Sunday Serendipity

Here is the Youtube algo’s offering for this morning, note the social distancing of the audience in the back ground.

Enjoy, Jack

From wiki

“The Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, is a piano concerto composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1829. Chopin wrote the piece before he had finished his formal education, at around 20 years of age. It was first performed on 17 March 1830, in Warsaw, Poland, with the composer as soloist. It was the second of his piano concertos to be published (after the Piano Concerto No. 1), and so was designated as “No. 2″, even though it was written first.”

From wiki Anna Borysivna Fedorova (Ukrainian: А́нна Бори́сівна Фе́дорова; born February 27, 1990) is a Ukrainian concert pianist. Fedorova performs as soloist, chamber musician and with symphony orchestras in the major concert halls of the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Ukraine, Poland, the US, Mexico, Argentina,

Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie


73 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. some would say there aren’t that many brains left in that state to eat, to say nothing of what little is left natiowide.

  2. Mine have been chewing away up there for years now.

    I think I picked them up while passing thru Georgia in my youth.

  3. I find the best place to avoid reality is where few radio signals are picked up and the closest television station which functions in the new digital world is over the horizon.  There is no cable system, only cell phone towers, which are not usable at low tide. Such places do exist, you have to search for them though. 
    There is an alternative to reality, but you have to be off your rocker, howling at the moon, gnawing on the bones of fools, crazy type, like SFB.  You would think the one person on this planet who can have any real information would go wild with knowledge.  But, that person would have to be sane.

  4. Those guys woulda killed for a Hendrix-like sustain on that final chord.  
    The Animals were a real band, as opposed to one of those fabricated units brought into play at the opening of hostilities during the Great British Invasion.
     “House of the Rising Sun” was Van Ronk’s linchpin song down in The Village.   It was gonna deliver him to stardom.  Bob Dylan copped it and recorded it, and while  they were arguing about it The Animals released it and it became, like “Brown-Eye Girl”, “Proud Mary”,  “Mustang Sally”, and dozens of others along the way, Rock and Roll Gold.   A song which every rock and roll musical unit doing club dates in America had to play several times a night for the rest of their musical lives.  

    That particular pop music phenomenon seems to have disappeared, maybe it’s gone with the wind.

  5. BB, ever read TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE? He had a part in there about the best place to survive the coming decades I always liked. I even was on the way there once when, due to circumstances beyond our comprehension, the journey was curtailed and I now find myself struggling to make my vote count in deep confederate territory.

    Coincidentally, TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE is also this week’s Book of the Month.

  6. Mike Lee, Republican liar is on This Week with George Stephanopolous doing what he does best. Lying through his teeth. 

  7. Uhhh, Mike, yes-no questions don’t require verbal gymnastics. They require a one word answer. You should try answering with one word … for a change. 

  8. One of the factors in the lack of recent rock standards is that ipods killed radio and people stopped receiving the same content through unified channels.
    America also fell out of love with the guitar, and so did i🤷‍♂️

  9. When I pick up a guitar I’m 16 again.

    I don’t pick it up much; who needs that?

    “Oooooooooooh Don-na, Oooooooooo Don-na!
    I had a girrul—DONNA was her name!
    Since she left me-hee, I’ve never been the same.
    Cause I loved that girl. Donna, oh where can you bee-hee?
    (Where can you be?)

  10. If I know Donna, she’s cross town drinking beer with Carl. She just hasn’t been the same since that rat bit her on the toe.

  11. Yesterday I started reading a book I picked up at our local independent bookstore in the used section…   Less…  from Andrew Sean Greer.  It won the Pulitzer.  It is fucking hilarious!  The perfect antidote for those that are reading too much political stuff.

