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Good weekend Widdershins

So actually the summer solstice was on the 20th, last weekend, but I was just feeling too lousy to fool with much of anything.  Better late than never.

Summer is truly here for us.  At the time I’m writing this the temp is 90° with a feel like of 101°.  Indeed that merits an oy!

Summer songs; here ya go.

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Bonus clip:
That time Gustav Mahler could not come up with a theme for a symphonic movement
Mahler Symphony 1 in D Maj 3rd mvmt

(I love the way this conductor emotes)

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Good Weekend Widdershins

Although many of the protests and demonstrations over George Floyd’s death have become calmer, nevertheless people are still out on the streets in many cities of the nation.  People are fed up with over-the-top police actions and perhaps also the actions of the current resident of the White House, El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago.

When I was using the google machine to come up with protest songs most of them were from the 1960-70s era and were anti-war songs of the period.  Still, I did manage to find some that are more current.  So let’s go.

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Okie doke folks put your thinking caps on and share some selections of your own.  (Pfffft!) There are tons of them out there.

Open thread of course.


Happy Weekend Widdershins

I’m going to schedule this to post around the normal time on a weekend but I’m writing it early in case Mr. Cristobal decides to get a bit rowdier and stronger.  The image is from the National Hurricane Center and should be latest info.

Watching all of the news on the protests to the death of George Floyd I noticed all of the cities that were holding protests and demonstrations.  So I got the idea of a post on songs about different American cities.  For those of you wishing to add your own in the comments, no need to limit your choice to just American cities.  So with that, away we go.

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Okie doke shinners.  Please feel free to add some of your own choice in here.  It’s been quiet on the blog but I think everyone is getting extremely worn down by the constant dirge of bad news; pandemics, police brutally murdering an individual, and then  people wishing to express their first amendment rights getting attacked for doing so. However, please…let’s not add floods to it right now.

The infamous open thread so take it wherever you wish to go.


J.S. Bach with top of head and wig cropped

Good weekend Widdershins (music appreciation 101)

(You will notice dear Widdershins I’m not even mentioning any of the current events because…well, I’m not.)

In keeping with my and DYB’s somewhat running theme of the Widdershins version of The Lives of the Great Composers, I thought this weekend we could look at some music by Johann Sebastian; prolific composer of many forms of music, both secular and sacred.  He also appears to have been prolific in the marital bed, fathering twenty children!  Oy!

In his instrumental works, not sure about vocal stuff, Bach wrote many pieces in a style known as contrapuntal music, defined as:

having two or more independent but harmonically related melodic parts sounding together

It has also been referred to as counterpoint, from a Latin phrase literally meaning “note against note”.

Fun fact about Bach

He once got into an argument and fight with a bassoonist saying his playing sounded like a nanny goat.


As choir director in Arnsadt, the 20-year old Bach got into fisticuffs with a student named Johann Geyersbach.

The brawl originated thusly: walking softly and carrying a big stick, Geyersbach approached Bach as he crossed the marketplace with his cousin. Geyersbach accused Bach of having insulted his bassoon skill, 18th century lexicon for “Come at Me Bro.” Bach denied having insulted him. Geyersbach retorted, “Whoever insults my bassoon, insults me.”

He then called Bach a “dirty dog” and Bach drew his sword. The two began wrestling until other students tore them apart.

The nanny goat case was taken to court. The court found Bach guilty of having called Geyersbach “Zippelfagottist,” a nanny goat bassoonist. They told him that a man must learn to accept the less talented.

So on to the music.

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And for those of us who have a long memory, a piece also known as the music for a conservative tv talk show called “Firing Line”.

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Class dismissed and take the discussion wherever you wish.  Infamous “open thread”.



Happy (?) weekend Widdershins

So as you can see from the top, we’ll call this one cabin fever weekend.  It really was one today because with several rounds of severe thunderstorms I really couldn’t even get out to do a bit of walking.  Bubba would not even come when it was dinner time and I had a nice Popeyes chicken breast that I tore apart for him.  So it’s back in the fridge and I’ll try later today (since it’s now Sunday).

For the scientifically inclined Widdershins, thinking of you Luna and Quixote, I saw this site mentioned on Maddow’s show.  It’s called the Covid-19 compiler. When you go to the first page you see a map of the entire U.S.  It allows you to hover over a particular county in each state to get info on the number of cases.  You can also look at demographic data and that allows you to drill down a bit further. Further, if you click on “Insights” it will give you a host of topics they have researched.  I looked it over a couple of times but honestly I just did not want to get even more depressed over this mess.

On to some music.

The following are just a couple of things I heard on the all music classical dealio on cable.  They sounded nice at the time so I jotted down the info for the pieces.

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You may recognize this from Amadeus

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Okay shinners that’s all I got but just remember:

Take the discussion wherever you wish.



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