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“Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned,” said Stephen Miller, Mr Donald Trump’s senior policy director.
The above comments should be a cause for alarm to any rational thinking American citizen regardless of political affiliation. This is totalitarianism at work - and in the context of the information coming about Russia and the elections, it should be the impetus to speed up the process of impeachment (which seems at this point to be inevitable). This kind of mentality which seems to inhabit the current administration runs counter to the guiding principles of this nation.
On a more personal level, we are already seeing proposed changes which will cause great harm to millions of American's with disabilities. The disabled were among the many groups targeted by the Nazi party in Germany. This is not a coincidence.
Enough - for now.
I attended the 9th Annual Love is Deaf show at Douglas Corner. It was my first to attend. To me this was a quintessential Nashville event. Couple perform a song - in many cases 1 partner is a non-musician and the other is a professional. The performers and the audience contained some pretty incredible names. The performances ranged from funny, to touching, to gorgeous. I definitely intend to make this a valentine's day tradition. My Double Shot partner Sue Havlish made me proud - backed my Mark Robinson on bongos. Among the performers was Tommy Tutone of "867-5309" fame - who is a long time Nashville resident. Also, Don Henry, Bobby Braddock's daughter, John Reed and Heather Lose, and many more...
It is Wednesday and we have our usual "Wild Wednesday" shuffle which comes from a shuffle of all of the songs on my device.
"Days of Innocence" by Shadow 15
It's funny, I was thinking yesterday about how some music I loved in the past has held up well, and some sounds very dated. Shadow 15 is definitely one of the former. This music sounds fresh to me - especially the songs I was less familiar with from back in the day. Like several bands active in the fertile Nashville music scene of the mid to late 80s - Shadow 15 were highly original. Their punk/post-punk sound was familiar, but their approach set them apart.
"Invasion of Malibu" by Crazy Aces
Sure - everyone is FINALLY talking about the Bowling Green Massacre, but why is no one talking about the Invasion of Malibu? Well, Nashville band Crazy Aces are talking about it... except they are an instrumental rock band - so I guess they aren't talking... Any way - a cool surf rock song.
"True Believers" by Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel are a Florida band that play high energy folk-influenced rock music. This is one of my favorite songs.
"Rainbow Twist" by Microwave Mountain
More Microwave Mountain - from Shades Up. Seriously, this is one of the top bands to watch in my opinion.
"The Quarry" by Logan X
How about a return visit to The Uncanny Logan X - the latest album by this New York band. Really digging this new album. Check out the video for a testimonial for Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen from Sam Braverman of Logan X.
"Push It" by Delta Spirit
A World Cafe Session performance by the opening track of the band's 2014 album Into the Wild.
"Brooklyn" by Silverbird
Next up - a track from Pureland by this New York rock band. It is about the most populous borough of New York City.
"Home To" by Swain
And we close things out with the return of Swain to E2TG with another track from their self-titled album.