Trees.

Walking through Public Garden in Boston and noticing a new planting: a small tree.
Lovely.
See picture on far left of gallery.
Replacing a very sick cherry tree about to keel over.

Walk over to the young tree to read plaque.
None posted yet so I don’t know tree type.

See two men in consultation and ask them.
They come over to examine the tree and it’s obvious they are dedicated gardeners if not arborists.
They don’t know and the person they try calling who would know is not available.
The two arborists posed in the gallery pictures below, second from right.

So we’ll have to put off that identification.
They agree to have their picture taken and posted.
They agree to look for this posting and then respond with the identification.

We don’t always find the answer we’re looking for.We often need to call on our patience.Without giving up. To be continued.

Oh! I forgot. The picture on the far right is of a woman trying to walk on water.
She did pretty well for twelve feet and then the very thin ice broke and she sunk up to her knees.
Cold.

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Tagging Today
Sunday, December 16, 2018
My 248th consecutive posting, committed to 5,000.
Time is 12.01am.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of  42* with clouds and a bit of rain in the afternoon.

Dinner is a New York steak, no company.

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Question of the Day:
What is the music genre called ‘blues?’

Hint:

American blues singer Robert Johnson (1911 – 1938).  His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.

American blues singer Robert Johnson (1911 – 1938).
His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.

Another Hint:

American blues singer Ma Rainey (1886–1939), the "Mother of the Blues"

American blues singer Ma Rainey (1886–1939), the "Mother of the Blues"

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Short Takes: Movies
Here’s an entry from Kat Capossela for our 2019 calendars:
September 20, 2019 is the premiere of “Downton Abbey,” the movie.
Wow! From some bloggers.
What’s that? From other bloggers.
Web Meister is a Wow!.

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Love your notes.
Contact me @
domcapossela@hotmail.com

This in response to Posting of Bryan Stevenson’s efforts at racial equality and, led by Chris Capossela, Director of Marketing, how Microsoft is thinking through what changes can be made to be more includive.

From son and brother, Mino:

Thanks Dad!

Chris, how awesome to read that article!  I remember you mentioning that you were going to scope the museum out, and it sounds like it was an amazing experience.  I love his book, and two more on race that I got from you as well (Michael Bennett’s  Things That Make White People Uncomfortable which has really changed how I think about sports, and So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo).

Love you all!

Mino

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And son Chris responding:

Good you liked those two books... I loved them. I'm reading white fragility right now but too early for me to say much about it.

Hope you are well!!
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And Victor Passacantilli:

WOW!

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Answer to Question:
Blues is a music genre and musical form originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1870s.
The genre developed from roots, and spirituals.
Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.
The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common.
Blue notes (or "worried notes"), usually thirds or fifths flattened in pitch, are also an essential part of the sound.
Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove.


Lomax (left) shaking hands with musician "Uncle" Rich Brown in 1940  John Avery Lomax (September 23, 1867 – January 26, 1948) was an American teacher, a pioneering musicologist, and a folklorist who did much for the preservation of American folk music.  He was the father of Alan Lomax (also a distinguished collector of folk music) and Bess Lomax Hawes.

Lomax (left) shaking hands with musician "Uncle" Rich Brown in 1940

John Avery Lomax (September 23, 1867 – January 26, 1948) was an American teacher, a pioneering musicologist, and a folklorist who did much for the preservation of American folk music.
He was the father of Alan Lomax (also a distinguished collector of folk music) and Bess Lomax Hawes.

Alan Lomax playing guitar on stage at the Mountain Music Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, in the early 1940s.  Alan Lomax (January 31, 1915 – July 19, 2002) was an American ethnomusicologist, best known for his numerous field recordings of folk music of the 20th century.  He was also a musician himself, as well as a folklorist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker. Lomax produced recordings, concerts, and radio shows in the US and in England, which played an important role in preserving folk music traditions in both countries, and helped start both the American and British folk revivals of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.  He collected material first with his father, folklorist and collector John A. Lomax, and later alone and with others, Lomax recorded thousands of songs and interviews for the Archive of American Folk Song, of which he was the director, at the Library of Congress on aluminum and acetate discs.

Alan Lomax playing guitar on stage at the Mountain Music Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, in the early 1940s.

Alan Lomax (January 31, 1915 – July 19, 2002) was an American ethnomusicologist, best known for his numerous field recordings of folk music of the 20th century.
He was also a musician himself, as well as a folklorist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker. Lomax produced recordings, concerts, and radio shows in the US and in England, which played an important role in preserving folk music traditions in both countries, and helped start both the American and British folk revivals of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.
He collected material first with his father, folklorist and collector John A. Lomax, and later alone and with others, Lomax recorded thousands of songs and interviews for the Archive of American Folk Song, of which he was the director, at the Library of Congress on aluminum and acetate discs.

Blues as a genre is also characterized by its lyrics, bass lines, and instrumentation.
Early traditional blues verses consisted of a single line repeated four times.
It was only in the first decades of the 20th century that the most common current structure became standard: the AAB pattern, consisting of a line sung over the four first bars, its repetition over the next four, and then a longer concluding line over the last bars.
Early blues frequently took the form of a loose narrative, often relating the racial discrimination and other challenges experienced by African-Americans.

Many elements, such as the call-and-response format and the use of blue notes, can be traced back to the music of Africa.
The origins of the blues are also closely related to the religious music of the Afro-American community, the spirituals.
The first appearance of the blues is often dated to after the ending of slavery and, later, the development of juke joints.
It is associated with the newly acquired freedom of the former slaves.
Chroniclers began to report about blues music at the dawn of the 20th century.

The first publication of blues sheet music was in 1908.
Blues has since evolved from unaccompanied vocal music and oral traditions of slaves into a wide variety of styles and subgenres.
Blues subgenres include country blues, such as Delta blues and Piedmont blues, as well as urban blues styles such as Chicago blues and West Coast blues.
World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners.
In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid form called blues rock developed, which blended blues styles with rock music.

I always carry a pair of rubbers in case I feel like walking on water.

I always carry a pair of rubbers in case I feel like walking on water.

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Good morning on this Sunday, December 16, Christmas now only 10 days away.
Today we talked about trees and the id of same; and walking on water, or not. We announced the coming of Downton Abbey the movie and listened to brothers sharing readings. And we more than guessed as to why they called it the blues.



Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?

See you soon.

Love

Dom