Friday, July 22, 2016

The Trump Effect

The problem with people is not what they know. It's what they know that ain't so.
-Will Rogers

Today is Friday, July 22nd, 2016!
July 22 is the 204th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 162 days remaining until the end of the year.
As I began my blog today, I was listening to Is This What Feeling Gets (Dorothy's Theme) from The Wiz starring Diana Ross. 
It is truly apros pros for where I am emotionally today after listening to Trump's speech last night which was the culmination of four days of a Republican Convention, the likes of which I have never seen before.  
He may be many things. A leader, he is not. For a man or woman to run for the highest office in the land and to base their entire platform on divisiveness or fear, they are not for me on any level. Mr. Trump has been highly irresponsible on how he has run  his entire campaign.  The New York Times wrote today, " Donald John Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday night with an unusually vehement appeal to Americans who feel that their country is spiraling out of control and yearn for a leader who will take aggressive, even extreme, actions to protect them."
Corey Lewandowski Got Away With Bullying—Until Donald Trump’s Campaign Cratered

We do not need the extreme attacks and or rhetoric that he espouses. Hillary Clinton has an ad running now in which we see the confusd reactions of children watching Trump on TV. It is not just children, the entire world is watching. A friend of mine wrote to me this
Larry Kerchner has written a song called Love Is Love which we will be debuting in the coming weeks.
I wonder what Will Rogers' take would be on Trump
morning, "It's very frustrating to have been involved in politics my entire life advocating for change for good to now see the turn in this election cycle.  I feel as if the wheels are turning backwards.  Our society as a whole should not be burdened with the divisive issues at hand.  We all deserve better!"
I saw a tweet today that read, "Was surprised to see the sun and hear the birds this morning. Thought death and destruction were imminent." Speaks volumes! 
There comes a time in life when you walk away
from all the pointless drama and people who create it, and surround
yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad
and focus on the good.

Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Repost if you agree, I just did.~~ ...JUST SAY NO To toxic people
(Facebook post of mine from six years ago!)

Ana Navarro
People will work for a living but they'll die for recognition. - Lee Odden

Trump's speech last night, today, and always has been about twisting facts for jokes. For him to advocate that Hillary wants to abolish the 2nd Amendment and take away people's guns is irresponsible and he KNOWS he is lying each time he says it.

Ana Navarro on Donald Trump: His speech "does nothing but bring out the darkness in America" 

When Corey Lewandowski was Trump's campaign manager, his motto was to "let Trump be Trump". That served him well until he was "fired". How was he rewarded? He was hired by CNN.  
Used with Ricky Ritzel's permission
Just three days after being axed as Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Lewandowski was hired as a talking head on CNN. From this position he has been spinning election coverage in Trump’s favor. CNN is constantly stacking their programs in Trump's favor.
 Trump was admittedly strong, focusing on international trade deals and showcasing his newfound command of the teleprompter.
Paul Manafort was then hired to replace Lewandowski. Daily he is cleaning up messes and making comments that truly reveals this campaign for what it is.

Donald Trump is not very popular with American women. His campaign manager, Paul Manafort, may not be helping that cause lately.
Last night, Ivanka Trump was brought in to humanize her father. In fact, ALL of the kids were brought out this week and paraded to the world to prove that if he was a good dad, he most certainly would be a great president. I'm not buying. We have seen, not only over the past thirteen months, but this man has been in the spotlight for all of MY New York years and beyond (Next month will mark 37 years that I have been a New Yorker.)

