If The World Hadn’t Gone Insane (2006) – Mike Johnson

If The World Hadn’t Gone Insane is from Mike Johnson’s solo album – Gone Out of Your Mind which words, I can relate to.
He starts this song ‘Maybe it’s the drugs….’ which I won’t hold against him. You won’t find fandoms or Wikipedia about this song. You have to search obscure articles, but Johnson was ahead of his time when writing this. There isn’t even a lyrics page of this song. But for me it’s a keeper.

As the reference below states (and also batters him to a pulp): ‘Johnson’s got his own worldview, both lyrically and musically, and it can be summed up in a word: Bleak‘. According to the article Johnson should have offered solutions in his music. I’m not kidding, read it.
Johnson was right on. He was so ahead of his time and the shite ‘woke’ article proves it.

References:
1. PopMatters – Mike Johnson

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If I Should Fall Behind (1992) – Bruce Springsteen

If I Should Fall Behind is the third song to appear in the Music Library Project from the 1992 dual record release by Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch / Lucky Town. I also procured the Bruce Springsteen – The Complete Video Anthology, 1978-2000 which featured the moving video of If I Should Fall Behind (seen at end of this post) directed by Jonathan Demme. I prefer other songs from the dual release like Beautiful Reward and With Every Wish but feel this song and the video is a great homage to Bruce’s inner circle.

We said we’d walk together, baby, come what may
That come the twilight, should we lose our way
If as we’re walking, a hand should slip free
I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me

We swore we’d travel, darlin’, side by side
We’d help each other stay in stride
But each lover’s steps fall so differently
But I’ll wait for you
And if I should fall behind
Wait for me

Lucky Town peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, with Better Days (paired with Human Touch‘s title track) peaking at number one on the Mainstream Rock. Lucky Town has since sold more than one million copies in the United States. Springsteen was working on Human Touch, which he intended to release sometime in 1990, but the project took him longer than he thought. While most of the songs from the album have received few performances since the reunion of the E Street Band, If I Should Fall Behind was played at every show during the 1999–2000 Reunion Tour and was included in the Live in New York City DVD and CD release.

References:
1. Lucky Town – Wikipedia

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If I Needed Someone (1965) – The Beatles

I was listening to If I Needed Someone which I got from Max; a huge Beatles fan; at his PowerPop blog page. George Harrison, the lead guitarist wrote this one and it might explain why I am so fond of it. This is the Beatles in chill-mode and it’s not surprising George had his hands all over it. It possesses a Travelling Wilbury’s / Byrds mellow sound which really works for me. I’m by no means a Beatles aficionado, which I have discussed before, but this song doesn’t sound like your typical Beatles ‘in your face tune’ and that’s why I like it so much. I can understand why it is recognised as Harrison’s best song to date upon release.

Carve your number on my wall
And maybe you will get a call from me
If I needed someone
Ah, ah, ah, ah


If I had some more time to spend
Then I guess I’d be with you my friend
If I needed someone

According to Wikipedia: Harison wrote the song for Pattie Boyd, the English model whom he married in January 1966. The lyrics convey an ambivalent tone, however, and have invited interpretation as a message to a casual love interest. It was partly inspired by the Byrds who the Beatles formed a relationship with in 1965 and were enjoying an international success with their debut single, of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man“.

Harrison of-course ran into difficulties with the Beatles trying to establish himself as a songwriter since Lennon and McCartney had the duopoly as it were, even since they were very young. I always wished Harrison had more songwriting influence in the Beatles. David Fricke in the Rolling Stone article (2002) included it in his list of the “25 Essential Harrison Performances” and described If I Needed Someone,..a “folk-rock diamond“.

