Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Prayer For Social Justice

ALMIGHTY God, who hast created man in thine own image; Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice among men and nations, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


- from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer 

Green Bay is TITLE TOWN USA! The Packers are America's Team

I have been a fan of the Packers since I was a Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi fan in the 1960's as a small boy. I am no less a fan now, in the Mike McCarthy-Aaron Rodgers Era. The Packers have always gone to the Super Bowl in pairs (1966-1967; 1996-1997), and the road to the SuperBowl this year in the NFC cuts through Green Bay. This year, I believe that the Packers will repeat as Super Bowl Champions and will add another title to jewel of the crown of TITLETOWN USA. The Packers have NFL Championships in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1996, 2010. They have 13 world championships, the most in NFL history. It is the Packers who are truly "America's team." They are the NFL's only community owned team, in the blue-collar town of Green Bay.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Magical Mystery Tour Premiered on Boxing Day 1967

Forty-four years ago today, on Boxing Day in 1967, viewers of the BBC in the United Kingdom were treated to the Beatle's self-made movie, the Magical Mystery Tour. A project largely conceived by Paul, the Beatles went out to the country side in a painted bus, and filmed the movie, which largely consisted of made-up adventures, psychedelic fantasy and dream sequences, and great videos of Beatle songs. The movie at the time was savaged by the critics, but since has become a Beatle fan favorite. As Paul McCartney once said, "What other movie can you watch and see John Lennon singing 'I am the Walrus?'"

In England, the six movie songs were released as a double 45RPM Extend Play (EP); in the United States, a full album was released, which in addition to the movie songs contained both sides of their last three non-album singles. It was a number one LP in the United States, and the Britain eventually put out the album version later, in 1978.

As an album, it is one of the Beatle's finest, but then again, all the Beatle albums are great. Such Beatle classics as the title track, I am the Walrus, and number #1 singles Hello Goodbye,  Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, and All You Need is Love appear on the album. The Magical Mystery Tour is a personal favorite of mine.

I had the enormous pleasure of watching Paul McCartney perform Hello Goodbye, Penny Lane, and Magical Mystery Tour in concert.

Here is the song list:

Magical Mystery Tour 
Fool on the Hill 
Flying 
Blue Jay Way
Your Mother Should Know 
I Am the Walrus 
Hello Goodbye 
Strawberry Fields Forever
Penny Lane
Baby You're a Rich Man
All You Need is Love

Below I have both my Youtube play list for both the entire movie of the Magical Mystery Tour, and for the videos of all 11 songs on the album. Enjoy!


The Magical Mystery Tour Movie 



The Magical Mystery Tour album. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas with the Beatles!

Two of my favorite things in the world are Christmas and the Beatles! When the Beatles were together, they issued a Christmas record every year for their fan club. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both released Christmas singles that are now classic staples on radio. And of course, Ringo Starr released a wonderful Christmas CD a few years ago.

Below I have Christmas videos by the Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band, Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney & Wings, and Ringo Starr. Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Time is Here Again!  by the Beatles 




Happy Xmas (War is Over!) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band 




Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul & Linda McCartney and Wings 




Winter Wonderland by Ringo Starr 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Pope Benedict Peace Message Calls For Wealth Redistribution - from the Huffington Post

The pope on World Peace Day, December 16th, called for a "redistribution of wealth." Well of course, that fits Biblical teaching. The Catholic righties of course will dismiss the pontiff's call, attributing his mere "prudential judgment," or perhaps, in the case of extreme traditionalists, even accusing him of heresy. They are more Catholic than the pope, of course.

from the article:
The message laments that "some currents of modern culture, built upon rationalist and individualist economic principles, have cut off the concept of justice from its transcendent roots, detaching it from charity and solidarity."


Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Meeting

I approach the rail, to kneel and receive
Thy most precious body and blood.

I kneel besides others at the rail
as I wait for the priest to approach me

I carry with me all the sorrows and burdens
of the week
I carry with me all the heart ache
and loss

my head bowed, my right palm resting on my left
the priest places the sacred host on my hand.
“the body of Christ, the bread of heaven...”
I raise my palm to my mouth
I consume the host

the deacon comes by with the chalice
“the blood of Christ, the cup of salvation”
I draw the chalice to my lips, and drink the sacred blood.

