Friday, August 29, 2008

ballade

They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
charlie parker (b. 29 august 1920 - d. 1955) saxophonist and composer

after four nights of being glued to the tube watching the democratic national convention, I'm experiencing some odd type of television hangover this morning. we had a few friends over last night in order to watch obama's speech and to make a real celebration of the historical event. what a good idea that was! but maybe it's not a tv hangover I'm experiencing.....

up until last night I watched the convention on pbs - but last night we switched over and watched on c-span.... I'm a little disappointed that I hadn't watched on c-span all along. although I would have missed some good interviews that pbs conducted at various intervals during their coverage - I particularly enjoyed the interviews with michelle obama, walter mondale and jimmy carter. last night c-span aired these mini-speeches that were given by regular folk about why they were voting for obama and why it is so important for the country to have obama as our next president. these people's stories were powerful and reinforced the destructive nature of the bush administration on the everyday lives of ordinary americans over the last nearly eight years.

speaking of destruction today is the third anniversary of katrina. as we all know the storm's destructiveness was made so much worse by the bush administration. first of all, for five years the administration ignored warnings by experts that unless steps were taken to repair the crumbling infrastructure of the levee system in louisianna, incredible death and destruction would occur if the area was hit by a major storm. well, a major storm did hit and it's name was katrina. the levee system did exactly what the experts said it would do with the occurrence of a storm that size - it broke. after the storm, the bush administration response was so slow and incompetent it might have been funny in a keystone cops type of way, if the results weren't so tragic. have we learned from katrina? I sure hope so... with a new hurricane season bearing down on us, I expect a lot of us are holding our breathe, crossing our fingers, and praying that there will never again be another katrina....

and I cross my fingers and pray that never again will we have to withstand the storms of another administration like the one under president like gwb .... no to mcsame, whoops I mean mccain....go obama!


coleman (bean) hawkins and charlie (bird) parker sail through 'ballade' in a pitch corrected version (F).


photos: sax player as seen from atop the centre pompidou, paris; 'bird lives' sculpture by robert graham, kansas city, missouri

12 comments:

Megan said...

As I commented elsewhere, I am so happy I took Randi Rhodes' advice and switched to CSPAN.

What a great speech last night.

Fight the good fight there in Ohio, sister.

P.S. Great picture of the sax player, btw...

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Hawkins and Bird brighten any day.

R.L. Bourges said...

oh that is a great shot! (and can't wait for youtube to back up over here so I can listen to the clip.)

re Obama: bet they must have been pretty happy in Kisumu, also. I would have loved to see some reactions from over there.

Thanks for the reminder about Katrina, petite souris. N.O. was one of our favorite spots when we travelled through the States. nola.com did excellent coverage through the whole tragedy, and continues to provide great coverage on the area, if anyone wants to know how things are going over there.

dennis said...

Dennis liked this post. The whole Katrina tragedy ... Dennis prays that Obama will be our next President.

tut-tut said...

I agree with Dennis about Obama.

We have many people here in Chatt who evacuated three years ago, and have stayed on.

Great photos, so beautiful. And you always pick just the right music.

Squirrel said...

woke up this morning thinking on these things.
great pics as always Kim!

Squirrel said...

Nyackers adopted dozens of Katrina dogs-- some are still ill (lots had serious foot problems from being so long in toxic water) a local group went down with vans and brought back the dogs. The government was so freaking slow to do almost nothing for the people of NOLA.

Ernest de Cugnac said...

Others have said it, but who cares? That *is* an exceptional photograph.

lettuce said...

yea, i don't care either - its a wonderful photo - outstanding, even tho your photos are always so good

:)

i really like the Bird statue too

mouse (aka kimy) said...

megan - thanks actually your post gave me the idea of checking out cspan!!

junk - right on that....

rlb - we're keeping a close eye on a new hurricane named gustav... keep your fingers crossed.

dennis - lots of prayers going up with that hope!

tut -thanks...

squirrel - I met lots of people over the last few years who came up to settle in cleveland after katrina.... not much worry here in terms of hurricanes, but of course there are other worries. I don't know about if there was a resettlement of refugee dogs here

ernie & lettuce....thanks so much! I love shadow play! unfortunately the photo of the bird statue isn't very good - I have one really cool close up of the statue - but I couldn't find it...the pics were taken with film, so.....

hard to believe charlie parker died at such a young age considering the tremendous impact he had on jazz....

R.L. Bourges said...

yé! youtube is back!

that was smooth and mellow-dious. Thanks.

bitchlet said...

This makes me think of the flood here in India in the state of Bihar because of the river Kosi flowing in from Nepal.

The administration could have saved so much if they'd done things differently.