  12. Nylon strings hurt less, but I’ve only  tried those on someone else’s instrument. I started playing one of my dad’s guitars when I was twelve; steel strings hurt, so I practiced very inconsistently.  I was going to get my guitar out during quarantine, but I figured it was probably full of spiders.  Maybe for Halloween…

  13. …was curious:

    The word “pinky” is derived from the Dutchword pink, meaning “little finger”.
    The earliest recorded use of the term “pinkie” is from Scotland in 1808.[1] The term (sometimes spelled “pinky”) is common in Scottish English[2] and American English,[3]and is sometimes used in wider British English, outside of Scotland.[4][5]

    This source (for above wiki) has a more thorough explanation:

  14. the hill:

    Tom Ridge, the former Republican governor of Pennsylvania and the first U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, has announced he will be backing former Vice President Joe Biden in the presidential race, saying in an op-ed that President Trump “lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect and maturity to lead.” 
    Ridge, who served in former President George W. Bush’s administration, said in an op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday that his decision to vote for Biden in November will mark the first time he has voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.  
    Ridge, who has a history of criticizing Trump, accused the president of sowing “division along political, racial and religious lines” in the op-ed on Sunday morning and said he “routinely dismisses the opinions of experts who know far more about the subject at hand than he does – intelligence, military, and public health.”
    “Our country has paid dearly in lives lost, social unrest, economic hardship and our standing in the world,” he wrote.
    Ridge took aim at Trump for comments he made during a speech in Oshkosh, Wis., last month, in which he falsely claimed that the only way he would lose reelection in November is “if the election is rigged.” His comments came as he has alleged without evidence that an increase in mail-in voting efforts seen nationwide in recent months amid the pandemic would open the door to voter fraud later this year.
    “Can you imagine the hubris? Can you imagine any other president in our lifetime — or ever — saying something so dangerous and un-American?” Ridge wrote in the op-ed. “We are in the midst of a health crisis, when we should be doing all we can to help citizens vote safely, yet he continues to cast doubt on the sanctity of the vote.”

    “He’s done so multiple times here in Pennsylvania. It’s deplorable, yet utterly consistent with past reprehensible behavior,” he said.
    In his op-ed on Sunday, Ridge said it’s “time to dismiss Donald Trump” and added that he believes the “responsible vote” in November is one for Biden. 

    “It’s a vote for decency. A vote for the rule of law. And a vote for honest and earnest leadership. It’s time to put country over party,” he wrote.

  15. still the sound of silence?  last week in wapo

    Another woman says the president assaulted her. Is anyone listening?
    Dorris’s allegation was reported by the Guardianthen by additional news organizations. Her name was briefly all over Twitter. But was the revelation accompanied by a bipartisan avalanche of elected officials demanding serious investigation into the matter, saying that it raised questions about the president’s fitness for office? No.
    Politicians talk about what they think matters. Not just what matters to the fate of their political allies and opponents but also what matters to the country, its values and its culture. That’s why many politicians, Democrat and Republican, spoke up after “Access Hollywood.” You couldn’t not talk about it, because how the president treats women matters.
    Except, apparently, it really doesn’t. Not enough, not in 2020, an election year in which Amy Dorris is likely to end up a footnote on a footnote.
    Three years post-#MeToo, I find myself repeatedly unable to wrap my brain around this state of not-mattering, this sense that a parade of women have come forward, opening themselves up to scrutiny, threats and ridicule, when by now they must know that it doesn’t matter.
    I have had a hundred discussions about the mechanics of the not-mattering: Is it because Trump’s defenders believe all of the women are lying (All of them, together, really?)? Or is it because they believe that rich and famous men often have to fend off advances from groupies or hangers-on — and that’s what these women probably were? Do they believe this was all a long time ago, and so there’s no need for an apology or even an acknowledgment? Or do they believe the women are telling the truth, they just don’t think it’s as important as, say, another shot at another appointee to the Supreme Court?
    Which of these options are you most comfortable explaining to your daughter?
    If there are more allegations, those probably won’t matter, either. If a woman came to me with a story, it’s hard to imagine encouraging her to come forward publicly. It would be a lie to promise her that her story would change anything.
    The most she could hope for would be a reckoning in the future, and a willingness to suffer public scorn to be counted. That way, in three or four decades, when historians try to piece together this era and how it got like this, they would have an accurate tally of things: Back in 2020, 12 women, or 18 women, or 26 women had all come forward to say they had been abused by the same powerful man, and the country decided none of it mattered.

