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Claude Scales
I'm a Mets, Jets, Nets, Islanders, and South Florida Bulls fan. Consequently, I'm well acquainted with what Miguel de Unamuno called "the tragic sense of life."
I'm a Mets, Jets, Nets, Islanders, and South Florida Bulls fan. Consequently, I'm well acquainted with what Miguel de Unamuno called "the tragic sense of life."

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Remembrances--an addendum: John Glenn
When I had finished my Remembrances post, I had a feeling that I'd left out someone very significant. I had noted the death of John Glenn on Facebook, and had meant to post about him here, but got caught up in pre-Christmas madness along with my paying work...

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Dewey & LeBoeuf: why I'm mourning the death of a law firm, part 2.
This is a continuation of the story that begins here . When I returned to LeBoeuf in 1973 from my Army stint, the firm had grown modestly, to about 45 lawyers. While I had spent most of my first year working on public utility matters, I now found myself cal...

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Al Jarreau, 1940-2017
Al Jarreau, whose syncretic style bridged jazz, mainstream pop, and rhythm 'n' blues, died today at 76. In the clip below, he does a vocal cover of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five", in which he demonstrates skill at scat singing, which I once was bold (or crazy) ...

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Remembrances, 2016
Back in January I posted my "Look Back" at 2016 . I noted that past New Year's posts had included remembrances of those friends and significant people in my life who had died during the previous year, and promised that I would post my remembrances for 2016 ...

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Morehouse College Glee Club: "We Shall Overcome"
The video clip below is of the Morehouse College Glee Club singing "We Shall Overcome" (arranged by Wendell P. Whalum ) at the 2009 Candle on the Bluff Awards Ceremony in Memphis. Morehouse College, in Atlanta, is the alma mater  of Dr. Martin Luther King, ...

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TBT: Sonny Boy Williamson, "Nine Below Zero".
It hasn't quite made it to nine below zero here in New York yet--well, maybe on the Centigrade scale--but it's sure felt like a shock after our mostly balmy December. Still, it's an appropriate time for this blues, led and sung by the greatest of blues harm...

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2016: a look back.
Marsh, Orleans (Cape Cod) Massachusetts, January 1, 2017 For some years I've posted (with a few days' delay) a "New Year's Remembrances and Shout -Outs": the remembrances being of people I loved, knew, or respected who had died during the previous year; the...

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The Roches, "Good King Wenceslas", and the Feast of Stephen
Good King Wenceslas looked out, On the Feast of Stephen, When the snow lay all about, Deep and crisp and even.... So begins what is, to most of us, a very familiar Christmas carol. What, though, is the Feast of Stephen, and who was Wenceslas? The Feast of S...

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Alison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma, "The Wexford Carol"
Bluegrass great Alison Krauss here joins with cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma to perform one of my Yuletide favorites, "The Wexford Carol" , with lyrics dating to the twelfth century and a tune probably older than that. That a bluegrass musician should sing an Iris...

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Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), "Suzanne" solo and with Judy Collins
Leonard Cohen, songwriter, singer, novelist, and poet-probably best known for those talents, in that order- died today at 82 . Was he Canada's Bob Dylan? Their careers ran roughly in parallel, and there were similarities in their talents, but also differe...
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