Open Thread: Another Musical Interlude

I do not claim to know much about music. Anybody got suggestions?

What’s on the agenda for the remnants of the weekend?

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit

34 replies
  1. 1
    burnspbesq says:

    The kid young man got home from his first semester of college today, so we be hangin.’

  2. 2
    burnspbesq says:

    How about a little chunk of the Bach Christmas Oratorio?

  3. 3
    CW in LA says:

    Just saw Bruce Springsteen join the Rolling Stones on “Tumbling Dice”. Have they ever played together before?

  4. 4
    👽 Martin says:

    @burnspbesq: Mine is 14 and I’m having trouble calling him a kid any more. I don’t think I fully appreciated how good an idea the bar mitzvah (and similar rituals) are until now.

  5. 5
    Yutsano says:

    Just made delicata squash risotto. Quite delicious if I do say so myself.

  6. 6
    burnspbesq says:

    Oh, and we found the big dog at the county shelter this morning and ransomed him. Thanks to those who expressed concern last night.

  7. 7
    PurpleGirl says:

    @👽 Martin: If you don’t belong to a faith community which has transitional ritual, at his next birthday you can create a ritual of your own to mark the birthday and the transition he is experiencing.

  8. 8
    srv says:

    President Obama has decided to nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next secretary of State, according to news reports.

    Finally some good news for John McCain.

  9. 9
    NotMax says:



    Kerry just turned 69 years old this week.

    Surely there is someone a bit less long in the tooth to take up the position when it becomes vacant.

  10. 10
    efgoldman says:

    Speaking of kids: ours gave us a hotel and events package to Williamsburg, VA this week, for an early Xmas present. mrs efgoldman and I went to DC by train (of which more anon) and we drove down with the kids, and enjoyed the hell out of it. First, we’ve never been except in Summer, when its wicked hot and crowded. You could count the number of visitors around the historic site on two hands; sublime. Second (or maybe first) its mrs efgoldman’s favorite place to visit in the world. Third, we’ve never been without small kids (daughter is 32, SIL is 30), which means we had a lot more freedom to see and do stuff we’d never done.
    We chose not to deal with all the bullshit associated with flying, so we decided to take the Amtrak from Rt. 128 station (outside Boston). Yes, its 8 hours (couldn’t afford the Acela) but its a big seat, you can wander around, there’s food, etc. The train was dead on time into DC, but then….

    [rant] mrs efgoldman and I are a little old, and a little crippled. She has rheumatoid arthritis, I have knees that are at least twice my age, and I had a stroke last year. I can walk, and pull luggage, as can she, and we had no problems getting on the train, because the platforms were train height (like a subway). We get to DC, and lo and behold, the platform is track height. Means we gotta’ climb down the steps, which are higher than regular stairs, and get the luggage down, too. No help. There are small elevator thingies along the center of the platform but no-one to operate them. Man, that hurt.
    Forewarned for the return trip, we went for the early boarding call, and asked the gate attendant for help. He waved toward the platform “if you can find someone.” This track (K25, for DC denizens) didn’t even have the elevator thingies, let alone anyone to run them. It was quite an adventure getting us, and the luggage, on to that train.
    This is Washington Fucking DC where Congress, just up the street from Union Station, passed the fucking ADA, signed by a ::gasp:: GOBP President. What the fuck exempts that place from compliance? Criminy, they should use some of the rental money from the 1% mall stores upstairs. [/rant]

  11. 11
    Yutsano says:

    @👽 Martin: Mexico has the quinceñera, Judaism has the bar/bat mitzvah, and the South has cotillion for young people at age 16. You could hybridize all three or just do your own thang. But yeah, memorialising that age when a child becomes a young adult is definitely something to be acknowledged.

  12. 12
    Maude says:

    I don’t know if this is media bs or a leak from the WH. The WH doesn’t leak with Obama.

  13. 13
    efgoldman says:


    Kerry just turned 69 years old this week

    Hilary is 65.
    I’m 67.
    Kerry is in better shape than either of us, by far.
    Plus I’m really pissed that Rice withdrew. I think a nomination fight would have made Senator POW look even worse than he already does.
    Plus plus, I don’t want Cosmo Boy Brown to have even the faintest hope of returning to the Senate.
    Speaking of which, while in DC this week, I saw Gail Huff as a street reporter on the local ABC affiliate.
    So? You ask.
    She is Mrs. Scott Brown. She had to give up her lifetime local Boston job when he was running. I wonder if she anticipated something that didn’t happen. Like, say, Empress Anne Romney did.

