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Vocalese

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Way, way back when I was about 7 years old, I was mesmerized with a new arrangement of Count Basie’s music. Not done by the Count himself, but a group (that I learned much later on) was called Lambert, Henricks, & Ross (LHR). What they had done was overdub all the Basie Project’s music, recreating the concept of the big band sound using only their voices. By the time I knew the group’s name, the album had been redone- with Count Basie playing along. LHR was generally considered to be the most influential singing group in jazz history. (It was also one of the first integrated groups, to boot!)

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Thanks! Really. (Part 1)

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I don’t generally celebrate (American) Thanksgiving.  My Thanksgiving is more in line of how and when the Pilgrims created the holiday.  That was a version of Sukot,  the harvest festival. More akin to Canadian Thanksgiving, which coincides with my holiday.  (Think about it.  What harvest would you reap in late November?)

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Mystery Solved!

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I remember the first time I came to DC.  I was almost 4 years old.

My folks took me to the Smithsonian, the White House, the US Capitol, and the Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments.  And, I remember a most curious little house on the edge of the mall, near the Washington Monument.  I thought it was for the Park Police.  (It was then- but, then they abandoned it.  It simply became the home for vagrants, until it was “locked up”.)

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Yes. A Tea Party Member

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Houston right now is a mess. OK. East Texas is a mess. No, I’m not talking about politics- but the situation as a result of Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Rain Storm Harvey. A name surely to be retired from the potential National Weather Service nomenclature.
And, I heard a great story. One that reminds me that almost every community has a hometown hero.

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