Henry Lee Summer: Never take it away

Take your high class show and tell

Wrote about Henry Lee Summer, with this incredible voice and pop promise, who faded and then faded by challenges. Turns out that the music becomes the focus to redemption. Unlike Paul James or Bill Durst, who have built consistent careers way from the stadium, when Henry Lee is on a the smaller stages, these become refuges from the trainwreck. The Wayne McQuaid track, but where the initial promise was much greater, and the current track with less jump out of the sidebed.

As here, Henry Lee playing to the much smaller crowds:

Henry Lee Summer seeking brighter days
David Lindquist, IndyStar, January 2, 2014

Henry Lee Summer is singing onstage, but the loudest person in this strip-mall bar is arguing about a card game.

Nearly everyone here on a recent chilled night is focused on cards, not actively listening to Summer or even facing the stage.

Yet the 1980s Hoosier hitmaker plays Drifty’s on the Far Southside every Wednesday, skillfully executing covers of songs popularized by the Animals, Bill Withers and the Commodores.

When no applause arrives at the end of songs, Summer stands up from his electric piano and takes an exaggerated bow. Humor makes the gig bearable, and Summer figures that playing music is better than the alternative.

“I have to keep myself busy,” he says after the show. “That’s the main thing. The enemy that I have is idle time.”

Summer once viewed his music as a lifeline for others instead of himself…

He performs in small-time rooms all over town to keep a drug relapse at bay.

“Music keeps that demon off my shoulder,” said Summer, who has three rounds of rehab on his resume. He says he’s been clean and sober for more than two years…

“I’m not looking to do it again. To do it once is a miracle,” Summer said of his heyday. “When it’s all said and done, I want to do enough good music-wise that I erase the stigma that I put on myself with the drug stuff.”…

As it was:

1988 to 2013: still there:

Sometime in between:

Shortly after the 2014 interview:

Refuge. No takedown.

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Paul James

Saw Paul James last night at Irene’s. First time he had been in Ottawa in ten years. First time I had seen him since at the Colonial Tavern in Toronto, over thirty-five years ago, at a time when the Colonial Tavern was not exclusively a jazz venue. As last night and some thirty-five years ago, performing as the Paul James Band.

Something about those who never leave it, despite not having that major international stadium tour or consistent international accolades. They develop a core audience that remembers, over decades, and will come out to witness the experienced perfection. Reminded me of seeing Bill Durst at the same venue. Both with such energy, and such generosity and quality of performance. Both with forty plus years of experience.

Bill Durst forgot the CDs; Paul James did not. Knows much of his audience is not partial to intangible downloads. Taking no breaks between sets, instead meeting with fans, selling and signing his music. Never without a smile. Literally working the room with a cordless guitar. Going to the bar, continuing to play, drinking a beer and then playing slide guitar with the beer bottle.

No video from the time; couldn’t filter what was seen. Fortunately, others have taken the time, in other contexts:

Solid go. Modest excellence.

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Modest Indifference

I encourage students, in the context of group research projects on accounting academics (part of an Accounting Theory course), to consider starting a Wikipedia article, or contributing to a Wikipedia article on the academic studied. Also hoping that some will become regular Wikipedia contributors. In most cases, they will choose to start a Wikipedia article on an accounting academic, because none is there otherwise.

This past term, groups started Wikpedia pages on Thomas JeanJean, Yves Gendron and Joni J. Young. All highly respected and productive accounting academics, but with no Wikpedia pages. Link the name, and it shows up red, indicating no page. Until now.

Went in to try to smooth out the pages, such as through internal links. When setting up internal links for Joni J. Young, found that most of the journals in which she is published–highly respected accounting journals–have no Wikipedia page. Red, and more red. Decided to start a page on one such respected journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Thinking about all these accounting academics who make such significant contributions, and all these accounting journals that are so important to the dissemination of research. Yet so much missing on Wikipedia, which means that few people considered it to be worth their time to put something up. Doesn’t seem to happen the same way in other business disciplines, such as Finance, Organizational Behaviour or Strategy. Or in other disciplines, such as Psychology and Sociology. On the other hand, if one checks further, maybe there are numerous red links there, as well.

Maybe the academics are more focused on publishing, and those who admire them are also more focused on publishing, or don’t see any general notability.

Still: modesty, or indifference, regrettable as to the outcome. Many who should be better known, and many journals that should be better known, outside of a particular circle.

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Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (reproduced with permission):

Do you have a Kindle? I used to prefer real books until I discovered I could make the print bigger on the Kindle, and that it was easier to read both in lamplight and direct sun. Yesterday I discovered my Kindle is wearing out. The charger connection has become a challenge to power it.

My big fear, of course, is if I get a new Kindle, what happens to my cloud based kindle library. You read on the internet and some people can’t get the books on the new Kindle. Kindle books used to be a deal, but not so much any more.

