“We cannot have a fair prosperity in isolation…”

“[W]e cannot have a fair prosperity in isolation from a fair society…. We must not surrender to the relentless medical inflation that can bankrupt almost anyone…Let us insist on real controls over what doctors and hospitals can charge, and let us resolve that the state of a family’s health shall never depend on the… size of a family’s wealth.”
1980 Ted Kennedy

Bag News Notes

I Didn’t care for this song when I was a kid, but I like it now.

Les Paul

Les Paul has died. 94 is a nice long life…I’m still sorry to see him go.

Story at Huffington Post

Note the Chihuahua in the background trying to sleep on the lounge chair.

Out of a documentary.

And this is funny. And fun.

Les Paul’s death and looking at the old Les Paul and Mary show and seeing the old Listerine ad and remembering how Listerine had to change its marketing claims, reminded me of the old pHisoHex and how good it smelled, then was taken off the market as a suspected carcinogen, then was found to be not, but still can’t be …purchased in the states. But can be in Australia. Anyway, as a kid I liked the smell of it.

Get Happy

The whole performance is grand but 1:16-1:32 picks you up and flings you into a whole other stratosphere. Amazing what she could pack into 16 seconds. 16 seconds! Doesn’t hurt that the set design is out of this world and all is framed by very nice camera work that takes a deceptive back seat. I’ve watched it a number …of times this evening and am far from tired of it.

They stood at the river, waiting for Colonel Bruce Hampton to pick them up and carry them to the other side

“…in Hoogie Boogie Land there is no war, there is no hate, can you relate? So take us Sparky. Take us where we want to be.”

And then, of course, you will want to watch the interview.

“Stop that,” the Colonel said, and rode on, exhibiting only a trace of embarrassment.

(Actually, one of the more brilliant theatrical music performances I’ve ever witnessed was a rambling Bruce Hamptonthon at the Moonshadow with the Late Bronze Age. Jerry Fields, Ricky Keller, Bill Hatcher. And Bruce pontificating. Marty remembers he was laying on the floor laughing and Jerry Fields ended up at our table, doubled over, he was laughing so hard. And I was laughing so hard that I accidentally set my shirt on fire with an unnoticed cigarette ash. I doused myself and no one was the wiser.)

Update: Ooops. It occurs to me that you may not look at the Youtube pages and see the videos are for a band called Complete. Nothing to do with Bruce. I was just free associating.

Ride the Time Machine

What fun. BoingBoing points to the below Atlanta access DANCE-O-RAMA bit o’ episode from the early 1980s in which RuPaul teaches all how to dance the Timothy Leary inspired “Freakout!” to The Glass Family’s “I’m Losing it”. I’ve not seen anything this funny in a while.

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A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall (declassified)

I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard

A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall, declassified
A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall, declassified
2006
20 w by 24 in h
Digital Painting with photo collage elements by Juli Kearns,
Copyright © 2006 Juli Kearns
Based on a photo from the Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project.

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A girl performs on the accordion at a talent show at the Hanford Theater in 1944. I don’t know why, but this image proved to be particularly moving, perhaps because of my having been trained musically as a child in Richland (and after), and my life-long association with music through my producer/keyboardist husband. While working on it, I listening to Bob Dylan’s classic, “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall”, because, though Dylan says the song is not about rain from atomic fallout, the lyrics are appropriate enough–as they are appropriate for all warfare–and spoke to a future horizon that was being projected by Hanford those few years before Nagasaki. Not that war before Fat Man and Little Boy was any less horrific.

But Fat Man and Little Boy were undeniable game changers.

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