American democracy was already on the ropes. But now, with the passing of Justice Bader-Ginsberg, many of the progressive advances that have been so painfully obtained are at risk. We also have the added concern that the Supreme Court may no longer serve as a brake on authoritarianism. The country may take a turn down a right wing dead end. It’s a sad state of … Continue reading Sad Days
It’s time for another St. James Infirmary post. We have a St. James Infirmary Compendium here at Bumbastories (look in the header). In case you haven’t heard, St. James Infirmary is one of the all-time great American folk songs. Bumba and Maybank are hooked on it, and here present yet another version recorded earlier this week. Sing along, play along. Listen to Louis Armstrong do … Continue reading St. James Infirmary
Yes, the ides of March are upon us! “Beware the ides of March,” is what they say. People get jittery on March 15. Don’t ask me why. I think it’s Shakespeare’s fault. He eternalized the expression in Julius Caesar. Hundreds of years later, they made us read Julius Caesar in seventh grade. They (the teachers) used to force Shakespeare upon us when we were mere babes. I remember … Continue reading OH NO! It’s the Ides of March! Magazine!
I used to write (Check out Bumbabooks). I also used read more. Looking back, I have to conclude that my “level of functioning”, my “productivity”, has definitely declined. I suppose I could blame the computer age for some of that. But mostly I would have to credit my reduced literary output to one of my favorite cardinal sins: SLOTH. Yes, sloth. Good old laziness. Good … Continue reading Musical Sloth
St. James Infirmary and House of the Rising Sun, two of the greatest of American folksongs. Both “happen” to come from that great city at the great delta of the Mississippi River, New Orleans. The mingling of different cultures seems to create good things. How ‘bout that? So here’s to the city of New Orleans. Reader, be warned! Both these songs are dirges, so be … Continue reading Hurray for New Orleans
Yes, the ides of March are upon us! Again!! “Beware the ides of March,” is what they say. People get jittery on March 15. Don’t ask me why. I think it’s Shakespeare’s fault. He eternalized the expression in Julius Caesar. They made us read Julius Caesar in seventh grade. They (the teachers) used to force Shakespeare upon us when we were mere babes. I remember that Julius Caesar … Continue reading OMG! It’s the Ides of March Again! Magazine
Question: Is St. James Infirmary a major blues classic that’s in minor key, or is it minor key blues classic that’s major? I realize that these are serious questions. In any case, it’s a fabulous song that Maybank and Bumba love to play, and here goes two more proud additions to the Bumbastories‘ St. James Infirmary Compendium Continue reading St. James Infirmary
Yes, the ides of March are upon us! “Beware the ides of March,” is what they say. Actually Shakespeare said it. Certainly to beware the Ides of March was good advice for Julius Caesar back in the day, but for the rest of us I think it’s quite sufficient to just keep our wits about us and to be approximately equally careful at all times of … Continue reading OMG! It’s the Ides of March! Magazine
“Wait a minute, Bumba. We know that this blog is called Every Day Another Story and that sometimes you might feel a bit of pressure to post like every day. But still, all the same, gee whiz Bumba, didn’t you post the St. James Infirmary just last week? Compendium, comshmendium, isn’t this a bit too much St. James Infirmary?” Well, yeah. I suppose you’re right…..Anyhoo, … Continue reading What? Another St. James Infirmary ?
A dirge to cheer you on your way today. Wha? A sad song like St. James Infirmary provides a sense of perspective. Wha? It’ll have you whistling down the street. Wha? St. James Infirmary is a great, 150 year-old, minor key blues from the city of New Orleans course. Maybank and Bumba played it yesterday in Los Angeles, of course. Wha? Continue reading Another Visit to The St. James Infirmary