What’s Your Greatest Comedic Moment? Larry and the Battered Women

Larry David goes to see some battered women (women who have suffered from domestic abuse)…You might recall the fabulous actress Ma’am’ here as Eddie’s wife Catherine in the 1983 Vacation movie – Miriam Flynn. She made this scene work as much as Larry.

This post may not be to everyone’s liking, but such is comedy. I received a response to a comment on You tube which I had written eon’s ago about this video and I noticed it received 454 likes! That’s nearly boy-band territory and I was gobsmacked. My very likeable comment was as follows:

I think this is my favourite scene from the show. The support cast are just brilliant and the awkwardness and lack of sincerity conveyed by everyone in their suppressed anger states is utterly engrossing.’

Even before many decided my comment was so likeable I felt this scene… as far as comedy served was the best I’d ever seen. So in celebration of my intuition and the many likes I was greeted (and big-head), I commit this legendary video to my blog…

What ingenious comedic moment rings true for you?

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Burbujas de Amor (1990) – Juan Luis Guerra

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Burbujas de Amor (Bubbles of Love) is the second song to appear from the Dominican – Juan Luis Guerra in this music project. It appears on the same 1990 album as the title song Bachata Rosa (see image above) which featured here. That album was a huge hit, selling 5 million copies worldwide. Juan Luis Guerra is arguably the most popular music artist in all of Latin America and one of the most internationally recognized Latin artists of recent decades.

The ‘radio-play’ his songs get here in Colombia is obscene and for good reason – Juan is enormously talented and the high quality and plethora of music he has released makes the mind boggle. Also, he almost single-handedly populised bachata music on a global level. Bachata music originates from the Dominican Republic and features a more traditional bolero rhythm and aesthetic mixed with bossa-nova influenced melodies and harmony.

Today’s song Burbujas de Amor, like Juan Luis Guerra’s previous entry here Bachata Rosa follows on in that Bachata tradition. What I find so appealing about his interpretation of Bachata music is that it’s just wonderfully soothing to the ear and there is a ‘romantic’ element to it which is distinct from anything I’ve heard in contemporary Western music.  Since this music was so far removed from the music I was accustomed, it took me time to appreciate it. But upon subsequent listens I couldn’t help but feel truly immersed.

Burbujas de Amor caused quite a bit of controversy when it was first released. Apparently some people interpreted its poetry salaciously and it was banned from airwaves in some parts. Regardless, it’s now adored and laps the radio waves. Like with Bachata Rosa, I’m just so impressed by the lyrics-poetry in Burbujas de Amor. A translation can never be perfect… and in this case it’s almost impossible to capture the beauty of the poetry, but here goes with a loose translation of its first part:

I have a heart
Crippled by hope and reason
I have a heart
That awakens wherever
Ay, ay, ay, ay
This heart
Undresses itself impatiently at the sound of your voice
Poor heart
That struggles for its sanity

I would like to be a fish
So I could touch my nose in your aquarium
And make bubbles of love 
Wherever
Oh-oh-oh and spend the night in vigil
Soaked in you

 

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String Quartet No. 2 in D Major Notturno (1881) – Alexander Borodin

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I challenge long-term happily married couples to top this romantic gesture. According to Alexander Borodin’s biographer Serge Dianin, this quartet was composed as Borodin’s  20th Anniversary gift to his wife Ekaterina Protopova. Not only was he a Russian music composer (of Georgian heritage) but also a doctor and chemist. Romantic chemistry would appear to be one of his fortes but he regarded his musical composition as just a spare time pursuit although he is better known these days as a composer.

This chemist in his day was best known in his profession for his work concerning organic synthesis, and co-discoverer of the aldol reaction. Borodin was a promoter of education in Russia and founded the School of Medicine for Women in Saint Petersburg, where he taught until 1885. Borodin was born in Saint Petersburg as an illegitimate son of a 62-year-old Georgian nobleman and a married 25-year-old Russian woman. The nobleman had him registered as the son of one of his Russian serfs, Porfiry Borodin, hence the composer’s Russian last name. Thankfully Borodin was well provided for by his Georgian father.

The third movement below Notturno is the most popular of the 4 movements he wrote. According to wikipedia Borodin was one of the prominent 19th-century composers known as “The Mighty Handful”, a group dedicated to producing a uniquely Russian kind of classical music, rather than imitating earlier Western European models. The third movement also serves as the score to Disney’s 2006 short The Little Matchgirl and as an excerpt of the piece played in the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery. His music is noted for its strong lyricism and rich harmonies.

References:
1. Alexander Borodin – wikipedia

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Lynyrd Skynyd (Freebird) – How Life Once Was!

I think when I saw this video today in my YT feed of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing Freebird I knew I was in trouble nostalgically from the get-go.

