Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Sad Christmas Greeting

Merry Christmas from Musings - 2016


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I attempted to find some Christmas Music that you may not have heard before, but I'll start with a classic. This is a compilation: Merry Christmas.




Sunday, December 11, 2016

The All-Seeing Trump Speaks



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I made a post-campaign pledge that I would quietly accept the presidency of Donald J Trump. I do not intend to keep that pledge. Look what I found on the internet.





Saturday, December 3, 2016

Custer's Revenge


George Armstrong Custer was born on December 5th, 1839. Ironically on his 177th birthday the Army Corps of Engineers has set a deadline for the Standing Rock Protesters to move to a new site.

Meanwhile 3500 veterans have joined the protests to form a human barrier joining the protest. Powerful moneyed interests want the pipeline built including the President-elect who sees it as part of his overall energy plan. I see it a bit differently, How about some music?



This tune is unrelated but it reminded me of the "Indian Wars" and the general pattern of history. We seemed doomed to repeat history.








Monday, November 28, 2016

Unfit to Serve


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I am now convinced that this man is suffering from some kind of mental illness, a complete lack of impulse control. I honestly don't think he is capable of assuming the role of the presidency. I think that one only needs to go to his twitter feed to watch in horror as he rants about imaginary slights and demons that persecute him. We don't need a presidential historian, we need a trained psychologist to figure this out. What is going on in this guys head?

I thought Nixon was bitter with his concession speech after losing the race for Governor of California  but nothing compared to Trump, who won. My evidence from tonight (11/28/2016):





Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Monday


No one has ever died clicking on my Amazon Link on Cyber Monday. The same cannot be stated for the customers on Black Friday..

Even if you decide NOT to buy anything, take the time to read customer reviews, they can be quite entertaining such as the one titled 



Friday, November 25, 2016

Are you feeling great again?

Just when I promised that  I would abandon my Trump Rants something like this comes my way. Do you have $222 to spend on this POS made in China?

How did we get to this point? I have no idea, but I for one will soon be wearing a a tee shirt with an image of Obama with the caption "Do You Miss Me Yet?"

As my son wisely observed "'Murica got what it deserved". God bless us, I was hoping for the Giant Meteor. I'll end my rant now. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the moment, please read the reviews of this item.


Sample Review:
"My office puts up a tree every year and we pool resources to get a really nice ornament, usually on the pricey side. For example, 8 years ago we got a really nice, hand crafted ornament from Hawaii. We liked it so much, we decided to get another one just like it 4 years later. Well, this year we all got together and chose a sedate, classy ornament from a shop in New York. My New York friends swore by their work and so we voted and chose it.But then this red and gold POS showed up in the mail and we can't figure out why! We went through the vote hat again and we definitely voted for the New York piece with overwhelming numbers. I'm a bit worried that our manager, who thinks he's special and soooo sELECTIVE, might have gone over our heads and ordered this one instead.
It turns out we can't get a refund and now we're stuck with the ugly thing. We put it on the side of the tree facing the wall, but it must be bewitched or something because it keeps reappearing at the top of the tree every morning! We found our angel topper in the corner crying. We don't know what happened and she says she's afraid to tell us" - Tacitus Lector (Reviewer)


Google Sites Update...Finally


I've been blogging and experimenting with online publishing for over eight years. I've tried different platforms and evaluated their stong and weak points. My goal has been to find something that was easy to maintain and use. As my readers know I like to share photos, videos and at time a rant about the human condition. I want anything I publish to be of use to my readers.

Wordpress and Blogger seem to fill the needs for a blogging platform but up to now I was unhappy with Google Sites which was Google's website tool. It remained unchanged for years, but in late November they offered a completely new offering. It lost some features but its strong point is that it works on multiple screen, the desktop, tablet and smart phone. It has a simplified editor. I was disappointed that I couldn't figure how to make it my default landing page and I miss the gadgets that let me add RSS feeds, countdown timers and other gadgets but maybe they will be added at a later date. Where is the search box?

The new site has a clean look and I'm happy with that. It looks like this instead of this.  I plan to flesh out my site over the coming months. I'll report the progress in posts. Thanks for your readership

The URL for the new site is https://sites.google.com/poltrack.net/poltrack-net

Random Photo to complete this posting








It's not too early for these, suffer with me


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Now for insufferable music for this season. Suffer with me and sing along.





Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I Need to Get a Life - I WILL Get a Life


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My unfortunate friends and family have been subjected my daily rantings about Donald J Trump ever since I watched him take that ridiculous ride down the escalator in June of 2015.

Most of the ranting has taken place on Facebook and I've noticed that others with Trump Induced Anxiety have been as busy as me. They rant, I rant, we all rant,  sharing news items from the FAILED New York Times and other "crooked" media. I can feel my Cortisol levels soar when I read the articles and also when I post them.

