Archive for January 2009

Traffic You Enjoy On A Monday Morning

January 19, 2009

I never had the pleasure of seeing Traffic live but I always enjoyed their music. One album in particular, “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”, was released in 1971 and was a great album.

The video of the band performing the title cut was recorded in 1972. Steve Winwood is pianist and vocalist.

“The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys” by Traffic

(Thanks again, YouTube.)


Brother, Can You Spare A Job?

January 11, 2009

The United States Bureau of Labor released the December unemployment figures on Friday. As the economy continues to spiral downward, the unemployment figures contine to spiral upward.

  • The United States unemployment rate is now 7.2%. This is a major jump from November’s 6.7% figure.
  • 524,000 jobs were lost in December
  • 11.1 million men and women are without work
  • 2.6 million people have been looking for six months or more for employment
  • The real unemployment rate – unemployed, underemployed and discouraged – is 13.5%

Brother, can you spare (or, save or create) a job?


January 9, 2009

Change ? Or same as it was ever was?

With all of the talk about promised change in the Obama White House, and to see all of the Clinton-istas and insiders that are filling cabinet and admistration positions, is there really going to be all that much change after January 20?

Below is a video from the band Talking Heads. The song is entitled “Once In a Lifetime” but the refrain declares, “Same as it ever was.”

The band had a number of hits “back in the day” that I really liked, songs like “Take Me To The River”, “Life During Wartime” and “Burning Down the House.”

I have always liked this song. The video is good and clear and David Byrne is as animated as ever.


(This video was respectfully appropriated from YouTube.)

Happy New Year!

January 6, 2009

The greeting of “Happy New Year” may be late, but it is heart-felt.

It has been a while since I have posted anything. The Christmas and New Year seasons were full of activities and we, of course, had a two week “winter break” from school. We stayed  busy, hence the absence of posts during the month of December.

Now we are back at it and I hope to be a bit more faithful in writing and posting here.

Thanks to you, my one visitor over the past month who has dropped by a number of times, for stopping by to check out the scottspeak blog.