Today there is a great–though short–article about Jerry Lee Lewis in the morning paper. I laugh with James–and turn up the radio every time one of the Killer’s songs is played and there is a set of notes that requires amplification to be deeply felt. For the past year I have spent time at the piano each day in my attempt to play. Mostly I have fun, and though there are times I get frustrated it is listening to the likes of Lewis that provides me the hope that there might be a time when a phrase on the piano might mimic those I love to listen to. Over the past few days I have been working on Party Time, the song T.G. Shepherd recorded and made famous. The opening notes and introduction lines to the song are still not music to sing to at this home–but as long as there is inspiration from the likes of Lewis–and the memory that Mom always wanted me to learn to play–there is always hope. Right?
What does it feel like inside when you play?
I don’t know. I feel a groove and it starts to flow like you hear it on the records. It just comes out natural and it’s good, down-to-earth rock ’n’ roll music. When I perform, I play my first song to figure out what my audience wants to hear and what they don’t. So I’ll start with a song like [Roy Orbison’s] “Down the Line” and go into [Chuck Berry’s] “Little Queenie.” Once I have the audience on my side, I go from there, and they really get into it. People who come to hear me are wild about the music anyway. I just get into it and they take it from there. It’s always a new experience when I go on stage—every time. The songs are the same but it’s always different. I always like to change them up.
Who showed you how to drag your hands up and down the keys?
Nobody. I taught myself that. These fingers speak for themselves—they have a brain. They always hit the right notes, too. It just happens. That’s the way it is. Sometimes I still throw my boot up on the keyboard and play with my heel. It’s very important to hit the right notes. I did it first when I was young. I figured it would be good for business. Playing rock ’n’ roll the way I do takes a lot out of a person. But it don’t bother me. I’m used to it. Sometimes I sit up on top of the piano and play with both my feet, looking at the keys the other way. I hit the right notes then, too.
We never learn–and so must endure the headlines, bloodshed, and funerals.
Police say a student walked into the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday morning, and opened fire.
Two people were killed, several were wounded and the gunman is dead, law enforcement sources say.
At least three people are critically injured with head wounds, according to a nurse at Providence Regional Hospital in Everett, Wash. All three are described as young.
America notices who is ginning up the fear factors over Ebola as we near Election Day. There is no doubt why the GOP is doing this, and since I have no great faith that the public can wade through this matter and come to the facts on their own means the political tactic is working for the Republicans. Let us remember that Elizabeth Taylor had more husbands than there have been cases of Ebola in the United States.
With now another American testing positive for Ebola — this time an American doctor in New York who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea — it’s worth asking: What is the real impact of the political conversation turning, once again, to Ebola? And here’s our answer: It gives Republican candidates another opportunity to nationalize their races. Democrats, as we’ve said before, want to localize their races and paint the portrait that their opponents are too radical… But every day that the conversation is a big national issue — whether it’s Ebola, ISIS, or something else — Democrats lose an opportunity to make their closing argument.
Let me add to the messaging.
Democrats can not run from their successes and act cowered by their opposition and then ask to be elected as leaders. In regards to President Obama my party needs to learn to dance with the one that brought you to the gala. With the auto industry back on its feet, our budget deficit moving in the correct direction, energy production at record levels, and millions more covered by health care this nation can be proud of Democratic leadership from the White House, and congress. For candidates to deny we are moving forward and then look tepid and weak—perhaps they do not deserve to win even in the face of such awful GOP candidates.
Meanwhile the White House is not going to lay down and take the abuse from some in the party–nor should they. This is not to say the Obama Administration has not made political mistakes–they most certainly have. But the lack of spine from these candidates across the nation is simply embarrassing to watch play out.
The White House, bracing for an escalation of friendly fire should Democrats lose control of the Senate, has begun laying out its post-election defense by arguing that candidates are ultimately responsible for their own electoral outcomes. “The success of many of these Democratic candidates will depend on their own success in motivating voters that strongly supported the president in 2012,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday. “It’s their name that’s on the ballot.”
Democratic strategist Anita Dunn, Obama’s former communications director, suggested that worried candidates were seeking a scapegoat. “This is very much what happens at this time in an election cycle when people begin to look for excuses of why what they thought was going to work isn’t working, why some of these races aren’t going to get across the finish line,” she said.
–you can stop. South Dakota made for fun headlines for a week when reports flowed that perhaps something remarkable would happen when voters turned to an independent candidate for the senate election. But that just bent logic too far in a state not known for quirks.
An internal poll conducted for the [NRSC] finds GOP candidate Mike Rounds up 24 points over Democrat Rick Weiland, 48-24, with independent Larry Pressler pulling 16. … The DSCC announced it would spend $1 million to try holding the seat of retiring Sen. Tim Johnson, forcing the NRSC to follow suit. … Republicans say the sudden threat that the red state could be lost galvanized the Republican base, helping generate more volunteers.”
The funeral for legendary Post editor Benjamin C. Bradlee will be held at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, Oct. 29th at 11 a.m. Bradlee, who led the Post’s newsroom for more than two decades, died of natural causes on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at his home in Washington. He was 93.
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, the cathedral’s dean, will officiate Wednesday’s service, which is open to the public. The Bradlee family will send an unknown number of personal invitations. Space will also be set aside for current and former employees of the Washington Post. The 10-story Gothic institution can seat about 2,500 people, down from a maximum capacity of nearly 3,200 due to damage from 2011′s earthquake.
This listing is what I gathered for a couple of friends 48 hours ago and post today to show my thinking as we head into the final leg of this campaign season. This is not my final set predictions–but the trends would have to explode for my final predictions come the final Sunday before Election Day to alter very much in the races I have selected below. With my final predictions will also come my reasoning for why I feel things are gong to go so badly (and sadly) for Democrats on Election Night.
Keep in mind I am giving Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia off the top to the Republicans.
Alaska: Dan Sullivan (R)
Arkansas: Tom Cotton (R)
Colorado: Cory Gardner (R)
Georgia: Michelle Nunn (D)—with a run-off
Iowa: Joni Ernst (R)
Kansas: Pat Roberts (R)
Kentucky: Mitch McConnell (R)
Louisiana: Bill Cassidy (R)–with a run-off
Michigan: Gary Peters (D)
New Hampshire: Jeanne Shaheen (D)
North Carolina: Kay Hagan (D)
Virginia: Mark Warner (D)