Musical Interlude: Freddie Hubbard, “Open Sesame” #jazz

February 27, 2015

Another day in which work actually made me do work and left no time for blogging… How dare they??

While you contemplate that violation of my civil and human rights, enjoy Freddie Hubbard’s classic “Open Sesame:”

Not up there with a Lee Morgan/Art Blakey-led combo, but Hubbard and McCoy Tyner made a pretty darned good team on their own.


Musical Interlude: Lee Morgan, “Sidewinder” #jazz

February 11, 2015

Busy day today left no time for posting, so here’s one of the greats of the Hard Bop era, trumpeter Lee Morgan, with a classic — “The Sidewinder”

Needs good bourbon and a smokey dive club… smiley cool bubblegum


Nothing today, so how about some music?

January 15, 2015
"I got nothing."

“I got nothing.”

Been busy all day with meetings. Sadly, not the plotting to take over the world kind. Maybe something later. In the meantime, enjoy this clip of the great Wayne Shorter playing one of my favorites, “Adam’s Apple:”

Yeah, he could kind of play sax….


Musical Interlude: I got nothin’

October 15, 2014

satire Empty pockets

It’s not that there’s no news today, but plenty of other people are covering it quite well, and, well, it’s been another hectic day (no rat sightings, though) that  doesn’t leave me with time to string three coherent words together. So, maybe something later, but, for now, enjoy one of the great Jazz albums of all time, Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue.”

I still think the Hard Bop/Cool periods of Jazz, late 40s to early 60s, were its greatest days. And this, along with Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” its greatest album.


Iran can go on enriching, but music teachers must be stopped

December 7, 2013

music teacher violin

And you guys worry about Iran getting nuclear weapons? Fools! Thank God the FTC is there to protect us from the danger of unregulated violin instructors!

The Federal Trade Commission was created in 1914 in the age of oil barons and rail tycoons to bust the big trusts. Today, it’s busting a smaller enterprise – the Music Teachers National Association.

Last March, the FTC sent notice to the MTNA that it was under investigation for “anti-competitive practices.” At issue: a passage in the trade association’s ethics code that says teachers should not actively recruit from other teachers.

“We feel that that provision not only protects the students but ensures that teachers are going to get along well with their colleagues, ” says Gary Ingle, the MTNA’s executive director. 

Ingle says it’s a method of avoiding the rare conflict, where, for example, an accomplished student pianist may be approached after a competition by a rival instructor who promises to help the student win the next competition.

The FTC sees it as a threat to America’s consumers. 

There’s nothing in the rules that prevents a student from seeking out another teacher on their own, of course, and the FTC hasn’t shown how anyone has been harmed by a rule that prevents teachers from poaching each other’s students, but, apparently some bored bureaucrat decided that SOMETHING MUST BE DONE about this clear and present danger.

The MTNA has removed the rule while it figures out how to respond to the FTC’s investigation. So far, it’s amounted to a waste of member’s dues:

MTNA’s Ingle says that’s already happening. His 12-member staff in Cincinnati, Ohio has had to compile 17 years worth of records, including its by-laws, ethics code, journals, finances and membership to satisfy the FTC’s demands.

Sounds like what the IRS did to conservative groups, no? Beat them into submission by hitting them with burdensome documentation demands — and legal fees, should the group decide it needs representation.

Obama’s America: Where nothing is beneath the Federal government’s notice, except Iranian nukes.

via reader Lance

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Tales of the #Thugocracy: Oh, so that’s why they raided Gibson Guitar

May 26, 2013
"Nice business you got here..."

“Nice business you got here…”

You might recall a bizarre federal raid on legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson Guitar back in 2011: they were accused of importing illegally harvested wood from India and Madagascar under a century-old law. The feds showed up with automatic weapons, seized “evidence,” and generally disrupted operations to Gibson’s great cost. After all that, no criminal charges were filed, but Gibson had to agree to pay a $300,000 fine and toss $50,000 to an environmental group as penance for being “careless.”

Weird, right? Why all this attention to Gibson, when rival Martin & Co. used the very same “illegal” wood, yet wasn’t raided?

And, just like that, a light goes on:

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.

What would have seemed like a crazy conspiracy theory straight out of the fever swamps just a year ago now looks all too plausible, after the IRS scandal and the news that the Obama people had been targeting conservatives since 2008.

The message here to Mr. Juszkiewicz and people like him is crystal clear: “Thinking about making a political donation? Maybe you should think again.

“First Amendment?” What’s that?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Rule 5 Friday: Wonderful World edition

March 15, 2013

It’s a slow Friday, news-wise, which is sometimes a signal that it’s time to sit back and contemplate the good and beautiful in this world, those that make life worth living.

Such as Kate Upton in a black bikini:

Rule 5 Kate Upton black bikini.jpg

As the great Louis Armstrong said, “What a wonderful world!”

Happy Friday, folks! :D

Related: Rule 5 explained.


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