25 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. thank you, jack.

    wiki says “The concerto was written for Mozart to perform himself: Hutchings calls it “athletic”, combining grace with vigour.”

    click here for bio on the pianist:

    HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD

    Renaissance woman Hélène Grimaud is not just a deeply passionate and committed musical artist whose pianistic accomplishments play a central role in her life. She is a woman with multiple talents that extend far beyond the instrument she plays with such poetic expression and peerless technical control. The French artist has established herself as a committed wildlife conservationist, a compassionate human rights activist and as a writer.
    […]
    Her love for the endangered species was sparked by a chance encounter with a wolf in northern Florida; this led to her determination to open an environmental education centre. “To be involved in direct conservation and being able to put animals back where they belong,” she says, “there’s just nothing more fulfilling.” But Grimaud’s engagement doesn’t end there: she is also a member of the organisation Musicians for Human Rights, a worldwide network of musicians and people working in the field of music to promote a culture of human rights and social change.
    For a number of years she also found time to pursue a writing career, publishing three books that have appeared in various languages. Her first, Variations Sauvages, appeared in 2003. It was followed in 2005 by Leçons particulières,and in 2013 by Retour à Salem, both semi-autobiographical novels.
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  2. wapo gives another look at wild life in D.C. last night:

    Nationals Park shooting: Game halted after people wounded outside Nationals Park – The Washington Post

    Saturday night’s game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres was suspended after multiple gunshots were fired outside Nationals Park in a chaotic scene that ended with fans on the field and in the dugouts. The shooting happened on South Capitol Street, near an entrance to the stadium.
    […]
    Following the shooting, the players were pulled from the field and fans scrambled for cover, hiding behind their seats or retreating from the concourse. Others sprinted for the field or the exits. According to multiple people at the game, there were shouts of a “shooter” that led to scrambles all around the park, from the first-level seats near the third base gate to sections of the upper deck.
    About five minutes into that hectic period, when no one was sure where the danger was centered, the public address announcer advised fans to stay inside the stadium until the situation was resolved, assuring that it was beyond the park’s walls. That’s when a large number of people rushed toward the dugouts. Most were sent back to the stands by security guards, and the park was cleared in a calm fashion by 10:15 p.m., about 45 minutes after the shooting.
    […]
    “It was just a chaotic scene,” umpire crew chief Mark Carlson told the Associated Press. “We heard what sounded like rapid gunfire. We didn’t know where it was coming from.”
    The game was suspended and is set to resume at 1:05 p.m. Sunday with the Padres leading 8-4. Once the stadium was cleared, a helicopter circled above and there were a handful of police cars at the corner of South Capitol and O streets, with officers gathering eyewitness statements.
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  3. Right after Townes, Jimmie Sam, and Danny played “Dead Flowers” in 1980 at Springwater’s down by the Nashville Parthenon (1/3 scale I think) the whole band, with humble self on piano, got up and played behind Townes.  Lordy, I have it on a cassette tape.   Pretty magical weekend.
    That actual version was used by those crafty Coens at the end of Lebowski. Imagine my surprise.

  4. Jack where ya movin’?  Cross the street, Cross town, cross state, or cross country?

  5. Ahhh, Mozart. (Yeah, I know). 
    Good discussion last night about music. ABB, Tedeschi Trucks and Larkin Poe knocked it out of the park. And Dead Flowers by TVZ, definitive version of that excellent song. Loved the Susan solo on The Sky is Crying. She’s a very good guitarist but you seldom notice because Derek does the heavy solo lifting regardless of which band he’s playing with. 

    Oh, and he not being born is busy dying.

