Sunday Serendipity

Today we go back over 500 years to 1480. One could well imagine Christopher Columbus setting in a parlor listening to this as he persuaded Queen Isabella to hock her jewelry.

Josquin Des Prez was the musical legend of the times. He was famous in all the courts and finer homes in Europe. Probably because of the newly invented printing press.

From wikipedia

“During the 16th century, Josquin gradually acquired the reputation as the greatest composer of the age, his mastery of technique and expression universally imitated and admired. Writers as diverse as Baldassare Castiglione and Martin Luther wrote about his reputation and fame, with Luther declaring that “he is the master of the notes. They must do as he wills; as for the other composers, they have to do as the notes will.”[3] Theorists such as Heinrich Glarean and Gioseffo Zarlino held his style as that best representing perfection. He was so admired that many anonymous compositions were attributed to him by copyists, probably to increase their sales. More than 370 works are attributed to him;  it was only after the advent of modern analytical scholarship that some of these attributions were challenged, and revealed as mistaken, on the basis of stylistic features and manuscript evidence.”


41 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. Interesting selection Jack. Not even a lite or a flute, just vocal accompaniment. Yeah, I can imagine that in the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella. 
    Too bad about SFB’s brother. Be interesting to see what the cause of death was. But isn’t this typical?

    “I have a wonderful brother,” the president said on Friday at a White House news conference before departing to visit him. “We’ve had a great relationship for a long time, from Day 1.” The two had in fact been estranged for years before Mr. Trump’s run for the White House.

    He even lies about his still warm brother and their relationship. 

  2. Pogo – the internet tubes rumour of COVID-19 is continuing from his first hospitalization.  His end seems to be similar to others who succumbed to the virus, sick, hospitalization, sent home, returns to the hospital and dies within a day or two.
    Today is to celebrate my mothers ninty-third trip around the Third Rock from the Sun.  Although now nearly blind from macular degeneration she still lives each day doing what she likes.   Time to return to the avoidance life and ignore the stew of garbage for another day.

  3. Jack, Lovely piece.  It is nice to have a reason to rejoice.

    Condolence to those who may have loved Robert Trump whoever they might be.  Supposedly SFB did rush to the hospital.  If it was Covid-19 I doubt he would have been admitted to the room. 

    BB – Congratulations to your mom.  May she continue on while there is still time to dance.


  4. on the brother’s death, one report linked it to a fall he had & the blood thinner meds he took causing bleeding in the brain.

    but COVID19 also can cause brain problems

  5. jamie, are we sure that he was “admitted to the room”?  probably wouldn’t have even made the trip except for slam in niece’s book about him going to movie rather than to see her dying dad.  hard to believe anything coming out of WH anymore. 

  6. jack, apologies for breaking that fine mood your musical selection had put us in, but it was too hard to pass up a chance to hear & see roy clark.

  7. Who has mustard which requires “cutting” anyway…..
    “Gimme a hamburger with a thick slice of mustard.”

  8. They also give blood thinners to COVID patients because it causes blood to clot.  A fall wouldn’t be a cause to administer blood thinners, would it?  At any rate, condolences to all who actually cared for him. I’m just sorry it wasn’t SFB.    As for his big brother, he went to his golf course so that tells ~he cares.~

  9. BB – Happy Bday to your mom.
    I’ll bet DeJoy was surprised that protestors knew where he lives.

  10. BiD, the report said he had been on blood thinner meds on routine basis.  but you’re right about they also give them to some covid patients to ward off blood clots.

  11. news4JAX on meadows:

    Now, as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Meadows is an unorthodox pick for the White House role, trying to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He is seen more as a deal breaker than deal maker, a newcomer who arrived in Congress with the tea party, led a government shutdown and made a name for himself slashing budgets rather than building them.
    On a private call, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York told senators this week it was Meadows, not the other key White House negotiator, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who threw roadblocks up as talks collapsed.
    Meadows and Mnuchin often portray themselves as a White House team, but they more often resemble the counterforces at work, and at times at odds, within the administration and the GOP.
    Mnuchin, the Yale-educated former Wall Street financier, draws wary skepticism from rank-and-file Republicans as too inclined to compromise with Democrats. He was the chief negotiator of the $2.5 trillion Cares Act virus aid package approved in March. Meadows, with his Freedom Caucus roots, gives conservative Republicans who oppose such big spending some comfort that the White House won’t yield too much to Democrats.
    But those who have seen him up close also describe a polarizing figure. During the weeks of closed-door negotiations, he would often declare even the more simple proposals a “nonstarter,” according to an aide. Another aide disputed that, saying both Meadows and Mnuchin called several Democratic top-line numbers “nonstarters.” The aides were not authorized to publicly discuss the private talks and spoke on condition of anonymity
    Pelosi said Meadows slammed his hand on the table during Friday’s meeting ending talks. Meadows said that didn’t occur.
    Meadows has never cut a deal in Congress of the size and scope of the $1 trillion-plus rescue bill that was being negotiated before the two sides failed to reach agreement.
    One of his biggest liabilities may not be the lack of legislative experience but that the negotiators ultimately know that the final decision rests with Trump, whose views often shift.

  12. Ahmed Baba
    I don’t want to humor Mark Meadows’s lies here, but there actually is evidence that there’s not. Trump‘s own commission that was investigating voter fraud was disbanded after it found no evidence of widespread vote fraud.

  13. newsweek a couple days ago:

    The new bilingual, six-figure ad buy on television and digital is aimed at Puerto Ricans in Florida and Latino voters in Arizona and Texas, and represents the first salvo in micro-targeting Hispanics who the group feels has reason to dislike Trump’s leadership and rhetoric on issues that matter to them.

    The Florida ad, obtained by Newsweek, invokes the 3.5 million U.S. citizens who live on the island, and how they were devastated by Hurricane Maria and subsequent earthquakes, causing many of them to flee to Florida. The ad goes on to say Trump’s response was to question the mounting death toll that reached into the thousands, casting his statement “as lies and disrespect.”

    The ad brings together George W. Bush veterans from his 2000 campaign, when exit polls showed he received a sizable 35 percent of the Latino vote, including Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid, consultant Cesar Martinez, and legendary ad man Lionel Sosa, who helped Ronald Reagan and Bush garner larger than expected support from Hispanics.


    “Trump also asked if there was a way to sell Puerto Rico,” Sosa told Newsweek in disbelief. “The obvious answer is he doesn’t doesn’t feel they contribute to this country and doesn’t have respect for the U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico.”

    Fernand Amandi, a Florida pollster who worked with the Obama campaign in 2008, said The Lincoln Project is arguably doing the best television ad work of anybody that’s working on the 2020 cycle, which should excite Democrats.

    “They get it and they get Florida,” he told Newsweek. “They understand that Florida is won on the margins and usually those margins are provided by the Hispanic vote. Could a Lincoln Project spot targeting Puerto Ricans shift the results 1 to 2 percent and have that be the difference in a closely contested state like Florida? It very well could.”

    Puerto Ricans represent about one-third of Latino voters in Florida, which also includes Cuban voters that voted at higher rates in 2018, and vote Republican in larger numbers, spotlighting why a focus on increasing the margins among Puerto Ricans makes sense for Trump opponents.


    The Arizona and Texas ads focus on coronavirus mismanagement by the president and the issue of evictions, which could be problematic for Latino voters who have been disproportionately affected by the virus in terms of health and economic issues, and may have issues voting if they don’t have a current address.

    “The ads are a reminder to Latinos that we didn’t have to be here,” Madrid said of White House response to the pandemic. He likened The Lincoln Project to pirates lighting fires to disrupt Trump’s reelection, and said the group’s analytics allow it to be nimble as they create ads, making changes within 24 to 48 hours based on findings from focus groups, and tweaks they want for an ad, like adding a Mexican-American accent in a state like Arizona.

    The Lincoln Project pivot to engaging Latino voters will continue with new ads in new markets, the group told Newsweek, and comes on the heels of partnering with well-known Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz who recently drew a cartoon of Trump holding a rally for MAGA-hat wearing coronavirus in states where the virus was surging like Texas, Florida, and Arizona.