My understanding is this concert was performed just 40 days or so days before their ill-fated flight which killed members of the band. But what really made an impression upon me was just seeing how healthy and animated appeared the crowd – living in the moment. These were times before processed food, tattoos-makeup and portable technology became the vogue. And also before HIV and now the pandemic COVID-19 windswept the populations.

I like to remember this performance as how life used to be. Look at the radiance exuded from these fresh faces. It’s hard to equate that vitality and innocence to anything seen in recent times.

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Buffalo Bill (2000) – Sara Storer

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This Australian country song was sent to me by mother many years ago and I took an immediate liking to it. Buffalo Bill is from Sara Storer’s debut studio album called Chasing Buffalo. Storer won the Best New Talent award at the Australian country music awards for Buffalo Bill.

And will the real Buffalo Bill please stand
Holding a beer and a gun in each hand
Those bright blue eyes give away more than he knows
When they sparkle as his story tells of chasin’ buffalo

Sara Storer was born on 6th of October 1973 which makes her my senior by 100 days or so which means I would call her Ma’am and stand-fast when she addressed me. She grew up on a huge cattle farm in Wemen, rural Victoria – Australia and completed her tertiary studies in Melbourne, becoming a teacher. Living in Camooweal, she met a retired water buffalo shooter, Harry Chandler, whose stories inspired her to write, Buffalo Bill, her first song.

Sara has since gone on to do six studio albums, three of which have have reached the top 30 of the ARIA charts. Despite her successful recording career she has never lost her country calling. When in Darwin she married David O’Hare, a cattle buyer, in April 2012 and the couple have four children and live on a farm near Albury.

References:
1. Sara Storer – wikipedia

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Buckets of Rain (1975) – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan 1975

Bob Dylan 1975

Buckets of Rain comes from one of Dylan’s most critically acclaimed records – 1975’s Blood on the Tracks. It is the last song on the record and is certainly different from all which proceeds it. Dylan often does that on his records. He tangentially leaves us on a different note than the impression or mood the record might convey. It’s basically a light closing of a desperate album.

Compare for example today’s song Buckets of Rain – a reflective and lighter refrained piece about love with his gut-wrenching love masterpiece  ‘If You See Her, Say Hello‘ which proceeds it 2 songs back. They both reflect distinct moods of someone thinking about the same thing and despite the bluesy whimsical tone of Buckets the narrator is still facing some awry conflicting emotions as seen below, not unlike where he went with Abandoned Love which has already been discussed here:

I like your smile
And your fingertips
Like the way that you move your hips
I like the cool way you look at me
Everything about you is bringing me misery

But the whimsicality of this verse hasn’t turned into the fervor of torment that is Abandoned Love which he would leave off his next record Desire. Buckets of Rain was recorded in New York City. The final album contains 5 recorded songs in NYC and 5 in Minneapolis. The guy singing this song seems like a deeply flawed individual not unlike that presented in Abandoned Love. He is thoroughly self-centered. Even his love for the woman is declared in a way which egotistically focuses on himself:

I got all the love…’

But the narrator in this case has humor and reuses the buckets metaphor is to associate his depth of his feelings – ‘all the love’ – with his misery, represented by the tears. And when he at last mentions her, it’s to compare her unfavorably with himself. He’s got so much love for her, she wouldn’t be able to ‘stand’ any more.

References:
1. Untold Dylan – Buckets of Rain
2. Bob Dylan Song analysis – David Weir

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5/05 – 11/05/20 incl. False Prophet, Herd Immunity, Trees & the 1619 Project

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

Song at Bob Dylan:

2 days ago Bob Dylan released his third song False Prophet from his upcoming album Rough and Rowdy Ways which will be his first album of original songs in eight years.  Dylan’s gradual unveiling of new music during this pandemic has been to me at least one of the few positive things to have occurred in the world. Rough and Rowdy Ways, which is almost certainly named after the 1929 Jimmie Rodgers classic “My Rough and Rowdy Ways,” will be his 39th studio album, landing 57 years after his debut LP. Due for release on June 19th. He’ll turn 79 on May 24th. ..….…(Listen to song).

Video podcast at Bret Weinstein:

Bret and Heather’s podcast which is released biweekly is dedicated to the Pandemic and has become my primary source of information during this quarantine. This married couple who also both happen to be doctors in Biology are providing an invaluable community service by carefully responding to the great unknowns associated with the virus and unpacking with due diligence their interpretations of the various conspiracy hypotheses doing the rounds. Personally, I have found their measured discussions to be of a great relief during this time of immense uncertainty and frustration. Watch entire video podcast

Short Story at Intellectual Shaman:

Sometimes luck finds us, and the best kind finds us when we are young. -Intellectual Shaman

After reading Treasure Island, I had a habit of rowing to small islands and digging big holes for treasure; just because I hadn’t found any yet, didn’t mean it wasn’t there. It’s not about the treasure, but about the hunt; finding a map in an old book and understanding the riddles that can take you on an adventure. Strangely, if you think this way, treasure comes to you in different ways. And this is the story of one of the treasures I found without looking for it.(Read Entire Short Story)