I cross myself and rise up
tears flood my eyes
I encounter the invisible Christ
he stands by the rail
he looks at me

“I know you are frail; I know what you suffer
I have been there before
I know how hard things are
I am with you
I am here”

I walk back to my seat
I kneel in the pew
his hand on my shoulder
“I have been there I know your hardship”

I have this meeting with Christ
every week
I meet him at the rail every week
He is there
He knows
He walks with me
all the time
I just sometimes forget
till I kneel at the rail



copyright © 2011 Lance Goldsberry

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Holy Rosary- Bedrock

I have felt sometimes recently that God has abandoned me, or at least, that God cannot do too much about our lives. I was very depressed this morning and did not feel like praying. So I prayed the Rosary on the bus to work.

Some Christians do not understand traditional prayers, they think they are "vain repetitions." They do not understand that they are life preservers when one is drowning.

When I got down town, I sat at a table in a public lounge area and read the Bible readings from the Daily Office.

When I do not feel like praying, the Holy Rosary is bedrock.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Paul Krugman: Newt Gingrich is a stupid person's idea of what a smart person sounds like

Here is video from the Raw Story of the Paul Krugman zinger from a couple of weeks ago. Krugman says, " Newt Gingrich is a stupid person's idea of what a smart person sounds like," and Republican ideology "is an ideology that only fools and clowns can believe in."



Newt Gingrich is a stupid person's idea of what a smart person sounds like

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jesus would be with St Paul's protesters this Christmas, says Archbishop of Canterbury- from the Daily Mail UK

from the Article:

Jesus would spend Christmas with the St Paul’s Cathedral protesters, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

Dr Williams said in his article: ‘One of the slogans on the posters and banners in front of St Paul’s Cathedral has been “What would Jesus do?”

He added that when Jesus said ‘give Caesar what belongs to Caesar’, he meant to ask ‘what’s the exact point at which involvement in the empire of capitalist economy compromises you fatally?’

The Archbishop said the challenge of Christ’s life and death was: ‘What if all your standards of success and failure are upside down?’

Dr Williams said that ‘the Jesus we meet in the Bible is somebody who constantly asks awkward questions (especially questions addressed to religious people, moral people and rich people – all the sorts of people involved at St Paul’s) rather than just giving us a model of good behaviour.’


Read more:
Jesus would be with St Paul's protesters this Christmas, says Archbishop of Canterbury

Thursday, December 1, 2011

See Me, Feel Me: Remembering Ken Russell, 1927-2011 - from Religion Dispatches

Eric Clapton and the Who in Tommy

from the essay:
Russell is continually, even post-mortem, called “provocative,” “controversial,” and “iconoclastic.” And at least a few of these obits have noted his conversion to Roman Catholicism all those years ago, though he was never quite settled in his faith. Certainly there was religious content in his films—the nuns and priests in a sexual standoff in The Devils (1971), Anthony Perkins’ creepy street preacher in Crimes of Passion (1984)—but it was the human experience that Russell so strangely charted that leaves me thinking of his “religious” nature. He portrayed the depths of human depravity and desire, of lust and liking.

you may read the entire essay here:
See Me, Feel Me: Remembering Ken Russell, 1927-2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Esperanza Spalding Wins Jazz Artist of the Year at Boston Music Awards

Esperanza got yet another nod as Best Jazz Artist for 2011...



From MassJazz:
"Jazz bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding won the Jazz Artist of the Year award at the annual Boston Music Awards ceremony held at the Liberty Hotel on Sunday, November 20, 2011. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Spalding has won several important awards this year. In October she won the DownBeat Readers Poll for Jazz Artist of the Year, and in February 2011 she won the Best New Artist Award at the 54th Grammy Awards."

Esperanza Spalding Wins Jazz Artist of the Year at Boston Music Awards

Earlier this year, the Readers of Downbeat Also picked Esperanza as the Jazz Artist of the Year:
Esperanza Spalding is Named Jazz Artist of the Year for 2011 in Downbeat Reader's Poll

Salvation is Near - Readings for the Feast of St. Andrew

The readings for today remind us that salvation is near, and may be obtained by faith, an active trust in God.

