Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blame Democrats, Right?

Trump's military build up will probably lead to war. We have yet to see the scale of that war; but it could even involve nuclear weapons. The Republican war on the environment will lead to ecological catastrophe and the projected global extinction of half the species on Earth by century's end. The attack on medicare, healthcare generally, and social security will lead to sickness and suffering all across the country. The hate of Trump's followers and the bigotry of many Republicans are spreading, not only against Muslims, but against Jews, African-Americans, and immigrants, not to mention gays. These are the realities. Yet people are still attacking HRC and the Democrats, saying they are the same as Republicans. There may no longer be an opposition party in the near future, and we shall live in a totalitarian, one party state. As a democratic socialist, I'd love to see an egalitarian state run by those who care deeply about peace, erasing poverty, and universal healthcare and protection from pollution. But we are not going to get anywhere near those goals by attacking Democrats. Sanders and Ellison realize that.
But many of their followers are still spewing their venom that is poisoning the rest of us and the planet. We are doomed, as I see it, because of such self-righteousness. We are faced with two choices, live in an Epicurean Garden (which faces the same fate as that of the Finzi-Continis) or sit naked like Diogenes in a tub and wait for the end.
(like) Michael Carroll, Marcia Kendle and Richard Funderburke 



Tuesday, February 07, 2017

San Francisco's Keystone Korner and Bill Evans

(photo: Wikipedia)

From Journal 23 (Aug.-Nov. 1980)

Sept. 4, 1980
Last night, after spending time at Cafe Vesuvio with Diane Zimmerman, recalling 1977 with Jake in New Orleans (It was Jake's birthday), I went to the 11:30 performance of Bill Evans at Keystone Korner. I sat in the intimate space no more than 20 feet from the Evans Trio. 

The house was full, of course, and eager for the music. At moments during the performance, I was enraptured and wondered how I could ever leave San Francisco. The bass player, on two numbers, moved into an ecstasy of deep melody, motion, and expression-- outdoing even Evans. 

Afterwards, I walked up Lombard Street, up Russian Hill, to my home overlooking the Bay. Despite the chilly mist, I was glad to be here. I tossed another log on the fire when I got home.

Here is a better, more detailed account of the performance by Sascha Feinstein:

"Imagine, for a moment, the young bassist Marc Johnson beneath the giant mandala, his eyes half shut, almost rolled back. Drummer Joe LaBarbera's to the right of the stage, and to Marc's left, behind the piano, sits their leader, Bill Evans. During his week—long engagement in 1980, the trio plays several versions of "Nardis." Early in the week, he looks through the smoke and says, "We're going to conclude this set with an extended version of something that's been in our repertoire from the beginning . . . We've learned from the potential of the tune, and every once in a while a new gateway opens. It's like therapy, this tune." On September 8, his last night of the engagement, he closed with another version of "Nardis," almost twenty minutes long. "We've had a very nice engagement here," he tells the crowd. "You people in the audiences have been wonderful, and I hope we'll be back soon." On September 15, he died." https://www.allaboutjazz.com/keystone-korner-portrait-of... This was the intimate performance I attended in that sweet club. My journal is witness to the transcendence.

Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club jazz article by Sascha Feinstein, published on October 26, 2011 at All…