Musical story: Let’s role back the clock to 1967. Ures truly is in high school and on weekends being the transmitter engineer at R&B station KYAC in Kirkland, WA.
There, on Sunday mornings, it was my pleasure to engineer for Sonny Buxton’s Jazz Unlimited show. And it was there I developed a taste for Jazz.
Among my favorites was a composer – Oliver Nelson – whose band had some amazing works. One in particular – Jazz and the Abstract Truth has been a favorite for coming up on 50-years now. You can find it on YouTube – provided you even know where to look.
I’ll save you the trouble; click here for the YT piece.
If you’re new to great jazz, you might want to stick with something a lot more “commercial” sounding. Nelson’s “Stolen Moments” is great – very easy listening with only limited solo and ad lib work. Another one, on his tribute to fallen U.S. President John Kennedy that gave Nelson a chance to explore his more cinematic side was “A Genuine Peace” that begins with a Kennedy speech excerpt.
No, this morning’s column is not a piece about “jazz appreciation.” It’s actually about the choice of title for Nelson’s Jazz and Abstract Truth.
If you listen to the song 50-years – off and on – you discover the “music in your head” can be a set of hangars for your thinking.
While the jazz part has tons of solos, that at times may not even seem to make sense, by the end, it’s all pulled together to a satisfying finish. Not all songs do this (that is, start, get a theme, and then wander off in all directions, only to all show up and play nicely together at the end) but it’s a fine metaphor for many things – including how to run successful companies and more.
There is – within music – much to be discovered about how we are as individual humans. Perhaps because music has the unique ability to synchronize the two halves of the brain so that they can go off doing their own things, and yet, at the conclusion of a great thought process, all wander back in with a wonderful conclusion.
But it’s not always so bright because with a nicely crafted jazz metaphor, we can also occasionally make out how the external worlds, the ones beyond our control, actually work.
My offering for your consideration this morning, is that there are probably a half dozen “great situations” playing out in America right now. Situations where we have briefly touched on purpose, but as in some of Nelson’s work, we’ve wandered off to abstract solo parts.
I get tons of emails from readers – and I read every comment submitted to this site before approving it for public consumption.
One of these dealt with the Texas Biker Shoot-out and it speaks to the “abstract truth” that seems very odd in proximity as it is to Jade Helm:
“…don’t think it was HOURS after the gang shootout that I turned on tv and found out about it. But as soon as I saw the news about it, and saw a lot of bikers sitting quietly on a curb like kindergardeners,(no handcuffs on them, etc) I had the same kind of feeling that I had the day I turned on tv and there was the news about the towers in New Yawk…..I had a calm “what is this?” feeling, and I didn’t think it was “real.” I saw that it was indeed real, yet still had a “what the heck is this?” feeling about the former .
I’m not trying to make somethin’ out of nothin’……I just think the gang thing is not what it is proclaimed to be. When I was outside of Houston, about 2 wks ago, and about 30 minutes away from Bastrop, I saw about 4-6 bikers going down the street, and thought it was odd to see them there. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen any in person before. Wonder if this could really be some part of sicko game that is part of the exercise supposed to take place soon in Tx. It just seems too odd to me to be unrelated to anything else. It SAID on tv and in print, that a number of them had been killed (9?)and something like 200 arrested, and yet all I saw was the kindergardner group lined up nicely and without cuffs,sitting on a curb. News said it was a “bloody” or “gory” scene, yet I saw no pictures like that. I don’t know……….. M
And this person was not alone…here’s another reasonable comment:
“These Texas gangs dont look like Chicago/Peoria counterparts at all! Their “colors” are way too new and clean, as are their bikes. I’d better not say what I’m really thinking.”
So here is the the “Oliver Nelson” framed problem: We see, as in 9/11 a really nice “chorus” but we also have the beginnings of the sound of some solos. Does it all pull together into a marvelous finish?
Perhaps. But I do have to agree with the observation that the rider’s “colors” (“rockers” if you’re a HA/MC member) looked just too damn neat and clean..but that’s just me. Maybe things have changed since I sold my shaft-drive long ago.
Also, from a combat perspective, it doesn’t make much sense, either. ONLY bad guys shot? With that much in the way of small arms fire, the odds don’t seem to pencil…or have I watched too much television?
But is that just a solo we don’t understand?
According to this report, of the 9 deaths, four were from police gunfire. And while speculation builds that the “turf war” will expand, perhaps into other parts of Texas, the larger problem is this:
It comes uncomfortably close to the start of Jade Helm.