I need to take a break, at least I need to stop fixating on the guy,  I need to get back to posting nature photos and reflecting on seven decades of life. Maybe the four years will pass without a major catastrophe, that is a short time in a 70 year lifespan.

During the final days of the campaign, I watched family members go after each other on the pages of Facebook. It got quite nasty. I resisted the urge to jump in, but I was sorely tempted.

I do have these blogs as a virtual scream room when I feel the need to vent, but I'll resist the urge to share it with Facebook.
Is it over yet?





Trump and the media


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America wanted something completely different and with Donald J Trump they got it. For those who thought he would somehow be transformed by the weight of the office, rest assured that he is the same guy as you saw at the rallies. "Crooked Media" is back and probably all his other catch phrases. God help us all.





Monday, November 21, 2016

A Priest and Imam meet for a cup of tea


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The Christmas Advertisements are out. Most are more of the same but I really liked this one. It's a nice thing to see after the presidential campaign litany. Give it a look.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Man Who Planted Trees


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The Man Who Planted Trees (French title L'homme qui plantait des arbres), also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met, and The Man Who Planted Hope and Reaped Happiness, is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953.
It was adapted to this animated short by Frédéric Back and released in 1987. It earned a number of awards including an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Making America Great Again (Just like the 1960s)


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Sad to think that Jeff Sessions a senator who called the NAACP and ACLU un-American is in line to be the next Attorney General. Trump is putting together some team isn't he?




Since we tend to forget history are doomed to repeat it, I'll share a few photos from the Library of Congress album - Civil Rights -- A Long Road. As a nation we need to protect peoples rights, not infringe them with the justification that we are making America Great Again.

[Group of African Americans viewing the bomb-damaged home of Arthur Shores, NAACP attorney, Birmingham, Alabama] (LOC)
NAACP Attorney House bombing - 1963


Little Rock, 1959. Mob marching from capitol to Central High (LOC)
Mob marching in protest of admission of the "Little Rock Nine" to Central High School.


[Signs carried by many marchers, during the March on Washington, 1963] (LOC)
March on Washington - 1963

Meet the Servile Puppy Dogs


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“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and who attack my father,” he said. Adding he would not be "a servile puppy dog" to the Trump campaign. - Ted Cruz

Cruz supporter at Labot Day Parade




Monday, November 14, 2016

Temple Town Hall Music Jam - November 2016


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We had our monthly music jam at the Town Hall in Temple, NH. I put down my guitar for a few minutes to get some of the music on video. Great fun and great music.






Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hallelujah


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Last week was not a good week for me however Saturday Night Live managed to bring the two tragedies together in their opening.



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Trump Fence


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It seems that President-Elect Trump is softening a bit on some of his campaign promises. He won't completely abandon Obamacare and may not scrap the Iran Nuke Deal.

I would suggest that if he can't get Mexico to pay for his wall, that he scale it back a bit to be an attractive fence, one with nice patriotic bunting.





Friday, November 11, 2016

War and Its Consequences

Leonard Cohen dead at 82


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I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Leonard Cohen, one of my favorite poet/songwriters. In an interview with The New Yorker in October 2016 he revealed that at 82 he was ready to die.

"Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road."  - Cohen's letter to a dying friend

You Want It Darker



Ballad of a Runaway Horse penned by Leonard Cohen,  performed by EmmyLou Harris


Joan of Arc


The Stranger Song



Suzanne was the song that introduced me to the music of Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It Just Got Darker



People wanted change and they got it. I hope we can survive this. I'll be spending the day listening to music. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Daylight Savings Time (and its inverse)




For the love of God, please stop this madness with the clocks twice a year. I realize that we have just LEFT daylight savings time, but each transition is equally annoying. Why am I supposed to believe I "gained" an hour of sunshine when I watch it get dark at 5 PM? More sleep? my cat isn't fooled, she knows what is real, she is a CAT they know all kinds of stuff.

On Monday commuters will drive into solar glare, be blinded and smash into each other. That is not a trivial matter. I'll experience a bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder  as I watch the sun set sometime in what used to be my afternoon.

I've reprogrammed most of the devices with the exception of the car radio, That requires a deep dive into the user manual. It is process that involves not only a button sequence but a twiddle of the volume control. Amazing eh?

This is going to be my generic complaint post about this stupidity. I'm posting it for autumn and will repost it in spring. My slogan "Hands off our clocks, no pun intended".





Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Drifting Too Far from the Shore


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We had a practice session for an upcoming church service and this is a recording of one of my favorites written by Charles Moody, one of eight children born on October 8, 1891.
"The list of artists who have recorded “Drifting Too Far From the Shore” reads like a Who’s Who of bluegrass and early country gospel. Curiously, Charles W. Moody himself never got the chance to record it. First to commit the song to a record were the Carolina Gospel Singers on September 27, 1929, in Richmond, Indiana, for the Gennett label. Those who followed suit includes The Monroe Brothers, Porter Wagner, Hank Williams, Carl Story, Jerry Garcia, Boone Creek, Pure Prairie League, Old & In the Way, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bill Monroe, Rose Maddox, the Country Gentlemen, Roy Acuff, Red Smiley, Don Stover, The Stanley Brothers and Emmylou Harris, as well as Helen, June and Anita Carter." - source Native Ground
I sing the lead on this version. I'm including the words so you can sing along. Recorded in the key of D, 



Drifting Too Far From the Shore
Out on the perilous deep,
Where dangers silently creep,
And storms so violently sweep,
You are drifting too far from the shore. (Chorus)
 
   Drifting too far from the shore,
   You are drifting too far from the shore (peaceful shore),
   Come to Jesus today, let him show you the way,
   You are drifting too far from the shore.
 
Today the tempest rolls high,
And the clouds overshadow the sky,
Sure death is hovering nigh,
You are drifting too far from the shore. (Chorus)
 
Why meet a terrible fate,
Mercies abundantly wait,
Turn back before it’s too late,
You are drifting too far from the shore. (Chorus)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The French Song


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I have so much fun playing music with the locals in the surrounding area. The William Brothers show up at a number of these events and sing a number of great country tunes. When you play music in central Massachusetts it is inevitable that you will hear what is called "The French Song". This is about as French Canadian as you can get. I'm including the lyrics so you can sing along.




The French Song (in the key of G)

Quand le soleil dit bonjour aux montagnes,

Et que la nuit rencontre le jour.

Je sui seule avec mes reves sur la montagne,

Une voix me rapelle toujours.

Ecoute a ma porte les chansons du vent
,
M'rapelle les souvenirs de toi

Quand le soleil dit bonjour aux montagnes

Je suis seule, je ne veux penser qu'a toi


Now when the sun says good-day to the mountains

And the night says hello to the dawn

I'm alone with my dreams on the hilltop

And I can still hear his voice though he's gone

I hear from my door the love songs through the wind

It brings back sweet memories of you.

Quand le soleil dit bonjour aux montagnes

Je suis seule, je ne veux penser qu'a toi.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request


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On September 20, 1984, Steve Goodman died of leukemia at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He had anointed himself with the tongue-in-cheek nickname "Cool Hand Leuk" (other nicknames included "Chicago Shorty" and "The Little Prince") during his illness. He was 36.
Four days after Goodman's death, the Chicago Cubs clinched the Eastern Division title in the National League for the first time ever, earning them their first post-season appearance since 1945, three years before Goodman's birth. Eight days later, on October 2, the Cubs played their first post-season game since the 1945 World Series. Goodman had been asked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before it; Jimmy Buffett filled in, and dedicated the song to Goodman. Today, the Chicago Cubs plays "Go, Cubs, Go" at the conclusion of every home game win, a song Goodman wrote for his beloved team.
In April 1988, some of Goodman's ashes were scattered at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. He was survived by his wife and three daughters. His eldest daughter, Jesse, passed away in 2012. - Source Wikipedia



Monday, October 17, 2016

American Terrorism


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As Trump prepares to lose his latest strategy is announcing that the election is rigged. Some of his followers have decided that perhaps bullets should replace ballots.Trump is joined by people who are supposed to know better such as Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Al) who supposedly should know better.

Meanwhile Speaker Paul Ryan continues to endorse Trump in spite of comments decrying his "rigged" comment.

I was ill on Saturday and watched Trump's harangue in Portsmouth. I was experiencing vertigo and realized my physical nausea matched my political nausea. This is such a dark time.



Friday, October 14, 2016

You Want It Darker


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A new album will be released on October 21st  from Leonard Cohen named You Want It Darker corresponding with his  82nd Birthday. Cohen stated in a interview that he is ready to die, but I as a longtime fan of his songs and poetry, hope he stays around as long as possible.



Two of  of his more famous songs were  Bird on the wire and  , inspired in part by his muse and lover Marianne Ihlen. When she was dying of leukemia Cohen wrote her this letter.
Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road - The New Yorker





Leonard Cohen - Bird on the Wire 1979

Like a bird on the wire, 
Like a drunk in some old midnight choir 
I have tried in my way to be free. 

Like a worm on a hook, 
Like a monk bending over the book 
It was the shape, the shape of our love twisted me

If I, if I have been unkind,
I hope that you can just let it all go right on by
If I, if I have been untrue
It's just that I thought a lover had to be some kind of liar too

(Instrumental)

If I, if I have been unkind,
I hope that you can just let it all go right on by
If I, if I have been untrue
I hope that you know by now it was never to you

Like a little baby stillborn
Like a beast with his horn
I have torn everyone who reached out for me

But I swear, I swear by this song
I swear by all that I have done wrong
I will make it all up to thee

I saw a beggar he was leaning on his wooden crutch,
he said to me, "You must not ask for so much."
And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door,
She cried to me, "Hey, why not ask a little bit more?" 

Oh like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in some old midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free

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