John Lewis’ Good Trouble (Vid of the Day)

Our featured clip’s setup, as it appears over @YouTube…

“Founders Sing took a break from making parody videos to create an original song in honor of John Lewis. It was inspired by the powerful phrase he coined, “Good Trouble.” Now let’s all cause more Good Trouble by speaking up for justice… and VOTING!”

My kudos to Founders Sing for composing such an influential, soul searching, rallying Anthem!

R.I.P. John Lewis! While there’s much of your work, yet, to be done, your lifetime of activism and “good trouble” advocacy has afforded society a substantial starting point. The sturdy foundation you built and forward thinking you inspired will (hopefully soon) see to fruition, your vision for a unified world.

 

Stay Safe at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Soul of Our Nation… Our World

The late John Lewis… Civil Rights Leader / U.S. Representative… authored an essay, which he intended to be made public upon his death. Actor / director Morgan Freeman’s oration honors both the man and his wishes, via this video presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time To Play Family Feud! (Vid of the Day)

For starters, in the event that, someday, some Trumpian Executive Order purges YouTube of all content, which mocks him, let’s excerpt just one of our featured, vintage clip’s comedic gems… where Larry David, in the role of Senator Bernie Sanders, forewarns…

“Look, Senator Clinton is the prune juice of this election. She might not seem that appetizing but if you don’t take her now, you’re gonna be clogged with crap for a very long time.”

 

Saturday Night Live Cast:

Kenan Thompson ~ Steve Harvey
Kate McKinnon ~ Kellyanne Conway
Margot Robbie ~ Ivanka Trump
Bobby Moynihan ~ Gov. Chris Christie
Beck Bennett ~ Vladimir Putin
Larry David ~ Sen. Bernie Sanders
Cecily Strong ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda
Melissa Villaseñor ~ Sarah Silverman
Darrell Hammond ~ XXX POTUS Bill Clinton

That said, if you haven’t already done so, let’s click playback to play Family Feud… and laugh our butts off. But, do stick around for the reality check that follows… especially if you’re an American voter, who assumes Joe Biden is a shoo-in.

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When the above, Saturday Night Live sketch was first posted, way back on October 2, 2016, it was so easy to LOL at the very notion of Donald J. Trump ever defeating Hillary Clinton.

Little doubt, Clinton, who was thought to be on the fast track to the Oval Office, was laughing, too. But, in the end, Trump got the last laugh. Such a monumentally unfunny outcome doth remind us of Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare… i.e., his moral which addresses the issue of overconfidence, thusly…

“Don’t brag about your lightning pace, for
Slow and Steady won the race!” [read more]

Of course, a more apt description of Trump would be Slow and UN-Steady / UN-Stable.

Anyway, we can only hope that Biden’s poll numbers, which predict he’ll trounce Trump, have not resulted in anyone’s overconfidence, especially the voters’.

Granted, the polls are probably correct, but, taking Donny for granted is always dangerous. How dangerous is it?

Just ask shrink and author Mary Trump. Her recently published tell-all, right in the title, itself, characterizes her unfunny Uncle Donny as the “World’s Most Dangerous Man”. The purpose of her exposé is edification on a level that’s veritably Aesopian. More to the point, it’s fair to assume Dr. Trump isn’t laughing.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

Must See AOC (Vid of the Day)

New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks, below, are representative of the entire content found within her spot-on, Must See speech; where, within ten minutes, she proceeded to call out the rude, profane, sexist conduct / language of her NSFW (not safe for work / world) “colleague” Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)…

“I do not need Representative Yoho to apologize to me. Clearly he does not want to. Clearly when given the opportunity he will not. And I will not stay up late at night waiting for an apology from a man who has no remorse over calling women and using abusive language towards women.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash summed up AOC’s speech, thusly…

“That was brilliance, grace, intelligence and complete dedication to what justice, equality and dignity in the United States looks like.”

Everyone, in particular males, must listen / take to heart everything that Ms. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has to say… must say.

 

 

 

 

 

Spanning Genres / Generations (Vid of the Day)

I’ve spent an entire lifetime being open-minded to genres and generations spanning, new-to-me music…

Starting with my 4-year-old, younger self tracking down Johann Strauss’ ¾ time Blue Danube Waltz on my bygone, monaural Zenith, bedroom record player.

Winding up with my 3 score and “change”, much older self discovering Phoebe Bridgers’ upbeat performance of Kyoto, on my living room TV (during last night’s Stephen Colbert Late Show).

The very best part of such musical adventures now becomes sharing the latter track with you. Enjoy!

