If I Could Only Be Sure

May 27, 2018

“If I Could Only Be Sure,” written by Nolan Porter and Gabriel Mekler, recorded by Mr. Porter in 1972.

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Send Me

May 27, 2018

“Send Me” (written by Daryl Hall, Peter Lord Moreland, V. Jeffrey Smith, and Alan Gorrie), performed by Daryl Hall and friends, with The Dirty Heads. From an episode of the Live From Daryl’s House webcast.

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Praise Him

May 27, 2018

“Praise Him,” by Denise LaSalle, 1999.

More:

“Denise LaSalle, Singer and Writer of Earthy Songs, Dies at 78,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

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Dominion Road

May 26, 2018

“Dominion Road,” written by Don McGlashan and performed by him with The Mutton Birds, 1992. Video directed by Fane Flaws. Dominion Road is in Auckland, NZ.

Don McGlashan website

More:

“Dominion Rd plaque lauded,” Emma Whittaker, Stuff

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Key To The Highway

May 26, 2018

“Key To The Highway,” written by Charlie Segar, performed by Sonny Landreth. Recorded at Paste Studios.

Sonny Landreth website

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I Love Being Here With You

May 26, 2018

“I Love Being Here With You,” written by William Schluger and Peggy Lee, performed by January Jones for Scopitone in 1966. These short films were back-projected on a small screen mounted on a “visual jukebox.”

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The Fox Chase

May 26, 2018

“The Fox Chase,” featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, 1928. Directed by Walt Disney; animated by Ub IwerksHugh HarmanLes ClarkFriz Freleng, et. al. 

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A Pardon for Jack Johnson

May 25, 2018

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Johnson, convicted in a unjust federal trial in 1913, was posthumously pardoned by President Donald Trump on Thursday. Mr. Johnson, the first African American boxing champion, was a victim of racism, and there has been a long campaign to right this historical wrong, complicated by Johnson’s history of adultery and domestic violence.

But remedying racial injustice doesn’t seem to be why Mr. Trump pardoned Jack Johnson. He did it because celebrity pal Sylvester Stallone asked him to, and because Mr. Johnson was “a truly legendary boxing champion, legendary athlete, and a person that, when people got to know him, they really liked him,” said the president. A flamboyant, womanizing, larger-than-life celebrity? Donald Trump can certainly relate to that.

And of course if Donald Trump can pardon a dead man, surely there’s hope for Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn ….

More:

“Trump’s pardon of Jack Johnson is not insignificant. But caring about racial injustice in 2018 would be more meaningful.” Eugene Scott, Washington Post

 

Video: Celebrity Jack Johnson conducts an unidentified jazz band, 1929. Alternate takes here.

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Building a Cabin

May 24, 2018

Watch Shawn James build a log cabin by himself in the Canadian woods. Okay, maybe his dog helped him a little.

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Leaky Boomer Bladders Mean Boom Times for Adult Diapers

May 23, 2018

Leaky Boomer Bladders Mean Boom Times for Adult Diapers

In ten years, sales of diapers for adults could surpass those for babies. While birthrates fall, life spans lengthen, and 1 in 3 adults – 80 percent of them women — have bladder control problems. Babies grow out of diapers, but incontinent adults don’t. Marketers at Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble are doing their best to make adult diapers a mainstream item.

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