December 9th, 2019


Charles Mackaye, 'No Enemies'

No Enemies

You have no enemies, you say?
Alas! my friend, the boast is poor;
He who has mingled in the fray
Of duty, that the brave endure,
Must have made foes! If you have none,
Small is the work that you have done.
You’ve hit no traitor on the hip,
You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip,
You’ve never turned the wrong to right,
You’ve been a coward in the fight.

By Charles Mackaye
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Gray's The Day

Wintermortis is setting in.  It is getting grey and wet and cold.  Soon, it will be very, very cold.  I don't think so much about achieving that fabled long trek to the big box stores.  That time has come and gone.  The main reasons I wanted to go was to purchase supplements, and also exhaust a little credit check.  I reckon that I will look to purchasing supplements online.

My long-term headache is not gone, yet I did go the the library, a bit more energetic than I have been for a while.  Returned, and checked out.  They actually had George Harrison live in Japan CD, which surprised even the librarian.  Was looking for Zombies, and Lovin' Spoonful, to no avail.  Also got some DVDs.  Comedies.  Just right for settling into a throw for the night.  When I got home, I decided that I would break the fast, and walk to a store of ill repute and get a bottle of cheap fine wine.  The store no longer had Berringers, (from Argentina), but they did have Lindeman's, (from the area of Australia that is on fire).  I prefer foreign wines because there is less chance of glyphosate, and so on.  Hopefully this bottle does not have Koala embers.

At the store, I also espied some packs of beer sitting oddly alongside grocery items.  "Gray's" dark Oatmeal Stout.  From Janesville, Wisconsin.  I strive to be gluten-free.  Because I really think that things like wheat beer make me more ill.  But, I am a fool for oatmeal stout.  (Even though it includes oatmeal, it is mainly made from wheat).  A dark oatmeal stout is about the most Scottish-style beer one can drink on a grey wintery day.  I was swayed to buy a pack when I saw the price: $5.99.  Hoe.  yeah.  So, I might get really sick again by next week, and maybe for months, but I loves my oatmeal stout.  I think it is important to include alcohol in one's basket of survival supplies when it comes to confronting winter boredom and apocalypse.

As Boney Bear once sang, "This year's self-imposed-exile better last..."

Happy Holidays!

This is good popcorn.

What is, "wintermortis"? I think the definition is self-evident and so shall not belabour the subject. It basically means your bones, circulation, mood, habits, and spirit lock up like a Rabi with rabies, in a little more than a symbolic sense. See also: Summertime butterfly in my kitchen.
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Boswells / Andrews

I did a little online reading today.  One of those days.  One subject: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  It listed early influencers of Rock and Roll.  For example, Nina Simone, who added Bach to the blues.  Other reading lead me to conlcude that the group, the Boswell Sisters, deserved to go in, as well.  They were white sisters who studied classical mx at first, but then moved towards the blues, early jazz, and other New Orleans styles.  According to me, most 20th Century popular music, including rock and jazz, rose out of New Orleans, which also included Cajan and Carribean influences.

The Boswell Sisters, also influenced by a brother, were harmonic singers in the early part of the century.  One of their songs actually named, "rock and roll", in reference to being on a ship at sea.  Or, on the Mississippi.  They became very popular, and were even in movies, including, The Big Broadcast of 1932, with Bing Crosby.  Well, Bing went on to spent a virtual lifetime hooking up in songs and movies with the Andrew Sisters, from Minnesota, who had been completely inspired by the Boswell Sisters.  I also want to note a personal observation.  It seems to me that the Boswell Sisters were influenced by the mid-to-late 1800's "Dance Hall" style of songs, written in England, and carried over to the U.S.A.  THAT is another interesting subject to read about.

Well, then we get to the Andrews Sisters.  I won't get into a discussion of this mega-popular group, who played with every great big band in the 1940's, and did for WW2 what the Boswell Sisters did for WW1.  But I do want to mention one of their now-lesser-known songs from 1950.  It was a song taken form the 1930's, and was a number one hit for the Andrew Sisters.  It was their biggest hit before their disbanding in 1955.

It is, "I Wanna Be Loved."  Listen to it - it is amazingly sensual, for the 1950's.  I see it as being a bridge from the lost 1920-30's to the rising 1950-60's.  It's one of those amazing pearls, like those from Monroe, and early rockers.  It is kind of interesting, though, that it also marked the end of an entire era, and the beginning of the rock and roll, beatnik, hippie era.  I guess it had to be, when, in fact, the new era, was not so different from the 1920-30's, with all it's lasciviousness, and then it's rebellion against the Big MAN.

History does not repeat.  It rhymes.  Thus, it is required that there always be a complete break from the past, so the future can march on.  Only in retrospect do we see the rhymes in what those children believed were revolutions.

It might not seem possible that the Boswell Sisters could have influenced R&R, since they happened so long ago. But the roots of R&R go way back before the phonograph. I think these sisters pulled up a lot of Louisiana sounds which were to to one day become R&R. As usual, it took whites to bring these sounds to the greater population's attention. I don't think it would be too difficult to trace a line between Boswell's and true Rock and Roller's of the 1950's. I think it is 100% probable that they directly influenced R&R, but are not yet seen as doing so, since they are female.