September 29, 2016

Don McLean

Don McLean famous for "Vincent" and "American Pie" and other great hits.
This is his cover of "Crying." A great version of this song.

An original song written by Don. This is "Castles In The Air." Check out Don's music.

September 27, 2016

That Was Fun

Clearly Trump lost the debate.
He proved he knows nothing about most of the issues, especially on nuclear and NATO issues. He doesn't understand treaty laws, which leads him to believe we could tear up all our treaties we have throughout the world.
His business mind tells him it's his goal and a good thing to pay no taxes. I guess he thinks communal taxation is for suckers. He doesn't understand how America built the greatest country in the world. He knows how to use other people's money, then files bankruptcy when the numbers don't work out, leaving the folks who actually did the work, not getting paid and he calls that smart business. He uses any dirty trick including discrimination and thinks that's just fine, because the fine (if he gets caught) would be cheaper than paying a fair wage. I can't think of a more un-American business attitude.
His financial plan is trickle down on steroids. A financial strategy that has been proven wrong multiple times.    
He invokes General MacArthur, but I guess he forgot MacArthur got fired.
He still believes Obama is not American. A racist statement if ever there was one.
He says he knows all Americans agree with him that Rosie O'Donnell is a fat pig, so he was correct in publicly calling her that, and the vulgar name calling he uses for other women.
He claimed his mic wasn't working, but we could hear every sniffle.
He claims Lester Holt was biased towards him and some see truth in that, because Mr. Holt never asked Clinton about Benghazi, or emails, or Libya, etc..  Maybe Trump will get his way when Chris Wallace is moderator.
I've met many guys with over the top egos, but Trump wins the prize. He is a spoiled brat.
A Trump presidency would be scary. It's scary enough to think he will get over 50 million votes.
This is the kind of dolt the Republicans have given us. They deserve to lose.  

September 24, 2016


I have added a new site on my ART link list. It is called " Two Lane Highway." John Doddato displays his excellent photography. Well worth viewing. 

September 22, 2016

Demanding Equality and Justice

Martin Luther King said,
"A riot is the language of the unheard."

President Kennedy said,
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Riots always get ugly and people die.That has been proven over and over again all over the world. Riots and violence are not the best way to achieve change, but sometimes the only, or last attempt to get change.
Riots do not always signify good change; as in Russia, when riots forced the Czar out of power, murdered him and his family, and installed a new government. I'm sure they were convinced they were fighting for a better life and eliminating an oppressive government rule. But what if the overthrow of the Czar had never happened? Would the monarchy of Russia had evolved into a parliamentary system as much of the rest of Europe finally did?
How long should people wait for change, before forcing change? How long did the American colonies wait to force King George out of America?
Black Africans who were kidnapped and forced into slavery only got a change when their white masters fought and died (600,000 deaths in the Civil War) over slavery. One wonders why those slaves didn't just get together and revolt against their white slave masters using violence and murder. 
In America, riots have usually meant fighting for rights and better treatment from those in power. Whether fighting for better working conditions from oppressive employers, or fighting for civil rights from an oppressive government, the people will force change when other more civil methods of negotiations fail.
Unfortunately, it seems change in America includes people taking to the streets and demanding change, even in the face of death. One might think that should not be necessary with a democratic governmental system, but those seeking a better life and rights were not included in legal rights like voting, so they had no civil voice. Imagine all the suffering while waiting for the majority to include minorities as their equals in law.
The fight never ends. Women fought for the right to vote, yet, 100 years later still have to fight for equal pay and other inequities. After centuries of slavery blacks were given freedom, yet, we know they were discriminated against for another 150 years and the discrimination still goes on. And blacks still have to re-fight for rights won decades ago, like voting rights.
A little empathy from Americans would be nice, but lacking that, Americans still have to answer why some people are less deserving of equality than others, especially given our legal, guiding, founding documents. The law allows to seek justice, but can't stop an injustice being committed against people. It seems every right has to be fought for; gays have the right to marry now, but in most States can still be legally fired from a job for just being gay.
If we wonder why people get violent, we have to put ourselves in their position, and ask how long would we put up with that kind of discriminatory treatment? If blacks can be killed just for being black, it's easy to understand why they are forced to use violence to protect themselves. Just as our white forefathers used violence against King George when the King hung us for not bowing to his oppressive laws, which were not nearly as oppressive as the laws (slavery) we had against blacks at the time.
For all you peace nicks out there, history is not on your side. A brutal truth about humans. Gandhi and MLK are great leaders and idols to follow, but we know violence was the response by their oppressors. If the Black Panthers had their way, would the outcome have been better? NO, probably worse, but violence and death was part of the movement anyways.     

September 20, 2016

Bing Crosby

Until the Beatles came along, Bing Crosby was the most popular and largest record selling musical artist of the 20th century. This song, "Galway Bay" was #3 on the hit list in 1949. Bing had been singing 20 years by that time. Bing's version of "White Christmas" became the largest selling single record of the whole 20th century. Check out his music and find out why he was so popular for so many decades.

