Trump and murderous Saudi prince, musical parody

This 18 October 2018 music video from Britain is a parody of The Sound of Silence, by Simon and Garfunkel.

It says about itself:

Salman & Trumpfunkel – Saud of Silence

Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman join forces on this poignant duet.

LYRICS: Salman: Hello Donald, my ally
Trumpfunkle: So great to be here, Saudi guy
Salman: I’d like to buy more of your weapons
So we can go and use them in Yemen
But there’s just one thing that I need you to help me with
Trumpfunkle: Sure, what is it?
Salman: I need a vow of silence

You see, I killed this journalist
Because I just couldn’t resist
Trumpfunkle: Oh yeah, you know I really hate those guys
They write fake news about my Russia ties
Salman: Then we agree dissentShould be muscularly suppressed
Don’t need free press
I need a Saud of silence

Trumpfunkle: Hey Saudi guy, I’ve got a plan
To force regime change in Iran
Salman: Yes, I can help you out with this as well
As spending fortunes at your Trump hotels
Trumpfunkle: That’s so great, I’ll go on TV now
And say rogue killers did it all
Salman: Hey, thanks
Donald: I need this Saud of silence

TRUMP PRAISES GOP REP WHO ASSAULTED REPORTER President Donald Trump praised Republican lawmaker Greg Gianforte, who last year assaulted a Guardian reporter. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy,” Trump said at a rally in Montana, as supporters cheered him on. The blowback on social media was swift. [HuffPost]

One company that’s sticking with the event is The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., which will host the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh next week. [HuffPost]


Saudi journalist murdered, Trump parody song

This parody music video from Britain, a parody of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer by the Beatles, says about itself:

17 October 2018

Donald Trump sings about his involvement in a murder covfefe-up on “Mohammad‘s Silver Hammer”, the new single from his Beatles tribute band The Tweetles.


Jamal was curious, made the Saudis furious
Trashing their regime
Took a change of scene for his safety
Oh, oh, oh, oh

He needed documents from the Saudi consulate
Down in Istanbul
Met some officials who’d been sent there
Oh, oh, oh, oh

But as he went to pick up his stuff
A knock came on the door

Bang! Bang! Mohammad’s silver hammer
Came down upon his head
Bang! Bang! Mohammad’s silver hammer
Made sure that he was dead

Mike Pompeo went out on my say-so
Not at all annoyed
Wishing to avoid an unpleasant

Crown Prince said to Mike,
“What is this, the Third Reich?
We don’t do that stuff”
Mike had heard enough and he came back

But just before he started to leave
A noise came from behind Click! Click!
Mohammad’s silver cheque book
Came out of his briefcase
Scribble! Scribble! Mohammad’s silver cheque book
Enriched the United States

Stable Genius, liking the convenience
Blamed rogue killer guys
Stressed what key allies the Saudis have

He had all the best financial interests
With the House of Saud
But couldn’t say out loud like he’d done

And as he signed off on an arms deal
A noise came from afar
Bang! Bang! Mohammad’s US-made bombs
Fell down on Yemenites
Bang! Bang! Mohammad’s US-made bombs
Helped Donald sleep at night

Mohammad Bin Salman

TRUMP PRAISES GOP REP WHO ASSAULTED REPORTER President Donald Trump praised Republican lawmaker Greg Gianforte, who last year assaulted a Guardian reporter. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy,” Trump said at a rally in Montana, as supporters cheered him on. The blowback on social media was swift. [HuffPost]

British Conservatives’ homophobic Irish allies, parody song

This 16 October 2018 parody musical video from Britain is about the DUP, the fundamentalist religious Northern Irish party with links to terrorism, on which the British Conservatives depend to prop up their minority government since they lost their majority at the last election.

It says about itself:

Bally Joel – DUP town Girl

Last night there was an electrical storm in Northern Ireland and a radio playing Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” was struck by lightning. This is the result.


DUP town girl
Get an abortion and you’ll go to Hell
And if you just so happen to be gay
The Lord will come on down and he will say,
I’m gonna smite you

DUP town girl
No, evolution did not make the world
Nor is it under threat from climate change
You know that Planet Earth has only been here
Six thousand years

We’ve got a covenant for government enshrined
One billion smackers for confidence and supply
Old Testament is back!
Listen mac, whip goes crack

On a DUP town girl
You know we can’t afford to buy her pearls
Oh hang on, yes we can, ‘cause now we’re rich
Theresa May signed up to be our bitch
So now we’re rich

DUP town girl
She’s in a room with Angela Merkel
Negotiating for the whole UK
And now there’s no sign of Theresa May
Where did she go?