In today's Gospel (Matthew 4.18-22), Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, John and James, and they leave their old life behind and follow him. It is an act of faith for the Apostles to follow Christ. Christ calls us, too, to follow Christ.

The passage today in Romans is not telling us that mere intellectual assent to the doctrines of Christ's Lordship and resurrection are enough for salvation; rather it is our trust in Jesus as Lord, and God's mighty act in Christ, that Leads to salvation.

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Today's Readings: Psalm 19; Deuteronomy 30.11-14; Romans 10.8-18; Matthew 4.18-22

From the Daily Office:

If on your lips is the confession that "Jesus is Lord," and in your heart the faith that God raised him from the dead, then you will find salvation. For the faith that leads to righteousness is in the heart, and the confessions that leads to salvation is upon the lips. - Romans 10.9,10, New English Bible

May all that I say and think be acceptable to thee, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer! - Psalm 19.14, New English Bible.

Saint Andrew, pray for us!

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From Wikipedia on Saint Andrew:

"Eusebius quotes Origen as saying Andrew preached along the Black Sea as far as the Volga, Kiev and Novgorod. Hence he became a patron saint of Ukraine, Romania and Russia. According to tradition, he founded the See of Byzantium (Constantinople) in AD 38, installing Stachys as bishop [the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church occupies St. Andrew's See]...Andrew is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at the city of Patras (Patræ) in Achaea, on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. Early texts, such as the Acts of Andrew known to Gregory of Tours, describe Andrew as bound, not nailed, to a Latin cross of the kind on which Jesus is said to have been crucified; yet a tradition developed that Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X-shaped cross, or 'saltire'), now commonly known as a 'Saint Andrew's Cross' — supposedly at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been."

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Andrew

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Rolling Stones Work Out Mix

This past winter, I joined a gym, and I have been working out 4-5 times per week ever since. I have improved my health and gotten into shape, and I enjoy working out very much. I always have music with me when I work out. It is great motivation and helps the time go by. I have over 1400 songs and  over 30 artists on my Blackberry. The last week or so, I have enjoyed my Rolling Stones mix the best. The Rolling Stones have a great groove, and probably are the best rock and roll band ever. They have a great guitar sound.

 

I share below my Stones work out mix. It reflects a 28  year times span from 1969 to 1997, includes some the greatest Rolling Stones songs. Lately, Monkey Man, You Got Me Rocking, Anybody See My Baby, are some of my favorites in the mix. Gimme Shelter may be the best rock and roll song ever recorded. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards write the songs, and Keith has provided some of the most memorable guitar riffs in rock history in this mix. But I think Charlie Watts tight drumming makes a lot of these songs, especially later in the Stone's career. As a bassist, I appreciate Bill Wyman's cool, tastefully understated bass playing. Listening to the Stones also motivates me to playing myself.

 

I remember when I was 18, up late one night, listening to an FM radio station. All of a sudden the Stone's classic single Miss You came on the air. I knew it was the Stones before Mick started singing. Their sound is unmistakable. 

 

Let it Bleed 1969

Gimme Shelter

Live with Me

Monkey Man

 

Sticky Fingers 1971

Brown Sugar

Bitch

Wild Horses

Dead Flowers

 

Exile on Mainstreet 1972

Rocks Off

Shake Your Hips

Tumblin' Dice

Happy

 

Goats Head Soup 1973

Angie

Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)

 

It's Only Rock and Roll 1974

If You Can't Rock Me

It's Only Rock and Roll

 

Black & Blue 1975

Hot Stuff

Fool to Cry

 

Some Girls 1978

Miss You

Respectable

Beast of Burden

 

Tatoo You 1979

Start Me Up

Waiting on a Friend

 

Emotional Rescue 1980

Emotional Rescue

 

Undercover 1983

Undercover Cover of the Night

 

Dirty Work 1986

Harlem Shuffle

 

 

 

Steel Wheels 1989

Mixed Emotions

A Rock and a Hard Place

 

Voodoo Lounge 1994

Love is Strong

You Got Me Rocking

 

Bridges to Babylon 1997

Anybody Seen My Baby?

