Musical Interlude: Kid Ramos, “Devil’s Foot”

March 18, 2015

Another one of *those* days. smiley angry As an apology to make up for the lack of foaming-at-the-mouth right-wing rantiness, I offer one of my favorite electric Blues instrumentals, Kid Ramos’ “Devil’s Foot.”

If this doesn’t have you at least foot-stompin’ in rhythm in a few seconds, check your pulse.

Rants (hopefully) resume tomorrow.

 


Musical Interlude: Lee Morgan, “Search for the New Land”

March 11, 2015

Sigh. Another one of those days when work is determined to interfere with my blogging. If the federal government is so anxious to ban everything, couldn’t they ban demanding bosses?

Anyway, whilst I unwind with a martini, let me make it up to you with one of my favorite Lee Morgan tunes, “Search for the New Land.”

It’s a shame Morgan died so young.


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)


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