The Republican Party must be feeling this right now
This man who desires to be the 45th president has already created a wedge based on taunts, attacks, and fear mongering. He has taken recent news events and politicized them for his own agenda.
After the massacre of Orlando, he even patted himself on the shoulder taking credit with an "I told you so!". He has never addressed the fact that this was a hate crime targeted at the LGBTQ community because of a man's internal homophobia greatly attributed to his background and upbringing. Also being ignored is the easy accessibility to purchasing these assault weapons. When the democratic party tries to get the deadlocked GOP to listen
Courage or fear? YOUR decision!
and change these laws, Paul Ryan tries to shut the party down by referring to it as a "publicity stunt".
Trump hires as his running mate Mike Pence. Want to know what his stance on LGBTQ issues, Read HERE
 Former U.S. congressman and Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, announced Friday that he is running for the Senate. Duke will run to replace Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who declined to run for re-election after a failed gubernatorial bid last year. Read MORE)
Jon Stewart addressed the nation Thursday night in one of his first political TV appearances since retiring from the “Daily Show” last year. Look at what he had to say. Click HERE.
We need to beat these people—and not just Trump.
We need to beat each and every one of these Republicans propping up this vile, extremist campaign.
Edith Piaf had No Regrets — Tony Schwartz, who wrote Donald Trump's The Art of The Deal, has More Regrets than he can count!! Read Liz Smith's column Today.
If Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and every person who backs Trump desires a party of HATE, they are succeeding.
Leading criminologist on Trump's speech: “A good illustration of how to lie with statistics.”

Donald Trump has a terrifying to-do list for his first 100 days as president.

As you can see, we have a LOT of work to do.  It is IMPERATIVE that everyone registers to vote NOW. It is imperitive that every person goes to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th. If you need transportation to go vote, let someone know. If you need to vote with an absentee vote, please make sure that you vote in advance so your voice can be heard. Trump is NOT YOUR VOICE! Click HERE for more info.
Let's all agree to celebrate that pride in each other  instead of tearing each other down.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Follow YOUR Conscience? Lessons learned from the 2016 RNC

Pinocchio's Conscience: Jiminy Cricket
Conscience is an aptitude, faculty, intuition or judgment that assists in distinguishing right from wrong. Moral judgment may derive from values or norms (principles and rules). In psychological terms conscience is often described as leading to feelings of remorse when a human commits actions that go against his/her moral values and to feelings of rectitude or integrity when actions conform to such norms.he extent to which conscience informs moral judgment before an action and whether such moral judgments are or should be based in reason has occasioned debate through much of the history of Western philosophy.

Happy Thursday, July 21st, 2016!
July 21 is the 203rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 163 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today, I am writing about what I feel the Republican Party is all about based on my observations. It has shed a light on our bullying culture and has made it seem acceptable to be this way openly and arrogantly. 
The Republican National Convention is almost "over" and I'm frustrated. I've had it with the blatant, unapologetic racism, sexism and homophobia. I'm done with pretending that this is a normal party convention, when there is nothing at all normal about a reality star running an openly authoritarian campaign for the presidency.
I have been riveted this week on the latest in "reality" TV, the Republican National Convention.

I am, however, very dismayed at the hate rhetoric. I see adults setting the lowest standards for their party and our children. Trump's entire platform has set the tone for our present and our future.
When Cruz took the stage last night, the big question was whether or not he would endorse Trump. When he  up yo the podium, and I'm no fan, I was praying that he would not endorse Trump. When he asked America to vote our conscience, he was booed off the stage and his wife had to be escorted out of the convention hall for her safety.
What does this say about what he have become as a nation?
Cruz's speech completely threw the political world into an uproar, with people everywhere taking one side or another, either with with Cruz, or Trump. One group in particular seems to have, for the most part, decided to put themselves firmly in Cruz's corner. Texas delegates said about 80% of the delegation supported Cruz's speech. Read THIS.

Katrina Pierson, Trump's Campaign advisor, said earlier on TV today that this was not about Cruz and/or the things that Trump said about his wife and father; that the focus should be about the party.. I totally disagree. If we check what is not acceptable behavior at the door, we ALL will suffer.
Trump has surrounded himself with people that support him no matter how outrageous the situation.
Pay attention!

Katrina Pierson Defends Melania Plagiarism: ‘English Is Not Her Native Language’

Corey Lewandowski Got Away With Bullying—Until Donald Trump’s Campaign Cratered (He got rewarded by being hired by CNN).

