Friday, January 12, 2018

places like Norway

"alarmed and mystified" --

     Is that similar to "dazed and confused"?

The New York Times today published an article headlined, "Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa"

> > > > > > >  President Trump demanded to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from Haiti and African countries rather than people from places like Norway.

------------------------- (the part about the members of Congress being "alarmed" also makes us think of Beyonce's song, "Ring The Alarm" --

People told me 'bout the flames
I couldn't see through the smoke...

This is taking a toll, the way the story unfolds
Not the picture perfect movie everyone would've saw...

Ring the alarm
I been through this too long...)


some Reader Comments

New York City
    Every time I think this moronic, despicable excuse for a president has hit rock bottom, he takes a shovel and starts digging.

West Virginia
    Stay classy, Mr. President.

Don Porter
Rapid City, South Dakota
    Would you want this President of the United States as your city council person; your school board member; your Walmart store manager; your school principal; or your mayor...and on and on.  No - who would.  

And hell no.  

Common decency precedes all talk of policy and agenda and argument.  Mr. President have you no decency?

(Joseph N. Welch, calling out smear-monger Joseph McCarthy, 1954  --  "at long last, have you no sense of decency?")

Santa Barbara, California
    Trump's statement is vulgar and revolting.  

It signals a new level, and perhaps a new probe -- testing the waters for Nazi-like dialogue.  

His deepening rot of the body politic cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged.  This statement and the GOP's response will be the GOP's crucial test of their own right and privilege to be a viable party in a democratic society that holds civility as a fundamental virtue.  

If the GOP leaders ignore this, or just roll their eyes in response ... then American society and the world will know just what they have become.  Let us see and hear what they do and say...

    As the daughter of an immigrant I'm deeply offended by Trump's rude remarks.  My father and his family had nothing and their country of origin was destroyed by war.  Yet, when they arrived in this country, they all threw themselves into working hard.  

His entire family made sacrifices so my father could go to college and then medical school.  

Immigrants are the hardest working people.  

They take nothing for granted.  

Their dedication and determination are what make this country great.

Brick Hamfist
    Dear America,

Please begin the impeachment process.

With Love,
The Rest of the World


The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.  From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips.  "Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

(Emma Lazarus
November 2, 1883)


"I'm much closer to the people at the bottom than the people at the top, and the latter won't forgive me for it."

~~ Princess Diana


Thursday, January 11, 2018

"I'd be safe and warm, if I was in L.A."

California mudslides


California:  moods and modes


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

the sound of the land

The Snow Man

by Wallace Stevens

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any  misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"Oprah, I love Oprah"

"Oprah Winfrey's speech embodied the best traditions of American oratory.  It rang with moral clarity rooted in a march towards justice.  Not blind to the distance we have traveled and the distance yet to go.  It inspired -- but cautioned progress will take work.  This is #WhatUnitesUs."

~~ Dan Rather, journalist

"Yeah I'll beat Oprah.  Oprah would be a lot of fun."

~~ Donald Trump, U.S. President, in 2018

"Just saw Oprah's empowering & inspiring speech at last night's GoldenGlobes.  Let's all come together, women & men, & say TIMESUP! #United"

~~ Ivanka Trump Kushner

"Oprah, I love Oprah.  Oprah would always be my first choice."

~~ Donald Trump, in 1999; answering Larry King's question, Who would be your running mate if you ran for President-?

"Oprah is really everything that Trump pretends to be -- successful, self-made, generous, charitable, beloved and the list goes on."

~~ Jesse Ferguson, Democratic strategist

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes."

~~ Marcel Proust, French novelist. (1871 - 1922)



Friday, January 5, 2018

and anytime you feel the pain, refrain

     One day when Wilson Pickett was at FAME recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, he and Duane Allman stayed behind when the other musicians went out to lunch.

     Duane Allman said to Wilson Pickett, "You know, you ought to record 'Hey Jude'" and -- as one of the Swampers (Muscle Shoals rhythm section) says in retrospect -- "Southern rock -- was born!"

On Google, type in

"Hey Jude" Wilson Pickett

and press 'Play."

     That was a -- very very good idea, Duane. ...

     When this version of "Hey Jude" begins, the string-sound has that country-blues hint...and Pickett's voice is different from Paul McCartney's -- yet the M. Shoals rendition is very strongly faithful to the Beatles' original recording...begins with the same quiet, prayer-like atmosphere....

