Political Prognosticating, 2016-style

2/24/2016:

Stepping out on a limb here. HRC will be the Democratic Party’s nominee. The Bern won’t be felt by enough people. It’s over. Sorry about that!

Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. Natural, almost inevitable, consequence of the last nine years. Sorry about that too!

Happy to explain my reasoning. Discuss if you must. I’m moving on to stuff that’s still in doubt.

#thereIsaidit!

I later provided more context in the comments:

One of the things I loved about my Williams experience was empirical political science. At the time, the Roper Center was located on campus, and I got to use all their polling data to test theories from a statistical point of view. It made it more “real” and less theoretical for me. It also had me using computers which I loved then and now. In this case, I’m just reading the tea leaves, looking at delegates won, upcoming polls, how the delegates get apportioned, etc. and I don’t see how Bernie can win.

In 2008, I closely followed certain reporters, including Chuck Todd and Nate Silver, and came to understand sometime in March that Obama had the nomination locked up. Even though Hillary was contesting, etc. Despite all the talk about the “super delegates,” there was just no way Obama could lose the nomination at a certain point without totally destroying the Democratic Party.

It’s different this year. I just don’t see how either Hillary or Trump can be beaten.

I should also say that in 1992 I drove home from work to vote for Bill Bradley in the Democratic primary even though the polls had already closed in much of the country, and I knew Bill Clinton was going to be the nominee. So definitely don’t mean to suggest we shouldn’t vote for who we think is best. I do wish we had better choices. And I hope the right decision gets made in November, or heaven help us all!

In some other 2016 Facebook post, I wished aloud that Joe Biden was running, proving I was both ahead of – and behind – the curve.

”To have a great idea, have lots of them.“ – Thomas Edison

My #JazzChurch Oeuvre…

I’ve now hosted #JazzChurch 43 Sundays in a row. What started as a silly idea keeps chugging right along. I once mused that I might run out of music to play, but that sure ain’t happening!

This image features just a few of the album covers containing songs I have played. Please join us 1-4 pm PST Sundays.

https://postbop.com/jazzchurch

Every now and then, something grabs my attention, i.e., catches my eye. I have to stop and take it in. Then I have to pull out my camera, do some quick calculations, visualize the final product, and snap a few pictures.

In the old days, I’d be using a bulky SLR. I’d develop the film and head to the darkroom to make prints.

Nowadays, I whip out my iPhone! Everything else is pretty much the same, save the smell of chemicals. I now do my visualizing in color instead of black and white.

This morning I noticed some flowers on the dining room table. Really nice flowers!!

#StillWorkingOnIt!

#JazzChurch 43 – Sunday, February 21, 2021

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#jazzchurch 43 – Sunday, February 21, 2021 – featured music by Abdullah Ibrahim, Charles Mingus, Bennie Maupin, Miles Davis, Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson, and Michael Brecker, among others shown below:

  1. Sister Cheryl (Tony Williams)
  2. Good Morning (Robert Glasper)
  3. African Market Place (Abdullah Ibrahim)
  4. Humpty Dumpty (Akio Sasajima feat. Joe Henderson)
  5. From the Lonely Afternoons (Wayne Shorter)
  6. All Blues (Herbie Hancock)
  7. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charles Mingus)
  8. Rhythm Man (Do Not Disturb) (Bebop & Beyond)
  9. Little Sunflower (Phil Ranelin)
  10. Vildgolia (Deaf, Dumb & Blind) (Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson)
  11. Waltzin’ In (Freddie Redd)
  12. The Jewel In the Lotus (The Bennie Maupin Quartet)
  13. Early Reflections (The Bennie Maupin Quartet)
  14. Inner Sky (The Bennie Maupin Quartet)
  15. The Glide (Oregon)
  16. Seven Steps To Heaven (Miles Davis)
  17. The Nearness of You (Michael Brecker)
  18. Aisha (Sfjazz Collective)
  19. Easy Now (Orrin Evans)
  20. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (Michael Brecker)
  21. So Near, So Far (Miles Davis)
  22. Tuskeegee #626 (Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson)
  23. Racetrack in France (Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson)
  24. Joshua (Miles Davis)
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I Write to Learn What I Think

They say the first draft is shit, so just put a whole lot of whatevers out there because you’re going to rewrite it anyway.

Not that I believe what “they” say, right?

I make mistakes. Sometimes they’re doozies! Which contradicts the idea there are no mistakes. I mean, if you learn something, was it a mistake?

Blah. Blah. Blah.

So here’s the deal. I post a lot of links to articles I read. Sometimes I even write a post myself. [I do love to write, you know.] Most of the time, if I post something, it’s because what I read or saw resonated with me in some way.

So what I learned recently was (besides the fact I start way, waay too many sentences with the word, “so.”)

