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american soul

Posted in audio, jazz music, video with tags , , on August 27, 2011 by Word-Drum

Let these two tracks from John Coltrane give you strength to battle through the storms raining down on the once Land Of The Free.

Trane’s ‘Love Supreme’ was spiritually and artistically monumental, but the times and his probing nature pushed him to keep searching. Later in 1965 he made “Transition.”

By his death in 1967 the transition had been made. But like ‘Hope and Change,’ it’s not always a good thing. Within a year, Dr. King would be dead and the Welfare State was born.

Not everyone will appreciate the beauty of Trane’s late period. I just love it, but I see the wisdom of returning to A Love Supreme for a nation losing it’s soul.

reporting for the dream bar

Posted in jazz music, liberals, politics, word-drum with tags on August 10, 2011 by Word-Drum

I had just finished a version of “Stardust” when I noticed John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry sitting at the corner table of the Dream Bar, where I hold forth most nights at the piano.

In the realm of the bar, we who work there play little a game. We try to guess the size of a customer’s tip. Dress and appearance don’t usually factor in. Someone who looks like a bum can drop a hundred into the tip jar.

I wouldn’t count on more than a crisp five dollar bill from the Senator. More likely it would be a twenty (so no one would see that he only put in five).

After my set, he came over an introduced himself and put the twenty in the jar.

“I’m John Kerry” His voice boomed.

“I served in Vietnam”

“Really? I did not know that.”

No, he didn’t say that. He was very complimentary and I could see that he was a jazz fan. Teresa started telling me something about a musician I never heard of before. She prattled on and on. I could not catch up with her.

The Anti-War Soldier and the Ketchup Queen were sloshed. They started giving me drinks. I don’t really drink so it would probably end with me puking on the rich liberals, or doing my Kerry imitation, (it’s so easy…Thurston Howell The Third) riffing on his buffoonery and the failure of every policy he has ever promoted.

I played my Movement card. Telling them that even though I was CPUSA, along with the rest of the Party, I have been voting Democrat since 2004. Back in the 90s, some of us supported Clinton because we liked Hillary, who was thought to be a Movement person at heart.

When Teresa went to the Ladies’ Room, Kerry bragged to me that not only did he used to be good friends with Angela Davis, he “hit that.”

The drinks and the snarky comments from the two about my people (conservatives) weren’t sitting well. Even though I was working at the Dream Bar, I didn’t have a driver like the Kerrys. I wanted to take a car service home instead of a taxi. So I asked them if they would like to contribute to The Palestinian Martyrs Fund.

They were aware that charities in the Muslim World prefer cash rather than checks or bank transfers. Their assistant gave me ten one hundred dollar bills.

I left them with the idea of rounding up Tea Party members and doling out some revolutionary justice. But they were too drunk to understand what I was saying. At that stage all drunks are the same. I had my fun and just wanted to get away from them.

third world

Posted in audio, enviro-marxists, jazz music, news and politics with tags on May 11, 2011 by Word-Drum

A Prince in the Third World…
rather be poor over here
Osama was a Prince in the Third World…
but I’d rather be poor over here
When the Left make us a “green” nation
we’ll be happy if we can change our underwear

                                         Maestro please…


Herbie Nichols: piano
Al McKibbon: bass
Art Blakey: drums
Recorded on May 5, 1955

counting teeth

Posted in Internet, jazz music, word-drum with tags , , on October 11, 2010 by Word-Drum


Wordsworth Drummond counted his blessings. It didn’t take long, like counting his available cash.

He lived one month at a time. Each month a new victory. Survival was the prize.

The price was working for posers in a place that could be called Jazz Hell. He tried to escape it by leaving Europe but he found it again in America. The way it works is that you only make enough to survive. Frozen and artistically frustrated, you take what you can get.

If only he could blame Obama. It wasn’t Pelosi’s fault either.

                       

Wordsworth’s mouth is a tribute to European Socialized Medicine. It should act as warning to all Americans.

Rules written in Brussels were handed down to all dentist in the EU. But they got in wrong in Brussels and many people contracted gum disease because they weren’t digging deep enough when they cleaned teeth. Drummond had a student who sat on the Dutch Dentistry Board who confirmed this.

For years, trouble with his teeth has limited what he could do. Even on the low end of Show Business, you need a nice smile. His attempt at an Internet job didn’t work out and even a part time job like Receptionist would also require this.

But Jazz Hell is not that bad. It’s mostly boring. And it takes skill. Without skills he’d be first in line for government cheese. The music lessons, degrees, hard work and experience have gotten Wordsworth Drummond through countless months. Each one a small victory.

audio: bird on michelle

Posted in audio, jazz music, music, obama era with tags on October 3, 2010 by Word-Drum

audio: flames from trane 1965

Posted in audio, jazz music with tags , , on September 25, 2010 by Word-Drum

Close your eyes and hold on. Something got into Trane in 1965. Where ever he flew, Elvin was there with him.

The tempo is the speed of light. The feeling is a little mad, like Vincent van Gogh, yet the music’s brilliance burns like the sun. (It’s a live recording so adjust your ears accordingly.)

This ain’t ‘Smooth Jazz.’ This is as hard as it gets.

I put lyrics to Coltrane’s urgent repetitive riff: “We Don’t Like This Government!” Do you feel me?!

losers for freedom

Posted in conservatives, jazz music, new things, word-drum with tags on September 23, 2010 by Word-Drum

Do you get Food Stamps, yet you’re overweight? Did your girl-friend throw you out leaving you homeless? Did you vote for Obama?

Do you call yourself a jazz-musician yet you live where people prefer other kinds of music? Did you think you were some-kind-of genius but you couldn’t convince enough people to agree with you?

Do you feel out of place at a Tea Party? Republicans think you are a pan-handler. You show up to say a prayer at Church or Synagogue and they think you’re a terrorist.

“Do you hate people?

I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around.”

— Charles Bukowski

You should join LFF(Losers For Freedom). We are the ones you’ve been waiting for.

We will pick up the stragglers and also help clear the way for the coming Conservative Revolution. In doing so we shall redeem ourselves for our past sins.

We might continue to sin, but our hearts will be with the those on the straight and narrow.

It’s like being a Democrat, except we’ll be on God’s side.