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                                                   Coming out Gay 

 

I would just like to say for the most part I’m feeling quite gay at the moment during this lock down. Though it must be tough for those who don’t enjoy their own company. Some day's I’m feeling like George Costanza after his first day as a hand-model and others are just quite ordinary. Such is life in these tough times. Conspiracy theorist’s will try to convince you that you don’t need to wear a mask or take a vaccine. Of course some governments and other world regimes and the wealthy and powerful are corrupt. I like a good argument like many do. Though its best you get angry about something that effects you or your own community directly. Like protesting against some CEO salaries against your pittance. Not some conspiracy theory you have attached yourself to. Manipulators love kaos and ignorance and crazy. That’s the conspiracy. I’m determined to obey the rules; stay safe and be gay. Because when its all through then you can have your blew.       

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                          Father Christmas and Planet Earth 

  

It’s a sad day when you find out how our world really works and that religion and money still talks. Even if we can save this planet from environmental destruction; Humans will still be the same in 2223.And Oh” what a site that will be. Everyone still wants to live in their comfy-slippers. My on-going counselling regarding Father Christmas not being true (supposedly) is going nowhere. Though they don’t know what they are talking about. Even Jimmy Stewart’s character Elwood P Dowd had an invisible 6 foot 3 inch rabbit named Harvey to talk to, in the 1950 movie “Harvey”. And I still believe in Father Christmas. Billionaires want to fly off into space to save the human race. Though getting down and really dirty could save this place. Fundamentalism, Anti Social Personality Disorders and Intellectual laziness are the Elephants in the room. Power and prestige is the great elixir for some and for others it’s belonging to the mob that gets them through. They say humans are complex. I disagree. Otherwise we wouldn’t be so manipulated by the powers that be. It’s a scary thing to change human behaviour and beliefs and that is why it’s met with such great force. My other God is Planet Earth. There is no other place like this. So it’s best we keep our feet firmly on its ground.

Global Capitalism by Richard Wolff 

Global Capitalism: Biden’s Economic Plans and Likely Results by Richard Wolf

I can recommend anything Richard Wolf comments on regarding Capitalism/Politics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9lWJB1jPVQ

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1WUKahMm1s

Data is the new Oil 

It appears that we are all happy to give away all our information to Google and Facebook and all the other Technocrats our data collection. I recommend listening to  Alison McDowell on YouTube on this subject.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-HrCus6yFA

Jazz, Unions, and Venues 

The music industry needs a union especially Jazz. So many are doing gigs for nothing. I know many who would appreciate $20 so they could at the very least afford to buy a pie and a milkshake on the way home or put some petrol in their car. Some venues still make musician’s pay for food and they receive zero payment. I won’t go into the politics of why this is the case. Whether we need a union or provide some collective muscle to ensure that some musos get some small payment regardless for just  turning up; irrespective of the venues patronage.

Australian TV Commercials 

About 25 years ago a NSW Parliamentarian complained that TV commercials were too loud. 

And everyone laughed at him.They’re still too loud 25 years on. Change happens slowly here.

Radio National  

Radio National or RN would be one of the best kept secrets in Australia. I have been listening for over 12 years now. Though when I ask many people have you heard of RN? People say Who? What? Who? Then I try to explain that RN is short for Radio National and I can never remember The right word to say that RN is an “Acronym”. And they just glaze their eyes over or we go on to talk about something else. So I would have to conclude changing their name to RN would have to be one of the worst PR exercises in history. Radio National, sure is a contrast to some other propaganda radio station on AM Radio And you don’t have to put up with the commercials either. It’s a pretty informative, educative, balanced and an amazing Radio station; and it's available to everyone if you are looking for something different. Though I’m still hoping Philip Adams takes a call from the average punter one day.

Conversation, Listening and Comments  

I wish people would ask more questions than making statements or comments. I’m not talking about prying questions I’m talking about philosophical questions or asking someone how something works or doesn't. Or ask them why they think this or that? Some things are absolute and some conversations can go on for years. And then there is the “You Shoulds,” do this or do that. Maybe make a start by stating to yourself “Today I’m going to try to listen more than I speak”.There seems to be a lot of guessing going these days. Conversation seems to be a dying art though if something does come up for you in that conversation; that's where you need to go or explore. It seems our egos are doing all the talking these days.

 

 

Marcia Langton 

I totally respect and admire Marcia Langton.She is one fantastic Australian. She is wise,realistic,articulate and tough.She is a true leader.

 Music Observations

 

My favourite singer song writers are Billy Joel, Sisto Rodriguez and Sting. 

My favourite Australian Jazz Musicians are Bernie McGann, Vince Jones and Smacka Fitzgibbon.

My favourite female singer songwriters are Carol King,Beth Nielsen Chapman and Nina Simone.

My favourite all time male singers are Dean Martin,George Michael and Donny Hathaway

My favourite all time female singers are Ella Fitzgerald,Anita Baker and Julie London

My favourite Rock Bands Santana,Bad Company,The Little River Band, before they sold their rights.

 

Best Jazz Musicians I have played with and their Instrument.

Best Double Bass Players would have to be Adam Spiegl and

 for Electric Bass it's the Master; Senor Jorge Alberquerque. 

And for the best Jazz Guitarist; it's an odd choice because this 

guy mainly plays Reggae though when I played with him and 

when he was on song there was no one better than Steven Silk.

And Kosta Glouzman is a creative genius on the piano.

                  Phil Hayter; I would rate very highly on the Alto Sax.

And for the best Piano Accompaniment player I performed with was Agus Batara.If I had to choose one. Though I have performed with many great Accompanists as previously mentioned.