Thanks for the assist!
Sinistra…that rings a bell.
I’m left handed; that explains why I was not allowed to play catcher in baseball! I was too sinistra!!!
Watch Tony Bennet duet with her. Most younger women he has dueted with its clear that he was singing with persons he had to help and complement, and not overwhelm with his pipes. With Aretha, he acted like he was singing with a peer. He gave her as much room as she needed to get comfortable with him and then just sang along effortlessly not worrying about her. It was beautiful.
Probably post Charlemagne Roman Catholicism, which having taken on temporal powers from Charlemagne, found itself not just in the religion bidness, but the governing, taxing, law and order, and trans generational continuity bidness.
Early Christianity associated left with evil and right with good, left with the devil’s work and right with god’s order. It’s in their art and some texts, if I recall correctly.
Likely they inherited this left-right opposition notion from both Jews’ and Manichaeans’ light and dark symbolism, but I’ve never tracked it back.
Christendom up to the Middle Ages was a unified, inclusive, comprehensive world view and order, if you agreed, and probably appeared totalitarian, if you didn’t.
They had to instruct right and wrong to a world of many languages and cultures, if they were to stay on top of the temporal gravy train Charlemagne put them on. Christendom, not surprisingly imitated the Romans some and resorted to universally understandable symbols and entertainment (music and ritual in the church instead of the amphitheater) to convey the basics.
What perpetuated, grew and advance Christendom was good and symbolized as being on god’s right.
What threatened Christendom, traumatized it’s order, and delegitimized it was evil and symbolized as left of good.
Up and down were used similarly.
The administrative language was Latin, just as English is in our empire today that also reigns hegemonically over many cultures and languages.
We use symbols of left and right to talk simplistically to our Babel today same as Christendom did.
The contemporary uses of left and right descend clearly from 19th Century European ideological/social/political/economic upheaval and were brought by immigrants and intelligentsia from Europe’s epic struggles to be more inclusive (and so risk destabilizing of prexisting order…left) or to conserve what order had already been achieved (right).
More rights and opportunities for everyone—Left.
More rights and opportunities, but only for those most productive and with new wealth—Right.
No change—Status quo.
This is what it’s all about.
The status quo only changes when the cost of not changing is too high.
The status quo diffuses the demand for change by issuing new rights and opportunities to the new rich with new skill and high productivity. They divide them off from Les Miserable and suppress Le Miserable.
Waiting for an FBI/DOJ “Shoe” to drop probably puts the Controlled Journos in a bind. They probably have to wait for the “shoe” to drop to leave their options open and know how to spin it for their controllers.
This apparently makes for a rare lull in news-hype.
Never has a great vocal artist been imitated so often and so horridly. She was a one off genius, the Ella Fitzgerald of her life time. The screamers today are just screamers—unconnected to the meaning and truth and beauty—sound and fury signifying nothing. All great artists are truthful even inspite of themselves at times. She was. She could not sing a false note or a false phrasing. It was never about her suffering and struggles. To reduce her to that cliche is to demean her gift. She sang brilliantly both in bad times and good. Hundreds of screamers have had lives as tough as she had. But they never produced the operatic qualities of sound she did each time she set her mind and pipes on connecting to a song. She was the John Cohltrane of the voice and that is my highest praise I can offer any singer. It was about the authenticity and truth that came out. When music fills a spatial dimension with an architecture of sound music has reached its highest state. You are in an architecture of sound sculpted by a musical artist of great humanity and generosity with her. Great classical composers like Mozart could do this even with small pieces, thus we know it can be achieved in any form of music, if enough talent and skill are unleashed. A tiny few contemporary musicians and singers can achieve this level briefly. She could and did build a world of sound quite beyond the narrative of the lyric. The lyric was merely her invitation in. She was the greatest female singer of my life time and no one else came close.
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