This is quite simply one of the most enlightening discussions I have ever heard surrounding ‘race’. I have watched it twice since it came out and recommended it to many since I was so impressed to see such a transparent yet passionate discussion about this controversial subject which hasn’t let up particularly in North America. Some of the topics they delve into are the following:

    1. Nikole Hannah-Jones wins a Pulitzer Prize for the 1619 Project
    2. This is “a desperate struggle for dignity” and
    3. Self-hatred and patronization ..(Watch entire podcast)

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Bubak And Hungaricus – Anonymous

Bubak And Hungaricus is early 18th Century gypsy music which was arranged by Jaroslav Krček and included on the Amadeus soundtrack.  The composer is unknown, but it’s a fun old Central European folk musical piece which seems to have been turned into a court dance tune over time. These folk dances which was performed at the palace as a curtain raiser to Mozart’s music show how classical composers constantly drew from the folk music that was all around them.

In the feudal courts of Europe, the usual instruments of strings, cornets, and harpsichords were often joined by folk instruments, like a bagpipe made from a sheep’s bladder. The ensemble heard here includes an ancient recorder-like flute, and a curious single-string double bass with a penetrating drone, the tromba marina, so named because it was used as a foghorn on ships.

Reference:
1. Amadeus – The Music – A musical process

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28/04 – 4/05 incl. Stacey E. Bryan, Defeating Evil & The Bob Dylan Project

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

Blog article at Inner Circle:

Stacey Bryan backflipI was tickled pink to wander across this recent interview with my good friend and author of Day for Night – Stacey E. Bryan. Few other ‘blog guests’ spots I have found as witty and engaging as what Stacey unpacks about herself here. Her backflip as a youngster from a friend’s fence (see inset photo) was the bee’s knees! You can check out Stacey’s blog Laughter Over Tears here.

My name’s Stacey but everyone calls me Oaks after the place where I grew up in the San Fernando Valley in L.A., Sherman Oaks. That’s not true. I just made that up. I am from The Valley, but I don’t have a cool nickname, although I’ve always wished I had a man’s name. Carson. Wyatt. Levi. Reed. From here on out, please call me Levi.
My last blog entry was a few paragraphs from David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King” that involved a lot of dreamy, flowing words that I thought would instill a sense of quiet in those who read it, maybe diminishing all our coronavirus worries and concerns for a few moments at least.
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.….…(Read entire article).

Video Interview excerpt at Rebel Wisdom:

Psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson shared on a former film “‘Mysticism, Spirit and the Shadow” his insights on how to defeat evil. This clip is from “‘Mysticism, Spirit and the Shadow”.Watch entire interview excerpt

Poem at Intellectual Shaman:

Ordinary Confidence
is not enough
and when I make things bigger
I can’t ride the wave
Everybody wants some
until the fall
So, we must believe
there is an angel inside….(Read Entire Poem)

Any aficionado of the music of Bob Dylan should get their kicks from this massive resource site. I only stumbled across it when they linked one of my music articles about Bob to their resource links.

The objective of The Bob Dylan Project is to list every recording of every song sung or written by Bob Dylan and to provide direct links to the actual recordings. In addition the project provides direct links to other notable versions of each song available on YouTube or other streaming services….We are now at 200 Albums, 1,500 Songs, 5,000 Artists, 10,000 versions and 70,000 links to Bob Dylan related music! ..(View web site)

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ANZAC Day in Australia and memories of my Father.

Anzac Day

My father Colin Kick at the ANZAC memorial

I just finished watching some commemoration videos live of ANZAC Day in Australia and I’m so thankful my children were able to see some of them too.  My father passed away on this day back in 2003 and I wrote a post about that here. It remains the most difficult post I have ever written but the one I’m most proudest.  My father – like what this day represents was the most courageous man I ever knew. He didn’t take out any gun turrets or serve in any war, but the way he lived life and vigorously searched interest and common ground in others was something I hadn’t seen in another human being.

So today by writing this post marks my celebration of his life. A life shockingly short, but extremely influential with those that had the good fortune to cross paths with him. I remember when my brother and I were at ‘Little Athletics’ in our youth, my father was such a go-to person that all the other kids played rough and tumble with him and he is the only parent in my youth where I remember that happening to. Perhaps that frivolity is frowned upon now, but he reveled into just letting his guard down and kids sensed this aura about him and took a particular liking to it. That was my Dad!

Ah, it feels just so long ago that all happened. Almost so much so that I wonder if it happened at all. But it did and they were the days and this individual – my father enriched the lives of so many around him. When I finished my yoga session yesterday I felt compelled without even realising the significance of today that I had to project to him my ‘sunshine song’ which I have written about here. You see I almost always do it for a living person, but yesterday was different.  I love you Dad!

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