Part 1, a comment lifted from Berube's blog. (No 19, at the link.)
For me, in so many ways, my unhinged far-left views can be summarized by the mottoes from posters i have hanging on the wall next to my desk:
EarthFirst! Obey Little, Resist Much
John Trudell: don’t trust anyone who isn’t angry!
Woody Guthrie: This Machine Kills Fascists
Tom Morello: Arm The Homeless!!
And for the not so unhinged, perhaps a question: Why does the left have to be held to standards of hermeneutical* integrity, while the right can be all over the mind map of lies and hypocrisy?
Berube went on vacation earlier this year, and when he came back, I forgot to start reading him again -- until this week. My bad!
Part 2 Jean Sebelius Invents Jazz
The Time: 1900
The place: Rapallo, Italy
Jean Sibelius writes the first walking bass line that I know of. Sadly, almost inaudible in this clip. So listen carefully (Other recordings on YouTube, alas, are even more inaudible.) Then the bassoons take over, with a strange, not quite the blues melody.
OK. It's not really jazz. But it is a very cool symphony - and I get to play it tonight!
* Which I also refuse to look up. (And as the follow up comments at Berube's illustrate, the exact meaning (evidently: “across-the-board-ism”) was not clear in context. Hope that helps.