Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Crazy Days

I had planned to step down off my soapbox today and post some obscure, but interesting, bit of history and a few songs to go with it. My good intentions were disrupted once again by the day’s headlines.

Now that the US dollar has dropped below the Canada dollar, it continues it’s freefall toward parity with the Mexican peso. News of GM’s record $39 billion 3rd quarter loss and supermodel Gisele Bundchen’s rejection of payment in US dollars sent the stock market into a tailspin, with the DJIA losing 360 points.

Pat Robertson, the man who blamed the attacks of 9/11 on America’s tolerance of abortion and internet porn, endorses a twice divorced, pro gay rights, cross dresser as the moral majority’s choice as the next president.

A retired AT&T worker says that he helped set up a secret room at one of the NSA’s offices where domestic internet, email, and phone traffic was monitored. This news comes just as Congress is debating giving the telecommunication companies retroactive immunity, while at the same time telling us that no laws were broken.

Is it just me? Or is the daily news just getting a bit too crazy?

Here's a few songs from three of my favorite female folksinger/songwriters.
As good as therapy.

Cheryl Wheeler - Is It Peace or Is It Prozac.mp3

Cindy Kallet - Hang in There.mp3

Cosy Sheridan - Therapy.mp3


Anonymous Richard said...

Ed, if ya think things are crazy now, wait a day or two ... Just grab a copy of Joseph Heller's 'Catch 22' and then try to make an appointment to see Major Major ... but remember you can never make an appointment to see him when he's in; you can only make an appointment to see him when he's out ... he never sees anyone when he's in 'cuz that's when he's out ... great book ... There are a lotta days now when I feel like Yossarian ...

November 08, 2007 12:06 AM  
Anonymous G-Dub said...

It looks like the supermodel story may be false.

The ATT thing seems to be true. I wish it were the other way around.

As for Pat Robertson...It does seem a little out of character for him, but I just can't gin up enough interest in him to care.

I'll just relax and listen to your fine musical offerings.

November 08, 2007 10:16 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Ha! Richard, I suppose I should have made the connection with Yossarian. But if I had then you wouldn’t have left a comment, and I wouldn’t have smacked my forehead for not making the connection….

‘Catch 22’ IS a great book, thanks for reminding us.

November 08, 2007 10:16 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Say it ain’t so, G-dub! If the supermodel story was a fake then what caused the huge sell-off in the market yesterday? ;-)

I don’t believe there are too many folks that give ol’ Pat much thought these days. But I sure would like to be in the room when those two discuss the events of that fateful day.

November 08, 2007 10:32 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

My head is reeling, too, with all this "news," plus a sad story in the Wash. Post the other day that one of DC's finest & most hallowed watering holes, the Childe Harold, has abruptly closed due to excessive rent demands from the building owner. This is the place where Springsteen played for $250 a night before he broke big and Emmylou Harris gigged before he ascent. I spent many happy hours (and Happy Hours) there back in my drinking days....

November 08, 2007 10:56 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

OMG, Greg! The Childe Harold has closed?

Back in the late '70s, I could be found at one of three places: The Childe Harold, the Red Fox Inn, or The Olney Ale House, whiling away many an hour.

November 08, 2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger Black Dog said...

My dear Ed,
Your political and social conscientiousness is driving us to THINK ! This is good.
As for the cross-dressing and the J.Edgar Hoover's dancing in the shadows while Rosencrantz and Guildenstern go creeping in the wings, I vote for Johnny Depp as an alternative cross-dresser (film ED WOOD).
Once I was reading the news in an italian journal and asked how the italians took all the melodrama in the newspaper. My friend replied that it's a question of half truths, a way of seeing things and an escape hatch for all -including the press.
It's not you Ed ! I'm very glad to see you left the analytical couch open. I prefer to see you sitting on the top of the bus as usual.

all thoughts fly... k.

postscriptum : much appreciated the article on the miners and the Rovic's Battle of Blair Mountain. And going back even farther - roving- Merle Haggard is so fine an artist. Really thanks.

November 08, 2007 1:53 PM  
Blogger Jim H. said...

Where's Tom Lehrer these days? We could use a good current-events musical satarist about now, although your selections are excellent, as is your timing.


November 08, 2007 2:40 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Black Dog, I'm not one for the shrink's couch, I prefer to find solace on the river or a bottle shared amongst friends.

November 08, 2007 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Skippy said...

That Cozy Sheridan is WAY better than therapy. What a great artist and song!
Headlines? What headlines?! There for a moment, I didn't even know what CNN or newspapers were!

November 08, 2007 3:22 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Jim, We sure could use a good satirist about now. I believe Tom Lehrer, like many of us, has become fatigued with the scandals and lies. Around 2000 he was asked in an interview if this administration could draw him back into music. His reply was along the lines of ‘I don’t want to sing about them, I want to vaporize them.’

November 08, 2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Skippy, Cozy Sheridan is a long time favorite on the Bus.

November 08, 2007 3:51 PM  
Anonymous john said...

Capitol Steps still keep Washington on it's toes.

November 08, 2007 5:28 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Wow, John! I didn't realize that the Capitol Steps were still around. You’re right, they were always entertaining. Although the Capitol Steps are more Mark Russell-like than the hard-biting Tom Lehrer.

November 08, 2007 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Ed, I think it's time we ALL stepped off the soapbox. It gets you, and most of your audience fired up and pissed off. The Bus is a Musical Bus, and not a Political Bus. I bought a ticket for the Musical Bus, and I want to enjoy my ride. Besides, isn't Music a great way for all of us to escape all of the other crap going on in our lives?

November 08, 2007 7:55 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

But, Dan, didn’t you comment “and as we all know, emotion is what makes music” when I stated I would lift my ban on spiritual music? Judging by the number of comments that the posts about our current political and financial straits generates, I’d say that your fellow riders have some pretty strong emotions on the subject (including your own wonderfully worded comment on unions and the working class at the Blair Mountain post.)

You are right, though, the Bus is about music. I try to stick to historical/musical subjects for these daily posts, but sometimes the daily events stir my own emotions and that comes through in my selection of music.

Now excuse me while I step down off this soapbox, pour myself a stiff drink, and look for inspiration for Friday's post.

November 08, 2007 8:36 PM  
Anonymous john said...

I like you on the soapbox, Ed. Without the big three "forbidden subjects"; Politics, Sex, and Religion, we'd be reduced to some pretty vapid selections in our musical world.

November 08, 2007 8:47 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks, John. I could post some Britney Spears, I understand she has recorded something.

November 08, 2007 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Ed, if I thought for one minute you were serious about that threat, I'd grab the wheel and send you to the back of the Bus till you came to your senses!!

BTW - Great tunes!!

November 09, 2007 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

You're correct, and I'm sorry. Consider my comment a flat tire. It's been repaired, and the Bus is back on the road. Next time, throw me out and have me hitchhike.

November 09, 2007 6:16 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

No apology required, Dan. You made a valid point.

Posting every day, I often find myself without inspiration and must take it where I find it.

I wouldn’t throw anyone from the Bus, but I do appreciate a push when it gets mired in the mud. Thanks for the nudge, Dan.

November 09, 2007 7:42 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Lucy dear, you know I'd sooner give up this seat than post any of that.

November 09, 2007 9:03 PM  
Blogger Hugh said...

I have a bookmark list longer than my arm (it's tricky to measure a drop down bookmark list) and the Bus is right up at the top.Good music, good company.
Here's my fare: Thank You,Sir!

November 10, 2007 7:41 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hugh, that's just the sort of fare that keeps the Bus on the road. Thank you for your kind words.

November 11, 2007 4:47 PM  

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