So what I learned recently was some people (on my team? colleagues?) feel I’m hypocritical. They seem to think I post ideas that I don’t do myself. I don’t live up to what I post.

Seriously, people? I mean, “REALLY?”

When this criticism first danced across my brainwaves, I was like…

So I have this rule. Never, under any frakkin’ circumstances, never, ever be defensive. About anything! It just makes things worse. Including making other people defensive too.

So I hear the criticism, and I’m like, ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Apparently, yes, serious!

Here’s the thing. If I post something, it’s because it resonated with me. It made me think. Usually, it made me think about myself and what I don’t do. Or what I need to do more of. How I need to learn how to do exactly THAT thing described in the article or thoughts in sharing! Ya dig?

Man, I can hardly fathom the idea that I can’t share a thought unless I’m a perfect representative of that idea? That’s like, don’t you ever, in your whole life, ever. post. anything!

The good news? You know there’s gotta be some good news, right?

The good news is the feedback came with the suggestion, “I think you should keep posting, keep sharing.” Yeah, right, don’t let this little bit of whatever seep into your tiny pea-brain. Keep posting. Just know that some people think you are a total, complete, 100 percent, YEAH, PHONY!!! That is all.

Which right about now, 393 words into this rough draft, has me feeling like, “maybe I should rewrite before letting an editor look at this?” Because, they’re going to think this is shit and, by all the evidence presented herein, I’m shit and can’t write. Which is not what I want them – not to mention YOU – to think.

Still, I have this goal of writing 500 words a day, and I’m already up to 465. And, just so you know, the number “465” is considered a word. And now I’m all the way up to, well not exactly, but almost up to just about, let’s see, yes, 493 words. [It was 500 words, but, you know, editing!]

The end!


Note: I originally shared this three years ago (2/21/2018). It still feels right. I’ve since decided the title is where I’m at. I write as part of the process of figuring out what I think about things or what makes sense to me. That’s always been true. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: your mileage may vary!

I invite you to disagree with me. Hell, I may not even agree with me and I just wrote it! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thanks!

#IWantMyTubmans!!!

Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Redesign to be Accelerated by Biden Administration - The New York Times

I purchased a calendar and coffee table book based on my old posts, demonstrating there just might could be a benefit to posting on Facebook almost every day for 10+ years! :-)

@kbuddyartist: “A squirrel and a cardinal in a standoff over the last sunflower seed” -@briancarterKC

The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at age 90. “Because I think I’m making progress,” he replied.

We must move beyond learning the tune to playing the song and then on to making music together.

#JazzChurch 42 – Music of Chick Corea – Sunday, February 14, 2021

Note: See RIP Chick Corea for a little of my story about experiencing Chick’s music.


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#jazzchurch 42 – Sunday, February 14, 2021 – featured some of my favorite music by Chick Corea:

  1. Vulcan Worlds (Chick Corea)
  2. Spain (Chick Corea)
  3. Children’s Song (Chick Corea)
  4. 500 Miles High (Chick Corea)
  5. Return To Forever (Chick Corea)
  6. Crystal Silence (Chick Corea)
  7. Sorceress (Return To Forever)
  8. The Romantic Warrior (Return To Forever feat. Chick Corea)
  9. Waltse For Dave (Chick Corea)
  10. No Mystery (Return To Forever feat. Chick Corea)
  11. Interplay (eturn To Forever feat. Chick Corea)
  12. Celebration Suite Part II (Return To Forever feat. Chick Corea)
  13. Song To John, Part 1 (Stanley Clarke feat. Chick Corea)
  14. Song To John, Part 2 (Stanley Clarke feat. Chick Corea)
  15. Quartet No.1 (Chick Corea)
  16. Quartet No.3/Quartet No.2 (Chick Corea)
  17. Part 2 (Chick Corea)
  18. Windows (Chick Corea)
  19. Humpty Dumpty (Chick Corea)
  20. Terrain (Chick Corea Quartet)
  21. If I Should Lose You (Harvey Mason, Chick Corea & Dave Carpenter)
  22. Waltse For Dave (Chick Corea, Harvey Mason)
  23. Tones for Joan’s Bones (Chick Corea)
  24. On Green Dolphin Street (Chick Corea)
  25. Inner Urge (Joe Henderson feat. Chick Corea)
  26. Alice In Wonderland (Chick Corea Trio)
  27. Do You Ever (Return To Forever feat. Chick Corea)
  28. The Endless Night (Return To Forever feat. Chick Corea)
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RIP Chick Corea

I first encountered Chick Corea in 1975. I had moved to Albany, NY, for a job in the State Assembly. I’m not sure how I first heard it, but “Vulcan Worlds” from the “Where Have I Known You Before” album by Return To Forever featuring Chick Corea became my song. Written by the band’s bassist, Stanley Clarke, it makes sense I would love it!

