Um, hi! I live in Ormond Beach, FL, with the wife and an adorable dog named Ruby. twitter/mrclay_org
I’ve been building sites, apps, and frameworks for the web since the early 2000s, usually using PHP, but I like front-end work, too. This piano/chord thingy I made with React/ES6. github/mrclay
I play guitar, bass, piano, and–when I get a chance–drums, though I kinda spend more time studying harmony than writing. If pressed, I’ll probably name Moose’s Live a Little Love a Lot as my favorite album, but please do not press.
The pre-chorus is in, well, we can say 3 flats. First there’s an Ab Eb/G resolving to Bb (which sounds like the key), then a little Abmaj7/C Bb/C Cm build up that ends with Abmaj7 Ebmaj7/G Ab (the key sounds more like Eb here). Then things get weird.
Ab is followed by Ab7/Gb, but while it sounds like the bass is heading down toward a Db/F chord, at 0:42 the bass jumps back up into into this striking Ab13#11 with no 3rd. The melody is also great here; just chord tones. It resolves to G7sus G7 Cm.
This Ab13 is basically a tritone sub for D7, but the 9th and #11 decorations also evoke the sound of a bVII dom7 “backdoor” chord in Bb. The key briefly sounded like Bb in the pre-chorus, so I think that resemblance isn’t accidental, but anyway… This was a tough one to figure out by ear. I could hear the embedded aug triad, but the recording is right in the cracks making playing along basically impossible. I had to retune an acoustic guitar with ancient, very dead strings.
The United States is, save a few tiny islands, the only place in the world where employees have no guaranteed paid vacation or holidays, and there’s simply no great excuse.
The effect of this gigantic hole in our labor policy is that about 23% of Americans–over 30 million–work some of the hardest jobs without any paid time off, 1 in 3 have no paid sick leave, and the bar remains low for employers who do offer PTO. For people on their feet in waste and food service jobs, the access to PTO is abysmal.
I think most of us don’t realize what a scandal this is, and it’s the right time to fix it.
- Unlike extremely hard problems like reforming our healthcare system or finding the ideal minimum wage in a nation of wide-ranging costs of living, this is an easy one with 187 existing plans to choose from. Canadians are guaranteed 16-30 days off a year. The British 28. Germans 29. Russians 33. Chinese 16-26. Japanese 10-20. Indians 24. The French 36. Brazilians 24. Italians 32. These are just the big economies. If Congress is concerned about the disruption, phase it in one day per year.
- We haven’t had a significant labor reform in generations and polling shows this has wide bipartisan support. If Congress wants to really improve the lives of millions of Americans and be heralded for their efforts for decades to come, this is low-hanging fruit. Americans desperately need a reason to come together and this is one will benefit Americans across the political spectrum.
- For the first time in their lives many millions of Americans will take vacations and get to travel the country they love. Americans already having PTO will benefit by many employers raising benefits to compete, and just through the new chances to join more friends and relatives on holidays and vacations.
This reform isn’t sexy but is super pragmatic, and as much as hardworking Americans deserve the benefit, we could use a national cause to celebrate.
This thing is way over-the-top schmaltz, but I still love it.
Schubert’s Impromptu D.935, Op. posth. 142 – No. 2 is one of my favorite piano pieces. It has many delights, but what really caught my ear was the bombastic double forte section (m. 17-30 at 1:06). It takes us into the IV key and uses a clever trick to modulate back so that I barely noticed when we arrived back home.
Below are lead sheet-style chords under their functions, with simple inversion notation. I’ve transposed from Ab to G to get rid of the double-flats (I’m terrible playing/thinking in Ab).
Figured bass notation is already long dead, but musicians carry its corpse around to show off that they squandered valuable moments of their lives learning it. It also creates needless ambiguity. Is
I7 a dominant seventh? Not in figured bass. Just try notating G7b9/B in figured bass. Yeah, let’s bury it already. And it can be so easy:
V9:2. You may have already guessed this is the dominant 9th chord in 2nd inversion. Easy.
ii7:3 is Am7/G in G.
I7 has a flat 7th on the tonic.
Imaj7 is the diatonic variety.
You are freed to do Roman numeral analysis with some sanity.
Gb7b5 F C(no3)/G F/A C7(no3)/G
F C9(no3) Fmaj7 F6/C F C7(no3)/G F E7
1. No other love have I. Only my love for you.
2. Watching the night go by wishing that you could be
3. Into your arms I'll fly. Locked in your arms I'll stay
ii V/ii V/V SubV I
Gm/Bb D7/A G/B Gb7b5 F
1. Only the dream we knew. No other love.
2. watching the night with me into the night I cry
3. waiting to hear you say no other love have I.
Eb: I Vsus V V/ii
C: I Vsus V
F Eb/G Bb7sus/F Bb7/F C/E G7sus/D G7/D
Hurry home, come home to me. Set me free.
D: V I IV
F: V/V V Vsus V
A/C# D G7 C C9sus C7
Free from doubt and free from longing.
ii SubV I
Gm7 Gm9 Gb7b5#9 F
No other love. No other love.
(2 bars each)
Emaj7 Bb7(11) A7 G9sus Fmaj7 F#7
(1 bar each)
Emaj7 D7 Emaj7 D7 F7 Emaj7 F#7
A and B repeat until 2:14
Gm7 Am7 (sometimes Gm9 Am7)
Young protesters urgently need to go watch “Selma” and in general pause and think, “what would MLK do?” The Selma marchers gracefully expressed their humanity and decency with their faces visible, and created a clear contrast from the opposition’s hate and savagery. The scene and imagery created were more powerful than any weapon, and turned 800 marchers into 25,000 at the end. It was masterful leadership.
The Civil War is a strange case where the oppressors and terrorists, upon losing, were basically let alone to continue countless awful misdeeds, and the biggest slave owners retained all the power of government. The “freedom” blacks gained was purely notional until many decades later.
Imagine an alternate history where, instead, former slaves had been given real, meaningful citizenship: The right to vote unobstructed, to hold office, to receive the full protection of the law, and the opportunity to really be known and understood by the white population as fellow Americans. In this more just outcome, do we really think the citizens of the South, almost half black, would’ve chosen to publicly celebrate—with monuments and names of counties, towns, and streets—the cause to continue enslaving their children and neighbors?
We can’t know the answer, but I think it’s “absolutely not.”
These monuments exist because of the dismal failure of the government to protect its citizens from abuse; by fellow citizens, police, the courts, and the law.
If a community or its elected representatives desire it, they should come down in an orderly fashion, with the goal of preserving them. Communities deserve the freedom to decide what they will celebrate for the next few centuries.
The Civil War is better documented than it’s ever been, and if American schools and parents fail to teach history, a statue isn’t going to do it. What we’ve definitely failed to teach are the stories of the generations of Americans that lived under terror and de facto slavery after the war’s end, and through Jim Crow.