We haven’t seen a personality like his too much in the Midwest. [He’s a] Eastern, privileged, wealthy bully. Our bullies are made of better stuff in Illinois. We’re much more practical and polite.
-Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)

Yesterday, Republican state Rep. Al Baldasaro’s remarked that Hillary Clinton should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason”.  Read HERE. Also, interestingly enough, when he made those comments, the interviewer didn't even flinch!
It is very telling that more emphasis today is being spent on someone not endorsing Trump rather than writing about Pence or anyone else that IS endorsing him.

Trump is a bully. Christie is a bully. Giuliani is a bully. If you disagree with them, rather than a civil discussion, they will tell you to shut up and then go on to belittle you. If Christie is aspiring to be attorney general, his appearance earlier this week proves that he is incapable of being an attorney general. He has barely been able to govern his own state.
Ivanka Trump says she could not support a man who is sexist, but she knows her dad. Those of us who are willing to be honest also knows her dad. Read this article if you need more clarification.
It is also interesting to note who Trump is aligning himself with. Antonio Sabato Jr., who spoke earier this week said,regarding President Obama: "I Don't Believe That The Guy Is A
Christian". What is that based on? And, for the record, should it make a difference if he isn't. Mr. Sabato, what makes you think that your belief system is superior to those who think differently?

When I think of Trump, I am reminded of three guys I went to high school with. Two were on our high school football team. The other was the mayor's son. These three guys walked around with a bravado that most jocks adopt. They demanded that the attention be on them when they walked into a room. These were the guys that if you sat at their table in the cafeteria, some would feel as if by osmosis, they were now "popular". These were the guys that people wanted to be
standing next to on the school grounds during recess.

I have NEVER been a fan of  Ted Cruz. However, I came to respect him a little more last night by following HIS conscience even with intense pressure and scrutiny placed upon him.
Trump, according to himself, saw the speech two hours prior last night. He KNEW that Cruz was not endorsing him. He even knew when to make his entrance. It is all part of that reality TV show mentality. I have heard more talk on how he will make his entrance today than on what he will say.

Shame on those in the party who have supported Trump's behavior by supporting him.If anyone else had done what Trump has done over the course of the last year, they would have been called on the carpet for it. He is getting away with it because he is a celebrity. Leslie Moonves of CBS said, "He may be terrible for the country, but he's great for ratings. CNN has aligned themselves for many from his team with their biggest "coup" being hiring Corey Lewandowsky. 
When the attention was not on them, they would do something outrageous to get that attention, normally at the expense of someone else.
It made them feel more important when they were ridiculing someone else. Sound familiar. Not only is this the Trump way, but it is also being adopted by those that want to be on his "good side."
Earlier this week, there was a brouhaha as to whether or not Melania Trump had plagiarized her speech on the first night of the convention.
Again, what kind of message are "we putting out to the world?
I say "we" because we ALL are responsible.
We have created the world that we are living in on every level. Instead of pointing fingers, we all have to take responsibility with what we put out to the world on a daily basis.
Before she even gave the speech, Melania told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that she wrote it herself with very little help.
She gave the speech to much appreciation and support.
Both sides of the political spectrum sent her kudos.
That was until we saw her speech, both visually and the text, side by side. Rather than owning up to it, we were then told there was a "team of writers" who worked on it. Then, a "writer" named Meredith McIver stepped up to the plate and decided to take the fall for this major faux pas. She even offered her resignation. Trump's response was that publicity was all good and that everyone makes "mistakes".

That coming from a man who has criticized every person that he has disagreed with since day one of declaring his campaign. If these shoes were on Hillary's feet, we never would hear the end of it.
Many in Trump's camp are always pointing fingers saying that Hillary is held to a different standard. The truth is, Trump is held to a different standard.
Rest assured, this campaign has been in the planning stages for many years.  If any other candidate had said or done what Trump has gotten away with, they would have been out of the race. Trump is a celebrity and many are waiting to see what his next move may be. This is not entertaining to me. Our future is in the balance.
I DO have a conscience and I intend to follow that. Shame on those who choose to bully...on EITHER side!