  6. Sometime next month, for the first time, the government is likely to declare a water shortage at Lake Mead. Arizona and its farmers will get hit first, but the water crisis will touch everyone. Inside the Southwest’s two-decade mega-drought. https://bloomberg.com/graphics/2021

  7. Pogo
    Derek has that “rock’nroll guitar god” schtick  down pretty good. He is a good guitarist but I’m not sure that he is a great one. I guess from last nights selections Carlos Santana was an integral part of the composition. Where as Derek seems to want to beat the rest of the band into submission. Which gives you a clue as to how good Susan and the rest of the band is in that they didn’t let him do it. 
    Going back to the Santana piece, it does inspire you to stretch you musical chops when you have Yo Yo Ma as a backup musician.
    Jack

  8. Sturge
    Just moving closer to family, down to Springfield in southern Missouri. I bought a house down there about 6 months ago. I’m about 3 blocks from Bass Pro’s big tourist attraction Aquarium/sporting goods store. That puts me 2 blocks from what my sisters call chicken corner there are about 4 different fried chicken franchises all on the same block. If you don’t want chicken there are 3 different BBQ joints. I may die of clogged arteries but I will not starve.
    It is not as bad as it sounds, quiet street and Missouri State University is about 1/2 mile away so there is a college town feel to the neighborhood minus the frat boys party house.
    This is too rough a neighborhood for an old man. There will come a time when the tough  bluff doesn’t work. I’m not for sure but what they aren’t gently indulging the old man right now.
    My neighbor was laughing at me yesterday telling me I’ll never get it done and he may be right  but I’ve got rid of a lot of stuff but then again as two pack rats Sherry and I had a lot of stuff.
    Jack

  9. As to the  mountain west’s Mega drought, from historical standards they haven’t seen a real mega drought yet. If it does equal historical standards  then, given the current political makeup of thee area.  When the water war starts I can easily see it being a shooting war with California losing all of its access to the Colorado river water because someone blew up aquaduct. 
    Jack

  10. Yeah…   water wars….
    who would have ever thought that The Milagro Beanfield War would be just as pertinent today as it was published back in the early 70s…

  11. https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/14/health/covid-vaccinated-people-guidelines-wellness/index.html

    “Out of 157 million people vaccinated by July 6, only 5,186 hospitalized or fatal breakthrough cases have been reported to the CDC, and more than 1,500 of those were asymptomatic, or the hospitalization or death was not related to Covid-19. The CDC notes this is likely an undercount of actual breakthrough cases.”

    Keep your masks on and stay home as much as possible. This is the FAULT OF THE GQP! Republican, science -deniers/liars have allowed for the spread of the virus, and, will be responsible for new variants who continue to wreak havoc on our lives and our economy.

    Republicans are neither pro-life nor do they care about anything other than their personal economies.

  12. stay home as much as possible.

    i’ll do everything but that.  Distance, mask, stay out of small enclosed spaces and you’re  fine

    (with full vaccination ofc)

  13. if it was as contagious as that, every retail outlet in the country with any traffic would have massive outbreaks but that isn’t happening

  14. British stupidity. Courtesy of WaPo

    LONDON — First, the new British Health Secretary Sajid Javid — three weeks on the job, in the middle of an explosion in cases, who had declared it was time to “live with the virus”— announced on Saturday that he’d tested positive for the coronavirus and would self-isolate.

    Then on Sunday, both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said they’d been alerted by the National Health Service that since they had been in close contact with an infected individual — i.e., Javid — they must immediately quarantine at home.

    […]

    Is there a direct connection between Texas, Florida and Great Britain?

  15. Jack, as slide players go Derek has a bunch of heavy hitters as his fans. Clapton, Raitt, BB (RIP)!and Cheryl Crow to name 4 (and he has his lightweight fans, too, like Pogo). 

  16. https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2021/07/16/for-some-people-in-the-uk-freedom-day-means-going-back-into-lockdown/

    Tomorrow is “freedom day” in the UK. 

    https://www.texastribune.org/2021/07/18/texas-positivity-rate-delta-variant-second-wave/

    “As of this weekend, Texas’ positivity rate is over 10% — a level that Gov. Greg Abbott and the Trump administration had identified as a red flag earlier in the pandemic.“

    ~It’s time for Texans to stop getting tested~

  17. California should never have broadcast the Rose Parade on January 1.  Everyone who moved there and all of their offspring since should be ejected back to New Jersey.

     

  18. Craig, same here, MS Edge wouldn’t even let me come here, Chrome warned me against it but said proceed at your own risk. 
    Jack

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