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Archive for February, 2012


LEAVE MY SHIT ALONE

MERDE. SCHEISSE, MIERDA. SHITTE.

it’s something we all do, in private. as Groucho might say on his quiz show, You Bet Your Life, “it’s something you find around the house.” in fact, some of us are in deep doo-doo as you read this. others are constantly being admonished to get our shit together. yet on television or radio the word is taboo no matter what the context, no matter what the reference, no matter if we are referencing our stuff, or expressing something complementary, or distasteful, or venting, or checking out something of which we are in awe, or bullshit, as some of you may think of this post, or as Robin might say, “Holy shit, Batman.” (is that religious?)

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WHITNEY HOUSTON DEAD AT 48

IMPORTANT GOSPEL-TINGED SOUL & POP VOICE STILLED

journalist Eugene Holley, Jr., from his hometown of Wilmington, DE, called to commiserate on the tragic passing of Whitney Houston at 48. his take was that “you get out of Newark as quickly as you can; she waited too long.”

while still a record company exec Barbara Harris remembered telling Whitney’s dad, John, that his then-very young daughter was a real talent. he concurred. Harris called Houston’s life and death “a terrible tragedy indeed.”

a friend and a fellow jazz traveler a retired air-traffic controller from Boston left a massage asking, “Is it true? i just can’t believe it.”

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ESPERANZA SPALDING ON THE ACADEMY AWARDS SHOW

BASSIST/VOCALIST/COMPOSER HAS LAST LAUGH

i’m sure she doesn’t feel that way about it. but i do.

having been vilified for not selling enough after being voted 2010′s Best New Artist by Grammy voters Esperanza Spalding, shamefully an unannounced cameo on the ACADEMY AWARDS telecast, radiant in a white gown and crowned by an over-the-top ‘fro, sang, on camera, the tribute section for recently deceased Academy members. the song she sang was “What A Wonderful World,” which was notably made famous by Louis Armstrong. i’m sure certain Grammy execs would not have approved. sales are down for the song.

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