Read The 2016 Republican Platform HERE

With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. -Unknown

We DO have a LOT to be proud of. Let's all agree to celebrate that pride in each other! 
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blame It On The Movies, Part Two: Introducing Jimmy Moore

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon on the set of Some Like It Hot
[Last lines of Some Like It Hot]
Jerry: Oh no you don't! Osgood, I'm gonna level with you. We can't get married at all.
Osgood: Why not?
Jerry: Well, in the first place, I'm not a natural blonde.
Osgood: Doesn't matter.
Jerry: I smoke! I smoke all the time!
Osgood: I don't care.
Jerry: Well, I have a terrible past. For three years now, I've been living with a saxophone player.
Osgood: I forgive you.
Jerry: [tragically] I can never have children!
Osgood: We can adopt some.
Jerry: But you don't understand, Osgood! Ohh...
[Jerry finally gives up and pulls off his wig]
Jerry: [normal voice] I'm a man!
Osgood: [shrugs] Well, nobody's perfect!
[Jerry looks on with disbelief as Osgood continues smiling with indifference. Fade out]

Happy Wednesday, July 20th, 2016!
July 20 is the 202nd day of the yea in the Gregorian calendar. There are 164 days remaining until the end of the year.
As I sat down to begin my blog today, I was listening to Ralphie to the Rescue from the Broadway movie, A Christmas Story, which, of course, was based on the classic film of the same name.  
Last week, I wrote a blog celebrating the upcoming show, Blame It On The Movies which will be performed at Molloy College on July 30th and starring Kathryn Crosby. I sat down last week and interviewed co-director and producer, Bruce Bider.  
Today, I'm shedding a light on one of the artists in the show, Jimmy Moore.
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JIMMY MOORE — From debuting his father’s song “Tweet Tweet” with his younger brother Tommy, to the 8-Balls Blues Band at Great Neck North High School to the Dad and Daughter Duet Show with Michelle K., Moore has performed all over Long Island in his “themed” one-man concerts presented at libraries, park districts, clubs, and private parties. Jimmy’s patchwork career in music has included many genres. Jimmy loves songs - any type, any style. Today, he loves songs from movie musicals! This Boston Conservatory of Music magna cum laude graduate has discovered the fun and inspiration of teaching (and learning) as a private voice instructor in Sea Cliff. Those who can, do, and if they really know what they’re doing, they can teach too! Jimmy is thrilled to be back in Bruce Bider’s directorial hands (Sky, Guys and Dolls). He is also happy to be reunited with Jacki (he as Rooster, she as Miss Hannigan in Annie just a few years back). Jimmy is a proud, long-time member of Actors Equity.

What does this time in your life mean to you? 
I have lived almost an entire lifetime as an artist.  I have been married for more than half of my life to my Janis.  Her feet are on the ground.  My head is in the sky.  She fell in love with an artist, oy vey!  

Academy Award winner Celeste Holm with husband Frank Basile (Frank co-stars in Blame It On The Movies)
Kathryn Grant Crosby is also part of the cast!
I fell in love with a normal beautiful woman - who'd a thunk?!  At this time in my life, as I have been since we met, I am one helluva lucky guy - believe me!

How did you first get into this profession?
My father, Edgar J. Moore was a composer and multi-instrumentalist.  There was always live music in our house in Great Neck.  When I was 14, my older brother Walter, was in a band.  At one rehearsal in our basement, he had a sore throat and I was asked to fill in.  With the mic in my hand, the feeling of singing intoxicated me.  I knew then that for the rest of my life, I had to be a singer. By the way, Dean Bailin, the guitar soloist on the "Pina Coloda Song" was the guitarist in my brother's band.

What is your dream gig?
My dream gig is an intimate, acoustical performance with a pianist in a 200 maximum capacity theater.  The songs are a variety of styles, jazz, classical, pop, musical theater, R & B (I really want to sing virtually every song ever written!)  If my
Jimmy Moore
daughter Michelle K. Moore is able to join me, that's a bonus both for me and the audience.

