Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How the 21st Century Ruined Music

 

As an aficionado of the Great American Songbook, the slightest snippet of music can flood my brain with lyrics, even if I’ve caught an instrumental version of the song. I’ve already told the wife I can see the day when I can’t remember any of my children but I’ll be in the corner of the old folks home humming show tunes.

Today I saw a brief clip of Fred Astaire dancing with his last professional partner, Barrie Chase, to an Irving Berlin number he and Ginger Rogers introduced in 1938, Change Partners. It wasn’t before long that I was singing to myself:

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Last weekend, Ray and I went to the Jazz Port Townsend festival, and spent many happy hours listening to awesome jazz in a building that was originally built as a balloon hangar, but never used that way. When not listening to the likes of Hubert Laws, Terrell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Niki Harris, Dee Daniels, and […]

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But I’m okay with that, as long as stuff gets done. More

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Gifted playwright and actor, Sam Shepard has passed away after battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. I think he was one of the few writers who captured the spirit, decadence, and passing of the American west in his plays, screenplays and short stories. Some will remember him for his roles in movies like Days of Heaven (directed […]

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The Trump White House is in a perpetual state of dysfunction and chaos. Trump kicked off the past week with a series of attacks on Jeff Sessions, his Attorney General and long-time loyalist, for recusing himself from the ongoing investigation of Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. There are tricky arguments, pro and con, on whether Sessions should have removed himself the investigation. But nothing can excuse Trump’s barrage of immature and abusive tweets against a key member of his own team. The upshot is an impasse in which Sessions cannot resign and Trump dare not fire him.

The President followed his Sessions tirade with an ill-considered tweet haphazardly announcing a ban on transgender people serving in the military, which everyone from a blindsided James Mattis on down regarded as a gratuitous insult to many transgender soldiers who have served with distinction. His tweet of course carries no legal consequence, but it puts everyone in government in limbo until the President either issues that foolish order or is, once again, talked off the ledge by his few remaining sensible advisors.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Check Your Stance Before You Take a Swing at Trump

 

I kind of like JK Rowling; she always seemed to be a nice, real person and she’s attractive, too. I appreciated that she made untold millions of kids salivate at the thought of reading. I remember taking my kids a couple times to Walmart at midnight to get the latest Potter release (yeah I was a naughty Divorced Dad – sue me) and bringing flashlights so they could start reading it on the way home.

But if you’re going to send a bunch of tweets to your millions of Twitter followers, take a moment and make sure the rant is based on the truth!

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I see in National Review that the majority of Trumps positions wont be appointed at the current rate for 11 years. No problem. Trump should just call up McConnell and tell him the Senate needs to go in for recess for 24 hours. More

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Anthony Scaramucci.

Gen. John Kelly kicked off his tenure as White House Chief of Staff with a bang, booting recently named Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”

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The downshift in US productivity growth started before the Great Recession. And it didn’t happen in just the US. Those are two factors any explanation needs to grapple with. Check out this table from “Total Factor Productivity in Advanced Countries: A Long-term Perspective” by French researchers Antonin Bergeaud, Gilbert Cette, and Rémy Lecat:

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So according to the highly successful and thriving New York Times the Mooch, also known as Scaraduchee or The Moochinator has been let go just ten days after he rocked our worlds. This was done at the request of the new Chief of Staff. Is this the long awaited for pivot to the general election? […]

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I get a little confused these days when people in these United States find themselves so angry and depressed. Yes, yes, Washington is sick and it sucks. Being, myself, a huge follower of politics since my college days, I find no joy in reading the news anymore. So I don’t. I pretty much can’t stand either party anymore. So, who cares? We may see World War III play out before we pass over to the other side. (By the way, I’m thinking the ‘Heavenly Ricochet Club’ (patent pending) will be quite the hopping spot to be. See you all there. And no admittance to those who didn’t join when they had the chance, while they occupied these vessels we call bodies, on this place we call Earth.) At least big wars create harmony (and great music).

Do you see where I’m going here? Probably not. Well, read on.

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I’m normally pretty distrustful about Canadiana. It is often insincere, often shallow. At its worst, it is pure angry reaction: like Trudeau the elder defining being Canadian as being not American. At its best it is jokes like: Q: How do you get a Canadian to apologize? More

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The title to this post is from an Ann Althouse post analyzing a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statement regarding Russian involvement in the 2016 elections. Here is her complete summary statement: [The DHS] statement has been used to impose an indisputable fact on us, but it’s so weak on its face. A lot of […]

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Well here is what I wrote about a month ago when I cheaply procured “the Podcast Listener” membership: Hi everybody, Long (with Lileks and Robinson in support) finally guilted me into giving Ricochet some money (rightly so) and a shout over to @BossMongo for fueling that fire too. More

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This past week-end I was sitting in my office, gazing at a poster that I had bought in Israel over 40 years ago. It had a mystical quality that moved me, and for the first time I realized that I never figured out the meaning of the Hebrew words above the Jewish man’s head, or […]

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Margaret Hamilton: “I was in need of money at the time, I had done about six pictures for MGM at the time and my agent called. I said, ‘Yes?’ and he said ‘Maggie, they want you to play a part on the Wizard.’ I said to myself, ‘Oh, boy, The Wizard of Oz! That has been […]

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