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Happy Weekend Widdershins!

How’s the heat where you are? NYC has been sizzling for a few weeks. Just brutal out there. But we also had torrential rains that flooded the subways. Meanwhile Canadian villages are literally burning to the ground these days from the heat. What I find interesting about these weather phenomenons is that they are becoming more extreme at an extremely fast pace. Just within a span of a couple of years unthinkable things have been happening (Texas freezes!) It’s not as if scientists didn’t warn us about climate change… And they even warned us about how rapidly these things would start happening. And we are watching it in real time…

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Happy 4th of July Weekend, Widdershins! Or did we replace 4th of July with Juneteenth, as the Republicans claim? I don’t know, I kind of like having two holidays.

What’s everybody’s plans for the 4th? Friends and BBQ? Or just staying in? I’m staying in pretty much. Will meet one friend for lunch tomorrow and then just Netflix and chill with my dog.

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Happy Weekend Widdershins!

Well here we are, another day, more bullshit. (Pardon my French.) Two Politico articles this past week were all about how VP Kamala Harris was too black and not Asian enough and then how furious the Bidens were with her a year ago when she called out Biden’s crime bill at one of the debates. I suppose the palace gossip of the second story is what it is, but the topic of the first is beyond offensive. To dictate to a biracial woman that she’s not biracial enough is just…something, isn’t it? Worth noting the woman who wrote that story threw a going-away party for Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she retired from being Trump’s chief liar. Then the Associated Press fired a young journalist who in college belonged to a Palestinian rights group after right-wingers like Ben Shapiro organized a campaign to get her fired. (Cancel culture!) The woman who runs the AP and ok’ed the decision to fire this young reporter because of a group she belonged to in college is about to become the executive editor of the Washington Post. This type of knee-jerk reaction to pressure from right-wingers does not bode well for the future of WaPo. (The blowback on social media about this decision from many journalists has been quite strong.) But CNN did finally fire Rick Santorum, 3 weeks after he delivered one of his more racist speeches and considering how racist he is, that’s quite something. Oh and let’s not forget the CDC advised people not to get intimate with chickens, which naturally brought out Republicans’ desire to own the libs by getting Biblical with fowl. They once claimed gay marriage would lead to bestiality, but so far they’re the ones defending their right to make out with their chickens.

Oh and btw, speaking of Rick Santorum, did I ever share my Rick Santorum story with you? A couple of years ago I was walking my dog late at night. A man was walking towards us on 34th St in Manhattan, clearly headed towards Hudson Yards. A woman, dressed in high heels and a revealing outfit, was headed in the opposite direction. Our paths converged. The man looked at the woman most suggestively as she passed; looked her up and down. Then looked at me with a knowing smirk and winked. That man was Rick Santorum.

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Hello Widdershins!

Happy Sunday! How is everyone doing? It’s so nice to live with a boring President. The biggest scandals have so far been the rescue dog looked at someone the wrong way (and media wanted him euthanized), VP Kamala Harris and her husband kissed on the tarmac while still wearing masks (has no one heard of safe sex??) and Biden sometimes still wears a mask outside. The media can’t stop being shocked and trying to “gotcha” why Biden wears a mask even though he is fully vaccinated. And this is not just coming from the crazies at Fox and Newsmax. This is coming from NPR reporter and CBS and NBC. Our media will always spread right-wing talking points to make life difficult for Democrats. It’s maddening.

In any case, let’s not let the bastards get us down. Share some joyful music with the group!

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Happy Easter Widdershins, for those celebrating!

Passover ended last night, so happy end of Passover for those celebrating!

Let’s just share some Passover and Easter related music! I’ll start with one of my absolute all-time favorite works: Johann Sebastian’s Bach’s extraordinary “St. Matthew Passion.” I’ll argue one of the top 10 greatest works of Western art music ever written.

Composed in 1727. The exact circumstances of its composition and premiere are murky. Seems that it was probably first performed on Good Friday of April 11, 1727, in St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, where Bach was the Cantor. (A church that still exists and where musical performances still take place.) Bach then revised the Matthäus-Passion in the 1740s.

A couple of excerpts from the work.

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A staged performance of the Passion at the Berlin Philharmonie with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa. Directed by Peter Sellars.
The closing chorus, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe.

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