19 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. thanks, jack. debussy’s la mer far more classy than the one that 1st came to mind when i saw your post.  here’s charles trenet’s who wrote about it from another perspective:


    La Mer” (English: “The Sea”) is a song by French composer, lyricist, singer and showman Charles Trenet. The song was first recorded by the French singer Roland Gerbeau in 1945. When Trenet’s version was released in 1946, it became an unexpected hit, and has remained a chanson classic and jazz standard ever since.


    Trenet said that he had written an initial version of the song’s lyrics as a poem at the age of 16, many years before he came up with a tune for it. The tune came to him while he was traveling by train in 1943 between Montpellier and Perpignan as he was gazing out of the window at the Étang de Thau, a lagoon in the south of France. He jotted it down on a piece of paper and in the afternoon he worked out the details with his pianist Léo Chauliac. That evening they performed it in front of an audience without much of an impact

    Over the years the song turned out to be rather popular throughout the world and developed into a chanson classic and jazz standard with a large number of prominent artists recording their own versions. Besides the original in French, the song was also recorded in several other languages with the English version “Beyond the Sea” being particularly popular and becoming the signature song for the American singer Bobby Darin. In 1966 there were already over 100 different recordings of La Mer, and it was considered to be France’s best selling song, together with Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en rose”. By the time of Trenet’s death in 2001, there were more than 4000 different recordings of it, with over 70 million copies sold in total.

    Despite various translations into other languages, the original French version was popular outside France and with non-French musicians as well. Trenet published his recording in the US in 1947 and Bing Crosby recorded La Mer on his 1953 album Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris.

  2. Debussy wrote some fine musique.

    The sea is a jealous mistress btw, but perhaps not as jealous a mistress as karma dressed in Covid weeds. CNN reports:

    Phil Valentine, a Nashville-based conservative radio talk show host who had questioned whether it was necessary for all people to get Covid-19 vaccines, died on Saturday, his employer, WWTN Radio, announced on Twitter. Valentine was 61 years old.

    Karma or Bitch. You make the call. 

    So apropos to the Debussy selection (totally serendipitous btw) Mrs. P and I decided to have Seafood Saturday yesterday. The menu for the entire day consisted of oysters on the half shell, a salmon burger and a lobster roll. Delicious btw. Oh, and wine.

  3. And accentuating the Valentine karma angle, NYT spells it out nicely. 

    Phil Valentine, a prominent conservative radio host in Tennessee who refused to get vaccinated, then urged his followers to get a shot after being hospitalized with Covid-19, has died, his station said on Saturday.

    Mr. Valentine scoffed at the need for vaccines, writing on his blog that his chances of dying from the virus, should he become infected, were “way less than one percent.”

    Feel free to use this as a near perfect explanation of Karma writ large for the grandkids or idiot adult anti-vaxxers. 

  4. I found, back when I had an aquarium, that the music of DeBussy was a perfect accompaniment for watching the little fishies frolic therein.

  5. Jack

    Thank you.  Debussy has been a favorite composer since my mother first introduced me to “Moonlight Love” the popular song as the popular of  version of Claire de Lune that she played on violin.


    Debussy and others among the Romantic composers adapted well to many songs of the late 50s early 60s. 


  6. Hey… I’m still here.  We live on very high grounds.  We aren’t worried about flooding.  We could lose power from a root soaked tree falling on the power lines.  But we have a generator and Rick bought lots of gasoline.

    OldSeaHag lives on high ground also. But the strong winds could be a factor. She is much more likely to lose power. I wish her the best!

  7. what happened? lost the trail after renee posted and since then no one, even the trail disappeared. wondered if trail had gone with the wind of henri  well, at least it’s accessible once again. now where are you mixers?


  8. the disgraced former guy finally woke up and told (halfheartedly) the crowd to get the vaccine  saying:

    “I believe totally in your freedoms,… I do, you’re free, you got to do what you have to do.”

    “But I recommend taking the vaccines. I did it, it’s good, take the vaccines.”


    In Alabama, responding to boos and jeers, he said: “That’s OK. That’s all right. That’s good, you got your freedoms.

    “But I happen to take the vaccine. If it doesn’t work, you’ll be the first to know. OK.”


    probably realized dead people can’t donate to his pac.



  9. also from that guardian story linked above:

    Elsewhere on Saturday the Republican governor of Texas, another state struggling with Covid cases and political turmoil over public health mandates, said he had tested negative for Covid-19 four days after testing positive.

    “I’m told that my infection was brief and mild because of the vaccination that I received,” Greg Abbot said, in a video posted to Twitter. “So I encourage others who have not yet received the vaccination to consider getting one.”

  10. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/08/20/texas-colleges-covid-vaccinations/

    “Texas public universities forbidden from mandating vaccines are trying to entice students and faculty to get the shot.”

    “The prizes range from a year of free tuition and paid days off to $100 gift cards for the campus cafeteria.“

    “…many Texas colleges and universities are stopping short of such a requirement, pointing to Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates within stage agencies. Instead, they are turning to financial incentives to try and increase vaccine rates in their school communities…”

    “…Texas State University leaders said they would not provide vaccine incentives because university system lawyers believe the governor’s executive orders bans them.“

    So, while Greg says get the vaccine, he won’t allow state-run entities to mandate getting vaccinated. Way to ride that fence.

  11. So, Dumbass is now relegated to doing gigs in Cullman Alabama., and getting booed. Cullman is halfway between Birmingham and Decatur, and there is NOTHING between Birmingham and Decatur. It would be like the Stones playing a dive bar in Slapout, AL. (A real place – look it up).

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