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I listened to "Nice, Nice, Very Nice" because I read Cat's Cradle.

The song didn't do anything for me, and I didn't recognize the lyrics, but I only read the novel once, back in the 1990's.

It's a pretty good book--one of my favorite Kurt Vonnegut novels in addition to Slaughterhouse-Five.

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I listened to “Nice, Nice, Very Nice” because I read Cat’s Cradle.


The song didn’t do anything for me, and I didn’t recognize the lyrics, but I only read the novel once, back in the 1990’s.


It’s a pretty good book—one of my favorite Kurt Vonnegut novels in addition to Slaughterhouse-Five.

I’m a Vonnegut fan myself. For those who insist that science fiction does not rise to the level of literature, I always bring up Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut. It’s fun to watch folks squirm when they try to argue that novels like Slaughterhouse Five are not science fiction!

Sorry you didn’t connect with Ambrosia, but that’s not a problem. Music is subjective. There is no such thing as (objectively) “good” music. There is only music you like, and music you don’t.

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Yea, not my cup of tea either. Too soft rock.

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Van Morrison – Live @ Real World Studios
May 8, 2021

Here are the first couple of songs from a live-in-the-studio concert Van Morrison streamed last month in support of his new album, Latest Record Project Volume 1. These two songs are an "official release," so I expect the link won't go stale. I am less certain about the unofficial, audio-only recording of the complete show that can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zsLa24FH6c.

Unlike most of the dinosaur acts from the 60s and 70s, bands who come back for a "farewell" tour every five years or so, Van Morrison has never stopped making music. He puts out a new record almost every year. The new one is his eighth release since 2015! His early work, through about 1979, is the most consistent, but there are lots of good songs—and usually two or three great ones—on every album.

 

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"Hold On"
H.E.R. with Chris Stapleton
2021 CMT Music Awards

Gorgeous harmonies from a performance earlier this week. I hear two and sometimes three voices doubling and harmonizing with the two lead guitars, all in a lilting 6/8 time signature.

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ok.
i will play.
“…try to argue that novels like Slaughterhouse Five are not science fiction.”

the guy was crazy.
Dresden did him in.
PTSD or something.

loved the story.
it was a semi-autobiography
which was “real enough” for fiction.

https://www.shmoop.com/study-guides/literature/slaughterhouse-five/analy...

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turkeydance wrote:
ok.
i will play.
“…try to argue that novels like Slaughterhouse Five are not science fiction.”

the guy was crazy.
Dresden did him in.
PTSD or something.

loved the story.
it was a semi-autobiography
which was “real enough” for fiction.

https://www.shmoop.com/study-guides/literature/slaughterhouse-five/analy...

Lol. Talkin’ Vonnegut is cool by me. It’s been more than 20 years since I last read Slaughterhouse Five. I may have to have another go at it this year. Even the movie was quite good.

Thanks for the link. It is both a serious review and an enjoyable read. It makes the argument that Slaughterhouse Five, which uses elements of science fiction in its plot, is itself not science fiction. Rather, it is a new form of literature, which the author terms “postmodern novel.”

But I think this is too exclusive. Why can’t a book be both literature and science fiction at the same time? Slaughterhouse Five is an anti-war novel (and more) that makes its points by telling a story about time travel and aliens! I repeat: a story about time travel and aliens. And these are not just minor plot “elements.” It’s all time travel, all the time.

Graham Greene refused to call his mystery tales “novels.” Instead, he deemed them to be mere “entertainments.” The distinction emphasized that his mysteries were not literature. I think the same distinction can also be applied to science fiction. Most of the time it ain’t even close to literature. But sometimes a writer uses the tools of science fiction to produce a work of literature. When that happens, I refuse to strip off the science fiction moniker.

If you start with a prejudgement that science fiction is always an entertainment, and can never be literature, then you are forced into the “elements of science fiction” argument when faced with the best writing of authors like Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and others. That’s fine. That won’t change the quality of the work. You can call it whatever you like. As a lover of science fiction, however, I’m going to keep on calling it science fiction.

Kurt Vonnegut and PTSD

After Kurt Vonnegut was captured by the Germans in WWII, he was assigned for a time to POW labor crews in Dresden, where he worked in a slaughterhouse. When the city was fire-bombed in February 1945, triggering a firestorm that killed as many as 25,000, Vonnegut survived by staying in the freezers of the slaughterhouse. After the conflagration had burned itself out three days later, Vonnegut emerged, and was assigned to work gangs that had the gruesome task of digging out and burying the dead.

Although I never used the term PTSD, for many years I believed the experience had affected him gravely. I was forced to revise my thinking, however, when I read Vonnegut’s denial in one of his essays (or perhaps in a preface somewhere). According to Vonnegut, the news of his mother’s death, which came to him during his time as a POW, hurt him much more than his experiences at Dresden.

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Stimela by Hugh Masakela, from the Burmester Vorführungs, Vol. 3

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Just about whatever takes my fancy through Apple Music, the choice is vast, cna’t be much interest in pirate music these days.

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cna’t be much interest in pirate music these days.

Ugh… I hate pir8 music. Those concertinas and accordions just grate on my ears like sandpaper.

Listen to that for hours on end… Sick

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LB just laughed grog thru my nose! You’re nuts! (coconuts)

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Linkin park live in texas YT

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The last time Sonny and Cher ever sang together. I Got You Babe. On David Letterman https://youtu.be/8t9xE9G2lYI
Same song David Bowie and Marianne Faithful, almost a wardrobe malfunction
https://youtu.be/2OX2nelvhIE
Same song Tiny Tim doing both parts. https://youtu.be/Y1qKnCTlNP0
Same song Tiny Tim and a woman “switching” parts. https://youtu.be/gczdgI3wZbo

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Oli wrote:
Same song Tiny Tim and a woman “switching” parts.

You know I need some sleep when I read that as “Tiny Tim and a woman ‘switching’ pants”. Tired

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I’m still looking for the wardrobe malfunction.

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pennzy wrote:
I’m still looking for the wardrobe malfunction.

Stop looking at Bowie. It’s about 9 seconds into the video
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No idea who’s The Flying Nun, but she kinda sings(?) like a frog.

Who is she?

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Who is she?[/quote] Marianne faithful, still alive and singing. When they were much younger she was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend for a while. There’s another video of her singing it with shots in Paris but I can’t find it. This is The Ballad of Lucy Jordan. Written by Shel Silverstein. First recorded by Dr Hook & The medicine show. This was done very shortly after.
https://youtu.be/d0NxhFn0szc

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The Kids Are Alright
The Who
1979 Film Documentary

YouTube just put this up for free!

 

 

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"Tell the Truth"

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Trey Anastasio and Doyle Bramhall II
Live, August 24, 2019

Here's another teaser from Tedeschi Trucks Band, who's latest album, Layla Revisited (Live at LOCKN'), is a live recording of the classic 1970 album by Derek and the Dominos. This new video was released just four days ago.

 

 

Two other videos have been released from this show: "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out".

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in honor of Elsa:

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Bugger! That’s one of the best covers of any DP song I ever heard.

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Also in honor(?) of Elsa… “Roch You Like A Hurricane”. Shocked

Hate the “official” video, so got the 1-pic vid. LOL

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just about anything from Olivia Rodrigo.
trying to find out what the big deal is.
i am losing this battle.

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