Sunday Serendipity

By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor

A longer than usual work today. A most American composition by one of our most cherished American composers. Somehow seemed appropriate for the coming Thanksgiving holiday.

Enjoy the music and by all means enjoy the day! 🌞

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33 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. jace, thanks for truly American music, the song of bats hitting balls.   here’s another American pastime… more bats hitting balls?

    Fox News’ Laura Ingraham (Kate McKinnon) talks to Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong),  Mark Zuckerberg (Alex Moffat) and Marcia Fudge (Leslie Jones) about voter fraud and election interference.

  2. speaking of great American composers
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990) is one of America’s most beloved composers, best known for works written in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible manner he called his “vernacular style.” The Promise of Living is an excellent example of that style. It is the first-act finale of his 1954 opera The Tender Land, written with librettist Horace Everett (pseudonym of Erik Johns).
    The opera tells the story of a poor 1930s Midwest farming family and the arrival in town of two drifters. At a local dance the family’s elder daughter meets and falls in love with one of them. They dream of eloping, but cooler heads prevail and the drifters move on the next day. The daughter, however, decides to leave home and make her way in the world, changing the family’s life forever. The opera ends as it had opened — wistfully, with the younger daughter dancing alone.

  3. A great song to lift the heart at Thanksgiving time but equally compelling any time of the year.

    This tune is not original to Mr. Copland. It is actually an old hymn tune which he embellished on.

    This is from Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land. The libretto was by Horace Everett. The recording is an arrangement for chorus and orchestra by John Williams.

    The opera was premiered April 1st, 1954 by the New York City Opera. It was not particularly well received at the time but today’s audiences have been more forgiving than the critics of the day. 

  4. What!!??…  I’m supposed to watch some video glorifying a New York Yankee!!??

    Thanks, Jace… Mickey Mantle was one of the greatest baseball players…  and the music was great too.

    Been reading a John Irving book I found at a local church bizarre.  Thought I’d read them all… but found The Fourth Hand.  LOVE it… pure vintage Irving.

    and of course… today is football day!

  5. At the time I liked Al Kaline a lot better.

    At some point in time, hopefully January 3, but tomorrow is okay too, SFB will be led off stage left, muttering and swearing and yelling about “girlfriends” and raking forest floors in the Arctic Circle (my Finnish and Sami relatives live there), and he will take the freaky pence with him.  I want him, his spawn, his cult and his hate for America to be gone and only a distant bad memory.


  6. bbronc, that repetitive raking the forest mumbling was a bit bizarre.

    bogart as captain queeg losing his marbles looking for stolen strawberries couldn’t have played it better

  7. nbc news:
    President Donald Trump said acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is “right” about his criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and defended his appointment of Whitaker after forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month.
    During an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump also seemed to shut down the idea of soon sitting with Mueller for an interview, among multiple other subjects.

    On Whitaker, Trump said he “did not know he took views on the Mueller investigation,” adding that those views didn’t have “any effect” on the appointment. But, Trump said his views on the probe are “right.”
    “What do you do when a person’s right?” Trump said. “There is no collusion. He happened to be right. I mean, he said it. So if he said there is collusion, I’m supposed to be taking somebody that says there is? Because then I wouldn’t take him for two reasons, but the number one reason is the fact that he would have been wrong. If he said that there’s no collusion, he’s right.”
    Speaking to Wallace, Trump said it’s up to Whitaker to decide on curtailing Mueller’s probe in any way.
    “I think he’s very well aware politically,” Trump said of Whitaker. “I think he’s astute politically. He’s a very smart person. A very respected person. He’s going to do what’s right. I really believe he’s going to do what’s right.”
    On Mueller, Trump all but shut down the idea that he would sit for an interview with the special counsel, adding that he will soon turn over his answers to written questions to the special counsel “at some point very soon.”

    Asked if there would be “no interview” with Mueller, Trump said he thought “we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is probably, we’re finished” after he submits the written answers.
    “What are the odds?” Wallace asked of an interview. “One in a hundred?”
    “I don’t do odds,” Trump responded before Wallace cut in to point out that, “You ran a casinom sir.”

    “You’re right, and very successfully actually,” Trump said. “We gave very, very complete answers to a lot of questions that I shouldn’t have even been asked and I think that should solve the problem. I hope it solves the problem, if it doesn’t, you know, I’ll be told and we’ll make a decision at that time. But probably this is the end.”
    NBC News reported earlier Sunday that the president’s legal team plans to submit answers to Mueller by Thanksgiving, according to a source familiar with the matter.
    At the conclusion of the Fox News interview, Wallace asked Trump if he ever second-guesses any of his decisions as president.
    “Yes, oh, all the time,” Trump said.

  8. Andrew Card is an idiot  he just said Shrub demonstrated remarkable leadership after 9/11

    and won re-election with the help of people like Corsi   — what a maroon

  9. jace, you’re welcome,  but for what?  I tho’t you were being quite serendipitous and clever.  the song of baseball, very Americana, so what else but Copeland comes to mind.    for heaven’s sake, as sjwny says, no embarrassment and no apology needed.