Out of Control

 

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Congratulations to Bruce Cockburn on the birth of his new daughter!

Congratulations to Bruce Cockburn, one of my favorite singer-songwriters, on the birth of his new baby daughter, Iona. Bruce and his long time girlfriend M.J. Hannett are new parents today! Bruce is 66, M.J. is 36. Iona is Bruce's second daughter, preceded by her sister Jenny, who is 35. 

Bruce is one of my favorite musicians, a great singer -song writer and virtuoso guitarist, who has explored a wide array of genres, including jazz, blues, folk, rock, and world music. He has songs themed about romance, social justice, spirituality, and world travel. 


Bruce's most recent release, Small Source of Comfort.

How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich- from Rolling Stone

The Republicans are willing to destroy our economy in order to protect the fabulous wealth of just a very few people. Tim Dickson has written a very in depth and thorough. It does not let Democrat enablers off the hook either.

How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gospel for the Sunday of Christ the King

The Final Judgment

31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' 41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' 44 Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' 45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."


- Matthew 25:31-46 (ESV)

Senator Bernie Sanders: "I will be damned if we’re going to balance the budget on backs of the elderly, the sick, the children, and the poor."

"This country does in fact have a serious deficit problem," he said to about 200 people packed in the Senate Budget Committee room.

"But the reality is that the deficit was caused by two wars — unpaid for. It was caused by huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. It was caused by a recession as result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street. And if those are the causes of the deficit, I will be damned if we're going to balance the budget on backs of the elderly, the sick, the children, and the poor. That's wrong."


- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senate Budget Committee, 11-18-2011

My Boys! The World Champion Green Bay Packers!

My boys, the Packers- headed possibly for a second straight Super Bowl Championship, and an undefeated season! And the only socialist team in professional sports! They are community owned, and stood with the workers of Wisconsin! 

Bernie Sanders Defends the Working Class and Middle Class, Criticizes Proposed Cuts in Entitlements

Bernie Sanders is one of the few strong voices in government defending the American people. In this interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Bernie Sanders defends the working families and middle class, and criticizes proposed cuts in entitlements. He also says he wants to support President Obama, but before he commits to working for the president's re-election, he wants to see the president be faithful to his campaign rhetoric and hold the line against cuts in social security.

Social Security did not cause the increase in the debt or the economic down turn this country has experienced. It was rather caused by tax cuts for the wealthy and leaving Wall Street unregulated.


Archbishop Hanna urges churches worldwide to prevent Israeli decimation of historical Christian sites


Theodosios Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has called upon churches internationally to immediately intervene to prevent Israel from continuing to obliterate features of Christianity in the Palestinian town of Ein Karem situated west of Occupied Jerusalem.
 
Accompanied by his lawyer Keis Youssef Naser, Hanna visited Ein Karem on Wednesday (04.08.2010) to examine the Christian sites threatened by the Occupation.
 
Following the visit, Hanna made an urgent appeal to all churches and church leaders to follow up on this issue and to take legal measures to prevent the Israeli authorities from building on these sites which represent the Christian history of Palestine.

He called upon the Christian world to take necessary measures to protect these sites, and warned that heritage sites linked to the First Church and Christian presence in the first four centuries AD were being targeted.
 
It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian town of Ein Karem, west of Jerusalem, is considered one among hundreds of Arab-Palestinian towns that were obliterated by the Israeli Occupation. The Israeli hospital of Hadassah Ein Karem and other official Israeli buildings now exist on the rubble of the town.

source: Christian Socialist Party USA

Archbishop Rowan Williams backs revolt against coalition's welfare cuts- the Guardian UK


from the article:

Bishops across the country, backed by Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, have condemned the coalition government's controversialwelfare reforms, which they say risk pushing thousands of children intopoverty and homelessness.
Eighteen Church of England bishops, backed by Williams and the archbishop of York, John Sentamu, are demanding that ministers rewrite their flagship plan to impose a £500-a-week benefit cap on families.
In an open letter in Observer, they say the Church of England has a "moral obligation to speak up for those who have no voice". Their message is that the cap could be "profoundly unjust" to the poorest children in society, especially those in larger families and those living in expensive major cities.


