Friday: Brubeck Bros. @ The Yardbird Suite

What a full moon evening! What an unbelievable spirited show! Place was packed.

Chris (bass, trombone) and Dan (drums) Brubeck are, of course, Dave Brubeck’s sons, top-notch musicians in their own right backed by a guitarist and pianist they’ve worked with for over 30 years now. Their impressive enthusiastic program was made up of songs mostly composed by Dave including “Rondo a la Turk” and “Take Five”.

Chris is the front man and he told interesting anecdotes and stories about Dave as the band showcased their strong new album TimeLine, released 60 years after Dave’s famous State Dept. Eurasian Tour as Jazz Ambassadors for America. All of this seemed very apropos with Father’s Day on Sunday and the boys still paying tribute to their father at the first gig of the current tour.

Afterward, I gave Chris and Dan a copy of a letter from Dave replying to an aspiring musician which they will use in the Brubeck newsletter. They were pleased to get some more insights into their Dad from this contact.

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Now: The Most Colorful, Relaxing Place in South Edmonton

Bonnie Doon Flowers!
Go on a sunny morning to escape the awful ugliness of Edmonton roads and LRT construction and to get a guaranteed aesthetic high via Nature.

The greenhouse will lift your spirits and mood like nothing else in May and June.

BTW/Fair prices for beautiful pots and flowers. Check out their poinsettia display in late Nov.-early Dec. when those are in peak bloom.

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A Name I’d Change If It Was Mine:

Peter Dick.

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Canadians think that 59%

of fake news originates from the States.

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We have not seen the worst abuses

of technology yet. Manipulation of social technology for nefarious and corrupt purposes shall only increase. E.g., Deepfakes–what happened to Nancy Pelosi on Facebook, which the platform claims zero responsibility for and refuse to take down.

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“Is it so small a thing

to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done?”
–Matthew Arnold


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Funny Country Music Titles

(More well-known ones/bigger hits near the top)

Drop Kick Me Jesus, Through the Goalposts of Life
I’d Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me than a Frontal Lobotomy
You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd
Thank God and Greyhound She’s Gone
She Got the Gold Mine and I Got the Shaft
Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed
I Don’t Know Whether to Kill Myself or Go Bowling
I Flushed You from the Toilets of My Heart
Mama Get the Hammer (There’s a Fly on Papa’s Head)
My Wife Ran off with My Best Friend and I Sure Do Miss Him
I Wish I Were in Dixie Tonight But She’s out of Town
If I Can’t Be Your Number One, Then Number Two on You
If She Puts Lipstick on My Dipstick I’ll Fall in Love
It Ain’t Love But It Ain’t Bad
We Used to Just Kiss on the Lips But Now It’s All Over
Her Body Can’t Keep You off My Mind

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The Manfreds’ “Sold Out Live at the Fisher Theatre 27.11.07” DVD

Features Manfred Mann stalwarts Paul Jones, Mike D’Abo (2nd vocalist who led them thru MM’s more pop-styled tunes), Tom Guinness (guitar), Mike Hugg (keyboard) plus backup musicians.

You can see the 2 disc track listing attached. 2 songs sung by McGuinness (Flint). Jones’ last songs with group were “Pretty Flamingo” ( a no. 1 hit in the UK).and Dylan’s “If You Gotta Go, Go Now”.

Enjoyed the jazzy and R & B overall. Good show in a small club. Didn’t know D’Abo wrote The Foundations’ hit “Build me Up Buttercup”. He and Jones get along fine (they’d been together since ’91 when this show was recorded.)

Jones does “One in the Middle”, “Sha La La”, Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man”, “Oh No Not My Baby”, “Pretty Flamingo”, “5-4-3-2-1”, the ballad “Come Tomorrow”, their first hit “Do Wah Diddy”, “If You Gotta Go, Go Now”, and a speeded up version of the classic “I’m Your Kingpin”.

There are interviews recalling the band’s history up to its breakup in ’69 when Mann & Vickers went jazzier and MM broke up as a group.

The variety is interesting. Jones’ harmonica and the sax/flute player duplicate the vintage Manfred ‘winds sound’.

The Manfreds do 3 tunes by Bob Dylan; they helped to popularize his work in the UK.

No, no one else did songs like these. The Manfreds remain a unique band 40 years later. Recommended for anyone interested in Manfred Mann and their brand of unconventional sixties pop music.

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Re. 1984’s Continuing Relevance 70 Years On

(from my e-mail response to a friend)

(George Orwell aka Eric Blair)

Definitely, one’s consciousness is the last line of sanity, defence, and whatever truth and truisms one can observe and conclude.

Orwell’s “Reality is inside the skull” pretty much covers the above. And “Reality exists in the human mind and nowhere else.” And “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.” (Those 3 statements have kept me pretty much on an individual/own person path for years.)

Consciousness et al is subjective finally–what you experience, perceive, understand, know. That is the ultimate truth/frame of one’s life for the sake of coping, adapting, survival, endurance, etc.

In Trump World, his base will never be conscious in a meaningful sense. I.e., like Fox News, it experiences and lives very limited ‘truth”, “facts” that hinder true consciousness of any perspective or depth.

Like the animals in Animal Farm, much of his lower and working class base is ignorant and orthodox. As Orwell put it, “Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think”. It means being led by the nose as asses are by Napoleon-like pig presidents. T does the hoi-polloi’s ‘thinking’ for them.

In T’s case “Ignorance is strength”, hugely and unashamedly.

In one sense, T is right. Orwell, again, “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world.’ (Not helped by the decline of reading and books).

Orwell’s “Power is inflicting pain and humiliation” is T’s personal modus operandi.

I think T is also a good example of this classic Orwell quote: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face–forever.”

Thus, the Orwellian overview has been largely borne out since Trump got elected. It’s no wonder the book has enjoyed renewed sales and interest.

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Advice to Any Edmonton Summer Visitors:

“Don’t come! Don’t waste your money! Go somewhere else!”
Don’t believe the misinformed National Geographic Summer Destination list.
Edmonton is on the Closed for Business, Closed for Tourists, Closed for Locals lists.
Downtown is officially closed. The only worthwhile visitor site–the museum–is miles away from any parking. Hawrelak Park is under construction. Ft. Edmonton is closed. The zoo still has construction. Nothing is open here. Go somewhere else. There’s nothing to see here in this wasteland and only myriad road closures and Third World roads to get around on. Edmontonians themselves would do well to go elsewhere to a real city that’s genuinely open for tourists and biz. Abandon all hope ye who enter here.

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