Sunday Music

Sunday Music

“Just in time” – !
The week that was simply was – I only continued where I had stopped six weeks earlier ; encouragingly some colleagues came by for a little chat and some friendly words, the kids reacted friendly. What I had forgotten is how mind-numbing empty my codriver’s gossip really is, so I have to return to selective listening. Some affirmative grunt now & then in combination with questions that trigger an avalanche of already often heard statements of dubious content unworth  further discussion should do the trick, and lead to happiness all around.
So we’ll go full throttle through the next two weeks, happily awaiting the well earned pause.
It is grey outside, windy and wet, snow is announced for the start of the week. As an antidote to the unfriendly weather here is some sunny & friendly music titled I Never Knew performed by Allan REUSS (1915-1988) (acoustic guitar) (Ger., Eng.), Jimmy SMITH on electric console, Mike WIDMER on electric guitar, and Leonard CORSALE on bass. Sadly I found no more information about REUSS’ fellow players, and nothing about that “electric console”.
In the comments to the video someone mentions that this take was recorded in 1941. The group is called Peck’s Bad Boys on the label after the comic book character (Eng.), there is obviously no connection to the notoriously reclusive Texan pianist “Peck” KELLEYs (1898-1980) (Ger., Eng.) band Peck’s Bad Boys (about, more information). It seems to be one of the early recordings of Moses ASCH (1905-1986) (Ger., Eng.), of ever lasting “Folkways” (Ger., Eng.) fame.
I hope you like the music, may we all have an easy and carefree week.

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* I really should think about renaming this weekly feature to “Monday Music”.

I confess, I was terribly lazy yesterday. I trawled youtube and always ended sooner or later with Cream, or something else the late John Symon Asher BRUCE (1943-2014) (Ger., Eng., website) did on stage together with various companions. But …
Today was the last day I officially was “absent due to illness”. I went to my ophthalmologist in the damn dark morning (coined by Savannah), she measured what had to be measured, found all developing well, and that was it. I’ll see her again in March. No reason not to drive.
My dispatcher greeted me with a deep sigh, and handed me the keys to an old banger that I had to take home & to swap with a colleague later, before the afternoon drive.
My colleague was not amused, because she had the top-notch modern vehicle that had come into service only some months ago. This brand new Ford does not smell of children’s vomit, but still like eau d’vehicle neuf. AND : It comes with an electric “ramp”, what is in fact an elevator for wheelchairs. I heard colleagues complain about this (“too slow, too complicated, generally impractical”), but I liked it today.
Another good invention is that the footstep under the right side sliding door comes out automatically when the door is opened. The older installation had to be pulled out by foot (or, especially in winter, when saltwater, ice and general road dirt blocked it) by hand. I do not know how often I sprayed WD40 or some such on the joints. My tiny framed co-driver complains that the door is too heavy, especially when she has to pull it shut from the inside, but now this is Hulk Mago’s job. So I know that this door is closed. And : No more ruined leather shoes, ha !
Transferring from the older to the brand new model showed me the notable improvements, like better soundproofing and noise reduction, better steering (not that the old would be something to complain about, but one can make things work better), better sound from the speakers : I find it pretty amazing what they did in this heavy modified commercial vehicle in this respect, it is not “opera house”, but crisp & clear. Crisp & clear is also the image of the rear view camera on the small screen – and since I have new glasses I can actually see what is depicted there, in natural colours, hey !
The other thing I noticed is how remarkably larger the whole carriage is, heavier too. The upside is that – at least as I drive it – the thing is absolutely unimpressed by side winds, rutting, bad road surfaces, whatever : This coach goes just where I point it. Feels like a fortress.
Tomorrow it will be back to the grind, getting up before anybody else and coming back home in the morning when a shy sun timidly tries to make us believe that there is still hope, and afternoons driving into the darkness while electric elks & reindeer helplessly blink in tiny front yards, spreading seasonal joy.
It’s raining.

Less than three minutes of pure beauty, Mr DAVIS gives us Générique (1957). I hope you like the music – may we all face a stress free & bearable week.

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Sunday Music – Mondays, Naturally

In the lower third of my right eye’s vision floats a blackish blob. It is round, the center is more transparent than the rest, it becomes gradually more black to the edge. In the course of the last two days another two, but remarkably smaller blobs aligned at the right side of the centre blob. When I am out and walk around I nearly forget about the blob, mostly because I then have to look through the upper part of my glasses. But when I sit at a desk or lie on the sofa reading, I just look right into it.
It frightens me – what, if it does not go away ?! I never was told about the blob in advance. And nobody assured me expressis verbis that the blob will vanish. Will I be blobbed for the rest of my life ?
The new glasses are very good. Now that my right eye is (nearly) back in its natural position, and my face swollen back into its natural form, the new lenses develop their full effect. In fact my brain finds it still a bit difficult to switch between near and distance sight, but it is all well improved compared to the situation some days ago, not to mention last week. It is now just a matter of adjustement.
Today’s Sunday Music is a little piece titled Blues for Tillmon : Vernon REID (g) (Ger., Eng.), Jack BRUCE (b) (Ger., Eng.), John MEDESKI (organ, melotron) (Ger., Eng.) and Cindy BLACKMAN SANTANA (dr) (Ger., Eng.) pay tribute to Tony WILLIAMS (Ger., Eng.) on the 2012 album Spectrum Road. Hope you enjoy it, it’s peculiar, funny, and a bit melancholic.
I hope we have a good week ahead, without incidents, accidents, whateverdents, some dent free days would be nice.

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