Our Vid of the Day features the remake / reinvention of the Buffalo Springfield folk/rock classic, For What It’s Worth. The song starter verse…
There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware (read full lyrics here)
Seeing how the ideological landscape worsens globally as I type / as you read this… has been deteriorating at varying rates since time immemorial, now, more than ever, singer / songwriter Stephen Stills’ lyrical admonition still applies. And Oui 3’s acid jazz, hip hop, trip hop cover amply updates / translates his sentiments into the Nineties. Little doubt, as I type / as you read this, someone may already be building upon / updating / ushering all of these above sentiments into the Twenty-Teens… into the rapidly approaching, roaring Twenty-Twenties.
In the past, our Vid of the Day YouTube clips, have typically featured far more pleasant subject matter. Alas, not all in life is pleasant, which leads us to Donald J. Trump’s tainted with racism (10/22/19) Tuesday Tweet…
“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a civil rights activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party (Illinois chapter) responded…
“You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you? Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you. Delete this tweet.”
I’ve deemed it necessary to utilize this venue to register another appropriate response to that Trumpian Tweet, which leads us to our above clip… Billie Holiday’s rendition of Strange Fruit.
By Abel Meeropol
(nom de plume Lewis Allan)
Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolia, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop
First and foremost, I have absolutely no way of proving my following suspicions. Even so, such speculation is worthy of discussion. That said…
The simplest explanation is to dismiss Donald J. Trump’s ill-conceived, ill-timed, bizarre Syrian policy as a monumental blunder of his own making. However…
What if autocrat Vladimir Putin’s meddling into American affairs is not limited only to Election Day? What if he actually ordered Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria?
After all, to destabilize that nation / region, in this manner, has got to be Putin’s fantasy fulfilled. And seeing how both of these despotic dudes have had plenty of clandestine meetings (minus even an American interpreter), Bad Vlad could’ve easily corrupted the always corruptible Donny.
IF THIS IS TRUE… just how many more of Putin’s barked out orders has the Trumpster been following… no questions asked? After all, to destabilize / overthrow America has got to be their shared goal.
Beyond that? One wonders what sort of “doggie treats” this power-hungry Russian feeds his obedient lapdogs?
This being a rainy night in Michigan, it certainly did prove influential in selecting our Vid of the Day. I first heard Brook Benton’s cover of Rainy Night in Georgia on the radio shortly after its December 1969 release date. And appropriately enough, that was on a rainy night, too. Greatly enhancing my listening experience was how an actual rainstorm’s lightening flash and thunder crash had synchronized / mixed in perfectly with the song’s fade to silence… and soon to follow (what else?) several words from the DJ’s sponsors.
Give ‘er a look see / listen… be your weather rain or shine…
Long ago… there was Match Game 1973, 74, 75, etc., where show host Gene Rayburn’s staff writers / comedians introduced us to the mythical / fake, generic Dumb Donald.
In the here and now… well… as it turns out, they almost seem to have been a bit prescient. With regards to our Vid of the Day’s specific question, sans nary an inkling of the actual Trumpster, they did manage to capture his flaws… namely his impulsive nature, low ethics IQ and insanely staunch stance re the NRA / 2nd Amendment… as well as address these current events…
 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ongoing impeachment inquiry.
 Trump’s 10/04/2019 phone chat with House Republicans where he
whined about impeachment being a “bad thing to have on your resume.”
 How Donny just might wind up pounding the pavement ISO a new job.
So… what was on poet Robert Frost’s mind, so long ago? What inspired him to mull over life’s fork in the road? Why was he advocating The Road Not Taken?
Was this his attempt to spare us the hubbub of urbanity’s insanity? To urge us to dance to the beat of a different drummer? To perhaps even deliver a simplified lecture to present his practical application of Quantum Mechanics… i.e., the study of the multiverse of infinite possibilities?
Too heavy a discussion? Yep! No argument here.
Chill out to the wisdom of poet Robert Frost, the calming, dulcet tones of orator John C. Catlin, the divine piano masterpiece, Healing Waters by Olive Musique and the vibrant, autumnal scenes of Mother Nature adorned in her leafy Sunday best.
Oh, btw… if you’d like to share your own interpretations of Frost’s poem, I’m looking forward to reading your observations in the comment section below.