Monthly Archives: June 2016


Previously referenced some of the Holocaust recollections of William Tannenzaph. First published in 2009, two years before his death, at the age of 100. What he did, immediately following the war: The family fled Poland and moved to a DP … Continue reading

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Where did this

The first Aktion was perpetrated by the Gestapo on October 12, 1941, under the command of the infamous Hans Krueger. It was rumoured that Jews would be “resettled”… There was no resettlement. The Jews who had been rounded up were … Continue reading

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Strained Through A Leslie

Wrote about the Leslie in relation to Lonnie Smith. Remember a friend pointing it out in a club. Then understood the Steppenwolf take:

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Picked up William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying from a bookshelf, needing something quickly selected for some bus reading. Couldn’t remember if read before. Looked inside. Wondered how ending up with something from the Bradford District High School. Maybe picked … Continue reading

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From “The drought is over”, by Douglas Fisher, writing at the age of 81, as published in the Ottawa Sunday Sun, September 2, 2001, p. 6: Consider the press gallery on the Hill, some 400 strong… When I first hit … Continue reading

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Seems They Know III

Have written about the prescience of the pending or nearly dead here and here. Maybe something widely observed and understood. From William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying (1930): I mind my mammy lived to be seventy and more. Worked every … Continue reading

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Way Down We Go

We get what we deserve Heard on the radio a few days ago, for the first time, well behind millions of others. Kaleo: In a volcano: Creating a larger mood, now remembered:

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“You have to play life.”

Dr. Lonnie Smith on Tavis Smiley. Self-adopted doctoral title. Why he plays the Hammond B3. The Pentecostal church organ, familiar to both Lonnie Smith and Tavis Smiley. Played with a Leslie, in church. Why he plays the way he plays, … Continue reading

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Elvin Bishop on Mickey Thomas

Have written about Elvin Bishop and Mickey Thomas here and here. Elvin Bishop being interviewed before his appearance at the Ottawa Jazzfest by Steve Collins: …Bishop’s 2014 album, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right…featured a guest appearance from another old band … Continue reading

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The waking up Is the hardest part When one thought that John Mayer had some depth, or where it was still possible to separate the music and the person: Do I have to fall asleep With roses in my hand

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