British Conservative May’s Dolly Parton parody song

This 11 October 2018 music video from Britain says about itself:

Theresa May (aka Folly Partin’) pleads with DUP leader Arlene Foster not to collapse her premiership with this haunting take on “Jolene“.


Arlene, Arlene, Arlene, Arlene
I’m begging of you, don’t collapse my premiership
Arlene, Arlene, Arlene, Arlene
Please don’t, because I’ll never hear the end of it

I bribed you guys a billion quid to prop up us Conservatives
Is this how you repay me, Arlene Foster?

Yes, I blew my majority and came to you, the DUP
Remember how you said, “Eh, it’ll cost ya”
Your aims are contradictory: no border in the Irish Sea
And none on land either, that doesn’t work!

You don’t believe in dinosaurs and rights of women to abort
Some unionist you are, you utter berk

Arlene, Arlene, Arlene, Arlene
Don’t f**k this up, for absolute f**k’s sake
Arlene, Arlene, Arlene, Arlene
I’ll give the money tree another shake

Armenian French singer Charles Aznavour, RIP

This music video, with English subtitles, from France shows Charles Aznavour singing La bohème. It is about poverty among artists in Montmartre, Paris.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

French singer Charles Aznavour has died. He was 94 years old. That reported his spokesperson to the French news agency AFP. The singer died in his home in the Southern France Alpilles region.

Aznavour was seen as one of France’s greatest singers. He wrote more than 1400 songs, which were also performed by others. Aznavour kept performing also in old age. His last concert in the Netherlands was in Amsterdam last March.

On 17 September 2018, his last concert was in Tokyo, Japan.

Armenian roots

Aznavour was born in Paris on May 22, 1924, as Sahnour Aznavourian. His parents were Armenian immigrants. He sang in six different languages ​​and sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He also played in about sixty movies.

Well-known Aznavour songs are She, For me formidable, La mamma, Hier encore and La Bohème.

At 93-years-old he got a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Upon revealing, he said, “I’m French and Armenian, the two of them are connected like coffee and milk. It’s great to carry two cultures with you.”

Aznavour protested against French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.

French-Armenian Charles Aznavour, who has died aged 94, was the last of the great post-war chanson singer-songwriters. He leaves a legacy of some 1,200 songs, innumerable recordings and some notable film appearances: here.

Trump’s nominee Kavanaugh sexual assault trouble, musical parody

This 21 September 2018 satirical music video from Britain says about itself:

Pussy Grabilow – Groper Kavanaugh (Copacabana parody)

Donald Trump‘s Barry Manilow tribute act leaps to the defence of Brett Kavanaugh.


Her name was Christine, she was a lying bitch
If it was as bad as she says, why weren’t there any charges?
Oh yeah, that’s right, ‘cause she’s just Fake News
Just a dirty, stinking liar
Let’s get Brett Kavanaugh hired
He won’t be a hard-on
He’ll let me self-pardon
And I’ll fire everyone else
Like that show I starred on

Let’s get Groper, Groper Kavanaugh
We’ll celebrate smoking Havanas
Let’s get Groper, Groper Kavanaugh
It’s probably the left that’s sending her death threats
Let’s get Groper, he’ll get me off

NEW KAVANAUGH ACCUSER A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, came forward Sunday with new allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself and thrust his penis in her face during a party when they were students at Yale University. Kavanaugh denied the claims in a statement, saying the event “from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.” [HuffPost]

FEINSTEIN: KAVANAUGH’S HEARING SHOULD BE CALLED OFF Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Sunday called for the cancellation of Thursday’s hearing for Kavanaugh following Ramierez’s story. “The FBI must investigate ALL allegations,” she tweeted. [HuffPost]

WHITE HOUSE ATTACKS SECOND KAVANAUGH ACCUSER In a lengthy statement titled “What You Need To Know About The Allegations Made In The New Yorker” released late Sunday, Trump aides made a bullet-point list highlighting elements of Ramirez’s story that zeroed in on her admissions of drunkenness and her reluctance to speak about the alleged assault. [HuffPost]

GOP REP. SLAMS KAVANAUGH ALLEGATIONS AS “CHARACTER ASSASSINATION” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Saturday went after Christine Blasey Ford, calling her claim that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were in high school “character assassination.” “I’m thinking, is there any man in this room that wouldn’t be subjected to such an allegation? A false allegation?” King said. [HuffPost]

Women’s rights groups are planning a nationwide walkout on Monday to show support for the women making accusations against Kavanaugh.

