"Love will make you drink and gamble, make you stay out all night long.
Love will make you do things that you know is wrong."
- Billie Holiday
Before there was digital, for years I kept a VHS tape in the VCR to record any music that aired on broadcast TV. I've been going through those tapes and have converted a few of my favorite performances into digital files. For your watching and listening pleasure, I will be presenting clips from my collection, 'Archival Revival.' First up, one of my all-time favorites, Tom Rush performs his songs 'No Regrets' and 'Rockport Sunday.' Enjoy.
You can buy Tom's music directly from Tom on his website. Please do.
I am just so happy and relieved that Barack Obama is going to be our next president. I can stop worrying so much about my children's future and the terrible, terrible course this country has been on under the dangerous, arrogant, belligerent buffoonery of Bush/Cheney/Rove/Wolfowitz/Rumsfeld/Kristal.
So, in this blog, I'm going to 'change my tune' a bit and spend some time on my first and true love - songwriting. Here are a tip of the hat to Johnny Cash:
Well, the blogosphere and some of the mainstream media have been embarrassed again for publishing supposedly inside McCain campaign information from what turns out to be a hoaxster. Read the story, 'A Senior Fellow at the Institute of Nonexistence', on The New York Times website.
Alessandra Stanley, writing 'The TV Watch' New York Times article 'Rehashing '08 and Rehearsing, Perhaps, for '12' says Sarah Palin "is on a speed date with history, upending protocol as she goes."
Please, Ms. Palin, just go away.
“I’m like, ‘O.K., God, if there is an open door for me somewhere’ — this is what I always pray — I’m like, ‘Don’t let me miss the open door.’ And if there is an open door in ’12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.”
- Sarah Palin to Greta Van Susteren
President-elect Barack Obama's transition team has posted a new website, change.gov, which promises to be "your source for the latest news, events and announcement so that you can follow the setting up of the Obama administration."
When President-elect Barack Obama takes office next year he will have the opportunity to immediately start to right the course of this country, which President Bush has steered so wrongly.
According to a news report on the Washington Post website, 'Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions', transition advisers to Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders which could be swiftly undone. They relate to Bush policies on such issues as climate change, stem cell research and reproductive rights.
But, The New York Times warns in an editorial, 'So Little Time, So Much Damage', that Bush aides have been "scrambling to change rules and regulations on the environment, civil liberties and abortion rights, among others - few for the good."
According to the Times:
Here's hoping the 44th President of the United Stages can repair the damage done by W. and his oily oilmen.
"We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.
Yes we can.
It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom through the darkest of nights.
Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can."
- Barack Obama, January 8, 2008
Judith Warner writes a wonderful opinion piece called 'Tears to Remember' in today's New York Times.
"This moment of triumph marks the end of such a long period of pain, of indignity and injustice for African-Americans. And for so many others of us, of the trampling and debasing of our most basic ideals, beliefs that we cherished every bit as deeply and passionately as those of the “values voters” around whose sensibilities we’ve had to tiptoe for the past 28 years.
The election brought the return of a country we’d lost for so long that it was almost forgotten under the accumulated scar tissue of accommodation and acceptance.
For me, this will be the enduring memory of election night 2008: One generation released its grief. The next looked up confusedly, eager to please and yet unable to comprehend just what the tears were about."
- Judith Warner, The New York Times
Photo Credit: David Goldman / The New York Times
"A new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope. For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow."
- President-elect Barack Obama, November 4, 2008
"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand."
- President-elect Barack Obama, Nobember 4, 2008
OBAMA WINS - Racial Barrier Falls as Voters Embrace Call for Change
By Adam Nagourney/ The New York Times
"Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.
The election of Mr. Obama amounted to a national catharsis — a repudiation of a historically unpopular Republican president and his economic and foreign policies, and an embrace of Mr. Obama’s call for a change in the direction and the tone of the country. But it was just as much a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation’s fraught racial history, a breakthrough that would have seemed unthinkable just two years ago."