For those who aren’t sluts for jazz living in the Bay Area, KCSM 91.1 FM is not just a jazz station but THE jazz station in the region! They’re a members-supported station, meaning they don’t air useless waste like commercials or a rap/pop song from today. Because of that, however, they rely a lot on the donations of their members to stay on the air. Think of KCSM as the PBS of jazz radio, without the unsightly association of the Koch brothers, er, brother. They’re currently holding their seasonal Pledge Drive, so if you got some money to spare, consider donating to KCSM! (Especially you rich bitches out there who love jazz–you all got no excuse!) And you don’t have to be from my neck of the woods to donate, as they got members all over the world.
Without KCSM, I wouldn’t have been introduced to the upbeat and spirited genres that is Latin Jazz and classic bluegrass/rockabilly (KCSM airs more than just classic jazz, I should add.) They have their own segments every Sunday afternoon, as the Latin Jazz show and Rhythm Retrospective, respectively. They’ve become my jams, not only for the catchy music, but that they air around the time I end my work week!
I’d talk more, but how ’bout we get down to some jazzy tunes instead?
That “Bernie Sanders sitting with mittens” meme is getting played out as I type, but this version tickles me! So that’s what got LeBron’s attention in the beginning; he was looking at Benny Sanders!
I’d request for Gritty to get on that meme train while it’s still hot, but he’s more likely to eat his face mask and the mittens (seasoned with hot sauce because this is Gritty we’re talking about here) before continuing to terrorize Penguins fans.
I know I’m over a day late in this (I had to deal with some unexpected shit yesterday when the news broke), but better late than never when it comes to paying respects to Hall of Famer, baseball/sports legend, and civil rights advocate Hank Aaron.
Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic and his take on Aaron’s career and legacy is miles better than what I would’ve said (because, I’ll admit, I haven’t fully followed his story outside his home run milestone):
…Many of us never saw Aaron hit a home run in person. We did not need to see that to fully appreciate and understand his legacy. Aaron was a Black man who made people feel threatened as he closed in on surpassing the shiny piece of Americana who was Babe Ruth as the greatest to ever hit a baseball over a fence. It all comes back to the fact that Aaron was unfairly vilified for simply living and working while Black, something that still goes on today…
…Hank Aaron had to be perfect. He had to do everything right with the idea that for some, he’d still be in the wrong. Even with that, there was a regality to his approach. It was knowing he always had to be “on” even when he had every right to not be. Yes, we celebrate the records and winning, but it was his dignity that made him so inspiring…You think, “He dealt with so much worse and did it with strength. Why can’t I?”…
Keep hammering those homers in heaven, Hank! You will be sorely missed.
I didn’t watch the inauguration ceremonies live today because this night owl woke up late, as I always do on my days-off from work. (Blasted east coast time!) In between catching up on the inauguration stories and celebrating the birfday of Dwight Schrute, I saw headlines on Amanda Gorman, who happens to be the youngest poet to perform at an inauguration. I read her poem in full. Then I watched her recital. And my wig was snatched in the end. I heard J-Lo performed after her, but she should’ve gone home after that and continued arguing with people on social media about how legit her face and skincare products are (*snorts*), because Amanda set the bar high with that poem and recital that Maya Angelou would have approved.
Just reading the text is not enough. Watch the video instead. Miss Amanda has this poetry geek swooning!
It’s Inauguration Day here in the States. And I am very glad to see a transition from the vile rat fucks that infested the White House, to actual politicians who care about bettering the country. I never acknowledged Orange Hitler as that “P” word, but I do look forward to hearing the words “President Biden” and “Vice-President Harris” from the media for the next four years. The titles just fit.
Here, I’ll add mine:
Lost the election
Racist got impeached twice, now
Lock his fat ass up!
(Note: I usually don’t body shame…unless if it involves someone odious as Chump. Then the gloves are off.)
Oh, and I see you TCM Channel and your slew of “Joe movies” you’ll be airing today. Well played.
Dolly Parton: a living legend and a treasure this world doesn’t deserve. Janis Joplin: a maverick who lived life to the fullest, and still remembered and admired long after her death. Both musical icons born on this day, and queens in my book! Happy 75th (!) cake days to Dolly, and posthumous birthday wishes to Janis.
I should have mentioned this last year, but shout-out to my Fourth grade elementary teacher for not only being one of my favorite teachers, but emphasizing MLK Day to us kiddos. She taught us more about MLK than what our history books then told us. Although her having the class recite his “I Have A Dream” speech to our whole school (she broke us up into groups and each group recited a certain part) was kind of nerve-wrecking. I was afraid of messing up my lines.
Anyway, in addition to these things that you can do to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King today, give his “Letter From Birmingham Jail” a read. It means a lot more today. And this tune, that my favorite local jazz station played yesterday while honoring MLK Day, makes for good reading music.
Also, I cannot be the only one bothered by that capital “T” in can’t in the quote pic.
**Update 10:44PM: Yes, I edited out and added some stuff here. I had to.
I know the chances of THE LEGENDARY & FOREVER FABULOUS Betty White reading this post is about the same amount as me winning that big-ass Powerball jackpot. (Or a small-ass Powerball jackpot, for all I know.) Nonetheless, happiest of birthdays to her today! Do your birthday dance, Betty!
No, I didn’t win the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot. But I can now get some tickets for those games (assuming no one hasn’t won yet) after I got this tip from a customer earlier today! 😀
OK, I’ve made bigger tips than that before, and I’m aware that there are some who made a lot more than that in a second. But unlike them, I’m not treating my employees (in this case, me) like indentured servants and cruelly overworking and underpaying them, so suck on that, soulless corporate billionaires!
I now have Fridays off from work. No leaving home for work, no getting up early for work, no getting stuck in weekend getaway traffic. Just watching the world go by on my ass in my comfy studio. While listening to classic bossa nova jazz, I should add!
And, of course, this forever classic!