The Prodigal Altar Boy

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Currie, Really?

2011 – Last 100 Days
T-59 Days To Go
2 November 2011

Currie, really?

Is anyone else really wound up about Senator Currie and the endless stream of Maryland Government officials going on record to testify to how __________________ [fill in your “nice” word for “stupid”] ? 

At a remote level, I understand how Maryland’s heavy hitters are hesitant to turn on “one of their own,” and yet the question remains,   how can they honestly support long-term incompetence during these bleak economic times?  Here we are, at (what we hope is) the peak of unemployment in the nation, millions of people looking for work and we have a highly paid politician rated by his peers and superiors:
  • ·         Organizational skills “lacking” (Wagner, Washington Post Local, 2011)
  • ·         “No one would call him smart” (Wagner, Washington Post Local, 2011)
  • ·         “Did not pay attention to details…” (Associated Press (AP), 2011)
  • ·         “Right at the bottom of the smart scale” (Bishop, 2011)

Many people are out of work right now.  Some of them I know personally, a lot of them I know virtually.  One LinkedIn group I belong to is the Ashford University Alumni Group.  I read the posts from recent and soon-to-be graduates and a common theme is, “I just finished my degree, but I can’t find a job.”  Replies to these posts run the gamut from resume tips to marketing yourself for a tighter market.  I get emails with job search tips from The Ladders every other day.  All of the advice for job hunters revolves around competence.  Documenting competence and finding new and innovative ways of conveying that competence.  Imagine how highly educated and skilled people must feel reading about a State Senator  accused of pocketing and extra $245,000 over five years while considered to be a less than stellar legislator. 

Works Cited

Associated Press (AP). (2011, October 18). Baltimore, Maryland News. Retrieved November 1, 2011, from WBAL TV:
Bishop, T. (2011, October 24). Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 1, 2011, from Blatimore Sun:
Wagner, J. (2011, October 24). Washington Post Local. Retrieved November 1, 2011, from Washington Post:
Wagner, J. (2011, October 17). Washington Post Local. Retrieved November 1, 2011, from Washington Post:


Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film
Digitized 2011 footage from a July interview with Barbara Wright.  She also sang two songs, one of them a great rendition of “Ease On Down The Road.” (one tape)
Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
Roland-Ready Strat  warm-up
 “It’s Your Thing” – Isley Brothers
“Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing” – Living Colour version
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
30/60 Interval training on the recumbant bike
30 seconds > 95 rpm
60 seconds > 75 rpm
20 “sets”
Total Time:  30 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
Rhythm work on the E – B/D# - C#m – A chord progression. 
R&B chord progression work.  Focused on texture and tone.
“Granby Street” – 2X lyric swap and bringing in all verses earlier
 “Dies Irae” – 20X (whole piece) on the Roland Strat
After 20X of the whole piece, focused on dyads and octaves
 “So What” – Miles Davis
A Dorian intervallic riff
Total Time:  30 minutes