Reap this righteous riff

This is a square

Professor Turley disparaged the impeachment arguments by comparing it to “improvised jazz”. One characteristic of jazz musicians is their ability to listen to each other, which our leaders do not do. In 1963 Dizzy Gillespie ran for president: I’d argue that we’d be way better off if he had won.

real news — Dave Douglas told me so, told our audience, in Palo Alto on November 21, 2019

Michael McFaul the Stanford professor who is literally Putin’s nemesis, listens to jazz. (His father was a music teacher).

in fact, in 1982 Michael McFaul and I and our two dates went to The Grateful Dead concert

A lot of our policy quagmires could be resolved if leadership could think in more subtle and abstract terms, that are required for art and music.

edit to add: no, i’m understating it: Michael McFaul is a musician. His father, he has said, was a music teacher who quit academics to tour for 30 years. To wit:
Are you musical yourself?
I was back then. I played trumpet and I played bass guitar in the jazz band. Every now and then I would join up with different groups on campus, and I played in a band when I was a pre-doctoral student here. We got fired from a couple of gigs here on campus. We were not good but we had a lot of passion.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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