Posts Tagged With: Joe Zawinul

Day 1534: Weather Report

The weather report, here and now:

WINTER Storm Warning REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON…

Locations: The I-95 corridor of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Hazard types: Heavy wet snow and strong winds.
Accumulations: Snow accumulation of 6 to 12 inches.
Timing: Snow develops through 8 AM this morning and becomes heavy by mid to late morning. The snow will fall at 2 to 4 inches per hour before changing to sleet and then rain between 2 and 5 PM.
IMPACTS: The heavy wet snow and strong winds may result in tree damage and scattered power outages. Roads may become impassable with very heavy snowfall rates…near blizzard conditions for a short time and strong damaging winds. Travel is not recommended.
Winds: Northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
Visibilities: One quarter mile or less at times.

In order to weather this weather, I’m not reporting to work today. Instead, I’ll weather whatever weather there is on Friday and work that day instead.

My internal weather report, here and now:

I’m weathering whatever weather there is, whether or not I feel strong, ready, or brave.

What’s the weather report where you are?

Here’s my pictorial  weather report for the day:

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How’s your internal weather, after that pictorial report?

Here‘s one of my favorite tunes from Weather Report, live:

 

Whether it’s rain, shine, or snow, my thanks to all who helped me create today’s weather report and to you — of course! — for weathering it.

 

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Day 645: Birdland (and other lands)

Yesterday, I wrote about Jaco Pastorius, the late, great, one-of-a-kind jazz bass player.

Magically, as I was walking to work yesterday, “Birdland” by Weather Report — with Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, and Jaco Pastorius — appeared in my headphones.

According to Wikipedia, “Birdland” …

served as a tribute to the New York jazz club on 52nd street that housed a countless number of famous jazz musicians. However, not only was the song named in honor of the legendary jazz club, but also the man after whom the club was named, Charlie Parker, the ‘Bird’ himself. It was this club, that he frequented almost daily, that inspired Zawinul to write the song. Looking back, Zawinul claimed, “The old Birdland was the most important place in my life.”[1] And according to Pastorius in a 1978 interview, the studio version featured on Heavy Weather was recorded in just one take.

As the late, great Joe Zawinul expressed in the above quote, geographical place and location can be so important for people.

Here’s what I heard yesterday, from StudioLand:

(that video lives in YouTubeLand, here)

Here’s “Birdland”  by Weather Report, live from DeutchLand.

(“BirdLand” live from Germany video found here, in YouTubeLand)

Personally, I like using the word “land” to indicate real and virtual territory. For example, I love going to MusicLand, which helps sustain and nourish my work in HospitalLand.

Here are some lands I’ve been visiting lately:

  • Needless-Worry-Land
  • Trouble-Sleeping-Land
  • Self-judgment-land
  • Trying-to-figure-it-all-out-land

I would rather not go there, actually.

That reminds me! When my son, Aaron, began talking, I kept track of Aaron Quotes,  in NotebookLand:

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… so that wonderful Aaron stories wouldn’t go into AmnesiaLand.

I just visited NotebookLand, because I thought there was a Very-Young-Aaron-Land story that belonged in Today’s-Post-Land.

There were THREE of those stories!

Actually I’m going to go FIVE places in Aaron-Quote-Land, this morning, from when he was two and three years old (in order of appearance):

Aaron, Cousin Lani, and Mama were driving around the Tufts Medical Center parking garage looking for a space. “Do you know what we’re looking for, Aaron?” asked Mama. “Yes,” replied Aaron. “What?” asked Lani. “Doctors,” said Aaron.

 

Driving to Deborah‘s,  Aaron said, “We’re going to Deborah-land.” At Deborah‘s I said goodbye, and said, “I’m going to work-land.” He turned to Deborah and said, “Mama’s going to Lisa-and-Newell-Land.*”

 

Eating ice-cream with M&Ms,  Aaron said the M&Ms had returned to M&M-land. When asked where that was, he said, “In my stomach.”

 

Mama was paying bills, and Aaron was asking about the return address portion of the envelope. Mama explained, “That’s where I write our address, so they know where I’m sending this from.” Aaron said, “They’ll know you’re sending it from your chair.”

 

Aaron had spent time at Ellen’s, who had a shower curtain with the map of the world. Ellen was explaining to Aaron that Iceland really wasn’t that cold and Greenland was very cold. She pointed out that they had funny names. On the way home, Mama and Aaron were discussing this. Mama said a few names that would be more appropriate for Greenland, like “Wow, this place is cold-land” or “There are icicles hanging from my nose-land.”  Aaron immediately started coming up with more and more elaborate names, such as, “Hey! Where’s my yak? There he is, he’s buried under the snow. Those things I thought were just icicles sticking up are actually his horns (pause) — Land!”

 

Aaron, before he left HomeLand this morning for SchoolLand, approved all those stories. I shall now resist the urge to return, over and over again, to NoteBookLand, so I can send this post out into WordPressLand.

Before I do, here are some photos I took on the way to work yesterday, while I was listening to Birdland, thinking

I wonder what Birdland might look like?

 

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Finally, right before I got to WorkLand, I found Birdland:

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Then, after work, I walked through MoonLand:

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Thanks for visiting Ann’s-Post-Land,** today!


* Lisa and Newell are two fine people from my WorkLand, when Aaron was two years old.

** Where, I hope, the photo-loading is easy (or, at least, bearable).

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