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2naSalit's Journal
2naSalit's Journal
January 2, 2024

Les McCann, oft-sampled soul-jazz pioneer, dead at 88

Les McCann, oft-sampled soul-jazz pioneer, dead at 88

Les McCann stood only 5 foot 7, but he was a towering figure when he sang and played piano. The rousing brand of soul-jazz he helped pioneer in the 1950s and '60s inspired several generations of musicians, from Bonnie Raitt and Bill Withers to such hip-hop stars as The Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest, Cypress Hill, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who sampled McCann's music on their own records.

"If it's done from the heart, people feel it," McCann said in a 1986 San Diego Union interview.

He died Friday at a Los Angeles hospital after developing pneumonia about one week ago, but his passing was only disclosed Monday by Alan Abrahams, his longtime manager.

No specific cause has been cited for the death of the 88-year-old musician, who continued performing for more than two decades after suffering a mid-concert stroke in Germany in January 1995 that partially paralyzed the right side of his body.

More at link https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/other/appreciation-les-mccann-oft-sampled-soul-jazz-pioneer-dead-at-88-i-had-a-feeling-that-i-could-do-anything/ar-AA1mn4TX

My intro to the man's talents...

November 22, 2023

Here it is, a recipe...

My Thanksgiving gift to DU...

I couldn't find my archived copy but I was able to do a recall and write it out by hand for T-day last year because I wanted to make it and had to come up with the recipe. So this is what I did last year and it was wonderful so I am sure I am a 90% on the original, if I forgot anything, it probably doesn't matter. And now I have a typed version of this!

Jan's Smoky Walnut Stuffing (from 2naSalit's memory)
For 10-14lbs turkey. Oven: 350-375F.

There are three components to be made, A - stuffing, B - basting fluid and C - gravy.

Recipe A: Stuffing

1 small onion diced
1 egg beaten
4-6 Cups bread pieces or ? stale or toasted
1/2 -1 bell pepper diced
1/4 Cup diced celery, include leaves
6 rashers smoked bacon
1/2 Cup mushrooms (optional)
3 or more cloves garlic chopped
1/2 Cup walnut chunks
1/4 Cup chicken broth
1/4-1/2 tsp. Each: Thyme, Rosemary and/or sage, cracked pepper, pinch of salt.

In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp, remove from pan and set aside, when cool, break into small pieces. In a large bowl mix herbs with bread and set aside. Lightly sautee onion, bell pepper and garlic add half to bread/spice mixture, stir in egg and mix adding the rest of the sauteed mix. Stir in bacon pieces and walnuts, add broth to balance moisture. Mix well and loosely stuff into bird.


Recipe B: Basting fluid
1 Cup white wine
1 stick melted butter (1/4 Cup)
4 Cloves garlic, smashed.

In Pyrex-like measuring cup melt butter, add garlic immediately while butter is hot then add the wine. Baste the entire bird roughly every 30 40 minutes. If you run low, add more wine.


Recipe C: Gravy

When bird is cooked, remove from roasting pan and set aside for carving.

Pan drippings, preferably at least 2 Cups.
6 oz currant (or plum)
1-2 Tbsp flour
1 oz white wine.

Remove any excess grease from the drippings then pour into a deep skillet and bring to a boil, add 50/50 broth/wine to add volume at this point. Add flour while stirring or whisking, mix well, bring temp down to med/low, stir in jelly. Continue to stir, as it starts to thicken, remove from heat and serve.

It sounds like a lot of work but it really isn't.


October 31, 2023

Trick or Treat, DU!!

I don't think anyone saw these when I put them up last night.

August 16, 2023

Ukraine News - Artur Rehi

Cross post from GD.

Artur is an Estonian soldier who has been reporting on the war with amazingly good info but he also takes donations and buys equipment for UA and delivers the stuff himself...


Info from this past weekend...


News from yesterday...


June 18, 2023

I have a nomination for Dad of the Year Award...

This guy, Hovak Alaverdyan, a fantastic musician of Armenian heritage who is a songwriter/producer. Quite an accomplished musician who happens to have a ten/eleven (now?) yo daughter who took to music at an early age.

What he is now getting famous for is being the Dad of Ellen...

My first exposure to her (with Yoyoka Soma on drums, recorded about 18 months ago)

An original!


The journey of the last decade

Who wouldn't like a dad like that!

Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there!!
April 25, 2023

Some "buttons" don't work.

In the recent past, ten days or so, I have had to resort to attempting a response to an OP to get to a log in page. The link at the top right of the Home page does not work on those days. It's intermittent.

