Now associated with Christmas, this was originally written for and performed at Easter, so I’m trying to reclaim it.
I posted about vegetarianism at the beginning of Lent, and after some reflection over the past few weeks I’m adding fish back into my diet (which I’d always planned to do), but am probably going to try to go otherwise meatless, although I’m not going to be a stickler about it if I know sufficient information about how the animal lived. However, this all won’t start until after today, because I have lamb to cook for Easter dinner and guests coming over.
I’ll start with one of my favorite arias (Vesti la giubba, Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci), and one that offers a high degree of lyricism. I’ll include a brief description, by wikipedia, to give some context to what’s going on. The tenor, Pavarotti, doesn’t need an introduction.
Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury is organized around the Triduum. The first chapter, Benji’s, is set on Holy Saturday, and that perfectly suits Benji’s longing for Caddie and the stark absence of her, always so present to him. The second chapter, Quentin’s, is out of time (in that it takes place years early, and not the weekend everything else does), and of course that fits with the subjects of that chapter. The third, Jason’s, is Good Friday, fitting for a chapter that highlights Jason’s essentially murderous rage. And the fourth, ambiguous as it may be, is Easter.
I mention this because it helps explain my song choices for the day. Holy Saturday is about the absence of God, about loss and longing. Along with that, I think it’s a fine time for songs that are playful regarding religion and Jesus or express less than orthodox takes on the subject. Of course, that means there are too many possible choices that could be fun, but the following are a few I picked out.
First, Hayes Carll (performing in Chicago) and She Left Me for Jesus:
Seeing as it is a Holy weekend, I thought it would be fun to run with a Jesus theme.
Here’s a couple of my favorites:
Bigger Than Jesus- By the Caulfields. These guys were pretty big in the Mid-Atlantic region when I was in school at Delaware circa 1995. This song, in particular was played on the local radio quite a bit. I have always loved the line: “It’s never good to be understood by a girl in acid-wash.” I couldn’t agree more…and I speak from experience.
So the DOJ complied with the demand for an answer on the administration’s stance on judicial review. I’ve heard it said that when it comes to egos, judges are about as bad as it gets. Situations like this reinforce that stereotype rather well. Anyone think this will have any effect beyond just election-year messaging for Obama?
Few would quarrel with President Barack Obama’s point that the Republican Party has drifted to the right in recent years, disavowing ideas it once embraced — even created. But making that case in a major campaign speech, Obama ignored realities in his own Democratic ranks….if Republicans have moved to the right on health care, it’s also true that Obama has moved to the left. He strenuously opposed a mandate forcing people to obtain health insurance until he won office and changed his mind.
Calling this “a move to the left” is simply stupid and incompetent. There is really no nicer explanation. Claiming — in an effort to defend against Obama’s pushback against the lazy media narrative that assumes both sides are equivalent — that Obama is being unfair, the AP demonstrates how desperate they are to hang on to that story. The idea that the partisan problems of the last 3 years are because the Dems, like the Republicans, have become more ideologically extreme is to ignore reality. If the media insists upon claiming the Dems are far left, simply because the Republicans are far right, and thus that the answer is that both sides have to move to the middle or be out of step, we apparently cannot have an intelligent and realistic look at American politics.
When Ross Douthat says “cynical,” his definition includes “conforming your proposed policy to the stated preferences of the other side’s moderates, so as to make passage of the bill easier.” If that’s cynicism, what counts as Machiavellian? Telling voters that the other candidate isn’t as great as you are?
Circa 1990, my high school band, Culture Shock, went into a studio to record a demo. It was really just a converted basement in the home of the guy who was currently teaching my drummer (I was playing guitar in that band.) Being teenage musicians the first thing we wanted to know was who was “the best drummer” in his opinion. I don’t know why there is almost a genetically imposed fascination for all teen musicians to ask every elder musician for some sort of artistic ranking/hierarchy. As years go on, most musicians learn that the question is kind of silly (really just a matter of personal taste), and in most cases as we all get more opinionated, the question becomes one which it’s learned is much better avoided because it only leads to arguments, insults and the like. But I suppose when we’re young and looking for guidance in our beginning stages of artistic growth, it makes sense as an exploratory probe into the minds of the players, teachers and peers who we respect, and some potential artists that we might want to look into.
Anyways, I remember that Ken mentioned two drummers specifically who I had never heard of: Terry Bozio, and Vinnie Colauita. They had both played with Zappa, who at the time I hadn’t learned to appreciate, and were currently playing with Amy Grant, and Sting, respectively. I had zero interest in Amy Grant (gag) so hung onto Vinnie’s name until Sting released the album “Ten Summoner’s Tales.” Sting (like Zappa) has a great reputation for drummers. Stewart Copeland, Omar Hakim, Trilok Gurtu and Vinnie. When I finally heard Vinnie play, I was astounded.