Appealing to St. Jude on Donald Trump

By Michael Stevenson

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Dear St. Jude, Patron Saint of Lost Causes,

Let me begin by stating how very much I like your latest Facebook profile pic – the new “fit Jude” image. No one should believe that a top-notch saint such as yourself needs to appear hungry or disheveled. It was clearly time for a change. Bravo!

As you know, I’ve prayed to you with a special request for about two years now, and I so appreciate you hearing my prayer. I knew that you would.

I was quite specific in my prayer, however, and I believe there has been a mistake made. Let me say that I fully appreciate that you, as Patron Saint of Lost Causes, are incredibly busy. Certainly the sheer number of Lost Causes today is our fault and not yours. I’ve previously suggested moving all sports-related Lost Causes (Mets, Jets, etc.) to a separate saint (an intern perhaps?) But we shall address that another time.

What needs to be addressed today is that, as they say in politics, “Mistakes were made” with my frequent and fervent prayer request.

Here it is: It was NOT Bernie Sanders who was supposed to have the heart attack. I don’t know if you can rewind/replay prayer requests, but it was definitely not Bernie. Go back and listen.

Also – the fellow who is supposed to have the heart attack (let’s refer to him as Individual #1 here) … well, his attack needs to be fatal. I’m quite sure I specified that. I also promised to convert a few pagans if it could happen while he was sitting on his solid-gold toilet. But that extra trimming is not so important at this time.

With all the political news 24/7, I can understand how confusing these things can get. Absolutely no problem, as the kids say. It just was a mix-up. Mistakes were made.

BTW, after we take care of the first prayer request (correcting the heart attack recipient) another prayer request of mine is to eliminate the phrase “no problem” as a replacement for “you’re welcome.”

On second thought, forget that about “no problem.” I’ll take that up with a lesser saint. You’ve got enough to do.

To reiterrate, the heart attack for Individual #1 needs to be fatal. The pain level and duration of the attack, well hell, I’ll leave that up to you.

All my love and respect,
You’re welcome,
Michael

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I saw Lankum play a delightful show at Boston’s Club Passim on a chilly Spring evening earlier this year, and then again recently in Fall River.
This new video and the song within is just brilliant. We look forward to the band’s next trip to the States. – THE HOBBLEDEHOY

The chorus of ‘The Young People’ first appeared as a kind of Scottish singalong in Daragh’s head one morning as he woke up, and not sure whether it was a traditional song he’d heard before, a composite of folk songs and melodies from his subconscious, or a completely original piece, he sang it into a dictaphone before it disappeared, like so many before it.
The band originally tried using it as a verse, writing others in the same style, but it didn’t seem to work quite as well as imagined. After sitting down and writing a couple of verses on suicide and loss one day, Daragh found that it fit perfectly as the chorus, providing some light to the darkness and adding a satisfying minor to major lift.
The resulting song, although quite mournful at times, is ultimately a reminder to cherish and appreciate your friends and loved ones while you still can.

“It is set over an autumn morning in Dublin, with all the action happening in the same little sliver of time. The idea was inspired by the lyricism of the first verse, especially the line ‘his feet were ringing a bell’. I found myself thinking about the starkness of that image, but then also considering what sort of actions other people’s feet might be doing at the same time to contrast that. I was interested in the idea of doing a video with a street photography approach, shooting it in a simple documentary-style, and concentrating on just feet and legs, set against the textures of the city. I spent a lot of time travelling through Dublin with my eyes on the ground, watching and waiting for interesting moments to happen. The way people move through or occupy city spaces, even in the most routine ways, form a sort of interconnected ephemeral dance. You start to see that there’s something very expressive about feet that makes them easy to empathise with. You somehow see more of a person by seeing less of them in the frame” [ Source: Nialler9.com ]

Mattis mocks Trump at gala dinner

The former US defence secretary hits back after the president described him as “the world’s most overrated general”.

Former US Defence Secretary James Mattis poked fun at Donald Trump as he spoke at a charity event in New York.

His comments came a day after the US president referred to him as “the world’s most overrated general”.

Mattis resigned as Defence Secretary in December 2018.

 

Watch at Source: Mattis mocks Trump at gala dinner – BBC News

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Announced 

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Seckou Keita, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Ríoghnach Connolly and Ye Vagabonds among winners.

The winners of the 20th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were announced last night at an event at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

The Trials of Cato won Best Album for Hide and Hair and Ye Vagabonds won Best Traditional Track for ‘The Foggy Dew’. Karine Polwart and Steven Polwart won Best Original Track for ‘I Burn But I Am Not Consumed’ from the album Laws of Motion.

Senegalese kora player and drummer Seckou Keita won Musician of the Year and Scottish piper Brìghde Chaimbeul won the Horizons Best Emerging Act award. Keita also won Best Duo with Welsh harper Catrin Finch.

Maddie Morris was presented with the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, which is an educational talent contest open to musicians from the UK aged 16 to 21.

Ríoghnach Connolly from Armagh won Folk Singer of the Year and Dervish and English folk and blues singer and guitarist Wizz Jones were given Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Leonard Cohen was inducted into Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame, joining artists such as Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl and Cecil Sharp.

For the full list of winners and nominees, see below. The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards take place next Thursday 24 October in Dublin.

 

Source: BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Announced | The Journal of Music: News, Reviews & Opinion | Music Jobs & Opportunities