  10. politico:
    The leader of Finland denied on Sunday that he’d ever told President Donald Trump that the small Nordic nation relies upon “raking” its forests to prevent wildfires — even though Trump promoted the dubious conservation method during a visit to flame-ravaged California over the weekend.
    “You look at other countries where they do it differently, and it’s a whole different story,” Trump said Saturday, standing alongside Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom of California among the charred ruins of the Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park in the town of Paradise.
    “I was with the president of Finland, and he said, ‘We have a much different — we’re a forest nation.’ He called it a forest nation,” Trump continued. “And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem. And when it is, it’s a very small problem. So I know everybody’s looking at that to that end. And it’s going to work out, it’s going to work out well.”
    But President Sauli Niinistö of Finland told Ilta-Sanomat, the country’s second-largest newspaper, on Sunday that he never discussed raking with Trump during their brief meeting in Paris last weekend, where the leaders attended various commemorations marking the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I.
    “I mentioned [to] him that Finland is a land covered by forests and we also have a good monitoring system and network,” Niinistö said, adding that he recalled telling Trump: “We take care of our forests.”

  11. The season may be over and not to my liking, but the great sport is still there and there is always next year.


  12. trump should have gotten the hint to let go of the raking-forest obsession and poor management accusation from this KTVU (fox) report 6 days ago  :

    Majority of California’s forests managed by feds; scientist says mismanagement isn’t to blame
    OAKLAND, Calif. – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has nothing public to say about President Trump’s weekend tweet blaming the state’s wildfires on poor forest management. And a retired forest scientist said the president’s finger-pointing is off-base and inaccurate.
    “We’re not responding,” CalFire spokesman Scott McLean told KTVU on Monday, two days after Trump also threatened to withhold federal funding to California because of this “gross mismanagement.” “We have a big job to do. We’re protecting the citizens of California. We’re not responding to him.”
    On Saturday, Trump tweeted: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!,” he added.

    In terms of which entity manages the forests in California, the federal government, manages more land than the state of California. The federal government manages 57 percent of the forests in California, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office. The state manages 2 percent. Private owners are responsible for 39 percent.


  13. Loved that the President of Finland stated that he hadn’t discussed forest fires with Trump.  Just because Donny doesn’t read his reports doesn’t mean that other nations don’t notice when something said about them is false.

    All of the folks in Finland are chiming in with some variation of “we are cold and wet and we don’t rake leaves”

    Then the population folks such as myself point out that Finland may be the same size as CA but it had 32 million fewer people and the chances of an “urban interface” fire are very, very unlikely not to mention they aren’t half desert like California.


  14. the hill:
    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) …
    “The president not only has signed a presidential declaration giving California substantial funding, but he said and pledged very specifically to- to continue to help us,” Brown told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “That he’s got our back.”
    “And I thought that was a very positive thing,” he added.
    “There have been some back and forth between California leaders and the president,” he said. “But in…the face of tragedy people tend to rise above some of their lesser propensities.


  15. Patd – my relatives and ancestors are Finns and Sami.  If they even bother to follow SFB ramblings they would realize he is one that should be locked in the sauna and only let out when the people who gather nut cases stop to pick him up.  Finland is not at all like California, except a lot more progressive.  Finland does not have hot deserts or high deserts or earthquakes or volcanoes or a border with Mexico.  Or mountains with above 4500 feet.

    And, most important, they do not rake forest trees or forest floors, or whatever it is SFB is fomenting in his, like many say,  like syphilitic brain.

  16. Tell Ya a secret…… I loved marching.     We had such an influx of recruits back in Aug of 68, at CG boot camp in Cape May, they split us into two companies of about 122 each. Sierra 72 and Romeo 72 they called us.  Sierra gathered in a room with a few D.I.’s and they says, “Any of you fellers ever been to a military school?”

    Me and Arthur McSwain, of southern pines NC raised our hands. The only two. They had 2 take me to one room, and two of em took Arthur to one and had us show them what we knew about marching. I did 4 years…….I showed em some shit……so we come out of the room and the DI’s huddled, and then they pointed at me and say, “You’re the RC.”

    RC…… Short for RCC, Recruit Company Commander.   Which meant I got to march 122 men around on the parade ground and to lunch and stuff 7 days a week for 10 weeks.  My friend Goldie, from Carolina Beach, NC, was RC of our other company. We had the same marching schedule and so were always on the parade ground at the same time.   I don’t know if they got videos but me and Goldie showed em some pretty intricate shit about close order drill.

  17. It was a glorious time……2 companies of men out marching and we’d sing those cadence count songs back and forth……like a Quaker meeting, if something to sing out struck one of the company, he’d sing it out. Damn, it was fun.

  18. Sturgeone – my BMT class had several issues.  First was none of us had any sense of rhythm, which is rather necessary if one is to march or do anything in unison. The second was we were in the direct exhaust plume of those returning from Vietnam with upper respiratory problems where they were being treated.  The third, and final, is that so few of us survived BMT is that we are no longer allowed to march as a flight.  We were instructed to walk on the sidewalks as to not impede flights marching anywhere.  109 civilians started in the flight.  22 graduated as Air Force Airman.

  19. The bottom line, though, is that all that marching around and singing and so forth took place at the same time as friends of mine from grade school were getting blown to pieces, in some cases, and

    in other cases—–just came back to see how slowly they could die

  20. In our basic training (1961 July Ft Knox) I was in D Co, 12th Bn, 4th Tng Rgt. It was entirely comprised of enlistees, most younger than I. The cadre, with one exception, were WW2 combat vets; the exception fought in Korea. They were our caring uncles. I was as well prepared for my experiences in Vietnam scarcely 4-1/4 years later as any ‘new’ soldier could have been. My hat will always be off to MSgts Campbell from Ft Knox and Max Stith who was my first platoon sergeant in Korea in Dec 61.

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