Today and yesterday the reply button for comments within and OP do not work. I can't use the button in the lower right corner, even for the OP. I can only respond to the OP and only by using the big blue button at the bottom of the page.

March 26, 2023

Here it is! Woke:




ETA: Grammar corrected, thanks to erronis!

March 25, 2023

March Madness

I am an on/off fan of basketball and have reverence for the game. It's a great sport for school kids too, a real teamwork kind of interaction.


There is a dark side to it, for example... March, springtime in the Rockies, to be specific.

There is a collegiate basketball tournament this weekend in a big Montana city so players are coming from many places in and outside the state. Currently we are 18 hours into a serious blizzard, already have 3+ feet since late yesterday afternoon with blowing and drifting, visibility - half a block and only because there's a streetlight there.

I get up at stupid early hours, way ahead of my neighbors. I was sitting here browsing DU when I started to hear shouting outside. Concerned someone might be in need of help I started peeking out from behind my heavy drapes.

What I found was my neighbor and her son trying to clear her Honda van (no clearance whatsoever) so she could get out the driveway... at 5am. This not being an hour they are likely to be up, I opened my door to see if there was some emergency, my vehicles would be able to clear the three ft of snow if there was. But no, they were trying to get to the basketball tournament in big city over a hundred miles away. They have a few of the players to transport so they have to get there.

Noticing I was becoming coated with snow from head to toe just peeking out the door, I asked if they needed more light and turned on my laser blaster porch light for them.

So I dried off, scooped up the bucket of snow that fell inside from the knee high drift up against the door and pulled up the road report on the computer. I mean, this blizzard is not going to let up even a tiny bit until late Monday at least. All the mountain passes in the western end of the state are closed, they probably have about five ft of new snow, at least. I'm surprised they haven't closed more of the interstate.

So I get my long down coat on and pull on boots and step outside to implore them to give it up and go make some phone calls, consider their safety. I told them the roads would probably be closed by the time they got to the Interstate, after all their work. That young man shoveled a good 40ft of 3ft deep snow in the end. I encouraged them to use cat litter, which they did, another neighbor came out and gave them more.

Fortunately I was assured that they had decided I was making sense but had to go down the hill, about a mile, to get the brother. Our street doesn't usually get plowed, you have to make it to the main road that goes up to the rich people's house to find plowed road. I wonder if they will get down the hill with all the drifting and I have my doubts about how they'll make it back up.

So why didn't the tournament get postponed until this monster snowstorm passed? Just getting there is risking the lives of the players and all of their individual entourage groups.

Meanwhile, I will stay inside and rearrange my furniture like I planned. On the radio we are being told as much as 3 INCHES is expected... we have 36 of them already!



The rotation is counter clockwise so the stuff on the right is rotating to the left.

December 31, 2021

It's not that I hadn't expected it to be...

Especially when the pandemic got rolling. I knew it would take those two and others, they were vulnerable by age alone.

There was something I did conclude on my own early into the pandemic, tough, that I will briefly describe here as we are now in the end of the first stage of the process.

Cultural anthropology is where I am coming from here though genetic anthropology is the place the original theory was determined;

Remember Stephen Jay Gould? Remember his theory of Punctuated Equilibrium? (I realize that Dr. Gould was a genetic anthropologist and his theory is meant to describe an attribute of genetic evolution, I have managed to extrapolate the basic theory to a more mundane level of culture, and philosophical ecosystems.)

Briefly, the theory claims that evolution did not occur in a metered set of steps, rather, they took place during , perhaps, catastrophic events in leaps and bounds which is where some genetic selection took place due to necessity of survival. (How's that for brief? )

So I have concluded that this pandemic will prove itself to be one of those punctuated equilibrium events where all of our species is affected by the same thing which will cause all of our species to come to a reckoning on the philosophical, spiritual and cultural levels all within a rather short time frame, thus the word punctuated.

Now, two years in, I am seeing some areas of significant change, Hard to articulate at this point put things are definitely shifting on many levels, hang in there 'cause we're only two years in on a three to five year process. Changes will include a reduction in global population though we won't know how significant that will be until three or four years from now. People on the planet now are all in some kind of internal review, some will learn from it, others not.

I just hope the changes bring us to a better place as a species, if not, the planet will evict us.

September 11, 2021

What ever happened to...

this --> ?

Where has the question mark gone? Why does it rarely appear at the end of questions that I see here in thread titles and in comments?

Honestly. It detracts from the purpose of the words present to have to reread questions several times because writers either use a period at the end of a sentence that is a question or they leave nothing at all

I realize it might be asking too much but I would welcome the return of "?" at the end of sentences or phrases that are actually questions, asking for a response.

Asking for a friend.

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