Jam Today: Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Bravery: At first glance I went along with the prevailing concept that the Parkland in Broward County murders were a mix of adults bravery and cowardice: “Coral Springs police officers say that not one but several Broward County sheriff’s deputies waited outside the school building in Parkland, Florida, while the February 14 shooting was underway, according to reports from the Florida Sun Sentinel and CNN. At least three deputies held back from entering, police sources told the Sun Sentinel.” Along with Scot Peterson, the deputy assigned to protect Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, they are the face of fear. But it isn’t fair. If any of these four men had confronted Nikolas Cruz they would have been immediately shot to death and saved no one whatsoever. In the time they got off four shots they’d have been hit with 400. They had popguns to battle AK47s, they’d have been killed where they stood. It’s one thing if you stand a chance on earth of making it through but they didn’t. There is a litmus test on this and here is President Trump’s thoughts: “”You don’t know until you test it, but I think, I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that too.” While calling the officers disgusting. Nothing in Trump’s history, not one action, suggests he would have done any such thing. Indeed, quite the opposite. Look, physical bravery is one thing, facing certain death for no reason is something else again. It is sadly typical of the terrifying times we live in that any sense of fair play disappears under the weight of posturing and lieing. I read a Quora where a writer worried about his physical courage after being mugged by two people for his Iphone. Any moron who would take on two men for his phone deserves to die.
More Bravery: In a world where reality and fiction are so completely entwined and where fake news takes a backseat to fake life, without a shadow of a doubt this was not the Playstation game of life and death, movies and television, where one man takes on 20, the cold water in the face reality is that facing up to Cruz would have meant instant death for the deputies. This isn’t firemen running up the World Trade Center, or teachers covering their students body with their own and being murdered, this is certain death with no one saved. They should all be exonerated and maintain their jobs.
New Music: I called The Lovely Eggs new one the album of the week, but I am listening to the obtuse beauty, Caroline Rose’s LONER a lot more. It is modern neon colored pop with a smirk and a joke, and a heart, and it has all the smartness pop can afford you. How I wish it was a hit.
Old Music: I’ve been putting off People Get Ready because the title song is so big it dwarfs the rest of the album and I got lost on the rest of the album…
Concerts: Bad Bunny on Thursday, the bassist and guitarist of the Grateful (Un)Dead on Friday. Next week a conversation with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Monday and a concert with Kid Rock on Friday (I’ll have to dust off my MAGA red cap).
Theatre: In 1978 I caught Glenda Jackson in the West End starring in “Stevie,” as Stevie Smith, the suicidal poet who wrote “I was much further out than you thought. And now waving but drowning.” I will catch her in Edward Albee’s genius “Three Tall Women” on Saturday. In case you think I am exaggerating about Glenda’s performance, here it is:
Death: Really? We have to canonize the homophobic, dangerous, and loathsome Billy Graham. I guess he could fool all the people all the time. It is due to the likes of Graham that AIDS became an epidemic.
POTUS: Trump called the Parkland Deputies ““disgusting” and “a disgrace.” He said the deputies “weren’t exactly Medal of Honor winners, all right.””. This guy is beyond the pale. This man is a coward and a bully. I wish he would run into a High School unarmed with an active shooter at large.