22 January 2012
Alan Merril wrote I Love Rock and Roll… and then he retired. He’s truly a gifted singer and a good friend.
J.K. Rowling’s books, targeted for their sorcery, were banned by some American libraries and burned in some cases. Shame, shame. You are the followers of Qin Shi Huang, Diocletian, Savonarola, the Nazis, Republican senator Joseph McCarthy and other ignorant book burners throughout history. Have you learned nothing? Of course not. You are book burners.
With Susan Zelinsky.
La bellissima Arianna Antinori, Roman by birth, and now she lives in Vicenza.
Ben Nieves, a real, true musician, born that way, and has studied since.
Lani from New Orleans, love you, Lani.
Herb Caen, what is there to say? He was Mr. San Francisco for fifty years, even though he was a suburban kid from Sacramento.
He did what he called “three dot journalism” EVERY DAY for years and years. Item, item, hoosegotta item?
Carmine and Kacee, Hawaii.
Chad Quist, a Berklee product, although I knew him before he went to Berklee and he was very good then.
Cher and Gregg Allman in their funky southern phase.
Cher in her earlier Sonny and Bob chapter.
Don Graham with Chloe, who was our singer that night, but she has since moved on, with Joel Hoekstra, to the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Danny Dastrup at Aroma Café. There was a big hole in our lives when Danny moved on, as we knew he would.
Dava’s lower half. And her upper half is even better, but we’re not going to see it today.
David Peters is in Uganda now, filming in Ginga, helping people become better, as he is wont to do.
And, then, a little later in the evening…
Eartha Kitt and James Dean in a dance class. Now, you don’t see that every day.
You are what you think.
Engrid Whisenant, scholar, partisan, Renaissance woman, PhD.
Ezio Guaitamacchi, Italian talk show host, researcher, media personality.
Franco, Szilvia and Veronica.
Fred lives across the street from where I paint.
George Michalski and Chet Helms. George has the money and Chet has the time.
Szilvia when she was a beautiful baby.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound. Don Aters took this photo.
Amazing Grace, how sweet that face.
Musicians on the big island, Hawaii.
Szilvia, all grown up.
… and her beautiful friends.
Jackie and Steve.
Jane and Freddie.
Janis and James.
Jennifer, the goddess, Espinoza.
She can really sing.
She’s 18 now.
Not bad looking either.
She’d be a good model for a Madonna.
Jimi in Little Richard’s band.
With Bobby Womack and Wilson Pickett.
Quanked: overpowered by fatigue. From Anglo-Saxon cwanian, to be weary or faint, and cwencan, to quench.
Chirology: the art of conversing with the hands or fingers.
Pythonic: pretending to foretell future events; from pythoness, the female or priestess who gave oracular answers at Delphi.
Things to say while driving:
Thou damned tripe-visaged rascal. Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson, obscene, greasy tallow-catch.
Lifelode: the leading of one’s life (Middle English). So much prettier and apt than lifestyle, isn’t it?
Gommacks: tricks, mischief, foolery, from Gaelic guaineach, giddy, sportive, frolicking.
Millefleurs: a perfume distilled from flowers of different kinds; formed on the French eau de millefleurs. The equivalent Italian millefiori is a glass sculpture.
Ensorcell: to enchant, bewitch, fascinate. Adapted from French ensorceler, from sorcier, sorcerer.
I wrote many songs with Kim Nomad. Only now are some of them being recorded. She has a beautiful way of singing.
Kristina Kopriva and Liam Hanrahan.
(Book title, 1672)
New Instructions unto Youth for Their Behavior: A Discourse upon Some Innovations of Habits and Dressing, Against Powdering of Hair, Naked Breasts, Black Spots, and Other Unseemly Customs.
Lucubrator: a person who studies by night, or by candlelight.
La Città della Pieve, Umbria, Italia.
This was fun.
Snickersneeze: a term without meaning used to frighten children, “I’ll snickersneeze you, if you don’t.”