you may read the entire article here: 
Archbishop Rowan Williams backs revolt against coalition's welfare cuts

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Green Bay Packers- the Best of the NFL

The Green Bay Packers, the world champions, the best team in the NFL, and the greatest team in NFL history, scored an important 45-7 victory over their border rivals the Minnesota Vikings. No team is playing with as much swagger and confidence as the undefeated Green Bay Packers are right now.

Rookie Randall Cobb ran the Vikings first punt on the first series of the game back for a touchdown.

Last night, Aaron Rodgers put on a clinic, as he went 23-30 passing, for four touchdowns, no interceptions; his quarterback rating was 140.3, his third straight game over 140. Rodgers is helped by the best group of receivers in the league.

The Packer defense also came alive, holding the Vikings to only 7 points.

The Green Bay Packers looked unbeatable last night; they may be headed to an undefeated season, and a second straight Super Bowl. It is a fun time to be a Green Bay Packer fan, as they are clearly the best show on turf!





Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Episcopal Church on the Dignity and Rights of Labor

‎"We recognize the right of labor to organize and to engage in collective bargaining to the end that labor may have a fair and living wage, such as will provide not only for the necessities of life, but for recreation, pleasure, and culture." 


-official stand of The Episcopal Church, USA

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Roger Waters speaks out in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Roger Waters speaks out in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement. He will be coming to perform the Wall again this Summer in the Twin Cities!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Victory for Workers and the Middle Class in Ohio Tonight

A Great victory for the middle class in OHIO- Republicans and Blue Dogs beware- the people don't believe your shit any more that we have to destroy the workers and middle class and cater to the wealthy to create jobs and improve the economy. The people power in Ohio and in the Occupy Wall Street movement show that the people are taking this country back! Ignore the the people at your own risk!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Oligarchy, American Style: Paul Krugman in the New York Times

Paul Krugman offers another blunt commentary about the economic inequality which characterizes our fading democracy. Wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. The beneficiaries of this inequity are mostly corporate executives and people on Wall Street. 


from the article: 


We have a society in which money is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few people, and in which that concentration of income and wealth threatens to make us a democracy in name only.

The budget office report tells us that essentially all of the upward redistribution of income away from the bottom 80 percent has gone to the highest-income 1 percent of Americans. That is, the protesters who portray themselves as representing the interests of the 99 percent have it basically right, and the pundits solemnly assuring them that it’s really about education, not the gains of a small elite, have it completely wrong.

If anything, the protesters are setting the cutoff too low. The recent budget office report doesn’t look inside the top 1 percent, but an earlier report, which only went up to 2005, found that almost two-thirds of the rising share of the top percentile in income actually went to the top 0.1 percent — the richest thousandth of Americans, who saw their real incomes rise more than 400 percent over the period from 1979 to 2005.

Who’s in that top 0.1 percent? Are they heroic entrepreneurs creating jobs? No, for the most part, they’re corporate executives. Recent research shows that around 60 percent of the top 0.1 percent either are executives in nonfinancial companies or make their money in finance, i.e., Wall Street broadly defined. Add in lawyers and people in real estate, and we’re talking about more than 70 percent of the lucky one-thousandth.



You may read the entire article here, on the New York Times web site: 
Oligarchy, American Style

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Archbishop Rowan Williams Confronts the Idols of Global Finance

Archbishop Rowan Williams wrote this piece published in the Financial Times about the Global Financial crisis, and the need to internationally regulate Financial markets and practices. This article is no mere moral exhortation; the Archbishop champions three specific proposals coming from the recent Vatican Document:

  1. Separate routine banking business from speculative trading

  2. Recapitalize banks with public money; in return, the banks should be obligated to take steps to reinvigorate the economy.