What interests you the most about your profession?
Everything about my profession interests me; the theory, the practicing, the rehearsing, playing music with other musicians, performing my one-man shows, working with my singing students, and discovering their voices with them.

What inspires you the most?
What inspires me the most is always the music that I am working on at that moment.  That said, after all the practicing and rehearsing, when I'm finally in front of the audience, I feel as though my singing is a roller coaster ride and the audience is on the ride with me.  There is no fourth wall at my performances. 

Do you think there is a stigma against your profession? If so, why do you think the stigma is there?
I think the stigma has to do with the unrealistic burden of the push to fame.  I happen to be a licensed electrician.  When I tell people that, they believe me.  The fact that I or anyone else is an artist requires more proof.  The sub-text is that if we were any good, people would know who we are.  I know and work with may excellent musicians.  Each of them develops a unique, viable and valuable life as a musician.  Parents have asked me to convince their children not to go into music.  It's not reliable, you can't make a living.  Well, I make a living and I love what I do.  A life of music is a creative, individualized life.  It is absolutely the right life for me and the musicians I know and work with.  I have been fortunate to do far more music than electrical work as the years have gone by. Both are rewarding and make me who I am.

Finish this sentence: I always roll my eyes when... mother-in-law, Chip, says "Jimmy, you should write a song about..."  Like I don't have enough projects going on!  You should know that she lives with my wife, my daughter and son-in-law, three cats and me.  She's my biggest fan and the most generous person in the world.  You know what?  I think I'll write that song!

How important was your training?  
My training was and is still crucial.  I tell my students that the good singers (or anyone who is good at anything) aren't good because they no longer have to do the basics, but rather because they always do the basics.  I am still training and learning each day. 

What is your favorite thing to do to fuel your creativity?
My life and my art are one and the same.  Each fuels the other.  I've always felt like an artist in everything I did.  I would look at my electrical work and see art.  I think that each of our lives is our work of art.

What kind of career do you want? 
I'm 63 years old (oops, my wife says: "no ages!")  and I want to do what I've been doing.  I still love to perform and am developing a lecture on singing as well as writing a book on singing.

Who was the most influential person on your work

My father, Edgar J. Moore was an artist.  Each day I am motivated by his example.  Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Luciano Pavarotti, Michelle K. Moore, every singer I hear influences me.  I am always analyzing what they're doing.

If you could go back and change a choice you made along the way as an artist, which one might that have been?
My art today is the result of every choice I made good and bad and I probably learned more from the bad choices.  Come to think of it, I don't believe in bad choices because each choice leads to the next. 

If you could do or accomplish ANYTHING and money wasn’t an object, what would that be?
Money has never been an object.  Just ask Janis, much to her dismay!

What is your favorite piece of art? 
My marriage, my two daughters Michelle and Abby, my two sons-in-law, Grant and Robert, and my two grandsons, Arthur and Nathan.

How Far do you think  your Dreams can Take You?
If dreams lead to action - to trying and failing and trying and failing and learning, and trying and failing some more; then those dreams become your life in a way that you may never have imagined.  They will take you wherever you need to go.
I probably would put it differently though.  I sang because I had to sing.  I kept having to sing so I kept singing.  Someone said that I sounded like Donald Duck, but I kept singing.  As a teenager, I'd go to sleep picturing myself singing for an audience.  

As I started to actually perform, it felt as if the stage was where I was meant to be.  Gradually, my skills improved and my love for singing kept growing.  I had times of lots of paid gigs and times of many fewer paid gigs.  Regardless, I had to sing.  I was motivated by songs, singers, musicians and the desire to sing for others with no holds barred.

What do you hope people will take away with them from Blame It On The Movies?
I hope the audience enjoys it!
If the project is my contribution to your blog, I hope the reader sees that this particular artist believes in the unique and precious value of the art of each piece of this amazing, difficult existence. Each voice has a song to sing.

Please join me at Molloy College on July 13th as I really celebrate Blame It On The Movies!

Thank you, to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!

With grateful XOXOXs ,

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