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…

 

 

 

 

 

Catch this Catchy Tune (COVID-Vid of the Day)

Check out Randy Rainbow’s impressive mash up of epidemiological and political science… a.k.a. his parody of the Lee Adams / Charles Strousis composition, Put on a Happy Face.

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Masked! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tales of Two Parodists (Vid of the Day)

In VJ/DJ-speak, our Vid of the Day is what’s know as a twin-spin. Two already accomplished vocalists and rising superstar leading ladies… Ms. Laurie Lehner and Ms. Julia Aks… à la actor Ms. Julie Andrews… perform parodies of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious… as seen in the film, Mary Poppins [read more here]

We start out with StupidCallousFragileRacistSexistNotMyPOTUS (Trump Parody) penned by Lehner, followed by SuperBadTransmittableContagiousAwfulVirus (a Poppins Quarantine song) composed by Daniel Matarazzo.

Full disclosure… Some of you may’ve already viewed our second clip on this site, which I posted back on 05/17/20.

Granted, with a veritable universe of videos to choose from, normally, there’d be little need for encores… BUT

• What about our present-day lives is even “normal” anymore?

• Seeing how it’s especially noteworthy that two women would belt out one melody to drive home two Trump / pandemic era inspired, tell-it-like-it-is perspectives, who could ever resist Ms. Aks’ reprise?

And speaking of driving a concept home…

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

Fanfare for the Common Woman/Man (Vid of the Day)

To quote the May 11, 2020 posted @YouTube intro…

“National Philharmonic’s virtual performance of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” honors hospital workers currently fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The video features several National Philharmonic musicians playing multiple parts of Fanfare alongside photographs of DC, Maryland and New York City hospital staff working inside COVID-19 units.

Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” was originally composed in 1942 during the hardships of World War II. The piece was written for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and was inspired by a speech by then Vice President, Henry A. Wallace, titled, “Century of the Common Man.”

Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski noted that the idea of the common man, the frontline workers, keeping all of us afloat during this time of pandemic, makes this fanfare a perfect fit. He hopes that this video reaches those doing this important work and offers them a bit of comfort and solace.

The music was performed by National Philharmonic musicians Michael Hall (horn), Chris Gekker (trumpet), David Sciannella (trombone), Willie Clark (tuba) and Tom Maloy (percussion, timpani) at their respective homes. Each part was recorded live with the musician’s own equipment and mostly filmed on their personal cell phones. The sound was mixed by Director of Artistic Operations, Kyle Schick and the video was produced by Patron Services Manager, Quinton Braswell.

Several of the photographs that accompany the music throughout the video were taken by photographer Sinna Nasseri. Nasseri’s photos of frontline workers at grocery stores and hospitals have been featured in Vogue Magazine and most recently in The New York Times.”

About all I can add…

To conquer coronavirus all 7.8 billion of us must recognize that this deadly pathogen still poses a grave threat to humanity.

To make health care providers’ lives… to make all of our lives… less complicated… please understand that you can be infected and asymptomatic… and as such… shedding and spreading coronavirus. While you may recover from COVID-19, those who you infect, if suffering from compromised immune systems, likely will not. Since a vaccine and/or therapeutics have yet to be discovered…

Stay socially isolated at home! Stay masked / socially distanced in public!

If you contract COVID-19, self-quarantine and, if symptoms worsen, seek prompt medical attention.

Turn a deaf ear to ignorant, arrogant, avarice driven leaders, whose lackadaisical attitude and bad advice have already sent nearly half a million people, worldwide, to an early grave!

 

 

 

 

 

Far More than a Singing Lesson (Vid of the Day)

YouTube’s Anne Reburn and her “clones” cover I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony). An earlier version of this Bill Backer / Billy Davis / Roger Cook / Roger Greenaway composition had been the soundtrack to an über-successful TV advertising campaign, which, circa 1971, had added more “fizz” to Coca Cola’s™ profits.

Tapping into that advertising blitz’s popularity, recording artists, such as the Hillside Singers and the New Seekers, covered a lyrically reworked version, which dropped all product references. And, from that point forward, “Sing” became an international radio hit.

Interestingly enough, it was during that very bygone era when my younger self’s brand loyalty had “somehow” shifted from Pepsi™ to Coke™… where my allegiance has remained ever since. [Note to Self: On this summery mid-afternoon, be sure to pop open a can and enjoy.]

Yet, there was… still is… far more in play. We’re speaking of the heady, lyrical, upbeat appeal for equality / inclusiveness / world unity. Such principles certainly exemplify my ideals.

Beyond that, “Sing” suggests that Madison Avenue’s impact is not always measured in mere dollars and cents. Indeed, headstrong capitalism, when tempered with a healthy dosage of altruism, hath the power to sell far more than commodities.

Hmm… re the above… might it be time to take this reality check, multiple choice test?

a. Have I been reading too damned much between the lyrical lines?
b. Has pandemic necessitated social isolating rendered me stir-crazy?
c. Is Ms. Pollyanna seated upon some branch of my family tree?
d. None of the above?

Whatever the answer(s), rest assured, both Ms. Reburn and I are well aware of how it’ll take far more than a feel-good three-minute song to cure societal ills (btw, I hope you stuck around to check out her post performance soliloquy / reality check).

To briefly put a more distinct face on those ills… too damned many of our compatriots, worldwide, have been facing down the dual, deadly, “I can’t breathe” issues… one precipitated by the pitiless, out of control coronavirus… the other by the out of control, brutal cops’ chokeholds and asphyxiating tear gas.

And be one fighting for her/his life in an ICU, fighting for freedom in the streets, or too damned scared to even consider exiting our sequestration bunkers, we’ve all been feel powerless to do one damned thing about it… and could never expect autocratic leaders to ever channel their power constructively.

And that’s F’ing depressing! And that’s not healthy!

So, if listening to I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing can cheer us up… even in some small way… even for a fleeting moment… what’d be the harm in that?

 

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sánchez Synopsizes / Segues Trekian Tunes

To quote their YouTube posted sentiments…

“Davor Jelacic & Rebeca ‘Becky’ Sánchez are VioDance, a duo of DJ/producer and a classically trained violinist, also multi-instrumentalist. In Spain, where we reside, we record violin covers in our home studio, and shoot music videos to share them on YouTube.” [Read Related Article]

Thanks to Sánchez and Jelacic one of their cover projects has now become our Vid of the Day.

As for my WordPress posted sentiments…

When the best days of one’s homeland can be best seen within life’s rear view mirror and, in the here and now, the views appear both harrowing and hopeless, beaming up to the Star Trek Universe can clear the short-term path to escapism; may even afford one a more enduring sense of deliverance.

Whether or not I’ve aptly described your own homeland’s situation, Ms. Sánchez’s violin driven symphonic score… which synopsizes / segues seven of Star Trek’s small screen theme songs… will restore or reaffirm one’s hope for a stellar future.

As Spock would add: Live long and prosper!

About all I can add is: Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black (Vid of The Day)

Credits…

Songwriters: David Orobosa Omoregie / Fraser Lance Thorneycroft-Smith

Acknowledgment: Dave for his vital, social / political commentary
Acknowledgment: CBS Late Late Show host James Corden for raising awareness re this clip.