My wife and I went to see RTF at Russell Sage College in Troy. We arrived a bit early and walked to a store to get some soda (obviously Coke in my case). The concert started just as we were walking toward the auditorium through fog and mist. I loved hearing the first notes of Vulcan Worlds as we approached and settled into our seats! It was magic, and the concert did not disappoint!

We went to see Chick Corea perform duets with Herbie Hancock at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (or SPAC). Herbie introduced a song by saying they were going to make their pianos talk to each other. It was thrilling. We couldn’t hear the precise words, but it was a conversation in every way.

The next morning, I took a flight to NYC, and guess who was on the plane? Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea!! I got to tell them how much I enjoyed the concert the night before, especially the conversation between the pianos. I’ll always carry the smile on Chick’s face with me!

There was also a duet concert at SPAC featuring Chick and Gary Burton. When they came back out after a standing ovation following the set, Chick said something like, “Encore? What should we play?” My friend Reggie and I, without prompting or coordination, both stood up in our second-row seats, cupped our hands over our mouths, and shouted, SPAIN at the top of our lungs! Maybe we weren’t the only ones (we were first!!), and perhaps that was the obvious choice, but our very loud wishes came true.

We saw different RTF incarnations when we lived in NYC and saw Chick in San Francisco and twice here in Seattle. I subscribed to his online instruction channel for awhile.

Even though I saw Chick Corea perform live on many occasions, it’s his recorded music that reverberates through my being after years of incessant listening. I loved and will continue to love his many recordings, including new music I’m just discovering.

It has been wonderful to read all the thoughtful reflections on his life as a musician, friend, and person. There are a lot of lessons there. He lived a great life, one that can inspire all of us to live our lives to the fullest and to help others along the way. I love that idea.

Thanks for the music and your life of inspiration, Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea. RIP as you return to forever.


Note: #JazzChurch 42 episode (2/14/2021) featured some of Chick Corea’s music and performances that have resonated with me over the years.

Summer is coming! 🌨🏂🏔☃️

#JazzChurch 41 – Sunday, February 7, 2021

#jazzchurch 41 – Sunday, February 7, 2021 – featured music by John Coltrane, Betty Carter, Chet Baker, Tank and The Bangas, Erykah Badu, and Sade, among others shown below:

  1. Dahomey Dance (John Coltrane)
  2. I Love Music (Betty Carter)
  3. Hello Sunshine (Maceo Woods & The Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir)
  4. Ostinato (Suite For Angela) (Herbie Hancock)
  5. Neverend (Joshua Redman)
  6. Via Mwandishi (Christian McBride)
  7. Nubian Queen (Cornelius Claudio Kreusch - Black Mud Sound)
  8. India (John Coltrane)
  9. Go (Wayne Shorter)
  10. Weak (Gretchen Parlato)
  11. Obsequious (Alex Sipiagin, Boris Koslov, Antionio Sanchez & Adam Rogers)
  12. Arboretum (Tony Williams)
  13. Funk In Deep Freeze (Chet Baker)
  14. Boxes And Squares (Tank And The Bangas)
  15. Move On Up (Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio)
  16. Think Twice (Erykah Badu featuring Roy Hargrove)
  17. Appletree (Erykah Badu)
  18. Boogie Nights/All Night (Erykah Badu)
  19. Ana Maria (Wayne Shorter)
  20. Au Rêve (Cassius)
  21. Maureen (Sade)
  22. Funk Is Here to Stay (Amp Fiddler)
  23. You’ll Know When You Get There (Herbie Hancock)

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bbebop · #JazzChurch 41 - Sunday, February 7, 2021
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You cannot get educated by this self-propagating system in which people study to pass exams, and teach others to pass exams, but nobody knows anything.

You learn something by doing it yourself, by asking questions, by thinking, and by experimenting. 🧠.
Prof. Richard Feynman

Once upon a time, while walking across Central Park South, a small crowd of people was standing in front of one of the hotels. As I passed by, the man standing in the middle and I made eye contact. We gave each other “the nod” often shared among black men in public. I smiled as I continued across town. That man was Muhammad Ali!

I’ll guess that was around 1982-3. I got to shake his hand a few years later when Ali was leaving a South Street Seaport restaurant I was about to enter.

#NewYorkStories

This Ain't QAnon, Baby!

The most familiar Q is portrayed by John de Lancie. He is an extra-dimensional being of unknown origin who possesses immeasurable power over time, space, the laws of physics, and reality itself, being capable of altering it to his whim.

Wikipedia

Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes (born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902)

I love this bit about humor:

“Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it… what you wish in your secret heart were not funny, but it is, and you must laugh. Humor is your own unconscious therapy. Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.”.
Langston Hughes

Also see 10 Poems By Langston Hughes You Should Know - Kentake Page

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Library Day, February 1, 2019.

I used to observe the first Friday of most months as a #LibraryDay (described below). Here’s a journal entry from two years ago. Maybe I’ll get to do this again later in 2021?


I’m at the library because, yes, it’s #LibraryDay!!! This one is a little different. I brought all the paper and stuff that’s accumulated on my work surfaces over the past month, and I’ve yet to really go through them. I have handled some stuff in my “action” folder, but that’s about it.

What have I been doing? Literally, just getting caught up on things I need to do, have intended to do, and just haven’t done. A whole bunch of them. Mostly in Word, email, Slack, web apps. A lot of “processing” and “editing,” etc. It feels very, very good. And productive.

I need to find more time – especially during working hours – to do. exactly. this. So do we all!

Here’s something else: Don’t you just love epiphanies? Especially the kind about that thing you did that was oh so successful, and now you realize that it wasn’t. Or that it would have been, could have been, so much better if you hadn’t had your head up your arse?

Yeah, it’s #LibraryDay, and I just had yet another one of those!!!

I think that means, among other things, that I’m still here and, hopefully, still learning…

#ILoveEpiphanies!
#BringItOn
#KeepOnPushing (that’s for John Gaines!)
#ideasfor2019!

On this day six years ago, I dropped in on my former bandmates. I had played with them almost every Saturday morning for twenty years before moving to Tacoma. They were playing Cannonball Adderley’s “Exodus.” Nice tune, and hard!

Listening to them wrestle with Exodus helped me realize that I can play hard tunes even when I think I can’t. We can do more than we think we’re capable of.

That’s a lesson I learned again in 2020!

#JazzChurch 40 - Sunday, January 31, 2021

#jazzchurch 40 – Sunday, January 31, 2021 – featured music by the SFJAZZ Collective, Archie Shepp & Jason Moran, Charles Lloyd, Earth, Wind & Fire, and John Abercrombie, among others:

  1. ETA (Lee Pardini)
  2. Your Turn (Live) (SFJAZZ Collective)
  3. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Archie Shepp & Jason Moran)
  4. Go Down Moses (Charles Lloyd Quartet)
  5. Human (Shai Maestro, Philip Dizack, Jorge Roeder & Ofri Nehemya)
  6. Hymn to Freedom (feat. Ed Thigpen & Steve Wallace) (Oliver Jones)
  7. In the Kitchen (Cedar Walton, Christian McBride, Javon Jackson & Jimmy Cobb)
  8. Dindi (Harvey Mason, Brad Mehldau & Larry Grenadier)
  9. Overjoyed (Danilo Perez)
  10. Modus Operandy (Michael Brecker Quindectet)
  11. Pepe Linque (feat. Glen Rich Moore) (Oregon)
  12. A Little Sweeter (Rodney Kendrick)
  13. Clear Cut Boogie (Sonny Rollins)
  14. When It Was Now (Weather Report)
  15. Fortress Around Your Heart (Sting)
  16. Fantasy (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  17. Brazilian Rhyme (Interlude) (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  18. Brazilian Rhyme (Interlude) (Earth, Wind & Fire) Yes, played twice!!!
  19. Brazilian Rhyme (aka Ponta de Areia) (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  20. Ponta De Areia (Wayne Shorter)
  21. I Didn’t Know What Time it Was (Buster Williams)
  22. Still (John Abercrombie)
  23. Languta (Hugh Masekela)
  24. Ralph’s Piano Waltz (John Abercrombie)
  25. East of the Sun (West of the Sun) (Joshua Redman)
  26. Sisyphe (Colin Vallon, Patrice Moret & Julian Sartorius)
  27. Nachiketa’s Lament (Charles Lloyd)

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bbebop · #JazzChurch 40 - Sunday, January 31, 2021
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There’s beauty all around us!

What have you noticed?

I apparently thought this was funny five years ago…

I had some time before my bass lesson yesterday (teacher talked me out of throwing in the towel!) and went to Starbucks. I was sitting next to a couple of ladies who were having a meeting about upcoming children’s dance recitals. My ears perked up when they started talking about Donald Trump. They seemed to think he’s a breath of fresh air, but one of them also said if he’s elected she’s moving to Canada.

Me? Staying in the great PNW to avoid the zika virus (in case I get pregnant). Spending more time in the shed (trying to prove my bass teacher right). Praying for a little sanity (and more good wine).

The country is more divided than any time since the civil war and I don’t see anything on the horizon that’ll bring us together. Maybe a truly bad president to go along with our truly bad congress. Maybe that’ll motivate millennials to take control of their country?

ymmv…

etc., etc., blah. blah. blah., inter alia.