Sure – coincidences happen all the time, but the arrival of a huge group of federal forces due in a couple of weeks for Jade Helm (with many forces already in the state) it’s almost unbearably coincidental.
And it leads to his little bit of the Abstract Truth (which to me is an “Oliver Nelson” [framed] problem) summed up by a reader who has had enough with the way American runs now:
“Got a call today about how I be voting in the next elections.
I said after 40 years of voting I was thinking about not vote again. The nation I vote in stopping being here some time ago.
Why wasted my time vote for world that is only Big Business and Stealing Banks. Who are robbing the accounts of those who had work all their lives to see this happen. I can not stop them. But I can not believe in this fairytale any more.
And that little piece of abstract truth seems to be growing.
Power doesn’t seem to do very well, when it’s balanced on a single monarch, a duality like the Cold War. It’s the threes that make it work. The tripartite arrangement of US government in the congressional, president, courts balance, for example.
Or you see it in international affairs, where the Big super power club has just three members: The US, China, and Russia.
Or, you see it in other places, too. Three clubs get the mention in the biker deal this week.
Slipping on the foil skullcap this morning, we begin to ponder this predominance of “threes” and wonder if this unique ability of three points to define a plane (from geometry) might have an analog in government?
For years, we have postulated a hypothetical Directorate 153 because we’ve always suspect that there was a third element – a rogue force – that could step on the scales to push events one way, or the other, and thus maintain a kind of “balance” imperceptible to mere mortals; not those on Olympus or the other Hill.
A reader post that sounds conspiratorial at its core, suddenly begins to make sense:
“Actually, the usa has two militaries. One run out of the pentagon, and the other a mercenary army run out of Langley. ISIS and Ukraine are examples of Langley operations. In addition to black budgets, Langley mercenaries are financed by drug money. They probably also got the gold from Iraq, Libya, and the Ukraine. It is inevitable that eventually the two armies are going to clash. For example, remember the reports of usa military aircraft dropping supplies to ISIS? Well, the Langley folks cooked the coordinates given to the pentagon and got a few free supplies for their folks. The USA Special Operations folks have always been working for Langley, even in Vietnam. It’s why special ops command is in Florida, not the pentagon. Think about this, and the USA military situation will make a lot more sense. For every pentagon soldier that goes into battle, it takes from six to ten support people. Using mercenaries, this expense can be bypassed, and locals can be hired to provide this basic support. Whenever there is USA training of foreign forces, that is Langley. Real fighters form a bond with spec ops people, they see the regular usa military as a bunch of pompous asses.
So all that lays before us reduces to the conclusion of the “Oliver Nelson Problem” – How will all the disparate actor, like their musician counterparts, all be pulled back in to a marvelous and satisfying finish?
Because unless it happens soon, the music will break down in Anasazi fashion, and people will wander away from the music.
In fact – if you listen closely – you can see that process beginning, even now.
Complexity of music seems related to complexity and fineness of thought.
Sounds of “End Times”
No, it doesn’t sound like the angelic trumpets, but The Sound has caught the attention of some emailing friends:
“All right, now this is strange – be sure to watch the video montage of incidents occurring all over the world in a wide variety of settings, some quite rural. This video seems like nothing so much as the opening of some cheesy made-for-TV science fiction movie on the Science Fiction Channel. But the reports are real. The sound the people hear everywhere seems like some large heavy metal object rubbing against another large heavy metal object, but the sounds often occur in places where there are no such large heavy metal objects to be found, And the witnesses report that the sound seems to be coming from the sky rather than from a particular direction. Exceedingly odd.
And here is an even more balanced but still skeptical view from the renowned Snopes.com site:
On the other hand, here is a perfectly sound, rational, skeptical explanation that rings pretty true:
This has been named a bunch of different things, not the least of which is the Taos Hum, the Detroit Hum, and so on. But these are more noises.
Speculation has been that it’s large boring machines, but who knows? We’ll keep our ears out for any new developments.
Our Directorate 153 guidance would be to get ready for Project Blue Beam. Gotta do something with all that drug money…
Website Caching Issues
Yes, we are still publishing every day. It’s just that we seem to disappear every now and then because of, well, see the above.
If UrbanSurvival doesn’t come up on schedule some morning, the problem is unlikely at this end. Rather, truth, justice, and the few tattered remnants of the American Way/Camelot is not a popular thing to remember.
More than a President died in Dallas, you see. It’s just the other stuff that died has taken a very long time to extinguish, though time runs out.
Peoplenomics™ tomorrow – next full-length column Thursday…so do come back and bring reinforcements.
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