Today I downloaded a Kindle app for my iPad, plugged in email and password and up came all the books. And the book I was reading yesterday on my Kindle opened in the same place and my under linings and notes were all right there.

I wish they’d had this 20 years ago when my mother, a lifelong reader, couldn’t much anymore because of bad eyesight. She was reduced to TV.

When I get old, as if I’m still awaiting it (ha!), I won’t have the troubles reading my mother had. And reading is so preferable to TV.

I find Kindle to be amazing. You plug in your email and Amazon secret code. You type in what you’re looking for (I use it for work/research reading as well). You read the reviews often including reader reviews and ratings. You click buy and in 2-5 seconds you have the book and are billed on VISA. In my case, you set the type size a bit bigger and every book is automatically altered as it goes on screen. You can underline and make detailed notes. You can get all the under linings or all the notes in sequence separately and get to that place in the book with a click. You can do word or phrase scan to find something particular. Real books, however, are better if you are working with one in detail and have been underlining and writing marginal notes. Sometimes I’ll read a book on Kindle and then buy a paper copy if I really need it in detail. Maybe I won’t need to now I’ve discovered I can use my iPad with the FREE Kindle app.

These days I find I prefer if possible to read on Kindle over a real book. And Amazon knows because the prices of Kindle books have risen to about the same. However yesterday I got a deal. There is an analysis of the reconciliation (Japan vs West) writing of Endo Shusaku that I couldn’t afford when I discovered it years ago and it was selling for >$100. Then it came down to $55 and still too much for me. Yesterday I found it was newly on Kindle for $20 so I got it, saving $35 from ordering the real book. And the book would take weeks to come. With Kindle it took 2 seconds. and I’m well into the 1st chapter.

I suppose if there is nuclear war, or we get hit by a big asteroid, or a giant solar flare (gosh we waste a lot of time thinking up threats to civilization as we know it – we live in a very fearful world – but I’m with Dr. Pangloss on this) the cloud will be wiped out and I’ll lose my library. By then all we’ll have time for is growing vegetables, so it won’t matter.

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Get Over

New boyfriend said to friend you can’t get over ex-husband she said what is this responded it is never over they form part of who you are and who you might have been some borderline you did not cross they all are there now and then and lucky for you more then than now but how can there be jealousy for some memory so go out with people known years ago and it is still there or it is still not there and sometimes there is relief and sometimes there is regret but both are shaped then and now by it happened then and didn’t happen it’s over I’m sober but do you still remember me yes I do yes I do oasis

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Les Trois Accords: Saskatchewan

Originally published on Canada Day, 2013. Coming back, with “Les Fransaskois“:

J’ai laissé ma femme
En Saskatchewan

En mon retour

Se m’a pris ma femme

Les Trois Accords. Drama of lost love in Saskatchewan:

Quebec hit. Canada Day dimension. Beauty of the blend.

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Les Fransaskois

Reading an article in La Rotonde, from March 9, 2015, by Alex Jürgen Thumm. Alex Jürgen Thumm being a Saskatchewan native of German descent who identifies himself as Fransaskois:

Une fransaskoisie inclusive

…En grandissant à Saskatoon, une ville presque aussi peuplée que Gatineau, j’ignorais complètement qu’il y avait des francophones parmi nous. Je ne l’aurais pas cru. J’apprenais cependant le français pour le plaisir. Un jour, une amie de ma famille m’a fait part de l’existence de Gravelbourg, une ville de 1200 âmes à à peine trois heures au sud-est. J’étais bouche bée, il fallait que je la voie.

L’année d’après, je me suis inscrit en 11e année au pensionnat Collège Mathieu à Gravelbourg…Même si je ne m’appelais pas Gaudet ou Fortier, je n’étais jamais un étranger ou considéré comme étranger.

Les Fransaskois sont un peu uniques, en effet. Notre accent n’est pas toujours perçu comme étant francophone malheureusement, et de moins en moins de jeunes choisissent de parler le français en dehors de l’école. Toutefois, nous sommes un fait et nous ne disparaissons guère.

La Fransaskoisie ne doit pas sa croissance relative à des gens comme moi, pourtant. Je l’attribue plutôt à la migration, surtout du Québec et de différents pays africains. En effet, plusieurs statistiques se montrent en notre faveur : plus de 4 % des Saskatchewanais parlent français, Saint Isidore de Bellevue compte une population francophone de 78 % et le nombre de francophones se renforce par rapport à la croissance de la population en general…

So what did I know about Gravelbourg.

So what did I know about Saint Isidore-de-Bellevue.

Or Fransaskois:

Postscript, April 13, 2015:: Learning that there is an École Sécondaire Collége Mathieu in Gravelbourg, plus a post-secondary institution, Collège Mathieu, both having been established in 1918. Missed appreciating much, when in Saskatoon…

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