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August 03, 2011


"Others on the list of great Philo-semites are Nabokov and Emile Zola and. . . somebody please help me complete this sentence."

All right: the creator of Leopold Bloom.

david...right on with the melody. This has to be one of the best pieces on Louis (and Heart and America) Ever.

Anyone who doesn't like Louis Armstrong needs a good swift kick in the arpeggio.

BTW and for the trivia file: "Swiss Kriss" was a laxative that Satchmo did ads for. Supposedly at a luncheon in England honoring Queen Elizabeth, Satch waxed eloquent on its virtues to Prince Philip, who perhaps looked like he needed a good flushing-out.

Philo the Alexandrian?

Dear D: Great post on one of the most amazing geniuses this country has ever produced. You're right---it's impossible to not like Satchmo. Even if he never touched the trumpet, his singing would be enough for me.
End of sentence: Philo Kvetch?

and how can we not make mention of the real and true philo; philo t. farnsworth..the one and only true star of the screen....

Also, I agree that Leo is far more apt, especially as that date brings the Moon rising in Aries, as noted. The double Aries emphasis almost overpowers the Leo-ness, and both are, congenially, fire signs. Mars rules Aries, sign of beginnings, is military and annunciatory, so the trumpet (or drums) is right. The radiant, solar smile is pure Leo,
though; Leo Joe E. Brown had it, too.


I did a painting of young Louis as a young kid on plywood out in my side yard by my old house in New Orleans. He was just learning to BLATT his trumpet like a wild elephant love call.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
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