I’ve always–well, the last few, post-Bush years that is–thought of John Kerry as our country’s unofficial Envoy. He yields a gravitas on the diplomatic stage that shouldn’t be denigrated.(e.g. convinced Karzai to runoff elections; quell Pakistani anger post Bin Laden kill, etc.) I was surprised to have him come to mind as I watched the Common Loons dive, but the brain is a great connector.
The 420 Character 9-liner:
Take a lesson from John Kerry & the Common Loon, Republicans;
a diplomat w/ gravitas–a heavy-weight on the diplomatic stage,
Kerry’s delved deep & wise for decades.
He’s like the Common Loon who at dives to 20 feet–
with its solid bones & higher levels of dissolved blood O2–
to grab prey w/ its sword-like serrated bill.
JK was submerged by Republican railings
but came up with force, admonishing:
YOU take a lesson.
Unraveling the mysteries of the Common Loon:
This is Bill Monroe performing Blue Moon of Kentucky (1946) which he wrote and performed as a Blue Grass piece. When asked what he thought about Elvis’s rendition, he paused, scratched his chin (I’m fashioning the text here, readers) and said “them’s checks is powerful.” Love that mandolin.
And I love what Elvis did with Blue Moon of Kentucky; here he’s singing it at the Louisiana Hayride, the radio station that competed with The Grand Ole Opry back in the day, 1954.
And I can’t leave out Nanci Griffith’s Once in a Very Blue Moon because we sat in the front row at Roaring Brook Nature Center Coffee House and chuckled while she explained what a blue moon was. She looked pretty much as she does here in the youTube.
The Cradle Spin for Baby was popular in the 1950s. This one is American-made in Roselle Park, NJ. It hung across my crib. You know, the one with the drop-side, corner posts, slats spaced too far apart, and covered in lead paint. Not to mention the decorative design cutout in the headboard.
Want a baby cradle spin for your collection of vintage toys?