     One of the things I like when I hear Wilson Pickett sing is, his voice -- his sound -- has the quality of intimate communication -- sounds like he knows stuff.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

feel pretty good...

"I always believed that you need the full band in the studio at one time to record great records because they play off of each other, like a basketball team."

~~ Rick Hall, American record producer

Type in on Google,

Wilson Pickett, Land of 1000 Dances,

and Play.

One, two, three

One, two, three!

Ow!  Uh!  Alright!  Uh!

Got to know how to Pony,
Like Bony Moronie

Mash Potato
Do the Alligator

Put your hands on your hips, yeah
Let your backbone slip
Do the Watusi
Like my little Lucy

Ow!  Uh!

Na, na-na na-na
   Na-na na-na
Na-na na-na na-na
   Na-na na-na
Need somebody help me say it one time!
Na, na-na na-na
   Na-na na-na
Na-na na-na na-na
   Na-na na-na

You know I feel alright?
Feel pretty good, y'all

Na, na-na na-na
   Na-na na-na
Na-na na-na na-na
   Na-na na-na
C'mon y'all, let's say it one mo' time!
Na, na-na na-na
    Na-na na-na
Na-na na-na na-na
   Na-na na-na


Dancin' in the alley
With Long Tall Sally
Twistin' with Lucy
Doin' the Watusi
Roll over on your back
I like it like that
Do that Jerk, oh
Watch me work, y'all

Ow!  Do it!
Wow!  Do it!
Watch me do it
Ohh, help me!
Ohh, help me!
Ohh, help me!
Ohh, help me!...


some You Tube viewer Comments:

~~ That Chimichanga

~~ Mikes World 408
     we are playing this in band

~~ John Smith
     Muscle Shoals 

documentary brought me here.

~~ E. Davian
     This should be the official anthem for humanity.

~~ pyannaguy
     That sax player should be President!  I don't even care if he's dead!



"Mustang Sally"
written by Mack Rice
recorded by Wilson Pickett
Released, 1966
Producers:  Jerry Wexler, Rick Hall
Label:  Atlantic

"Land of 1000 Dances"
written by Chris Kenner
recorded by Wilson Pickett
released, July 1966
producer:  Rick Hall
label:  Atlantic


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

a dangerous man

Bah -- ahm, bom,
b-b-b-b- bah-ahm, bom...

Mustang Sally!

Think you better slow your Mustang down.

Mustang Sally now baby -- Think you better slow your Mustang down.

You been running all over the town now.

Oowww!! I guess I'll have to put your flat feet on the ground.

All you want to do is ride around, Sally -- ride, Sally, ride.

All you want to do is ride around, Sally -- ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around, Sally -- ride, Sally, ride....

Other people have sung "Mustang Sally"

and Wilson Pickett has sung other songs;


Pickett's vocals on this song

make an iconic music moment.

Wilson Pickett's voice is big and wide -- with velvet and gravel and grit -- sunshine, excitement, determination, and stealth in it.

     He is the vocalist who can "scream on key."

Hearing him sing "Mustang Sally" puts me in mind, atmospherically, of the movie Body Heat

-- something is afoot here...something is creeping, something is planning and re-planning, something is sneaking, peeking, desiring, arranging, trying, tricking, failing, smoothing things over, 
something's -- 

slipping....  (Is everything on the up and up?...)

...I bought you a brand new Mustang --

'Bout nineteen sixty-five --

Now you come around signifying a woman,
You don't wanna let me ride,
Mustang Sally -- think you better slow your Mustang down....

Wilson Pickett, Minneapolis, 1970


Muscle Shoals is the largest city in Colbert County, Alabama. 

Its population is 13,000.

Since the 1960s the city has been famous for the "Muscle Shoals Sound," as local recording studios produced hit records which were influential in popular music.  Both the city and the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area are commonly called "the Shoals."


     Watching the dvd titled Muscle Shoals (2013, director - Greg 'Freddy' Camalier), we learn that Wilson Pickett made several unique and powerful hit records there.

     In the movie, Rick Hall, owner of FAME Studios, says when he met Pickett the first time at the airport, "...he looked, to me, to be -- a dangerous man...."

     "Come-ohwn, Wilson," he told him -- "we gon' make some records..."

--------------- On a Computer, type in

Wilson Pickett, Mustang Sally

and play it on You Tube (prepare to "moonwalk").