Sunday, April 5, 2020

Steps . . .



A house isn't always a home.
Being lonely isn't being alone.
Heroes save other ones in distress.
Some in charge end up making a mess.

Though desire directs us to explore,
Prudence sometimes instructs to ignore.
Fact continue to flow and to ebb.
Use the knowledge to choose the right step.



New performance  of an older composition Steps
Recorded March 31, 2020 while sheltering-in-place


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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Fine . . .

. . . tuning

Practice makes perfect.
Perfection is rare.
Some think they've seen it
When it really isn't there.

I'm not a perfectionist,
But she with whom I'm communing
Doesn't see that this obsession
Is only fine tuning.

Broken
©1997 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(new demo of old composition)



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Friday, April 3, 2020

Mother Chi . . .



Like memories, pictures and even sometimes smells,
Emotions evoked by music can explode.
The sources of inspiration are evasive for certain.
For this, it came from a thing called Chicago.


Mother Chi

©2016 Raymond M. Jozwiak
From No Frills




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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Choice . . .



I perceived the clarinet sample in the program I used to create Incidentally Broken did not have sufficient dynamics to approximate a bass clarinet when played in the lower register. I believe the bassoon sample (utilized in this mix) is more fitting and blends nicer with the remaining instrumentation.

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Incidentally Broken
©2020 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(alternate mix to that posted 3/27/2020; this having the clarinet voice replaced by bassoon)



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Constructive . . .


. . . use of time . . .


. . . Damn the coffee.
Damn the sugar.
Damn the colonies.
Where's my future?
What awaits me?
I don't want to be
Napoleon of broken dreams . . .


Incidentally Broken
©2020 Raymond M. Jozwiak
Instrumental improvisations based upon an earlier composition, Broken



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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Review . . .


. . . the facts . . . 



(from https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-fire-pandemic-team/)
". . . a series of cost-cutting decisions made by the Trump administration in preceding years that had gutted the nation’s infectious disease defense infrastructure. The “pandemic response team” firing claim referred to news accounts from Spring 2018 reporting that White House officials tasked with directing a national response to a pandemic had been ousted. . . Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer abruptly departed from his post leading the global health security team on the National Security Council in May 2018 amid a reorganization of the council by then-National Security Advisor John Bolton, and Ziemer’s team was disbanded. Tom Bossert, whom the Washington Post reported “had called for a comprehensive biodefense strategy against pandemics and biological attacks,” had been fired one month prior. . . It’s thus true that the Trump administration axed the executive branch team responsible for coordinating a response to a pandemic and did not replace it, eliminating Ziemer’s position and reassigning others, although Bolton was the executive at the top of the National Security Council chain of command at the time. . ."






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Monday, March 30, 2020

Whaaaat???!!!. . .




(from https://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/donald-trump-consulted-a-rod-j-lo-coronavirus-alex-rodriguez/543967)
". . . ABC’s Katherine Faulders and John Santucci reported on Friday night that the president sought advice from Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez regarding the coronavirus. . . That seems like a bizarre place for the president to go in his conversations, but he’s a sports fan and also said he had spoken with Tom Brady recently. . . What do you think Rodriguez and Lopez told him? Maybe they advised him on virus-spreading models, the potential GDP impact, and the best use of congressional stimulus funds. . ."





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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Thinking . . .


Beyond imagination
My reality's now surpassed
By something real and awful
Which will hopefully move fast.

Concern is now priority
And action is severe.
The seriousness required now
Must far surpass our fear.


Italia
©2016 Raymond M. Jozwiak
From No Frills



Friday, March 27, 2020

Honesty . . .



(from LIES And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them; A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
by Al Franken)
". . . If you listen to a lot of conservatives . . . conservatives love America and liberals hate America. . . They don't get it. We love America just as much as they do. But in a different way. You see, they love America in the way a four-year-old loves her mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a four-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad, and helping your loved one grow.  Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world. . . When liberals look back on history, we see things we're proud of. And we also see some things, which might have seemed like good ideas at the time, bur turned out to be mistakes. And some things we did, well, they were just bad. That doesn't keep us from loving our country - it's part of loving our country. It's called honesty. . . "





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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Broken . . .

. . . dreams . . .



Just when I thought my little
Empire would never be conquered.
I was invincible.
Went from the frying pan
Right into the fire.
Now I don’t care at all.
I’m one smooth operator,
But standing two feet tall;
Was like some great dictator.

