I wrote the opening, now second, paragraph below before posting yesterday. I’m too stressed and/or lazy to change it. So it goes:
It’s been the week from hell in New Orleans. Our car flooded during Wednesday’s deluge and there’s a tropical system nearby. I’m writing this on Thursday: our internet is wonky so I want to have something in place in case it and/or the power goes out. I refuse to be buried by Barry.
I don’t have the full-blown Odds & Sods spirit BUT since I’d assembled a post, I figured I’d put it out there for y’all to enjoy. I know our Saturday readership is devoted so I don’t want to let you down. Instead of our usual three acts, we have a first act followed by what would usually be our third act of regular features. Highly irregular but what can ya do?
Elvis Costello wrote The Other Side Of Summer for his 1991 album, Mighty Like A Rose. I used it the other day in the post about my Bayou Brief newspaper war piece. This time we have two versions: the video and EC live.
Now that we’ve seen the other side of summer for what it is, let’s jump to the break.
I usually link to some articles and expound upon them in our second act. But these are irregular times, so let’s move on to our regular features.
We continue with our favorite stolen feature.
Separated At Birth: This week’s historical SAB is a doozy: my homey Ellen Degeneres and 19th Century transcedentalist philosopher, Henry David Thoreau.
FYI, the spellchecker kept trying to change transcedentalist to dentist. Could it be a Steve Martin fan?
Back to Ellen. I wonder if, unlike me, she has spent much time in a cabin in the woods? Here’s a Tom Petty song about a non-Walden cabin:
Tweet Of The Week: I’m really enjoying the second season of Big Little Lies. The scenes between Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep are to die for.
Something cool was edited out of last Sunday’s episode. Literally.
— Fabian Igiraneza (@fabianigiraneza) July 6, 2019
Streep’s character, Mary Louise, had it coming.
Saturday GIF Horse: Dr. A and I are late comers to the glory that is Showtime’s Billions. We’ve binge watched the first four seasons over the last few months. It’s crazy good, y’all.
This week’s GIF features David Costabile as the sybaritic, ruthless but oddly lovable hedge fund dude, Michael Wagner aka Wags.
Weekly Vintage Music Video: I accept your challenge, Wags:
Chaka Khan is fun to say aloud. I recall her playing at Jazzfest when Grace’s kid sister and her husband came for a visit. My sister-in-law could not stop saying Chaka Khan. Neither could I. Repeat after me: we’re on like Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan.
Saturday Classic: We close this week’s edition with a tribue to bossa nova great Joao Gilberto. He died recently at the age of 88. He was a legend, a true star.
This classic 1963 album won a Grammy for Gilberto and Stan Getz. It’s a landmark in the world of bossa nova-jazz fusion.
That’s it for this week. The last word goes to the season 4 cast of Billions.