KAVANAUGH: ‘I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE’ In a Fox News interview, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said he’s “not going anywhere” and continued to deny the sexual assault allegations against him. The nominee also trotted out a novel defense: He was a virgin in high school and for “many years thereafter,” so couldn’t have possibly attempted to sexually assault anyone. [HuffPost] [Tweet | Share on Facebook]

GOP KNEW OF SECOND KAVANAUGH ACCUSER LAST WEEK Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee knew last week that more sexual misconduct allegations were coming against Kavanaugh — so tried to speed up his confirmation. [HuffPost]

AVENATTI: THIRD ACCUSER TO GO PUBLIC Attorney Michael Avenatti said a new Kavanaugh accuser who was “both” a witness and a victim of Trump’s SCOTUS pick will come forward in the next 48 hours. [HuffPost]

3D GUNMAKER JAILED Cody Wilson, the Texas man running a 3D-printed gun company, was booked into a Houston jail on a charge of sexual assault on Sunday after Taiwanese officials sent him back to the United States, where he is accused of having sex with an underage girl. [Reuters]

PROSECUTORS WANT 10-YEAR SENTENCE FOR COSBY Prosecutors asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence of five to 10 years in state prison ahead of Bill Cosby’s two-day sentencing hearing for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. [HuffPost]

John Coltrane rediscovered 1963 recordings

This June 2018 list of music videos is called John Coltrane Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album.

By Chris Searle in Britain:

Friday, September 21, 2018

Jazz Albums with Chris Searle: Rediscovered 1963 Coltrane recordings a revelatory treasure from a momentous year

John Coltrane
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

AT THE beginning of March in 1963 the John Coltrane Quartet — Coltrane on soprano and tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison playing bass and Elvin Jones on drums — recorded 14 tracks in New Jersey.

Unknown and unissued for 55 years, and only existing on a reference tape Coltrane brought home from the studio before he left to play an evening session at the Birdland jazz club in Manhattan, those tracks were recorded at a momentous time.

This was the year of the Kennedy assassination and also when the civil rights resistance was boiling in the US south, particularly in Birmingham, Alabama, and in August 250,000 people marched on Washington. Eighteen days later, Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was bombed by racists and four girls were killed as they changed into their choir robes. The Coltrane Quartet responded with the memorial Alabama as part of their Live at Birdland album.

Throughout that March “lost” session, there’s a sense of social and musical ferment. Fellow tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter remembers Coltrane describing this inner tumult as “starting a sentence in the middle and then going to the beginning and the end of it at the same time … both directions at once.”

His soprano saxophone surges on opener Untitled Original 11383 before Garrison’s inspired solo, first with his bow, then with his fingers. Tyner lays out on piano, with Jones’s drums ascendant on Nature Boy and, through Untitled Original 11386, Coltrane’s soprano dances and leaps, his notes blithe and full of felicitous life, impacting on Tyner’s sweeping solo.

Coltrane seizes the melody of Franz Lehar’s Vilia from the operetta The Merry Widow and transforms it into an unlikely frolic of black freedom, with Elvin’s drums buoyant with joy. Slow Blues is a reflective and cogent essay, with the quartet in powerful accord with every phrase of Coltrane’s restless horn.

What is in his head as his saxophone reaches out? Is it Birmingham or the campaign against police brutality in Albany, Georgia?

Or is it the words of Martin Luther King? “We must rise above our fears. There is nothing to be afraid of if you believe and know that the cause for which you stand is right.” Those words and their context resonate through ‘Trane’s sound.

One Up, One Down has a walking bass solo by Garrison and Jones’s crashing drums alongside Coltrane’s rampaging tenor and there are four different takes of the classic Coltrane opus Impressions, each one seething with its life and times and the second take especially animated.

Coltrane sounds low-down and very bluesy and guttural on take six of One Up, One Down, which concludes this double album, undertaking an earnest drums-horn colloquy with Elvin before Tyner comes in for a sprinting solo. Beneath it all pounds the eternity of Garrison’s pulsating bass heartbeat — an ending which has no end.

Any retrieval of the music of John Coltrane’s greatest quartet is a precious find. His tenor saxophone contemporary Sonny Rollins likened the discovery of these recordings to “finding a new room in the Great Pyramid”. Quite a hyperbole, perhaps, but not for old jazz-geezers like me.