Damn the coffee.
Damn the sugar.
Damn the colonies.
Where’s my future?
What awaits me?
I don’t want to be
Napoleon of broken dreams.

So when I got myself
A taste of that glorious power.
It was intoxicating.
The more I took became
The more that I wanted.
But soon the thrill was gone.
Wanted to meet my maker.
I’ll pay for what I’ve done
Just like that great dictator.

Could be people like me
Should be alone.
Nothing is ever enough;
Enough for this eccentricity.

It’s said, by nature, that a
Man can become territorial.
And I’ve been known to do it.
Simple offense became
An outright obsession.
I got my just desserts.
Maybe I’ll see you later.
But still it could be worse
Just like that great dictator.


Broken
©1997 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(new demo of an old tune)



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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Should've . . .

. . . happened differently . . .



(from https://www.npr.org/2020/03/24/820601571/all-of-this-panic-could-have-been-prevented-author-max-brooks-on-covid-19?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR14hM8_-lmmvvNtunnnZlsEB9_xVfcMt8e-0-VEyKtS-7dKkJO5ZhiyuwI)
". . . President Trump was slow to acknowledge the virus as a real threat. And thus far, the president has resisted using the Defense Production Act to force private companies to manufacture masks, gloves and other essential supplies in the fight against the coronavirus. Many government task forces that plan for disasters have yet to be activated in this crisis. . . "One of the biggest problems we're facing now is panic. You see it in the stock market. You see it in panic buying," he says. "'All of this panic could have been prevented. ... If the president had been working since January to get the organs of government ready for this, we as citizens could have been calmed down knowing that the people that we trust to protect us are doing that.". . . "






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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Days . . .

What do YOU do all day???


Incidentally Broken

©2020 Raymond M. Jozwiak
In-progress version of an 'incidental/instrumental' based upon chord changes of'Broken'



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Monday, March 23, 2020

Marginalized . . .



(from http://digitaledition.baltimoresun.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=e6321562-5b65-44a0-909e-22af8824e01a)
". . . Looking at Trump this week, I see someone desperately making it up as he goes along, still unaware that millions of Americans now can’t help but see the disconnect between his words and the reality of their lives. But, as an entertainer, Trump can feel the cameras and the spotlight pulling away to gaze on others and that means marginalization for him. There is nothing a narcissist fears more than marginalization. Perhaps that’s why he held two press sessions Thursday and lashed out at the media in one of them. . ."







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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Stable . . .

. . . genius


(from A Very Stable Genius; Donald J. Trump's Testing of America by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig)
". . . The first couple was set to take a private tour of the USS Arizona Memorial, which sits just of the coast of Honolulu and straddles the hull of the battleship that sank into the Pacific during the Japanese surprise bombing attack in 1941. As a passenger boat ferried the Trumps to the stark white memorial, the president pulled (John) Kelly aside for a quiet consult . . . "Hey, John, what's this all about? What's this a tour of?" Trump asked his chief of staff. . . Kelly was momentarily stunned. Trump had heard the phrase "Pearl Harbor" and appeared to understand that he was visiting the scene of a historic battle, but he did not seem to know much else. . . "He was at time dangerously uninformed," said one senior former advisor. . . "






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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Brothers . . .


I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My ha - ands

Bar rooms sure have a funny way
Of bringing loyalty out in a man
Buy a drink and tell a joke
And buddy you've got you a friend
But keep a good eye upon that friend
Because he really doesn't give two hoots
And don't say anything about his Mom
His girlfriend or his army boots

Walked into an auto-mo-showroom
I need some wheels but got no money to spend
When a guy with an ugly tie
Walks out and acts like he's my long-lost friend
I said hey Buddy I've a purpose here
And if you please I will accomplish my goal
So don't you slap me on the back again
Cause if you do I might just lose my control

So please be careful when you meet someone
Who'll make a promise at the drop of a hat
And don't provide them with encouragement
You will regret the day you offered him that
Cause everybody needs some empathy
But just how willing
And how far will they go
To really help you when the chips are down
Can they be trusted half as far as you throw them


Blood Brother
Live performance recorded at Bourbon Street on the Beach, Ocean City, MD, March 2020. Hear Blood Brother and more from OHO's 2018 release Gazebo