  3. And a Financial Transaction Tax, which can be relatively small, but which would provide a high rate of return.

You may read Archbishop William's entire essay here:  Time for us to challenge the idols of high finance

President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Unions

Scott Walker is a coward; Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican President, was a real hero, a patriotic American. He represents a time when the Republican Party put their country ahead of their party and the selfish interests of the elite.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Movie Recommendation - Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975

I saw an awesome movie this weekend, which I strongly recommend - Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975- chronicles black liberation for that period. Profiles Malcolm X (even though he had passed) MLK, Stokely Charmichael, Bobby Seals, Angela Davis, and others, and it was really good. It was a documentary with period footage by a Swedish News team and contemporary artists like Eryka Badu provided commentary.
Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975
http://blackpowermixtape.com/

Purchase the Black Power Mix Tape.









Angela’s 1970 interview in Prison with Barry Callaghan

Friday, October 28, 2011

Esperanza Spalding is Named Jazz Artist of the Year for 2011 in Downbeat Reader's Poll

The Readers of DownBeat Magazine voted Esperanza Spalding Jazz Artist of the Year for 2011. The results were published on DownBeat's online site, and will be featured in the December 31st print issue. It is the first time a woman has ever been accorded this honor. In August, Esperanza was also named top Rising Star for Electric Bass in the DownBeat Critic's Poll. She was also named top Rising Star for Acoustic Bassist in the 2010 Critic's Poll.

DownBeat online states: "Esperanza Spalding is the first woman to be named Artist of the Year in a DownBeat Poll. She represents the next generation of terrific artists out there who—in the finest jazz tradition—are looking for new ways to express themselves." 

I have had the pleasure of seeing Esperanza perform twice in the last three weeks here in the Twin Cities area; once with her Chamber Music Society, and once as a member of Joe Lovano's ensemble, US5 (See my post on her Chamber Music Society Show in St. Paul MN here, and her appearance in Hopkins MN, with Joe Lovano and US5 here). Both shows were terrific; Esperanza is charismatic performer and an amazing bassist. I spoke to Joe Lovano after the US5 show, and he said that Esperanza works hard and is an ardent student.

We have a lot to look forward to as Esperanza Spalding's career develops. She has a new CD coming in Spring of 2012, the Radio Music Society. Esperanza Spalding will be around for decades creating great music, drawing people to jazz, and expanding the range of the electric and acoustic bass.


Below are links to the announcement and poll results: 




Esperanza performing her masterpiece, Wintersun: 



Video of Esperanza's Little Fly

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Why Corporate Elites Should Be Petrified of Occupy Wall Street | | AlterNet



Why Corporate Elites Should Be Petrified of Occupy Wall Street | | AlterNet

from the Article:
The power elite cannot envision a day when they will not be in charge of our lives. The elites believe, and seek to make us believe, that globalization and unfettered capitalism are natural law, some kind of permanent and eternal dynamic that can never be altered. What the elites fail to realize is that rebellion will not stop until the corporate state is extinguished. It will not stop until there is an end to the corporate abuse of the poor, the working class, the elderly, the sick, children, those being slaughtered in our imperial wars and tortured in our black sites. It will not stop until foreclosures and bank repossessions stop. It will not stop until students no longer have to go into debt to be educated, and families no longer have to plunge into bankruptcy to pay medical bills.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Esperanza Spalding Bass Solos, with Joe Lovano and US5

Last night, I had the great pleasure of watching Joe Lovano's excellent ensemble, US5 perform at the Hopkins Art Center in Minneapolis. US5 features rising stars Esperanza Spalding on bass, Francisco Mela and Otis Brown III on drums and percussion, and James Weidman The show was terrific, featuring songs from Joe & US5's last two CDs, Folk Art and Bird Songs.

Joe was very generous in allowing Esperanza to have several bass solos. I have video of two of them here.

I apologize the visual quality of both my pictures and videos are not all that great (my phone camera isn't the best), but the sound quality on the video is fine.

I met the band after the show and got another autograph from Esperanza.

If you have an opportunity to see Joe Lovano and US5 live, do so. It is one of the best jazz concerts you will ever see.

links:
Joe Lovano 

Esperanza Spalding 

Bird Songs by Joe Lovano and US5

Folk Art by Joe Lovano and US5