Hopper Rolls Over Into a New Year:One More "Nighthawks" Parody

I don't know how I missed this one the last five times I did this.

So anyway... happy new year.

Crimes Against Humanity

The outcome of the war is in our hands; the outcome of words is in the council.
Homer (800 BC - 700 BC), The Iliad

I am admittedly entering an area that I know rather little about, but from my perspective Israel is losing the public relations war on this battle in Gaza with Hamas.

If Canada or Mexico were firing rockets into Seattle or San Diego one or the other would eventually become the 51st state and the United States would not have exhibited the patience Israel did.

Now Israel is returning fire far more fiercely and everyone seems to be up in arms. The Palestinians are pointing out all the innocent victims to Israel’s bombing attacks, but the terrorists are hiding behind the citizens and jeopardizing the lives of these civilians.

These tactics need to be publicly called out continually and the United Nations and other countries need to specifically consider such cowardly tactics as crimes against humanity.

Update from the publication "PRWeek:"

Israel boosts efforts for support of Gaza attacks
Alexandra Bruell
December 30 2008

NEW YORK: The Israeli government and consulate in New York launched a series of outreach efforts to garner support for Israel's military operation in Gaza that began December 27. It is working to communicate its position against Hamas, which ended the ceasefire on December 19. Hamas is considered to be a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department.
“Our message is that Israel right now is under attack,” said David Saranga, consul for media and public affairs at the Israeli Consulate in New York. “People of Israel... have been under daily missile attack on part of the terror organization of Hamas.”

Pat Metheny Quartet Monterey Jazz Festival 2005

Pat Metheny Quartet
September 18, 2005
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
Source: FM broadcast
Quality 320

Pat Metheny: guitars, guitar synth, 42-string guitar
Christian McBride: bass
Antonio Sanchez: drums
David Sanchez: tenor saxophone


01. Introduction
02. Last Train Home > Pikasso Intro >
So May It Secretly Begin
03. Number 13
04. Question & Answer
05. Police People*
06. The Good Life*
07. Pat's Remarks > Number 61
08. Pat's Remarks
09. Timeline*
10. When We Were Free

Holiday Movie Reviews

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
Jessamyn West (1902 – 1984), writer

Grand Torino – Grrr. Clint Eastwood as a misanthropic old man who points a military assault rifle at kids ordering them to “get off my lawn,” (perfectly acceptable behavior and endorsed by the NRA). I thoroughly enjoyed it and now my neighbors know what to expect in a few years.

Frost/Nixon – Outstanding. Daughter came home and wanted to see it, I most likely would have missed it thinking that I watched the original with my grandfather. I would have missed a fascinating look at all the behind the scenes cat and mouse games. Nothing was ever how it seemed with Nixon.

Revolutionary Road – The Wheeler’s (Frank and April -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) were neighbors to Martha and George from “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” This movie shows marriage as the institution it truly is…
. . . who's afraid of living life without false illusions. And it did strike me as being a rather typical, university intellectual joke. — Edward Albee on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."

Video worth renting
Transsiberian – A wonderfully suspenseful movie also about a marriage not as strong as inhabitants would prefer. Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley are all terrific to watch.

Charles Lloyd Quartet Paris France 1967


Charles Lloyd
Keith Jarrett
Ron McClure
Jack DeJohnette

Source radio broadcast

Duration 51:47


01 Days And Nights Waiting (6:49)
02 Lady Gabor (12:26)
03 Sweet Georgia Bright (32:32)

The Life of Books

You know, I have always wondered what took place in the bookcase when I was not looking. This is the bookcase in my den and below is what transpires when no one is looking.

A tip of the hat to Paper Cuts Blog from the NYTimes

This Is Where We Live from 4th Estate on Vimeo.

Brad Mehldau Trio Salzburg Austria 2008

Brad Mehldau Trio
Grobe Aula der Universitat Salzburg Austria
31st October 2008

Brad Mehldau, Piano
Lerry Grenadier, Bass
Jeff Ballard, Drums


01 Dream Sketch 10:50
02 Twiggy 11:16
03 Work 14:37
04 Untitled 07:41
05 Wyatts Eulogy 12:47
06 Something Good 17:04
07 River Man 08:36
08 It Might As Well Be Spring 04:35

TT: 1:27:26

MP3 @ 320

David Sanborn North Sea Jazz Festival 2000

David Sanborn North Sea Jazz Festival 2000


01 Creole Eyes
02 Camel Island
03 Eyala
04 Seven Train
05 Children See The Angels
06 Corners
07 Dina Lann


David Sanborn Sax
Joe Sample Piano
Richard Bona Bass
Brian Blade Drums

Joe Lovano Esperanza Spalding Sweden 2007

Joe Lovano Esperanza Spalding
Kristianstad Jazz Festival
Södra Kasern
Kristianstad, Sweden
October 13, 2007