  16. BiD
     I play Locamotive Breath and you get that Ode to a homeless pedophile,  aka “Aqualung” as an ear worm? Hmmmm. };-) grin duck nd run

  17. excerpt from trump accuser e. jean carroll article in atlantic yesterday on another trump accuser who worked on his campaign in 2016:

    The Trump campaign is suing Alva for violating the nondisclosure agreement that she signed as a condition for working for Donald J. Trump for President Inc. For good measure, the campaign’s lawyers are also asking that Alva pay its legal fees (yet to be determined). Which is rich, considering that on the deadline for Trump to appeal the state court’s ruling requiring him to participate in discovery in my own lawsuit, the White House arranges for Attorney General Bill Barr and the 113,000-member Department of Justice to defend him, thereby making Alva pay for his defense in my suit with her tax dollars (and yours too, reader).

    But Trump can’t do much to Alva. She doesn’t have any money, she tells me. She is busy writing, networking, and waiting for the end of “the nightmare that is this presidency,” but alas, there’s nothing for old Trump to sue for, beg for, or con her out of.

    “So, Alva,” I say, after we both pour ourselves a cocktail. “If you could go back in time, what do you wish had happened when Trump came waddling up to you in that RV?”

    “My instinct?” Alva says, sipping her dry rosé on ice. “I’d like to punch him. I mean, I’m pretty strong. He’s 6 foot 3 or something, but I probably would be more aggressive. I would probably push him off me. I would put my finger in his face and tell him, ‘Don’t you ever put your hands on me.’ I probably would tell him that he’s a future eunuch if he makes one more move.”

    “You’re Division I, woman!” I cry, growing more buoyant by the second.

    “As a kid I had to fight a dude off of me, so I always know it’s easier for me to get on top than to be pinned down.”  

    “And what if Trump comes at you again?”

    “I would probably knee him,” Alva says.

    Behind her on the pale butter-yellow wall is a deer’s head with a 14-point rack of antlers, a buck, mounted above the fireplace.

    “And what would Trump do next?” I ask.

    Alva rocks back, closes her eyes, and out comes the whole brass section of laughter.

    “I’m afraid that Trump would like it.”


    BTW, not only does ms alva, an african american woman, discribe the D’ump unwanted kissing she also points out in the article the little known tidbit that he used to date a black woman [her quote “He dated a Black woman. Long term. For a couple of years.”] and how unhappy this fact would make his white supremacist followers.

  18. If you’re looking for the legacy of Rock in today’s music, i think it’s in what people call “country”, now.  Last time i heard it, it sounded like over-produced 70’s-style rock with more conservative lyrical themes.
    Gary Clark Jr.’s music is very evocative of that era.  Bon Iver sounds like 70’s folk… too many to list.  Jack has a good sense of new-old bands.  Maybe Mumford & Sons?
    Greta Van Fleet purposely sounds exactly like Zeppelin🤷‍♂️

  19. 2 lead guitar players that might be the best of their generation playing for one band.  It doesn’t get anybetter.


  20. Jill Biden and Michelle Obama worked together a lot and I think Dr Biden will be a great First Lady.   

  21. BTW, Derek Trucks is the nephew of Allman Brothers band codrummer ( Yeah they had 2 worldclass drummers too) Butch Trucks

  22. jack – The mere mention of Jethto Tull or the tweet of a jazz flute sets off “snot is running down his nose” in my brain. 
    Not just 26 women charging tRUMP with everything from assault to rape, but many were minors (teens in beauty pageants)…and we hear crickets from the MSM.    Maybe if we start a GoFundMe for Poo-tin to release the tRUMP sex tape(s)…?    
    Since SFB always projects his own actions/crimes  onto others, my guess is he had sex with minors who probably looked like Ivanker.  
    Treason, rape, money laundering, extortion, abuse of public office, failing to abide by his oath office, exacerbating a public health emergency…  Orange Julius is a virtual buffet of high crimes and misdemeanors.  

  23. Could be, here Trucks and Clapton playing side by side. I think the difference is one of age, Clapton has mellowed into a blues guitarist, not as much hard rock when he was younger.

