Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy 4th Of July 2015 From Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog

Is there any way this blogger, a whiz with words and clumsier than Deputy Barney Fife with anything remotely resembling a firearm, can provoke flag-waving patriotic fervor? Yes, by enjoying DVDs of all-American "blue" standup comics and watching such ribald animated cartoons made for G.I. consumption in World War II as the following Private Snafu misadventure. Those who did the United States of America an enormous favor by NOT joining the Armed Forces can positively revel in the sheer ineptitude of Private Snafu.

The Mayles Brothers made a rather amazing documentary - just one of many - titled Grey Gardens. It's tough to describe, but follows the isolated and insulated lives of two cousins of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale. The former socialites allowed the Maysles to shoot footage at will in their ramshackle East Hampton mansion, well past the point at which most of us would be, like Roberto Duran facing Sugar Ray Leonard, yelling no mas, no mas, no mas and pleading with the cameramen to GO AWAY.

One of the film's high points is "Little Edie's Flag Dance." This segment, in which "Little Edie" proves herself a WAY better dancer than this writer could ever be, at least somewhat mitigates scene after scene of Edie The Younger getting browbeaten by her cranky mum. Little Edie was a tad odd but also likable and funny.

Songs from the outstanding roots rock band X, followed by The Beach Boys (Carl Wilson's vocals - YOW!) and Fender Stratocaster master Jimi Hendrix, shall close today's post. The first, from the See How They Are album, is a sad and poignant song which, unfortunately, hits way too close to home.

Now HERE are some stars and stripes Mr. Blogmeister can go for in a big way!

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