Sunday Serendipity

As we remember our dead.

A song list starting with Odetta singing one of my favorite “patriotic” songs

Enjoy, Jack


23 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. jack, you and Abe according to

    “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” originally written as a Civil War anthem, was President Abraham Lincoln’s favorite, according to historians.
    The appeal of the hymn continues today. The original manuscript of the song’s lyrics will be sold at auction in New York next month and is expected to fetch between $250,000 and $350,000.
    In the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 1861, poet and anti-slavery activist Julia Ward Howe woke up from a powerful dream and quickly scribbled down some words.
    Those verses, written during the early years of the Civil War at the Willard hotel in Washington, D.C., were inspired by a skirmish between Union and Confederate soldiers she’d witnessed just hours earlier.
    The previous day, she and her husband, Samuel Gridley Howe, also met President Abraham Lincoln at the White House. In her memoir, published in 1899, Howe wrote of being struck by “the sad expression of Mr. Lincoln’s deep, blue eyes.”
    In the carriage on the way back to the hotel, which is located near the White House and only a few miles from the Confederate advance posts, she and a few members of her party started singing snatches of popular army songs, including the rousing folk tune, “John Brown’s Body,” about the famed abolitionist John Brown.
    Her friend, Rev. James Freeman Clarke, suggested she write new words to the song, which had become popular in the Union Army during the Civil War.
    And Howe did just that.

    Howe’s visions of “Lincoln and battles and marching troops” resulted in “this rather remarkable series of verses,” says Chris Coover, senior specialist in American historical documents at Christie’s auction house in New York.
    With the verses set to the tune of “John Brown’s Body,” it quickly became a resounding success with the Union soldiers, and even President Lincoln himself.
    “Lincoln loved this piece and asked for it to be performed on many occasions,” Coover says.

  2. Mrs. P was watching news this morning and saw some coverage from the NRA’s annual implements of murder convention and said the gun toters are characterizing themselves as a culture under siege. Tell THAT to the families of Uvalde who children were sacrificed for that culture and are being buried as the culturerers circle jerk to see who has the bigger … AR. Fucking assholes. 


    “Only 12 days after visiting a community center in Buffalo, N.Y., following a mass shooting that claimed 10 lives at a supermarket, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in Texas on Sunday morning to console victims of the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.”

    “When Abbott arrived at the school, one of the spectators shouted: “We need help!”


    *The Lt. Turd speaks:

    “In these other shootings — Sutherland Springs, El Paso, Odessa, Santa Fe — it’s God that brings a community together. It’s God that heals a community,” Patrick said. “If we don’t turn back as a nation to understanding what we were founded upon and what we were taught by our parents and what we believe in, then these situations will only get worse.”

    *The NRA and how we got here:

    If the states are laboratories of democracy, where we figure out what policies work, you might think over time we’d converge on a set of policies,” said Chris Poliquin, who researches gun laws at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But you don’t actually see that on gun policy.”

    “In the ’90s and 2000s, people really do start to see guns increasingly as a viable option to face down crime, uncertainty and unrest,” Yamane said. “There’s an element of defensive gun ownership that looks at the gun as a tool of last resort for when the worst possible thing is happening.”

    “At the same time, the National Rifle Association began bringing more of its lobbying firepower to state legislatures, fomenting the idea that the world was full of things that needed defending against.”

    “In Texas, like other red states, the NRA slid sideways into the newfound alliance between evangelical Christians and the Republican Party, aligning gun rights with the religious right.”

    * My co-workers’s niece was killed at that Luby’s, but more (and bigger) guns is not the answer; it’s definitely not assault rifles that anyone can get their hands on.

    “Her argument has been simple but effective: Stricter gun laws would not have stopped the gunman who killed her parents. A gun would have. She believes the key to preventing more gun deaths is more guns — mental health treatment and better risk assessment, too, but most importantly, more guns in more places.”

    “The more the gun control advocates try to put in place what they euphemistically call common-sense gun laws … those of us that believe in the Second Amendment and everything it was set in place to protect tend to hold much tighter,” Hupp said. “We recognize what their ultimate goal is, which is to completely disarm citizens.”

    *Now, if they can only figure out how to give a gun to a fetus…

    “There is no greater personal, individual freedom than the right to keep and bear arms, the right to protect yourself and the right to survive,” LaPierre said. “It is not bestowed by man, but granted by God to all Americans as our American birthright.”

    *Apparently, there is no right to move freely about without fear of a nut with an assault rifle (legally-purchased, or not) , nor to have a complete and honest education (including the arts), nor to have affordable healthcare (including mental health)..just effing guns.

    “True believers derive the inherent right to self-defense by drawing a line from the Declaration of Independence — that all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” — to the Second Amendment as the legal representation of God’s will.”

    “This is the cross that some gun owners have chosen to bear — that their defense of gun rights is not just about firearms, but about ensuring the continued manifestation of God’s will on Earth.”

    *Jesus heard this fear-mongering garbage and he wept.


