“we’re still losing around 600 Americans per day — that is, we’re experiencing the equivalent of six 9/11s every month”

Art of Quotation

In the early 20th century the American South was ravaged by pellagra,

a nasty disease that produced the “four Ds” — dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia and death. At first, pellagra’s nature was uncertain, but by 1915 Dr. Joseph Goldberger, a Hungarian immigrant employed by the federal government, had conclusively shown that it was caused by nutritional deficiencies associated with poverty, and especially with a corn-based diet.

However, for decades many Southern citizens and politicians refused to accept this diagnosis, declaring either that the epidemic was a fiction created by Northerners to insult the South or that the nutritional theory was an attack on Southern culture. And deaths from pellagra continued to climb.

Sound familiar?

The moral of this story is that America’s uniquely poor response to the coronavirus isn’t just the result of bad leadership at the top —

although tens of thousands of lives would have been saved if we…

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Plausible denial — t r e f o l o g y

Did you know that you and I are breathing the same molecules once breathed by Nebuchadnezzar, Julius Caesar, & Abraham Lincoln? It staggers the mind. So, in that way, the next time somebody says that you have bad breath, say, Do I? Or, does, Julius Caesar?!

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Music Recommendation: Santana — “Evil Ways”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Evil Ways” from the album 1968 SAN FRANCISCO

Artist: Santana

Location: California

Info: “Santana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana.”

Price: $1 (USD) for track; buy five-track album for $5 (USD)

Genre: Rock. Blues Blue.

Links:

Santana on Bandcamp

https://santanapurplep.bandcamp.com

1968 SAN FRANCISCO

https://santanapurplep.bandcamp.com/album/1968-san-francisco

David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Mishaps

Mishaps

• Linda Ronstadt has sung some operetta and opera. For example, she has sung the role of Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Doing this was hard work because she wasn’t used to acting while singing. For example, during rehearsals she sometimes did not understand where to walk. A few times, at the end of a song in rehearsal she found herself standing in the place marked off for the orchestra pit. And co-star Kevin Kline once pointed out to her during a rehearsal, “This is Gilbert and Sullivan, Linda — you can’t say, ‘Git!’” She also worked in La Bohème with some other people who were new to opera. One musician even was heard asking during an early rehearsal, “Isn’t there any dialogue in this show?”

• Chris Martin of Coldplay occasionally tries to cook, but maybe he shouldn’t. Once he tried to cook fish and peas, but he forgot to turn on the vent. His fire alarm went off, and since it is connected to the fire station, a fire engine quickly arrived. He was forced to tell the firefighters, “I’m sorry. There’s no fire.” A couple of months later, he again tried to cook, and again he forgot to turn on the vent. Again, the fire engine arrived, and again, Mr. Martin said, “I’m sorry. There’s no fire.” He was shaken and decided to get out of his home for a while. The fire engine happened to be going in his direction, so the firefighters asked, “Do you want a lift?” Mr. Martin says, “I got to have a ride in a fire engine. How cool is that?”

• When the German soprano Erna Sack prepared to perform Gilda in Rigoletto in Chicago, debuting there on November 16, 1935, she made herself unpopular. She was unable to converse in any language but German, and the American baritone John Charles Thomas asked tenor Joseph Barton, aka Giuseppe Bentonelli, loudly during the final rehearsal, “What in the … is she jabbering at me?” Despite the rehearsals, her performance was a disaster. During her first performance, she decided suddenly to sing her part an octave higher than was written and to sing all phrases fortissimo. No one had praise for her after her debut, and she left the windy city the next day and never sang there again.

• The Beastie Boys’ second album, Paul’s Boutique, contained a song titled “Egg Man.” The song came from a leisure activity they and their friends engaged in. The Beastie Boys would throw eggs at people from their 9th-floor rooms at the Mondrian Hotel. Of course, people complained, and the hotel managers send them a very diplomatic note: “We’ve had some reports of things falling out of your window. If there’s a problem with your window, please let us know.” The Beastie Boys and their friends stopped throwing eggs at people from the windows of the Mondrian Hotel; instead, they drove around in cars and threw eggs at people.

• Before George Cehanovsky started singing with the Metropolitan Opera, he sang the title role in Eugene Onegin. During the scene where he was supposed to shoot and kill the poet Lensky in a duel, his gun would not fire. (Later, he discovered that he and the singer playing Lensky had picked up the wrong guns — the singer playing Lensky had the gun with the blank in it.) The singer playing Lensky decided to fall over “dead” anyway, and when he hit the floor, the blank in his gun went off. Mr. Cehanovsky asked Eugene’s second, “Is he killed?” The second replied, “He died of a heart attack.”

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