Category Archives: words

language or etymology

Lions With Wings…

is both a symbol of the arbitrary cultural detritus that fifth-gear capitalism expels into the world and also an effortless, obvious merger of the roots-rock then and the arena post-rap now that suggests the conditions for this song to succeed … Continue reading

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Let’s rename the park

Let’s rename the park, for a Black man.We’re all equal, not a sequel.With 2020 hindsight, we’d repair the funkAll the other parks, they want the darkness. We charge the poor to park the car,but we don’t tax the man, and … Continue reading

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‘No Sleep til Brooklyn’ VS ‘Gotta Get Some Sleep’

This is shameful I admit. One is a Beastie Boys still frame where they are wearing rock and roll wigs. The other is Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian in the 1970s, during the era that they produced 17 … Continue reading

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Streb dancers VS hoop dancers

Laura Veirs has a new video featuring a young hoop dancer she met randomly; that remined me of my interest in streb dancing. I don’t do streb dancing, mind you, I just sometimes talk about it.I’m kind of a streb … Continue reading

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Rufus T. Fireball Fingers and their finery

OR, WHEN I HEAR ‘CHIN MUSIC’, I ‘DUCK SOUP’ Been walking around all morning with 10 baseball cards in the pocket of either my Patagonia green vest or my Polo maroon cotton pants, what I call “finery”; “Finery” is a … Continue reading

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The Looters, 2020; or, using Terman to sort racists, proposed

  I woke today (Wednesday, named for Odin a Norse God) reaching first mentally then physically for my Bevington, the Complete Works of Shakespeare, specifically honing in on “The Merchant of Venice” and that line. What is it:If you prick … Continue reading

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Writing about music may be like dancing about architecture—

But mark morris layla on my cellphone is just one more thing draining the battery

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Post-modern exchange with Pam Mandel

Regarding her memoir “Same River Twice” published by Skyhorse Press and distributed by Simon and Schuster. Pam is from Palo Alto, graduated from San Jose State and makes Seattle her home base. Actual title is The Same River Twice: A … Continue reading

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Cutting contest for candidates

I am hereby inviting the 10 Palo Alto City Council candidates to respond to a prompt: on your cell phone, sing a bar, a line or a verse from the song “When You Were Mine”.I will post the results on … Continue reading

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David Shribman says Jim Newton says (about Jerry Brown and E.F. Schumacher)

It wasn’t only Wittgenstein. Newton plumbs the Brown mind, finding traces of E.F. Schumacher, Ivan Illich and Michel Foucault and unearthing the concept of “subsidiarity,” which translates in the political realm to decentralization — the delegation of solutions to those … Continue reading

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