Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Jazz has lost another icon

2010 has been a hard year on musicians. We have lost quite a few notables this year. It pains me that we have lost yet another this year.

I believe I first became aware of Dr. Billy Taylor when he did a weekly bit on the CBS Sunday morning news show in his role as the self appointed chief educator for jazz. The passing years don't allow me to recall the content of his shows but I know that it was oriented toward teaching us to understand the music. At the time I thought he was just some guy that played piano. It was only as the years and decades passed that I became aware of the high regard in which he was held by musicians who create this music.

As I sit here I cannot think of a single recording released by Dr. Taylor but I know from his stories that he was around as the art form that is jazz was molded into the force it is today. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Taylor for his efforts in helping me, as well as the many others who encountered him, in this our journey to understand this thing they call jazz.

God speed Dr. Taylor, they won't forget your name again, RIP.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Governor proclaims America is a nation of pussies

New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg is appealing for the city to remain patient while they attempt to rescue enough of their snow plows from the very snow that they are supposed to clear away in order to attend to the city's snowbound streets. Meanwhile, snow babies are being birthed at home because EMS response time declined from an unbearable 4 hours to a completely useless maybe we'll get to you tomorrow sometime.

And the rest of the nation's air travel system attempts to recover from a complete 24 hour shutdown of all New York area airports . It is expected to take a week or more to return the system to normal.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is unhappy that the NFL canceled the local soccer match, ostensibly so the fans wouldn't kill themselves or each other driving to a ballgame in what has to be one of the worst blizzards in a generation.

Apparently, canceling the game is a clear indication of the loss of the American pioneer spirit as well as the draining of our vitality as a nation and portends nothing less than the end of western civilization as we know it.

No word yet on Governor Rendell's position on seat belts, water wings, bicycle helmets, training wheels or men who drink their alcohol mixed with ice and soft drinks but we'll keep you updated should he decide to issue forth with a proclamation.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Holidays

Every year we are bombarded with holiday specials that purport to herald the spirit of the holiday season. And while there is absolutely nothing wrong many of these holiday specials, I call upon the television and pop culture gods to consider adding another program to the existing annual line up.

Programs such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, Its a Wonderful Life, etc., have come to dominate the holidays for most of our generation. But if you have seen these programs once you have seen them a million times too many.

There is, however, an alternative, a movie that has disappeared from the airwaves. While not exactly a holiday special per se, it is set during the holiday season and is a wonderful reminder of what the holidays should really be, your own particular religious or philosophical leanings not withstanding.

I think I have said everything that I want to say about this movie in this post.

So without further ado, courtesy of Youtube poster JTClarion, I present to you J.T. the movie, aka I want me this cat I found.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Evil Love

There is a difference between landing and returning to the ground.

If you don't know the difference you are living a charmed life.

Nice jumper

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

When we are one I'm not afraid

We would be remiss if we did not note the recent passing of jazz giant Mr. James Moody.

It is no secret that Dizzy Gillespie was a grade A clown and all around general purpose asshole . But Diz did not clown solo, his sometime sidekick and musical collaborator, James Moody, was a talented but lesser known second banana and sometime straight man to Diz's outrageous buffoonery.

Please note Moody's relatively restrained response to Diz's completely straight faced introduction of him as the Brazilian female singer Flora Purim.

Not to be completely outdone, Moody changes the words of the song at 1:50 from "in the mood for love" to the improvised "in the nude for love." As he switches to falsetto for the female part of the vocalese standard Moody's Mood For Love, Moody the straight man becomes Moody the clown as he takes on the extreme affectations of a female performer.

Despite the hollering and yodeling throughout, Moody delivers as fine a rendition of his classic namesake as you are likely to hear.

James Moody, we not only thank you for bringing us a lifetime of joy through your beautiful music but also for having the courage to make us laugh at world that was not always funny.

James Moody RIP March 26, 1925 - December 9th 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010


Sometimes you blaze a bold new trail to lead the world to new insights and deeper understanding of how things actually work.

And sometimes you are just part of the problem.

Once again some turkey has taken it upon himself to free us all from our cages of ignorance.

But somehow I feel even less safe with incontrovertible proof that the people who run the world are every bit the giant assholes we suspected them to be.

As the world hurtles uncontrollably and perhaps unstoppably toward the ultimate us or them moment, what we need is certainty and clarity not distrust and confusion.

In the wake of the wikileaks release lots of thoughts come to mind.

But mostly it seems that people are thinking that just wasn't right!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Now this is how you protest intrusive government regulations

Instead of trying to clog up the TSA screening lines at the airport on the day before Thanksgiving, run out and get yourself a pair of 4th Amendment underwear.

This underwear uses metallic paint to display the text of the 4th amendment on the TSA's deep throat scanner monitor.

Bonus points for the kid size underwear that says "read the 4th amendment perverts"

The ultimate result of this method of protest will be exactly the same as the infamous turkey day massacre that was attempted last week, not much.

But with this protest method nobody has to miss the holidays with Grandmaw.

There is no hiding place.