When at Niagara Falls, I was escorting a young lady with whom I was on friendly terms. She had been standing on a piece of rock, the better to view the scene, when she slipped down
and was evidently hurt. “Did you hurt your leg much?” She turned from me, evidently much shocked, “The word ‘leg’ is never mentioned before ladies. I am not so particular as some people are,
for I know those who always say ‘limb’ of a table, or ‘limb’ of a pianoforte.” I then recalled seeing a pianoforte in a “seminary for young ladies” whose four legs had been dressed by prudish
residents in modest little trousers with frills at the bottom.” Frederick Maryatt, English army captain, 1837.
Lunarian: an inhabitant of the moon.
“I abroad with my wife and little Betty Mitchell…to show them a play, The Chances…The whole play pleases me well, and most of all the sight of many fine ladies, among others
my Lady Castlemayne and Mrs. Middleton. The latter of the two hath also a very excellent face and body, I think. Thence by coach to the New Exchange, and there laid out money,
and I did give Betty Mitchell two pairs of gloves…I was troubled with my pain, having got a bruise on my right testicle, I know not how. But this I did make good use of to make my wife
shift sides with me, and I did come to sit avec Betty Mitchell, and there had her hand which elle did give me very frankly, and did hazer whatever I voudrais avec la, which did plaisir
me grandement, and so set home with my mind mighty glad.” Samuel Pepys 5 February 1667.
Navvy: a toiler, principally with a spade, short for navigator, but a navigator of the land, day laborers without benefit of bulldozers, backhoes, computers.
Chantepleure: she that sings and weeps both together.
Napiform: having the shape or appearance of a turnip (Latin napus, turnip).
Bezaubernde: German, bewitching, charming, ensorcellating.
Norton and Lisa Buffalo. Norton was a prince among men and a real musician. Lisa is a high quality person, and I wish her well.
Shana rhymes with Anna, Savannah, or, if you’re loose, with Shannon. Kat rhymes with “Who dat?” Naturally.
A missed opportunity. To paint a portrait is a knack I possess, which many artists, far better than I, lack. I painted hers, but then was asked to do it again for a fee, and I could not.
When money is involved, I immediately lose interest, if you’ll pardon the expression.
Shrumpsed: beaten in games. I’m sure Rachel could shrumps me anytime in any game.
Fragor: a strong or sweet scent.
Saltation: the act of dancing or jumping.
Sasha and her beau.
Dowsabell: a common name in sixteenth-century poetry for a sweetheart, especially for an unsophisticated country girl.
The word means “sweet and beautiful,” from French douce et belle.
Today is the birthday of William Smith, an English admiral who compiled the rich and varied glossary of nautical terms Sailor’s Word Book, 1867. His famous grandson Robert Baden-Powell
founded the British Boy Scouts in 1908.
One of Admiral Smith’s words was “mallemarocking,” the visiting and carousing of seamen in the Greenland ships. This word came from the Dutch “mallemarok,” a foolish woman,
a tomboy, from “mal,” foolish and “marok,” adaptation of the French “marotte,” an object of foolish attention.
Carfuddle: to discompose, to rumple, synonymous with carfuffle, to disorder. Also spelled kerfuffle.
Susan Zelinsky and Ruby who has grown to look exactly like her mother.
Galericulate: covered, as with a hat. (Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1755)
Lycanthropia: January was called wolf month because people are always wont in that month to be more in danger of being devoured by wolves than in any other.
Just last week the first wolf in a hundred years crossed into California. We welcome this creature now and wish him well. Some of us do anyway.
Drury: gallantry, courtship, love, delight (from the French drue, a mistress). I have often walked Drury Lane in London.
In the days before motels and hotels, travelers often stayed anywhere they could, and sometimes slept in the same bed as their hosts. Husbands and parents frequently permitted these guests
to “bundle” with their wives and daughters. Prudent mothers gave daughters approaching the bundling age a “courting-stocking” completely covering the girl’s body from the waist downwards,
with room for both legs within it. Such stockings were often heirlooms.
Veronica Farnetani and Andrea Zurli. I met them in Umbria.
Vicki is from South Africa. Her accent is soft and beautiful, just as she is.
Wassail Eve, also known as Twelfth Night was the evening when the Three Wise Men came.
“Wassail” was derived from the 13th century Norse toast Waes hail. (Be thou healthy.)
Crazling: a person affected with a craze or mania.
See you next week !
Big Brother and the Holding Company