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Deep conversation between father & daughter

Lest we forget, this is not over. Two of my wife's co-workers passed due to COVID.

They work in India. Her team is global, with team mates all over the world working on the platform she supports and maintains.

Her colleagues in India are an integral part of the team. Their passing underscores how this pandemic has struck all of us around the globe. They were people, loved by family and friends and will be missed more than we can know.

Today, India saw it's most deadly day. Over 4,000 people dead. Hospitals over run and no ventilators to be found at all. It will not get better before it gets much worse. This is a tragedy of phenomenal scale.

India reported its highest daily death toll — 4,187 people — on Saturday, weeks into the world's worst wave of coronavirus cases that's leaving people without lifesaving hospital beds, oxygen and drugs.

In all, nearly 240,000 people in India are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, with reported infections topping 21 million.


But as bad as the government's official numbers are, they are almost certainly a vast undercount.


It is time we rethink the way we interact. Will we ever again have a world free to co-mingle without the need for caution? The asian countries have been the leader in wearing masks as preventive measure for transmission of disease.

I was in China and Hong Kong in 1998 and there were already numerous people wearing masks at that time. Were they prescient? What did they know? Was it just their intelligence telling them, 'hey, look, I live in a crowded city and I don't want to get sick" or was it something else? A knowledge of things to come.

We can't blame the orange anus for India's woes, but we can point to his toxic denial of the danger and say, 'That, right there, IS the problem".

The world has changed, time to accept the fact that we are not just poisoning the planet, we are poisoning ourselves.

It will not get better, until we get better. That leaves the question.

Will we get better?

I can only hope.

Saturday Night Neo Classical Heavy Metal - Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Trial by Fire - Live in Leningrad

Trial by Fire: Live in Leningrad is the first live album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 12 October 1989 through Polydor Records. The album reached #31 on the Swedish albums chart[3] and #128 on the Billboard 200.[4] A VHS video of the concert was released in 11 July 1991 through PolyGram, and a DVD edition was reissued in Japan on 12 December 2006 through Universal Music.


Yngwie Johan Malmsteen (/ˈɪŋveɪ ˈmɑːlmstiːn/; born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck; 30 June 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter, composer, and bandleader. Malmsteen first became known in the 1980s for his neoclassical playing style in heavy metal, and has released 21 studio albums in a career spanning over 40 years. In 2009, Time magazine rated Malmsteen as number 9 among the 11 greatest electric guitar players of all time.


Friday Night Blues Album Rock - Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood

For those that don't have time for the full album, the live version of the title track, Texas Flood, is posted first...it is amazing.

Texas Flood is the debut studio album by the American blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, released on June 13, 1983 by Epic Records. The album was named after a cover featured on the album, "Texas Flood", which was first recorded by blues singer Larry Davis in 1958. Produced by the band and recording engineer Richard Mullen, Texas Flood was recorded in the space of three days at Jackson Browne's personal recording studio in Los Angeles. Vaughan wrote six of the album's ten tracks.

Two singles, "Love Struck Baby" and "Pride and Joy", were released from the album. A music video was made for "Love Struck Baby" and received regular rotation on MTV in 1983. Texas Flood was reissued in 1999 with five bonus tracks including an interview segment, studio outtake, and three live tracks recorded on September 23, 1983 at The Palace in Hollywood, California. The album was reissued again in 2013, with two CDs in celebration of the album's 30th anniversary. Disc 1 is the original album with one bonus track, "Tin Pan Alley". Disc 2 is a previously unreleased concert recorded at Ripley's Music Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 20, 1983.

Texas Flood received positive reviews, with critics praising the deep blues sound, and Vaughan’s songwriting, while some criticized the album for straying too far from mainstream rock. A retrospective review by AllMusic awarded it five out of five stars.


Texas Flood Bonus LIVE Video (this is the most incredible live performance on YouTube)

Full Album

Saturday Night Jazz Album - John Coltrane - My Favorite Things - 1961

The title track is a modal rendition of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. The melody is heard numerous times throughout, but instead of playing solos over the written chord changes, both Tyner and Coltrane take extended solos over vamps of the two tonic chords, E minor and E major, played in waltz time.[6] In the documentary The World According to John Coltrane, narrator Ed Wheeler remarks on the impact that this song's popularity had on Coltrane's career:

In 1960, Coltrane left Miles [Davis] and formed his own quartet to further explore modal playing, freer directions, and a growing Indian influence. They transformed "My Favorite Things", the cheerful populist song from 'The Sound of Music,' into a hypnotic eastern dervish dance. The recording was a hit and became Coltrane's most requested tune—and a bridge to broad public acceptance.

On March 3, 1998, Rhino Records reissued My Favorite Things as part of its Atlantic 50th Anniversary Jazz Gallery series. Included as bonus tracks were both sides of the "My Favorite Things" single, released as Atlantic 5012 in 1961

In 1998, the album received the Grammy Hall of Fame award.


Bass – Steve Davis
Drums – Elvin Jones
Piano – McCoy Tyner
Soprano Saxophone – John Coltrane (tracks: A1, A2)
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane (tracks: B1, B2)

Friday Night Album Rock - The Stooges - The Stooges - 1969

According to music historian Denise Sullivan, The Stooges was "disavowed" by most critics; Sullivan nonetheless called it "a rock'n'roll classic". In a contemporary review, Edmund O. Ward of Rolling Stone called it "loud, boring, tasteless, unimaginative and childish", while conceding that he "kind of liked it". Robert Christgau gave it a backhanded compliment in his column for The Village Voice, deeming it "stupid-rock at its best", but did give it a "B+" grade overall.

In retrospect, Will Hodgkinson called The Stooges "charged and brutal garage-rock", and Pitchfork critic Joe Tangari said it was one of the essential forerunners to the punk rock movement of the 1970s. It and the Stooges' next two albums were later deemed "proto-punk landmarks", according to Mojo journalist Manish Agarwal. Daryl Easlea, writing for BBC Music, called the album "rock at its most primordial. ... [the] album is the original punk rock rush on record, a long-held well-kept secret by those in the know." Mark Deming of AllMusic commented, "Part of the fun of The Stooges is, then as now, the band managed the difficult feat of sounding ahead of their time and entirely out of their time, all at once."

In 2003, the album was placed at number 185 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time", maintaining the rating in its 2012 revised list,[20] and dropping to number 488 in its 2020 list. The magazine also included "1969" in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time". Robert Dimery, writing in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, said that the album was "a collection of brilliant curios, which were neither full-on garage rock, nor out-and-out dirge." In 2005, Q magazine placed "I Wanna Be Your Dog" at number 13 in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Tracks"


The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star

Where were you in August 1981 when MTV launched? I was in my apartment getting ready for history to be made, weed, beer and adrenaline feeding my desire for the first video to debut at Midnight.

I think I had MTV on all the time for about 2 years after its debut. I don't ever remember watching regular TV during that time.

Although the video had already been released in 1979, the debut as the first video on MTV firmly entrenched the song in the annals of Rock history.

Tucker Carlson encourages viewers to confront those wearing masks

I say bring it.

Anyone wants to confront me will get an earful. I have no time for maskholes.

Black Pumas - Colors

Black Pumas is an American psychedelic soul band based in Austin, Texas, led by singer/songwriter Eric Burton and guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada. The group received its first Grammy Award nomination in 2020 for Best New Artist at the 62nd awards.


505 - Arctic Monkeys

Not shy of a spark
A knife twists at the thought that I should fall short of the mark
Frightened by the bite no, it's not harsher than the bark
Middle of adventure, such a perfect place to start

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