  24. Gee what a surprise. Tax avoidance and he is a chronic loser.   No wonder he didn’t want his tax forms made public.  He’s nothing but an empty suit running a laundry for the oligarchs 

  25. Trump on Biden, press conference just now: “People say he’s on performance enhancing drugs. A lot of people have said that. People have written that. You can check out the Internet. Plenty of people say it.”

  26. So, tRUMPsky is the one on performance-enhancing drugs (because the lying, narcissist projects his own sh/ onto others)…but he must need to have his meds tweaked.  
    tRUMP always said he had more money than he needed, but he was always selling tRUMP-branded something-or-other.  He said all of the steaks and crap he hawked was so he could donate to charity, but he didn’t.  He didn’t donate to charity. A journalist called hundreds of charities and nada.  tRUMP  is a tax-dodging LOSER!

  27. The most interesting thing was about 300 million in loans coming due. 
    And we know who that is……
    Explains a lot.

  28. Not exhaustive lists but just as prominent examples (apologies to the dozens not named), back in the 60s the country guitar studs were James Burton, Chet, Roy Clark, Jerry Reed and a slew of other. Clapton, Jimmy and Jimi were the top rock slingers. Duane was the best slide player (his Anthology album is incredible).  And yes Jack, Betts was as good as they came. Stevie Ray came a few years later – and pushed the envelope. BB, Albert, Buddy, Muddy and a slew of others took the Robert Johnson train. And never mind the great jazz players.  Do Gary Clark Jr. & Derek owe Clapton and Stevie a chops debt? Yep. Them and all those others. Today’s country players owe the same debt, but country music IMHO is not where rock has landed. It’s out there but it’s not what younger folks like in large numbers  Same with blues. Rock guitarists adopted blues licks and country guitarists have in turn  adopted rock licks, with those like Vince Gill bringing rock guitar into country and younger players like Brad Paisley and Keith Urban blurring the rock and country lines. Different music but with influences from all those guys. 

  29. remembering the 1st debate as reported by snopes:

    Did Donald Trump Say Not Paying Taxes ‘Makes Me Smart’?

    Donald Trump proclaimed during the first presidential debate of 2016 that not paying federal taxes made him “smart,” then denied having said it.

  30. transcript:

    CLINTON: For 40 years, everyone running for president has released their tax returns. You can go and see nearly, I think, 39, 40 years of our tax returns, but everyone has done it. We know the IRS has made clear there is no prohibition on releasing [returns] when you’re under audit.

    So you’ve got to ask yourself, why won’t [Trump] release his tax returns? And I think there may be a couple of reasons. First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks.

    Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax.

    TRUMP: That makes me smart.


    and later when he denied saying it:

    DANA BASH: My question for you is, first of all, it sounds like you admitted that you hadn’t paid federal taxes and that, that was smart. Is that what you meant to say?

    TRUMP: No, I didn’t say that at all. I mean if they say I didn’t, I mean it doesn’t matter. I will say this, I hate the way our government spends our taxes because they are wasting our money. They don’t know what they’re doing. They’re running it so poorly. Whether it’s spent in Iraq or wherever they’re spending it, they are wasting our money. So I do hate the way our government spends our money.

  31. chickens are coming home to roost or shall we say videos like these mother jones released last week:


    and this one last month:

  32. a million here, a million there, pretty soon we’re talking real money   🙂

    excerpt from wapo:

    The Times story shows what Trump would not: that the business empire he brags about has struggled, with keystone properties like the president’s Doral resort and his D.C. hotel steadily losing money. And that, in the next few years, Trump will be required to pay about $421 million in loans and other debts.

    The Times story said Trump is still fighting the IRS over a $72.9 million tax refund that he was granted in 2010. The IRS is trying to determine if that refund, granted after Trump claimed extensive business losses, was legitimate: If Trump loses that fight, the paper said, he could have to pay more than $100 million.


  33. For the past 30 years New Yorker’s have known that Trump was a conman, cheapskate, tax fraud, and money launderer.  Finally all that shared under the table knowledge is seeing the factual light of day.


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