Tuesday, October 27, 2020

I Decided to Vote on Election Day instead at an Early Voting Site

 The coronavirus situation has certainly complicated voting in this presidential election.  In other years I've simply gone to the polls at the local elementary school and voted.  It was usually a very quick process taking no longer than 10 minutes.  I have seen on the TV news that early voting sites have long lines requiring people to wait a few hours to cast their ballot.  Likely, the process is slowed by the necessity to sanitize the areas regularly.  The mayor and governor have also criticized the Board of Elections for not having enough poll workers.

The early voting for my area is about 1 1/2 miles from my home. I would either walk 30 minutes or take a bus to get there. If I have to wait on a line, I may as well do it at my local school which is right around the corner.  I also think there will be more poll workers on the site on Election Day.  I;ll bring some reading material with me to help pass the time on the line.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sunday at the Jewish Museum


Passover Seder from the Collection

The Jewish Museum on 5th Avenue and 92nd Street is graciously allowing patrons to visit free of charge through December 2020.  However, one must make a reservation for a specific time slot.  I last visited the museum on December 26, 2019, a few months before the pandemic forced all cultural institutions to close.

Wes started on the ground floor where we viewed the works of Rachel Feinstein that we saw last December.
A sculpture by Rachel Feinstein

The second floor was devoted to an exhibit called We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz.  He is a New York-based artist who looks at how artists have historically responded to the rise of authoritarianism and xenophobia as well as racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry. The exhibition also addresses issues surrounding immigration, assimilation, and cultural identity.

The third floor was "Scenes from the Collection, a rotating collection exhibition that features nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art—many of which are on view for the first time.  I always enjoyed viewing the Channukah menorahs on display.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Bob Dylan Best of the Bootleg Series is Available Online Only


Since 1991 there have been 15 volumes of the Bootleg Series issued.  Several of the volumes were multi-CD sets.  The Best of The Bootleg Series provides a 28-track selection from all of the previously released volumes.  However, this compilation is online available online through services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, and Qobuz.

The set list:

  1. Up to Me – Take 1
  2. Blind Willie McTell – Studio Outtake – 1983
  3. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down – Live at Royal Albert Hall, London, UK – May 26, 1966
  4. Maggie’s Farm – Live at Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI – July 1965
  5. The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar – Live at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA – November 13, 1980 (listed as 1979)
  6. Dink’s Song
  7. Pretty Saro – Unreleased from “Self Portrait” Sessions
  8. Mama, You've Been On My Mind – Studio Outtake – 1964
  9. Mississippi – Outtake from “Time Out Of Mind” Sessions
  10. Visions of Johanna – Take 5, Rehearsal
  11. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Take 3, Rehearsal
  12. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You – Live at Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec – December 1975
  13. Born In Time – Outtake from ‘Oh Mercy’ sessions
  14. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Take 1
  15. All You Have to Do Is Dream – Take 2
  16. Wanted Man – Take 1
  17. Tell Me That It Isn’t True – Take 2
  18. Wallflower – Alternate Version, 1971
  19. Most of the Time – Alternate Version from ‘Oh Mercy’ sessions
  20. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Live at Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec – December 1975
  21. Series of Dreams – Outtake from ‘Oh Mercy’ sessions
  22. Slow Train – Live at Earls Court, London, UK – June 29, 1981
  23. I Pity the Poor Immigrant – Take 4
  24. Moonshiner – Studio Outtake – 1963
  25. Seven Days – Live at the Curtis Hixon Convention Center, Tampa, FL – April 1976
  26. Tangled Up in Blue – Take 3, Remake 3
  27. Guess I’m Doing Fine – Witmark Demo – 1964
  28. Every Grain of Sand – Demo – 1980

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Captain by David Wright - a New Autobiography


David Wright was a phenomenal player for the New York Mets whose baseball career was cut short by spinal stenosis.  He discussed growing up in Norfolk, Virginia where the Mets had a AAA farm team.  He could have enrolled at Georgia Tech, but decided to sign with the Mets.  He moved up through the minor leagues and eventually made it to the parent team as the third baseman.  He discusses the 2006 season as the Mets just missed the World Series and the 2007 and 2008 season when the team collapsed and didn't quite make it to the postseason.  The highlight of his career was the 2015 World Series that the Mets lost to the Kansas City Royals.

Sadly, at that time he confronted injuries that required surgery.  He described his condition of spinal stenosis that ended his baseball career prematurely.  It obvious that the Mets will eventually retire his number 5 and induct him into the term Hall of Fame, but he won't get into Cooperstown since his career was cut short.

The only shortcoming was that there was minimal discussion of his non-baseball life.  I highly recommend the book to all Met fans.

David Wright's statistics from Baseball Reference

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

1960s British Rock Star Spencer Davis Dies at 81


Even though it was called the Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood was the lead singer on most of their hits.  Although Gimme Good Lovin' was their best-known hit, I have chosen to feature Keep on Running.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Visit to Strawberry Fields in Central Park Today


On Friday night ABC-TV aired 2020 John Lennon: His Life--Legacy--Last Days.  Since we were busy watching baseball on Friday night, I recorded it on DVR and watched it on Saturday.  I thought that I should visit Strawberry Fields in Central Park since I was never there.  At first, we passed by The Dakota where John lived in NYC and where he was murdered by a crazed fan.

The Dakota on Central Park West

We entered the park and saw:

The park in general and Strawberry Fields in particular was crowded as it was a sunny autumn day.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

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