least the last five years. And that’s the exact number of times they have beaten LSU; it’s been five straight losses to the Gumps. And, these are not attractive people when it comes to football games. You may recall that from when I wrote my first guest post here at The Widdershins. So Fredster is anxious today.
And naturally I’m also on pins and needles with this horrible, terrible election cycle right now. I truly feel that Hillary and her GOTV efforts will end with her being the winner Tuesday night. Still, I have to wonder what rogue F.B.I. agent in the New York office will come up with some nonsense that he spills to Giuliani who in turn whispers it in Trump’s ear and then the talking yam goes on a twitter rant or runs his mouth to a gullible audience. Who knows what that clown has planned for the last few days of the election and afterward.
Soooo, here’s the deal: we will relax and calm down. Let’s put up either some movie or music clips that relax us and just make us feel good. There is no overarching theme or anything else of that sort. If you like it and it makes you feel good post it in the comments.
(1) K.D. Lang ~ Hallelujah
(2) Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
(3) Baby It’s Cold Outside ~ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
(4) Blue Skies ~ Ella Fitzgerald
(5) Mr. Sandman ~ Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton
Good Saturday and weekend to you Widdershins!
Yes, sadly once again we are going to have to go to our crazy places. Did we really think we would not have to go here again? Just yesterday, Trump suggested that Hillary’s security detail should be disarmed. (Hint, you go first Donald) Then he finally admitted that yes, Barack Obama was “born in the U.S.A.”, but said Clinton stated the birther thing first. Oy vey ist mir!! And to add further to the comic, but sad and pathetic birther speech in DC, (which turned out to be more of an advert for his hotel) the backdrop falls apart after he speaks.
And no, you cannot make this stuff up.
Today we need more than a palate cleanser, we need a big ole honkin’ tongue scraper and plenty of eye bleach. So once again we are going to look at and listen to some crazy songs. They can be songs about being crazy, being crazy in love, being crazy however. A quick use of the googling machine yielded three separate websites with lists of crazy songs so they’re out there folks. I will list a number of them and let’s see what you all can come up with.
(2) Napoleon XIV ~ They’re coming to take me away
(3) Fine Young Cannibals ~ She Drives Me Crazy
(4) Patsy Cline ~ Crazy
(5) Anthrax ~ Mad House
(6) Dave Matthews Band ~ Crush
While this is football Saturday for me I’ll be around between quarters, at halftime and between games. Have fun!