Daily Archives: September 18, 2009

Friday Night Music Byte

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian rock group, The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as the end of The Band’s illustrious touring career, and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood and Neil Young.

The Band was a  group active from 1967 to 1976. The original group (1967-1976) consisted of four Canadians: Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals); Richard ManuelGarth Hudson (organ, piano, clavinet, accordion, synthesizer, saxophone); and Rick Danko (bass guitar, violin, trombone, vocals), and one American, Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, vocals). (piano, harmonica, drums, saxophone, organ, vocals);

The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’ backing group, The Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963. Upon leaving Hawkins in 1964 they were known as The Levon Helm Sextet (the sixth member being sax player Jerry Penfound), then Levon and the Hawks (without Penfound). In 1965, they released a single on Ware Records under the name the Canadian Squires, but returned as Levon and the Hawks for a recording session for Atco later in 1965. At about the same time, Bob Dylan recruited Helm and Robertson for two concerts, then the entire group for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966. They also joined him on the informal recordings that later became The Basement Tapes.

Because they were always “the band” to various frontmen, Helm said the name “The Band” worked well when the group came into its own and left Saugerties, New York, to begin recording their own material. They recorded two of the most acclaimed albums of the late 1960s: their 1968 debut Music from Big Pink (featuring the single “The Weight”) and 1969’s The Band. They broke up in 1976, but reformed in 1983 without founding guitarist Robbie Robertson.

Tonight’s music byte features Joni Mitchell playing “Coyoteat the concert while being backed up by The Band. This is a terrific performance of an undeservedly overlooked Mitchell song. Please enjoy.

Little (Republican) Women

Need we say any more?
Need we say any more?

Those of us here at Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off do not want to appear sexist, but honestly folks, have you ever considered the absurdity of Republican women? They are a group that seems to have, as Glenn Beck would say, ” a deep seated hatred of women.” They voluntarily joined a political party that is against equal pay for women in the workplace. They also would like to deny women free choice in matters involving pregnancy. We understand that many women oppose abortion, but having the ability to choose the procedure would not force any woman to choose abortion. She could just as easily choose to have the child. You see, that is the choice they would have. They could choose what medical procedure they deemed best for themselves. But no, Republican women believe that women are incapable of making an informed decision in their own best interest. Best leave those decisions to the government that they so allegedly despise.

Is it any wonder then that in an attempt to find a leader of their own gender, these Republican women have chosen Sarah Palin? Has there ever been a woman that more vocally railed against women’s rights than she? From advocating against gender equal pay to charging victims for police rape kits, Palin has demonstrated time and again that she believes women do not have the right to equality or the ability to perform at the same level as men. Perhaps that is the reason why she needed Todd “First Dude” Palin to run the Governor’s Office for her during the short time that she occupied it.

Let’s also consider Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Ohio Congresswoman Jean Schmidt. Bachmann is an absolute nut job that lacks any outward appearance of intelligence, but let’s let her tell us a little bit about herself in her own words,

“I look at the Scripture and I read it and I take it for what it is. I give more credence in the Scripture as being kind of a timeless word of God to mankind, and I take it for what it is. And I don’t think I give as much credence to my own mind, because I see myself as being very limited and very flawed, and lacking in knowledge, and wisdom and understanding. So, I just take the Bible for what it is, I guess, and recognize that I am not a scientist, not trained to be a scientist. I’m not a deep thinker on all of this. I wish I was. I wish I was more knowledgeable, but I’m not a scientist.” – Michele Bachmann interviewing with Todd Fiel at KKMS as quoted in the Stillwater Gazette, September 29, 2003.

Now let’s consider Jean Schmidt. In fact let’s look at a few of her quotes to see if we can find some intelligent thought,

“I pledge to … refrain from name-calling or the questioning of character, … Harsh words often lead to headlines, but walking this path is not a victimless crime. This great House pays the price.”

Followed by,

“He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course, … He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message: that cowards cut and run, marines never do.”

Followed by,

“There’s no way that I remotely tried to impugn his character.”

Nope. No sign of intelligent life there.

American Woman song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leSdvfYcDw0

REPUBLICAN WOMEN

(sung to the Guess Who song “American Woman”)

Republican women they’ve all lost their minds
Republican women, they’ve really lost their minds
Republican women they’ve all lost their minds
Republican women they’ve all lost their minds

Say “R”, say “E”, say “P”
Say “L”, say “I”, say “C”
Say “A” “N”

Republican women they’ve all lost their minds
Republican women they’ve all lost their minds
Republican women they’ve all lost their minds

Republican women, stay away from me
Republican women, from the G.O.P.
You are someone I’ll just ignore
I don’t wanna see your face no more
I got more important things to do
And I will never be sold on you

Now women, I said stay away

Republican women, listen what I say

Republican women, have no dignity
Republican women, and their tea-parties
Like I told you the time before
Michele Bachmann is just a bore
Mann Coulter I do despise
Malkin has a lazy eye
Now women, I said get away
Republican women, listen what I say

Republican women, it’s clear as day
Republican women, they’re no Tina Fey
Talk about defending our shores
Their husbands prefer time with whores
Jean Schmidt always makes a scene
Sarah Palin thinks she’s queen
Mary Matalin’s hypnotized
Ingraham’s mouth is super-sized
Now women, from the G.O.P.
Republican women, mama let me be

Go, gotta get away, gotta get away
Now go go go
Gonna leave you, women
Gonna leave you, women
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
You’re no good for me
I’m no good for you
Gonna look you right in the eye.
Tell you what I’m gonna do
You know I’m gonna leave
You know I’m gonna go
You know I’m gonna leave
You know I’m gonna go, women
I’m gonna leave, women
Goodbye, Republican women