  14. 14
    Bruuuuce says:

    Just got home from a concert in the Just One Angel tour with Christine Lavin, Uncle Bonsai, and friends. “Friends” tonight were many, and included Julie Gold, who wrote, and here performs, “From a Distance“. Do look up all the artists in tonight’s concert, including also The Accidentals, David Ippolito, Erik Frandsen, Sue Matsuki, and David Rasche; every single one of them is worth it.

  15. 15
    CW in LA says:

    @srv: Yeah. John Kerry is a good man, a dedicated public servant, and eminently qualified for the post.

    However, I really wanted to see the prez nominate someone else specifically to tell old fart McCain to shove it. Oh well, I suppose that’s one of those reasons why he’s the president and I’m not.

  16. 16
    Mnemosyne says:

    G decided to stop on a Book TV panel discussion about JFK and jaysus Tom Oliphant one of the most annoying, twitchy, self-important “moderators” I’ve ever seen on one of these things.

  17. 17
  18. 18
    efgoldman says:


    …Tom Oliphant one of the most annoying, twitchy, self-important “moderators” I’ve ever seen on one of these things.

    Oliphant is/was a print guy. Some translate well to audio/video media, some not so much.

  19. 19
    Yutsano says:

    @burnspbesq: Yay happy puppeh news!

  20. 20
    karen marie says:

    NASA Johnson Style! w00t! w00t!

  21. 21
    handsmile says:

    Tonight dr.mrs. handsmile and i had the great pleasure of viewing the digitally restored version of Children of Paradise on the big screen at the Museum of the Moving Image. Magnifique!

    I’m conscious of the bitter irony of the film’s title on this day. But a necessary respite from the television and the ‘tubes.

    Tomorrow, a performance of Bach’s Magnificat.

    Glad to read of Caesar’s recovery and the happy reunion for all today.

  22. 22

    More music, from The Kinks, and it’s seasonal too!

  23. 23
    JCT says:

    @burnspbesq: Hah – mine too! Brought a girl home with him, sigh. Has a long list of things he wants me to cook for him.

    Just got back from a fantastic basketball game – Go AZ Wildcats! The last minute was insane.

  24. 24
    Geoduck says:

    If you’re looking for somber, there’s always
    Threnody to The Victims of Hiroshima.

  25. 25
    Bruuuuce says:

    @Geoduck: On that topic, I think I prefer Fred Small’s “Cranes Over Hiroshima” (sadly, no instances of Rev. Small himself singing seem to be online, and this version is slower than I’m used to).

  26. 26
    Ostrovsky says:

    How about a little slice of heaven from Vladimir Martynov (parts 1&2 of 6)?

  27. 27
    NotMaxn says:


    I happen to be 60-mumble, mumble myself.

    Hillary is 65, and retiring from the post.

  28. 28

    Picked up my nephew LittleMan late Friday, and the weekend has been nothing but hugs, cartoons, and goofing off. Lots more hugs than usual. He’s in kindergarten.

  29. 29
    Elizabelle says:


    Delicata squash risotto. Yum! Sounds divine.

  30. 30
    Elizabelle says:


    So good to hear that the pup is home. Shelter, hmm. He was lucky there.


    Take someone not in the Senate.

    Please please please.

    There are plenty of qualified people out there who don’t have Citizens United looking to replace him/her.

    Why not take a seasoned State Department diplomat? Surely they have a few.

    Don’t reward asswipes McCain and Graham. Don’t do it.

  31. 31
    Step2 says:

    Wailin Jennys singing their usual magic.

  32. 32
    Anya says:


    Don’t reward asswipes McCain and Graham. Don’t do it.

    I think this is a wrong meme. Kerry’s name for State was talked about since Obama’s first election. Those two assholes have nothing to do with this decision. I actually believe that John Kerry may actually be the President’s preference for State.

    In the Citizen United world, I really get why people are freaking out about losing a senate seat, but damn it, if Democrats can’t hold into a senate seat from one of the most liberal states in the union, then we’re screwed. It annoys me to no end that so many Democrats are propagating this Scott Brown myth that he’s undefeated. Yes, he has a huge name recognition and is liked by the voters (I don’t know why). But, he was defeated once and he can be defeated again. All we need is for Massachusetts Democrats to unite behind a strong candidate and take the election seriously.

  33. 33
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Anya: “if Democrats can’t hold into a senate seat from one of the most liberal states in the union, then we’re screwed.”

    Amen. That’s exactly what I’m thinking. Why is everyone so worried about Scott Brown winning the senate seat? He just lost, didn’t he? Just run someone good against him and he’ll lose again.

  34. 34
    Halteclere says:


Comments are closed.