References:
1. If I Needed Someone – Wikipedia

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Bull Durham (1988) – Ron Shelton (Friday’s Finest)

In my article about Baseball Romanticism, I mentioned how Bull Durham was one of my favourite baseball movies. I have never seen a game of baseball in the United States, but I like watching games in the background when they appear on ESPN. When I win the lottery, I want to go on a pilgrimage to see one MLB game in each Club’s stadium (and the makeshift Field of Dreams ground) in just one MLB season. That’s my sporting dream. There is something about the romanticism of Baseball that keeps pulling me in and today’s movie Bull Durham lent part to my fascination.

Wikipedia Storyline:

Bull Durham is partly based upon the minor-league baseball experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham Bulls, a minor-league baseball team in Durham, North Carolina. The film stars Kevin Costner as “Crash” Davis, a veteran catcher from the AAA Richmond Braves, brought in to teach rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) about the game in preparation for reaching the major leagues. Baseball groupie Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) romances Nuke but finds herself increasingly attracted to Crash.

There is a fantastic moment recalled by Director Robert Shelton regarding the response to his movie:

A man came up and asked if I was Ron Shelton. I said yes, and he said, ‘Somebody would like to meet you.’ So, I followed him—I didn’t realize at the time it was Stanley Donen, the director—and he brought me over to his best friend, Billy Wilder. Wilder looked up and said, ‘Great fuckin’ picture, kid!’ I said, ‘Mr. Wilder, that’s the best review I’ve ever had!'”

—Director Ron Shelton, in a 2008 interview

Bull Durham is an unusual movie in the sense that it doesn’t have any pretenses and doesn’t follow a typical “from zero to hero” story. It just tells you how it is. And the results are often teasy, cheeky, sexy, scandalous and sometimes downright arrogant. But it seems to capture at its heart – Baseball. It’s a largely unforgotten sports-comedy, but one of the best I have seen. This is mainly a character driven movie and there is great chemistry between them. Also, the soundtrack features great music including Bill Haley and The Comets Rock around the Clock, Edith Piaf Non, je ne regrette rien and La vie en Rose, and The Everly brothers When I Will be Loved.

The film was well-received critically with an approval rating of 97%, based on 71 reviews, and an average rating of 8.00/10. On the web site Rotten Tomatoes, the critical critical consensus reads, “Kevin Costner at his funniest and most charismatic in Bull Durham, a film that’s as wise about relationships as it is about minor league baseball.

References:
1. Bull Durham – Wikipedia

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If I Didn’t Have Your Love (2016) – Leonard Cohen

Mural of Leonard Cohen on the side of an apartment building in downtown Montreal

If I Didn’t Have Your Love is the first song to appear here from Leonard Cohen’s final album You Want It Darker. When this album came out, I was enchanted by it. I wrote in the Dylan forum Expecting Rain analyses of each song, which regrettably I no longer possess. The fusion in many songs between interpretations of theology Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism is on another level. I couldn’t recommend this record any more to fans of Leonard, contemporary spiritual music or poetry in general. This is Leonard at his confessional as death regrettably comes a’ knockin‘.

Today’s song If I Didn’t Have Your Love is analogous to a recent post I wrote – Some Observations about Space – Time which hypothesised if the earth stood still at midnight as well as everything else in the Universe then there would be no time to observe. Leonard seems to superimpose ‘Love‘ as the 5th dimensional vantage point of Space -Time in our current reality. The song seems to be in some form a reconciliation process between Science and Faith.

If the sun would lose its light
And we lived an endless night
And there was nothing left that you could feel
That’s how it would be
What my life would seem to me
If I didn’t have your love to make it real


If the stars were all unpinned
And a cold and bitter wind
Swallowed up the world without a trace
Ah, well that’s where I would be
What my life would seem to me
If I couldn’t lift the veil and see your face

You Want It Darker is Cohen’s 14th and final album released on October 21, 2016, 17 days before his passing. Most of the songs on the album will be presented here. I remember being so shook up by his death and I played his music for days on end and wrote about them in remembrance. The title track was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance in January 2018. You Want It Darker (album) was recorded in the living room of his home in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles and then sent by e-mail to his musical collaborators. His son, Adam Cohen recalled that “occasionally, in bouts of joy, he would even, through his pain, stand up in front of the speakers, and we’d repeat a song over and over like teenagers“.