Joe Lovano - saxophones
James Weidman - piano
Esperanza Spalding - bass
Fransisco Mela - drums


1. Radio announcement 0:23
2. Intro by Lovano 0:56
3. Suite(pt1) Streams 13:48
4. Suite(pt2) Cool 11:35
5. Suite(pt3) Street of Neaples 11:58
6. My Little Brown Book 15:22
7. Bass Space 8:42
8. Viva Caruso 14:50

TT 77:38

FM broadcast

Joshua Redman Elastic Band Oakland 2005


Joshua Redman (ts), Sam Yahel (org), Brian Blade (dr)
Yoshi's", Oakland, CA (USA), December 31, 2005


1 Gambit
2 radio announcer
3 Sweet Nasty
4 Molten Soul
5 Moon And Sand


Majel Roddenberry

Majel Barrett, widow of Gene Roddenberry and the voice of the Starship Enterprise's computers (on Star Trek), passed away December 18 at 76. BoingBoing's Joel Johnson writes, "she was gorgeous and charming and awesome."

She had recorded the voice work for the upcoming Star Trek movie just two weeks ago.

Holiday Greetings from Corporate

The company I work for sent out a reminder that our holiday season is upon us, and that the office will be closed now and then. Here's the reason, as stated in the official email:

Celebrated annually Dec. 25, Christmas honors the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, church activities, and various decorations – including the Christmas tree, lights, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. Children also identify Santa Claus as a popular figure who brings gifts at Christmas. Because gift-giving and several other aspects of the holiday involve economic activity, Christmas has become a major event for many retailers.

Along with Christmas, several other holidays are celebrated by our professionals in December, including: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Id-ul-Zuha (celebrated earlier this month).

Gee, thanks for the "also-ran" mention!

Philip Catherine Trio Fribourg Switzerland 2003

Philip Catherine Trio Fribourg Switzerland 2003


01 With a song in my heart-Letter from my mother
02 Radio announcer
03 Bewitched
04 Merci Afrique
05 Radio announcer
06 Janet

New parking meters

I don't drive around much in the city anymore (I'm a train commuter, when I go in), so I may be behind the times -- if so, my apologies.

I saw these outside my office in downtown Los Angeles... pretty neato. Apparently you find the number on the curb near your spot, and use your cellphone to pay the parking fee on the gadget thingy.

Philip Catherine Trio Umea Jazz Festival 2006

Philip Catherine Trio w/guest Didier Lockwood
Umea Jazz Festival
Idun, Folkets Hus
Umea Sweden
October 27, 2006


Philip Catherine (g)
Sal la Rocca (b)
Mimi Verderame (d)

Didier Lockwood

FM broadcast


1. Radio intro 0:33
2. Letter from my mother (Catherine) 5:43
3. Janet (Catherine) 8:11
4. Bewitched (Hart/Rogers) 9:42
5. All the things you are* (Hammerstein/Kern) [fade out] 8:47

Minotaur China Shop

Most awesome Flash game evar! Check it out -- you're the mythical Minotaur, and you've taken a job working in a china shop. Either try to get the items your customers want, or go on a rampage and hope your insurance kicks in to cover the costs of the damage. Easy to play, and fantastically wonderful. Click here to check it out.

Thanks again, BoingBoing!]

Mike Stern Jaco Pastorius Old York 1980


01 Blackbird
02 Continuum
03 Mood Swings
04 After You
05 Sly Shuffle
06 Raca
07 Maso Town


Mike Stern Guitar
Jaco Pastorius Bass
Steve Slagle Sax
Adam Nussbaum Drums

Enrico Pieranunzi Trio Radio Live 2001

Enrico Pieranunzi Trio Radio Live 2001
Radio Live
Rai Radio Tre


01 How can you not
02 Mare anteriore
03 If only for a time
04 Broken time
05 What's really going on
06 Evocant
07 Alle rive lontane
08 Ravel's walk
09 Many moons ago
10 New lands
11 From E To See


Enrico Pieranunzi piano
Marc Johnson bass
Joey Baron Drums

John Patitucci Trio Kennedy Center Washington D.C. 2007

We all know John and Brian’s work from Wayne’s quartet but
this beautifully recorded show is a wonderful chance to hear them
in a very different setting. The guitarist Larry Koonse might not be
all that familiar a name to you but he’s one of the first call guys out in LA
as you’ll hear he’s a fantastic player with a great, individual approach.