  14. Somehow I can see Kanye and him thinking just alike.  Two peas in a pod.

    [If ya call it thinking]

  15. “Robert was a guy, you know, he’d like go and get coffee for the family and stuff.  I met him a few times.”

  16. Poobah, of course when Meadows says that, he’s lying. There have been numerous studies done on mail in balloting and none of them have found any widespread fraud. In fact just the contrary.

  17. bet joe called him to express condolences.  he’s known to do that in a very quiet off the record way. bet the Rump didn’t take the call and will slam him for making it.

  18. VISION 2020 10:00 A.M. The Most Tremendous Reelection Campaign in American History Ever Inside the chaotic, desperate, last-minute Trump 2020 reboot.

    It was a sign of impending doom, to some, when earlier this summer Parscale began coming in more often just as the target on his back swelled to carnival proportions. The polls? Trump trailed his almost-invisible challenger by double digits nationally and by a considerable margin in most battleground states. The messaging? Well, you try to “spin” six months in which 160,000 Americans died and at least 5 million more were infected by a virus you first said wouldn’t be much to worry about. Six months in which your best case for reelection — the greatest economy in the world — was destroyed too. The offense? Trump couldn’t even settle on a nickname for Joe Biden. Was he “Sleepy Joe,” or “Creepy Joe,” or “Beijing Biden”? That tiny Tulsa rally Parscale had organized — which followed weeks of massive hype — preceded a spike in coronavirus infections in the city that, local officials said, was probably born of the event, where the guest list included Herman Cain, who later died. Meanwhile, nationwide, there was civil unrest that Trump, whose political career had begun with a media tour to promote a racist conspiracy theory called birtherism, was unfit to handle. Yet there was an attitude, naïve and cocky, that led Parscale to compare the campaign to the Death Star, ready to fire but with no apparent idea where to aim. What was next? Locusts?

  19. The First Stripper of the United States doesn’t want the putindent of the United States to touch her. It’s a clear case of adulteress’s remorse.

  20. Guys, that was just a skirt alert.  She was holding down her dress because it was windy.   Or, it was a good excuse not to let him touch her.  She did turn away.  

  21. The Whitest man plans to give his acceptance speech at Ft. McHenry, so he can look tough.   So, I guess Nikki Hayley took a pass on the job.

  22. the hill:

    Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling on House lawmakers to return from recess early this week to vote on legislation prohibiting the U.S. Postal Service from making any changes to operations it had in place starting this year.
    Pelosi in a statement Sunday evening said she was calling on the lower chamber to cut recess early to vote on the measure brought forth by House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), called the Delivering for America Act.
    Pelosi also called on members of Congress to “participate in a Day of Action on Tuesday by appearing at a Post Office in their districts for a press event” in order to “save the Postal Service,” saying: “In a time of a pandemic, the Postal Service is Election Central.  Americans should not have to choose between their health and their vote.”
    Later on Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined Pelosi in calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the Senate back early to take action on the House legislation.
    “I call on Leader McConnell to bring the Senate back into session to quickly act on the House’s legislation that will undo the extensive damage Mr. DeJoy has done at the Postal Service so that people can get their paychecks, medicines, and other necessities delivered on time, and to ensure our elections will remain completely free and fair,” he said in a statement.

  23. Wow, just saw the brightest Earth-orbiting satellite i’ve ever seen with my naked eye, moving from due south to due north.  If you didn’t know, a satellite looks like a star but moving at a very fast constant rate across a very high point in the sky.

    How does one see this kind of stuff, you might wonder? You just sit in a chair, in the dark, and look up, until you do.

  24. Ooh, a meteor in the southern sky, while Hercules rules the west!  If you look high up, facing west, and see a trapezoid made of 4 stars, that’s Hercules’ “torso”.  
    Shaping up to be a big astronomical night!  Who knew?!

    It’s because the atmosphere is finally cooling down, a bit.

  25. Holy shit, ANOTHER satellite!  it’s hard to see any satellites, at all, with the naked eye, never-mind two in an hour.  Very stable atmosphere, tonight (where i am).
    ok, i’ll stop⭐️

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