Jam Today: Monday, December 4th, 2017
So How Real Are Taylor Swift’s Lyrics?: I was watching a “the making of” video off AT&T’s Taylor Swift deal and while not surprised at the process, Swift sitting at a piano tweaking the lyric and bridge over and over again for weeks, something else caught my attention.The interesting insight was how she changed one line from “I’ve got a boyfriend, he’s older than us, I haven’t seen him in a couple of months” to “I’ve got a boyfriend, he’s older than us, he’s in the club doing I don’t know what”. The difference isn’t simply aesthetic, if it is a true inside my diary moment than which isn’t? And if it isn’t, well that’s news as well.
This Christmas Season: As a newly minted American, I feel as though we’ve had our first serious fight this year. I am not a Democrat, nor am I a Republican. I didn’t like Carter, Reagan bothered me, Bush Senior was fine, Clinton was fine, Dubya was fine, Obama was fine, but Trump is a monster. Or maybe he isn’t, maybe it boils down to style except that nuclear weapons rattling is bad news… but he is not to be trusted and he has single handedly changed the world’s perception of the USA. Suddenly, the US is the moral equivalent of China and Russia.
Life With The Lions: There is a flipside to all this sexual harassment and that is a conservative and religious right backlash against sexual freedom, just bubbling beneath the surface is a misogynistic credo where no man’s libido can be trusted and all sex outside marriage is suspect. The entire concept of consenting adults is being destroyed.
New Music: The new U2 has gone from very good to good (Aka from a B+ to a B) after the relief of enjoying a U2 album since 2000 has worn off. Chief Keef has a goodie (Grade: B), Wisin has a very goodie (Grade: B+), and Ella was in terrific voice back in 1956 (Grade: A)
Old Music: I am a little stymied by McCartney’s Standing Stone, but figure I’ll get to it in a day or two. After that I have a budget release from Presley and a new arranger for Frank Sinatra.
Sports: The Giants Geno Smith is the same lousy QB he was with the Jets, the Jets win one but is it enough? The Knicks can’t mount a comeback. And the Yanks lose out on the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. What gives with Cashman firing Girardi for Aaron Boone? It is is the moral equivalent of firing Mick Jagger for Anton Newcombe.
Concerts: Everything is building towards Jingle Ball this week. Next week it is all about the FUV Christmas concert featuring Lo Moon, Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman and Aimee Mann.
More Concerts: I know I say this every year but in 2017, guess what? I am gonna cut back on concerts. I am too old to wake up at 5am and keep going nonstop till 2am three times a week…
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