John Patitucci: Acoustic bass
Larry Koonse: Guitar
Brian Blade: Drums

MP3 @ 320 CBR


Return To Forever San Sebastian Spain 2008


01.Vulcan Worlds
02.The Sorceress
03.Al's solo Part 1 (with band in beginning)
04.Al's solo Part 2
05.Chick's solo
06.The Romantic Warrior (leading into)
07.Stanley's solo Part 1
08.Stanley's solo Part 2
09.Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant


Chick Corea (p)
Stanley Clarke (b)
Al Di Meola (g)
Lenny White (dr)

Time 80 Mins

MP3 @ 320 CBR

Quote from Josef Albers

Reading Color (from Josef Albers' Interaction of Color, p. 5)

[C]lear reading [of color] depends upon the recognition of context.

In musical compositions,
so long as we hear merely single tones, we do not hear music.
Hearing music depends on the recognition of the in-between of the tones,
of their placing and of their spacing.

In writing, a knowledge of spelling has nothing to do with an understanding of poetry.

Equally, a factual identification of colors within a given painting
has nothing to do with a sensitive seeing
nor with an understanding of the color action within a painting.

Our concern is the interaction of color; that is, seeing
what happens between colors.

Quote from Rothko

Regarding Beauty (from Mark Rothko’s The Artists Reality: Philosophies of Art, pp. 64-65.)

Like the old ideal of God, the abstraction itself in its nakedness is never directly apprehensible to us. As in the case of God, we can know its manifestations only through works, which, while never completely revealing the total abstraction in the round, symbolize it by manifestation of different faces of itself in works of art. Therefore, to feel beauty is to participate in the abstraction itself through a particular agency. In a sense, this is a reflection of the infiniteness of reality. For should we know the appearance of the abstraction itself, we would constantly reproduce only its image. As it is, we have the exhibition of the infinite variety of its inexhaustible facets, for which we should be thankful.

Let us consider the case of our relationship to our friends. We love them with a common love because we all participate in the common prototype of humanity, but because each human being is a new and different manifestation of this prototype we want to know more about each one. Yet we should not be able to enjoy our friends at all if they could not be referred to the common prototype, for through the recognition of this identity with the prototype are we able to make sensible observations of differences.

Songs of Encouragement

sung by Joni Mitchell
If you can keep your head
While all about your
People are losing theirs and blaming you
If you can trust yourself
When everybody doubts you
And make allowance for their doubting too.

If you can dream
And not make dreams your master
If you think
And not make intellect your game
If you can meet
With triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same

If you can fill the journey
Of a minute
With sixty seconds worth of wonder and delight
The Earth is yours
And everything that’s in it
But more than that
I know
You’ll be alright
Cause you’ve got the fight
You’ve got the insight
Adopted by Joni Mitchell from Rudyard Kipling’s “If.”

For me it’s impossible to name my top all time favorite songs, so taking an idea from Nick Hornby's book “31 Songs” I hope to put into writing why I like select songs for various moods.

As Daughter prepared to leave this summer for the Midwest to pursue an education that will lead to a successful career in law, I burned a CD for her to play for the drive out there and to provide encouragement when the stress gets turned up.

When our conversations are over and it is just Daughter putting forth the effort alone, I wanted her to feel that sense of love and support whenever she feels the need.

Daughter’s encouragement and songs of love from pop (this list is dedicated to my nephew too who is also very bright and has a tremendous future):
  • “Stop Your Sobbing” by the Pretenders
  • “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by The Hit Crew
  • “You Can Do It” by No Doubt
  • “If” by Joni Mitchell
  • “I Believe” by Frank Sinatra
  • “High Hopes” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Your Life is Now” by John Mellencamp
  • “You’re Gonna Hear from Me” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Come Blow Your Horn” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Pick Yourself Up” by Dianne Reeves
  • “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John
  • “I am a Rock” by Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Gonna Fly Now” (theme from “Rocky” by Bill Conti)
  • “Razzle Dazzle” by Richard Gere & Cast from the movie “Chicago”
  • “Nothing But the Best” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Who Needs Sleep?” Barenaked Ladies
  • “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
  • “Lord Protect My Child” by Susan Tedeschi
  • “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan & The Band
  • “Better Things” by The Kinks
  • “Don’t Forget to Dance” by The Kinks
  • “Laugh and Be Happy” by Randy Newman

“Laugh and Be Happy”
by Randy Newman
Laugh and be happy
Don’t you ever wear a frown
Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Laugh and be happy
It’s a simple thing to do
Believe in your dreams
And your dreams will come true for you


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