I'm thinking that Gov Haslam doesn't hate poor and working class people. It's possible. I'm thinking the seeming psychotic disregard for realities is actually a very rational plan to make money. Now who stands to make money by the state actually losing money, or as a coincidence of the state losing money?
Homersimpson - While I appreciate the sentiment, you are sadly mistaken if you think Central gets substantial funding for their music programs. They have nominal band dues and little else, other than a limited number of district owned instruments. (Interesting that the strings programs were not discussed. They receive even LESS funding!) That's the same with most legacy MCS schools. Legacy SCS schools such as Arlington have substantially higher band dues as well as massive booster clubs which raise funds via alumni and parent donations. You pay to play, in a sense. Central's uniforms - they came from Cordova a few years ago - Cordova's boosters bought new ones. The patch on the shoulder covers the Cordova logo. Central, Overton et al literally make magic from nothing. Which is what music, and dedicated teachers, have the power to do.
The thing you have to remember when you hear Antonin Scalia speak is that, really, he's a fucking idiot.
Well, no longer does any citizen of Lakeland have any room to criticize the residents of Memphis or whom we elect to lead our city. The bankrupt and inept Chris Thomas is like every poor Memphis politician all wrapped up into one.
Beautiful post. Amen!
Actually music education is a substantial part of math education in the very early years. When you learn the patterns that are found in music it easily translates into mathematical skills. All three of my kids are proficient in more than one instrument and my 12 years of classical piano training are still part of my regular daily activities.
JR - I'm confused. Are you denying that the legacy MCS schools provided extensive funding for the extra curricular music activities while legacy SCS did not. In fact, it's still happening. The bands at Houston, Collierville, and Arlington have not received near the funding that Overton, Whitehaven or Central have received. When Dru Davidson says "We have 100 percent instruction in K through 5 in Shelby County Schools. Every child in a public school in the SCS receives music education. There are 100,000 kids served" they are NOT talking about the high schools.
Davidson is legacy MCS. I think he did a phenomenal job setting up the relationship with Stax. Stax provides instruments, finances, and lessons to a huge number of kids. And it was his brain child to make Humes into a arts magnet middle school that will feed into Overton. Davidson can relate music to any subject. And I applaud him for his efforts.
At each of the schools I have worked at, we have incorporated music physics into the curriculum. The music students, both instrumental and vocal, love providing samples for my physics students to analyze. Pitch, tone and beat are all related to physics. I have watched students absolutely blossom when they understand the how of the amazing music they can make. I can proudly say I sent one kid to Ole Miss to study the physics of acoustics and his scholarship was both based on both musical talent and academic achievement. A sound engineer in the making.
BTW Whitehaven's band kicked ass at Put Up or Shut Up last Sunday. They were amazing. I think my hearing is finally back to normal.
Very well said, Mr. Smith.
Sounds like Les has spilled some of his Kool-aid. Someone get him a refill, quick.
The other day a comment was posted on this site by one "jcov40", I suspect he, like you, is an old news man that has covered local government for quite a while, and you both deserve our attention. In his comment he said
"It has been clear for some time that Wharton is not very adept at running a government. He is a nice fellow but his experience is in the legal field and that doesn't necessarily prepare you to head a major governmental administration."
Mr. Wharton was county mayor, now city mayor. My question to you and jcov40 is, how long is it going to take for him to figure it out? Time is running out on Memphis.
PS Keep up the good work, I enjoy your commentary.
And yet, Scalia would have government going down in our pants. If that ain't overreaching....
Of course, Jamie Farr as Jesus, he's no Omar Sharif, but nice smile kind eyes. Time to hit photoshop.
I've got to go with you on the Sheba thing, you don't have to be wise as Solomon to know that Ethiopian women are so very fine. Hell, the men are quite pretty, but not enough to break kosher over.
Actually, Sheba was located in the south. South Arabia.
As for the white flight thingy, you're wrong on that too, OTP.
Nothing new under that sun.
You want a killer late night album? Grab "Open Fire, Two Guitars" from 1959. Johnny sings his ass off. A beautiful listening experience. And one of my favorite albums ever.
Johnny Mathis is truly an American music treasure. His smooth vocals & range are so easy on the ear. My grandparents, parents, myself & my children all listen to his recordings of Christmas music every year without fail. Beautiful man, beautiful voice!
@ Cheryl Hurley
Love the shoes.
Btw, what is in non-vegan cupcakes that make them so. Seriously, I don't know.
I forgot. Remember Solomon and the Queen of Sheba? Well, Sheba, now a part of Ethiopia was a kingdom just south of what is now Ethiopia.
What is all of the confusion about?
If one goes back to sculptures and busts of some of the people during that time, it was a mixed bag.
Cleopatra was said to be half Ethiopian and every image and bust of her found was black. King Tut's grandmother, the paintings and bust of her was black. I think her name was Ti.
Hell, go to a lot of convenience stores in Memphis now and you will see middle-easterners from olive to black.
Whether Jesus was white, black, or whatever, it is the belief that counts.
But, I wonder if it can be proven that Jesus was black, how many whites would flee christanity, you know like fleeing Memphis when bussing was ordered? Just wondering.
Randy comes from the Woodrow Wilson School of Hard Knocks. His head is covered with bumps that serve as eternal proof of his progressive bona fides. There they teach that anyone not having blond hair, blue eyes, and light skin is not white. The rest of the world may have what Randy would call a different "opinion" (quotes and all!!) but he will forever remain convinced of his rightoeusness.
@ Angelia Sparrow
As Dorthy or the Statue of liberty?
I have to admit I think it is irrelevant, but agree with you and CL Mullins.
According to every EEOC form I've filled out in the past year of job hunting, Middle-Eastern = white. So Turkish and Israeli are both under that category. It's ethnic white, but so are Swedes and Celts.
The concepts, however, are universal. Which is what everyone misses.
Me, I always thought Jesus probably looked a lot like Jamie Farr.
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