Monday Open Thread: April 15 is Bessie Smith's Birthday
April 15 is the 105th day of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Setting Orange, Discord 32, 3185 YOLD (discordian),
And let us not forget 22.214.171.124.6 by the Mayan Long Count
Today is also, among other things, Universal Day of Culture and World Art Day. Now, culture, aka culcha, is many things to many people, some of them are addressed by implication and reference by today's featured artist, Bessie Smith:
Up in Harlem every Saturday night
When the highbrows get together it's just so right
They all congregate at an all night hop
And what they do is oo bop bee dap
Oh Hannah Brown from way cross town
Gets full of corn and starts breaking 'em down
And at the break of day
You can hear old Hannah say
'Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer
Send me again, I don't care, I feel just like I wanna clown
Give the piano player a drink because he's bringing me down
Yeah, the highbrows, and those who are all so tut, tut, tut, refined and snooty, sometime, somwhere, are going to have to break down and live a little, more or less like all of us real people, so let your hair down and boogie, because:
WE MUST MAKE "BOOGIE MUSIC" THE ESSENTIAL FACTOR IN THE LIFE OF ALL.
IN PRESENTING THE SONG TO THE WORLD WE MUST THEN EXPLAIN AND
JUSTIFY OUR POSITION BY FORMULATING A DEFINITION OF "BOOGIE MUSIC" IN SETTING FORTH IT'S MAIN PRINCIPLES IN SUCH A WAY
THAT THEY ALL UNDERSTAND INSTANTLY THAT THEIR SOULS THEIR LIVES
IN EVERY RELATION WITH EVERY OTHER HUMAN BEING IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE DEPEND ON "BOOGIE MUSIC" AND THE RIGHT COMPREHENSION AND RIGHT APPLICATION THERE OF - Alan Christie Wilson (The Blind Owl) 1968
Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...
On this day in history:
1755 – Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language was published.
1817 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln died.
1892 – The General Electric Company was formed.
1912 – The RMS Titanic sank
1924 – Rand McNally published its first road atlas.
1936 – The Arab revolt in occupied, misnamed "Mandatory" Palestine began.
1945 – Bergen-Belsen was liberated.
1960 – Ella Baker led a conference that led to the creation of SNCC.
1989 – the Tiananmen Square protests began
1994 – The Marrakesh Agreement rcreating the WTO was adopted, further empowering corporations and corporatists.
Born this day in:
1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, painter, sculptor, architect
1707 – Leonhard Euler, mathematician and physicist
1793 – Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, astronomer
1843 – Henry James, author
1858 – Émile Durkheim, sociologist, psychologist and philosopher
1894 – Bessie Smith, singer and actor
1924 – Neville Marriner, violinist and conductor
1930 – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, educator, politician, first elected female head of state
Died this day in:
1927 – Gaston Leroux, journalist and author
1980 – Jean-Paul Sartre, philisopher
1986 – Jean Genet, novelist, poet and playwright
2000 – Edward Gorey, poest and illustrator
2001 – Joey Ramone, singer and songwriter
2002 – Damon Knight, author
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Jackie Robinson Day (United States)
Tax Day, (United States, Philippines)
Universal Day of Culture
World Art Day
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April 15 - 22 2019
Image is a photograph of Bessie Smith by Carl Van Vechten that has aged its way into the public domain
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