stuff off the top of my head

-- john grantner

Labor Day

The fact that Americans may work a forty-hour week for a living wage, have paid sick days and vacation, may receive at least partial compensation for health insurance, are assured a reasonably safe work environment, receive compensation for on-the-job injury—in short, the fact that Americans enjoy any basic rights and dignity whatsoever as workers—is because their grandparents and great grandparents fought, bled, sacrificed their personal liberty and even died to win them.

The American national holiday Labor Day is set aside to honor honest labor, and to recognize the brave struggle for workers’ rights. We forget at our peril that even as I type these words, those who profit from others’ labor are working hard undoing the hard-won victories of mid twentieth Century American workers.

The struggle continues.

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Robert Liberace: Painted Sketches

Excerpts from two instructional painting dvds “The Figure in Oil Sketch” and “Alla Prima Portrait”.



It’s called Chicago (sh’KAW-go), dumbass. If you want to broadcast to Chicagoans that the closest you ever came to the place was a half-hour layover at O’Hare, then call it “Chi-Town”.

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If music be the food of love, play on.

—Shakespeare; “Twelfth Night”; Act I, Scene 1

Lester Young & Coleman Hawkins; “Jumpin’ With the Symphony Sid” 1958

Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, tenor sax; Charlie Shavers, trumpet; J C Higginbotham, trombone; Pee Wee Russell, clarinet; Harry Sheppard, vibraphone; Willie “The Lion” Smith, piano; Dickie Thompson, guitar; Vinnie Burke, bass; Sonny Greer, drums

Miles Davis Quintet; “All Blues” Teatro dell’Arte, Milan, Italy, 1964

Miles Davis: trumpet
Wayne Shorter: tenor sax
Herbie Hancock: piano
Ron Carter: bass
Tony Williams: drums

Apparently a stretched canvas is a comfy thing to lay on.

Apparently a stretched canvas is a comfy thing to lay on.