References:
1. You Want It Darker – Wikipedia

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If I Could (Goin’ Fishin) 2003 – Kasey Chambers

If I Could appeared on the single of Kasey’s version of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours and peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Her rendition reached No. 76 on the End of Year Top 100 Singles for 2003 and was certified as a gold record. Kasey’s music has featured prominently here, and this rollicking amusing song drew me straight in. For sheer originality, this song gets bonus points from me. She is playing below live with her long-time guitarist who just happens to be her father Bill Chambers.

If I could make my livin’
Goin’ fishing
Then I would make my livin’
With a line and pole
Put food on the table
Give the money to the landlord
Buy some workin’ clothes
Cause I ain’t
Making money goin’ fishing
Like I’m paid in the factory

If I Could is a cover version of Tim Carroll’s original release in 1993. He was a long time ago a punk rocker in the Indiana group The Gizmos. He has a great deal of punk rock influence in his music, but you wouldn’t know it hearing Kasey’s version below. Carroll remembers when he first fell in love with guitar. He was about 7 and had never been around a real guitar before.
     “My dad came home from work one day and he had an acoustic guitar with him,” he recalls. “When I walked in the house, I saw this guitar and sort of raked my fingers across it, and I just thought it was magic. Since that moment, I’ve been hooked on guitar.
This song has been covered by many artists, including John Prine, Kasey Chambers, Sunny Sweeny, & Sonny Burgess.

References:
1. Kasey Chambers – Wikipedia
2. Tim Carroll – Discogs

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“Idilio”(Improvising) en La Habana (Cuba) (2019) – Argentina Maria López Tristancho

Idilio which is translated as ‘Romance‘ is by Tití Amadeo that Willie Colón popularized in 1993. The song is renowned as one of the greats of Salsa music but has been adopted to form more what’s called ‘Latin Jazz‘ and has mixed cultural roots. I regularly browse the songs performed on the streets / cafes of Cuba. I point you also to an article I wrote celebrating the music of Cuba – Buena Vista Social Club (1999) – Wim Wenders. The singer below of this version of Idilio is Argentina María López Tristancho known artistically for Argentina, ‘generation 84, born in Huelva – Andalusia – Spain.

A loose English translation of Idilio is as follows:

I am only encouraged by the divine desire to make you mine
But the uncertainty that I’m going through destroys me
It is that the cruel snow of the years cools my body
And I’m running out of patience waiting for you

And I’m running out of patience waiting for you
That with kisses I wake you up at daybreak
And that the idyll always lasts when the night comes
And when the dawn comes full of joy
Your soul and mine merge into one

The singer of the impromptu version below Argentina Maria wrote:
I share with you this magical moment recorded on May 12, 2019. It was unexpected and improvising at the “Restaurante La Vitrola” in Old Havana (Cuba) the song “Idilio” by Tití Amadeo that Willie Colón popularized among others. I have the pleasure of sharing in the video with Grupo Evolución who works in this restaurant regularly. Without rehearsing it, the music took over us. We were able to merge our flamenco and Cuban feelings in this beautiful work by maestro Colón. This came up and we filled our souls. Unforgettable and indescribable. We had a lot of funFor me it is a document for history. I hope you like it.

References:
1. Argentina Maria web site

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12/09 – 18/09/22 – Excess Deaths, Climate Change, Trans & Social Justice

news on the march

Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

Record Excess Deaths in Europe
Video presentation at Dr. John Campbell

Excess deaths are a phenomenon all over the world. The European Union has just published data showing that excess deaths is 16% higher than we would expect (highest 2022 value so far) – 37% more for Spain than expected. And the vast majority of these are not COVID deaths, so we have got a great increase in non-COVID deaths. (View video presentation here)

Are We Being Told the Truth on Climate Change? – Patrick Moore
Video podcast interview at Triggernometry

Patrick Moore is an ecologist, author and former president of Greenpeace. (Watch video podcast interview here)

Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality – Helen Joyce
Video podcast interview at Jordan P Peterson

The Trans movement surges across western civilization, necessitating the ego-centric fantasies of gender-dysphoric youths over what once was known commonly as indisputable reality. Helen Joyce and Dr Jordan B Peterson discuss the depths of this truly cultural battle, the dangers of a quickly growing transhumanist ideology, and the unbridled narcissism lurking at the heart of the conflict.