    “McDonald’s in Russia has registered possible brand names for the firm taking over its fast-food restaurants there, including “Fun and Tasty” and “The Same One,” patent filings showed on Friday. The company said on Friday that the trademarks registered with Russia’s Rospatent agency, from which it ultimately planned to choose one brand, also included “Just Like That” and “Open Checkout.”

    “McDonald’s (MCD) had announced earlier this month that it would leave Russia altogether in response to the nation’s military campaign in Ukraine…”

    “…McDonald’s said closing its restaurants in Russia had cost it $127 million last quarter. Nearly $27 million came from staff costs, payments for leases and supplies. The other $100 million was from food and other items it will have to dump.”

    “The world’s largest burger chain has nearly 850 restaurants in Russia, and it’s selling those stores to local licensee Alexander Govor, who runs an operation of 25 restaurants. Govor will operate the brand under a new name in Russia, and other franchisees will be given the option of working under the new brand.”

    Yeah, but how much did McD’s make in the sale and will they be entitled to any future earnings from corporate stores or franchises after the sale?

    And, “Just Like That,” some of the pain of sanctions goes away.

  6. I think it’s millennials who will take the helm, and most ably I must assume. 
    The kids are ok. 

  7. Republicans pretending to negotiate gun laws is a head fake. Banning weapons of mass destruction for civilians is all that could matter.

  8. Huh? Dallas ISD just aired an ad about their great school system being “home.”  School is out for summer, so is this to deter a mass exodus from public school to home schooling? 

    Also, there’s a teacher shortage. I can’t imagine it’s going to get better now.


    “One person is dead and seven are wounded, including two juveniles, after a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor Memorial Day festival in Taft, Oklahoma, officials said.”

    “Six people were shot, two of whom suffered life-threatening injuries, in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Saturday night, police said.”

    “Police on Saturday arrested a fourth suspect in last month’s mass shooting in downtown Sacramento, California, that left six people dead and 12 injured…”

    NRA: There’s nothing to see here. Move along.

  10. Ronnie Hawkins dead at 87 –

    From rockabilly to country, to rock and bluegrass, to blues and R&B, Ronnie Hawkins lived one of the most legendary lives in popular music, with an influence that spanned borders, and eventually continents until it went around the world and back again, leaving a legacy of memorable song performances, and perhaps most notably, an alumni from his backing band that is virtually unparalleled in all of music.Ronnie Hawkins was born two days after Elvis on January 10, 1935 in the small town of Huntsville, Arkansas. He formed his first rock and roll band while in college called The Hawks, which touring throughout Arkansas and neighboring states. Hawkins also opened a venue called the Rockwood Club in Fayetteville where artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and then rockabilly performer Conway Twitty would perform right as rock and roll was coming into prominence. Ronnie’s cousin Dale Hawkins was also a rockabilly performer, and wrote the iconic song “Suzie Q.”In such a crowded field, and with the wild popularity of Elvis and others, Ronnie Hawkins found it hard to distinguish himself in the United States. So on the suggestion of Conway Twitty, he went to tour Canada in 1958, and this is where he found his place in music, playing a now legendary show at the Golden Rail Tavern in Hamilton, Ontario that set his career in motion, and by 1964, The Hawk was a permanent resident of Canada.It was his legendary renditions of rock, rockabilly, and blues classics such as “Who Do You Love” by Bo Diddley, “30 Days” (that he turned into “40 Days”) by Chuck Berry, and his cousin’s “Suzie Q” that had crowds going wild. The electric energy Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks brought to the stage made them unique, and earned Ronnie nicknames such as “Mr Dynamo” and “Rompin’ Ronnie.” Uninhibited by the more rigid culture of the United States, and bringing an energy that would later be attributed more to punk music, Ronnie Hawkins made his mark.But the way many, if not most people know and remember Ronnie Hawkins is how he nurtured some of North America’s most important musicians and songwriters over the years, working as a de facto talent scout, seeing the potential in other musicians, and giving them an opportunity that could allow them to pursue music at a grander scale. The Hawks was a proving ground, and this happened most iconically with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, and Levon Helm, later known as The Band.The eventual members of The Band were not Ronnie’s first incarnation of The Hawks. It was first filled with guys from Arkansas, including guitarist Jimmy Ray “Luke” Paulman. But when Hawkins moved to Canada, everyone quit, except for the drummer and fellow Arkansas native, Levon Helm, who saw and shared the Hawkins vision. Slowly but surely, The Band members slowly came on board, with Robbie Robertson joining next, initially as a bass player in early 1960 before moving to guitar, and with Garth Hudson joining last in late 1961.Of course in late 1963, The Band would move on to do their own thing, and eventually back Bob Dylan as he notoriously went “electric.” But they weren’t the only famous musicians to do time in The Hawks. Buffalo, NY musician Stan Szelest of Stan and the Ravens also was in The Hawks, and would later collaborate with his former bandmates in The Band as an auxiliary piano/keyboard player. Canadian rocker Pat Travers also started in The Hawks in the 1970’s, after Ronnie noticed him in an Ontario nightclub and recruited him.

    Pioneering Music Legend Ronnie “The Hawk” Hawkins Has Died

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