September 18, 2016


Fact check said it was Clinton supporters in 2007 who first brought up the accusation that Obama might have been born out of the USA, but the Clinton camp (at the time) said they had nothing to do with it.
Yet, the Clinton camp would have us believe Sander's supporters were responsible for the violence during the primaries, even though Sander's himself told his supporters and the whole country that he did not condone violence and anyone creating violence on his behalf was no supporter of his.
Again the Clinton camp wants it both ways.
This is how most of these falsehoods get started, but the candidate always claims it was not on their behalf. Hogwash.
And as I have pointed (proven) out before  these Clinton supporters are hate filled in their support of Clinton. They attack with hate. They attack Trump with hate, and they attack anyone who questions Clinton with hate. I've stated clearly I would vote for Clinton, yet, if I question anything Clinton says, I'm attacked with hate by hate filled Clinton supporters. At least Trump is up front about his hate, but Clinton is a back stabbing, lying hater, which is worse.
I remember the Clinton supporters accusation about Obama not being a legal citizen. I brushed it off as more lying, hate filled garbage by the Clinton camp. But as you can see those lies from the Clinton supporters created another new level of hate and racism, Birthers.
Birthers are racists. That ugly idea started with Clinton supporters. Clinton supporters spreading hate is nothing new.
If we had a decent press who were seeking the truth, these kind of provable lies could be stopped before they turned into believable hate. 

September 17, 2016

Simon and Garfunkel

Folk music has always been popular, but never as much as in the 1950's and 1960's. Simon and Garfunkel were as popular as the Beatles. Simon wrote this song "The Dangling Conversation." Released in 1966.

Simon's lyrics became so popular they were taught in English classes across the country as poetry, and beautiful poetry they were. This next song is called, "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her."

Check out the music of Simon and Garfunkel and see why they were so popular.  

September 12, 2016

Gordon Lightfoot

For my money one of the best Folk singers. This Canadian made a big splash in America. Bob Dylan inducted him into the Hall of Fame. Comparing his version of songs to others, he wins out. His original songs are great and became big hits.  Listen to his "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" or "Early Mourning Rain."  Check out his music.

September 9, 2016

Journalistic Integrity

Chris Wallace (FOX news) says it's not his job to discern the truth of responses given to him by a candidate for president when he asks a question to them. WOW!
Matt Lauer seemed to be working on the same policy when he got untrue responses from Trump and Clinton the other night, and never called them on their false responses.
If seeking the truth is not a journalist job, whose job is it?
Walter Cronkite,  Edward R. Murrow, Mike Wallace, and other honest journalists must be rolling over in their graves to hear such garbage.
The press has always been seeking the truth whether covering politics, police, government, or any other situation that effects the American people. The press has been the wall against the lies of those who seek power, or are in power. That includes private as well as public power movers and shakers. 
If you think Trump as president is dangerous for America; a press willing to ignore lies and present false choices to Americans, will surely be the end of freedom and justice in America.
Seems the current policy of journalism is to simply allow people in power, or seeking power to say whatever they want and let the people decide. The people rely on the press to highlight lies, so they can make informed decisions based on true facts.
Of all the garbage I've heard during this election, this is the most disturbing and the most dangerous.  

September 7, 2016

John Mayall

Off his 1970 album "The Turning Point" this song "Room To Move" became a big hit and a good example of John Mayall's music. Recorded live in 1969 it was released in 1970. 

September 3, 2016

Fleetwood Mac

This song "Spare Me A Little" is from the great "Fleetwood Mac." It's on the 1972 album "Bare Trees." Not one of their most famous, or commercial songs, but a great song from what I think is one of their best albums.

Joni Mitchell

                                          "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell.
            Joni has a huge octave range with a smooth voice. Check out her music!
                                 From Folk to Jazz Joni's voice can handle it all. 

Swing, Swing, Swing

My favorite style of music, Big Band Jazz. This number was written by Louis Prima in 1935 and is called, "Swing, Swing, Swing." This is Benny Goodman with Gene Krupa on drums. You can find thousands of recordings of this number by different bands with different arrangements. I like this short version, or any version done by Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa.

Glenn Miller

Another Big Band great, Glenn Miller playing his version of "In The Mood." Recorded in 1939, this was his first recording of this song, but he would record it many times changing the arrangement slightly. Check out the music of Glenn Miller.  

The Hollies

This is probably my favorite Hollies song "The Long Dark Road" (1971) and a great example why they were such a big hit band. Check out the music of The Hollies.

September 1, 2016

Who Are You Going To Vote For?

Hillary is truly the stereotype of the dishonest politician who has gotten rich off of her contacts from government service and used tax payer money to her personal advantage.
Trump is truly the biggest liar to run for president, not to mention his fascist leanings.
My position remains the same. My State will go overwhelmingly for Clinton, so I won't vote. If it were close, I would vote for Hillary. A corrupt politician is typical in American politics. A fascist, dictator type is not.
Many times the debates help people make up their minds. I doubt that will be the case this time.   
So who are you going to vote for and why?