Helen Joyce is an Irish novelist and journalist, acting as the executive editor for events and business at the Economist in London…(Watch video interview here)

How the Religion of Social Justice Captured the Western World – Andrew Doyle
Video interview at Skeptic

Shermer and Doyle discuss: terminology of: PC, identity politics, woken, social justice, antifa, BLM, TERF, intersectionality • Critical Social Justice as a witch craze • Satanic Panic (1980s) • Recovered Memory Movement (1990s) • How widespread is the problem: minor skirmishes on social media or mainstream? • Hill-Harris 2021 poll: 32% voters ID as woke and 31% said they don’t know what the term means • new puritanism as a secular religion • Whiteness and White fragility • Implicit Association Test • Postmodernism • Neo-Marxism • Cancel Culture • hate speech • J.K. Rowling • pluralistic ignorance.

Andrew Doyle is a writer, satirist and political commentator. (Watch entire video interview here)

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Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ (I Call to You, Lord Jesus Christ), BWV 639 – Johann Sebastian Bach 

I Call to You, Lord Jesus Christ is the first composition presented here from Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750). This is such a quaint, but beautiful piece of music. I haven’t ever had a more difficult time looking up information about a piece of music than this one. Although it’s stated Ich ruf zu dir is amongst the most popular chorale preludes in Bach’s collection. These preludes were intended to be used in church services and an introduction to congregational singing. To give you a sense of Bach’s composition depth, Wikipedia published (as referenced below) an article of ‘Bach Works Catalogue‘ 1 to 1126! This piece is No. 639.

Bach was a German composer, and his compositions include secular and sacred music. In the 18th century he was valued primarily as an organist. Since the 19th-century Bach revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. Felix Mendelssohn is often credited as an important figure in reviving music from the past. He conducted a famous performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion on 11 March 1829. The concert is cited as one of the most significant events in the early music revival, although the performance used contemporary instruments and the work was condensed.

References:
1. BWV 639 Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ – Wikipedia
2. Never Before Was Jesus Called Upon So Movingly – Bach Society

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I Try (1999) – Macy Gray

I’m a big fan of this song. What really impressed me apart from the awesome melody was her distinctive voice. It’s a truly unique and gifted voice. The video of the song below is excellent, and it seems to suggest Gray was dreaming / imagining the whole time from her hotel bed of seeing her love. It is Gray’s most successful single to date, peaking at number five in the United States and number one in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. It won the best female vocal performance at the 2001 Grammy awards.

I try to say goodbye and I choke
I try to walk away and I stumble
Though I try to hide it, it’s clear
My world crumbles when you are not near
Goodbye and I choke
I try to walk away and I stumble
Though I try to hide it, it’s clear
My world crumbles when you are not near

Natalie Renée McIntyre was born on September 6, 1967, and known by her stage name Macy Gray. She is known for her raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday. Gray has released ten studio albums, and received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one. She has appeared in a number of films, including Training Day and Spider-Man. In August 2001, Gray was booed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game after forgetting the lyrics to the American national anthem.

Gray received backlash over comments made during her 2022 appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored, which some audiences took as discriminatory towards transgender women. In the interview, Gray was asked how she would define a woman, to which she answered, “boobs and a vagina“. She went on to state that she did not support the inclusion of transgender women in women’s sports, adding that “Just because you go change your parts, doesn’t make you a woman“, although she pointed out that she would call someone what they would like to be called.

References:
1. I Try – Wikipedia
2. Macy Gray – Wikipedia

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