 

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Patricia Tiu’s Heartbreaking Narrative (Vid of the Day)

It’s exasperating how some people fail to take the pandemic seriously. Their inexcusable, contemptible conduct has been inclusive of throwing pandemic parties (where the party animals’ intent is to deliberately spread COVID-19) and throwing tantrums when Governors issue statewide orders to wear masks in public.

One wonders if their alleged minds would change, were they to happen by to give a listen to our selfless hero, New York nurse Patricia Tiu? Within our Vid of the Day, she relates her horrifying, frontline accounts of the oft lost, life and death battles, transpiring within COVID-19 ICUs, worldwide.

Just thinking about all the endless heartbreak, I can barely hold back my tears. While I’d like to think that everyone could react in a similar manner, keeping in mind my lead paragraph, I’m not holding my breath.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

We are ALL in this together! (Vid of the Day)

 

One mere hour ago, I had the good fortune of discovering Sincerely, K.S.O.’s YouTube channel… to mind meld with her interpretation of the Hollies ballad, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.

Confirmed is what I’ve known all along… namely, a composition, such as this classic, possesses limitless power that can transcend cultural differences, abridge vast distances and even shrink down half a century to scant nanoseconds.

Even now, 50 years after I first heard this musical masterpiece, I’m still impressed, immeasurably, by the haunting mouth harp intro, the soul searching lyrical appeal to humankind to be kind to one another… how these sentiments get emphasized by the passionate, pitch perfect harmonizing lead and backing vocals… all accompanied by the slow tempo, soothing, lavish, orchestral arrangement. In other words…

We are ALL in this together!

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

In the event that you’d like to replay this track in full screen mode…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rainbow hangin’ over our heads…

Throughout the ages, the rainbow has offered humankind the meteorological and metaphorical message that the storm is over. On a personal note, I’ve experienced this natural wonder, in both senses. Hopefully, you’ve felt that awe, too.

Even now, nearly one third of a century later, I can still vividly relive my walk through the cold, drizzling rain on a late October afternoon back in 1988. You see, by default, my family and I were facing down the unenviable, heartbreaking task of “no coding” my terminally ill, wasting away in an ICU father, who’d left no advanced directives.

A half hour later, as we were exiting the hospital and heading for the parking lot… just as I was letting go in my head and heart… conceding that my father’s fate was now in Our Father’s hands… that’s when the sun suddenly broke free of the clouds. I’ve always considered that rainbow the literal and figurative sign from above, that my father’s storm was now over. He died two days later.

Back in the here and now, against the backdrop of our ongoing global crisis, there’s nary an end to a daylight rainstorm that doesn’t divert my eyes upward, ISO that arching refracted sunlight. So far, that rainbow has been elusive. But I do intend to keep on searching… and I hope you do, too.

Till that happens, Kacey Musgraves’ performance of Rainbow… the song she composed along with Shane L McAnally and Natalie Hemby… will offer up some emotional support for you and me.

Beyond that, there is a special coda to her song / my story. Kacey had been a six weeks old newborn back in 1988, the very same year that rainbow had appeared, right on cue, over that hospital parking lot. Who’d have thought her singing about a rainbow, today, would serve as a bookend to that bygone event. But enough about me.

May her promised Rainbow help us weather the storm… keep our hopes alive for the brighter times ahead.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

Catch This Catchy Ellington Tune (Vid of the Day)

Mere moments ago, I opted to play this lively, 80-year-young, Duke Ellington / Bob Russell jazz classic on my piano. Within seconds of keying the final notes, I realized that, with only a minor rewrite of Russell’s lyrics, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore could become a perfect pandemic song.

My next stop was YouTube where I discovered the Avalon Jazz Band’s corona cover, complete with Tatiana Eva-Marie and Mark Buchan’s contemporized lyrics.

Their rendition helped cheer me up. Hopefully it’ll have the same effect on you.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stayin’ Alive / Stayin’ Inside (Vid of the Day)

The jury is still out on the full range of coronavirus’ abilities. Just today, we’re learning how some epidemiologists believe people’s sneezed, coughed and exhaled “droplets” can remain airborne and infectious for far longer periods than previously believed. In other words…

Hazardous to human life conditions can exist even when nobody else is in sight.

With effective vaccine(s) and/or therapeutic(s) still months (maybe even years) away from becoming a reality, our best defense is to…

• Wear our masks whenever we’re in public.
• Only leave home when absolutely necessary.
• Keep on social isolating at all other times.

In other words…

• Follow the noteworthy, lyrical advice presented by vocalist / keyboardist Brent McCollough, guitarist Alex Kilroy and bassist Adrian Laird.

Our eternal thanks and kudos to this life saving band for their Stayin’ Alive / Stayin’ Inside parody!

 

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy…