Saturday, February 15, 2020

Carly Simon, Livingston Taylor, Cat Stevens, Buzzy Linhart

At HARPER'S BAZAR, Carinthia West writes about her longterm friendship with Carly Simon.  Excerpt:

We’ve always had that kind of best-girlfriend relationship. There were late nights with her playing piano or guitar. There were secret discussions about our great loves and various entanglements. We never argued and only once fancied the same man, a fatally seductive and successful screenwriter, albeit at different times. “Remember when you started dating him a year after me and you found the ballet shoes in his kitchen bin?” Carly laughs. “I’d told you he was a bit of a wolf and warned you off him!” She was passionate in my defense when I was dumped by a director boyfriend for a glamorous actress, muttering “bastard!” when she next saw him. And I was never afraid to tell her what I thought.
Although I didn’t know her then, I could never quite understand Carly’s early passion for the celebrated English author Willie Donaldson. She met him in 1965 on a trip to England and fell in love. He left the actress Sarah Miles for her, saying at the time, “[She’s] the answer to any sane man’s prayers: funny, quick, erotic, extravagantly talented,” but soon jilted Carly and went back to Miles. Carly forgave him and sent me to meet him some 20 years later. He clearly still held a torch for Carly, but though I was amused by him I reported back to her, rather disparagingly, that I couldn’t understand her fascination for a man who wore scruffy brown jackets with those hideous patches at the elbows. She is still incredulous. “That’s so interesting that you didn’t find Willie attractive!” she exclaims.
There are great photos with the article so be sure to check it out. 

If you love Carly (I do), you'll love the article.

Cat Stevens And Carly Simon

Carly and Cat Stevens were a couple.  She wrote "Anticipation" while waiting for him to pick her up for a date. 

Sad to report that Buzzy Linhart passed yesterday FEB 14. He wrote The Love's Still Growing 4 and she recorded it on her debut LP. Also sang his song Friends.

That is sad.  I know "Friends" from Goldie Hawn -- on a TV special, maybe the one she did with Liza.  Bette's version was always a little over the top (a 70s film used it for that reason -- THE LAST OF SHEILA -- as a sardonic end point.  And I really love "The Love's Still Growing."

This is about Buzzy Linheart from WIKIPEDIA:

Early life

Linhart was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Cleveland, OH; he began playing percussion for symphony at the age of seven, switching to vibraphone at ten. At fourteen he entered the Cleveland Music School Settlement. Because of this training he led bands all through school and at the age of 18 entered the U.S. Navy School of Music as a percussionist.
Buzzy has a sister, Abby Linhart, and a brother, Gair Linhart.


In 1963, he moved to New York City and became friends and roommates with John Sebastian. He also became a protégé to the senior guitarist and folk singer Fred Neil. One of his first bands, with fellow musicians Steve De Naut, Serge Katzen, and Max Ochs, was Seventh Sons, who released a raga-rock LP for ESP Records. Linhart later released a series of solo albums from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s starting with his Philips debut buzzy (the title with a small "b") in 1969.
In 1971 Linhart was signed to Eleuthra Records.[1] Although closely associated with the Greenwich Village folk-rock scene for much of his career, he recorded that first complete solo album in London and Wales with the Welsh prog-rock band Eyes of Blue serving as the backing band.
His skill on the vibraphone led to work as a session musician on recordings by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys, and Jimi Hendrix (on the Cry of Love album and he is credited on Electric Ladyland). In 2005 he recorded "Mr. Cool" on the CD Life Goes On, with Monica Dupont and Gary Novak.
Linhart is joint composer of "(You Got To Have) Friends," a collaboration with Mark "Moogy" Klingman, which became singer Bette Midler's de facto theme song. This was the end of his major label career, but although he never achieved commercial success, Linhart has continued to write, record, sing and compose music to this day.
Linhart had significant visibility as an actor in the mid-1970s. He also achieved some notoriety from his appearance in the opening sequence of the cult movie The Groove Tube, as a hippie hitchhiker. He was also a regular on the 1976 television show Cos, starring Bill Cosby.[2] However, there appears to be little or no surviving footage from the series, unlike the several subsequent Cosby television series. 

And this is from his website:

Music Publisher Buzzart Inc. Has Gathered Music Written And Recorded By Buzzy Linhart

Fans of Buzzy include music nerds, media moguls, music supervisors, baby boomers, folk-rock enthusiasts, jazz-rock fusionists, raga-rock spiritualists, pop-rockers, rhythm ‘n’ blues lovers, DJ hipsters, reality distortionists, optimistic existentialists, Electric Lady dreamers, and other kindred spirits looking for really good music.
Find a brief history about him and his musical career on the 1960s Archive page and 1970s Archive page.
Buzzy is a prolific songwriter and is one of the progenitors of the Singer-Songwriter Movement of the Sixties and Seventies. His songs have been performed and recorded by major artists such as Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, and Carly Simon.
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If you are interested in licensing, please email or call (424) 216-6105.

Let me also note this.

On March 19th, 2020, Liv will be one of the featured artists performing at 'The Music of Carly Simon' tribute concert held at Carnegie Hall. Ticket information: Photo courtesy of Highland Design Studio. Taken at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, 10/9/71.

Livingston released an amazing album in 2014 (BLUE SKY).

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Friday, February 14, 2020.  Another day, another series of embarrassments for Joe Biden.

Starting in the US where the biggest train wreck remains Joe Biden.  The former vice president continues his campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and renders the rest of America rubber neckers.  Yesterday, it was ABC's THE VIEW.

. reacts to Rush Limbaugh questioning Pete Buttigieg’s electability because of his sexuality: “Pete and I are competitors, but this guy has honor, he has courage, he’s smart as hell.”

I'm honestly surprised that they posted the clip.

It's not cute for Joe.  And it's not cute for them.  THE DAILY BEAST had already called this moment out.

"'We get it, we understand,' Goldberg said as the other co-hosts laughed nervously. Did they really?" writes

Joe stops himself in the midst of the homophobia and it's not funny and it's not cute.  But, hear him America, there are gays he likes. It reminds me so much of his remarks -- labeled racist in real time -- about "clean, articulate" Barack.  And shame on THE VIEW for their "we get it, we understand."

You're like Sara Gilbert, you ladies only know how to rip off and steal.  Barbara Walters created that program, not Whoopi Goldberg.  It's a program every network and syndication rip off.  Yet even when Barbara was healthy, 'the ladies' of THE VIEW were pushing her to the curb.

Over at THE DAILY MAIL, Ariel Zibler offers these bullet points on Joe's appearance on the show:

  • Former vice president appeared on The View on Thursday alongside his wife, Jill 
  • He defended son Hunter as a 'good' guy who 'has done nothing but good things' 
  • Hunter Biden agreed to pay child support to Lunden Roberts, a DC-area stripper 
  • Roberts gave birth a child out of wedlock which paternity tests say is Hunter's
  • Hunter Biden was named to board of Ukrainian gas firm when his father was VP
  • Trump and GOP are demanding investigations into alleged corruption by Bidens 
  • Joe Biden expressed regret over Senator Lindsey Graham's insistence on probes
  • Biden said he still considers Graham a 'friend' despite his position on Hunter 

Hunter's done nothing but good things?

Leaving his wife and kids to shack up with his brother's widow.  Hunter's life is a carny sideshow and Joe keeps pretending otherwise.  He left his wife and kids.  And then he couldn't even be faithful to the widow.  He was cheating on her -- which is how he ended up fathering a child with Lunden Roberts.  He destroyed his kids' family and for what reason?  It clearly wasn't love for the widow.

The whole Biden family is a carny sideshow.  Daniel GOlden, Chuck Neubauer and Matthew Malone (PROPUBLICA) report:

Jim Biden was in a bind. An investor had put up $1 million to help Jim and his nephew Hunter buy a hedge fund. Then it turned out that the fund’s assets were worth less than the Bidens had thought. Now the investor wanted its money back.
It was December 2006, not long before Jim’s older brother and Hunter’s father, Joe Biden, then a Delaware senator, would announce his second campaign for president.
Jim and Hunter Biden got a loan from a bank founded by one of Joe’s political backers — William Oldaker, an attorney for the senator’s presidential campaign and Hunter’s partner at a Washington law and lobbying firm.

Oldaker had strong ties to Joe Biden’s political operation, and at the time, the bank, WashingtonFirst, had nearly half a million dollars in deposits from a Joe Biden political committee Oldaker had helped set up.
But WashingtonFirst was less than three years old, and a $1 million loan was large for its size. The bank required that loans be well secured by borrowers’ assets. Jim Biden put up his house in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, as collateral, but he already had $1.5 million in three mortgages against the property, then roughly valued at just over $1.1 million. Hunter offered as security his recently purchased Washington home, for which he had borrowed almost the entire purchase price. Oldaker did not return phone calls, and a source close to Jim and Sara Biden said all of their loans were properly secured.
It was not the first time — or the last — during his long career that Jim Biden turned to Joe’s political network for the kind of assistance that would have been almost unimaginable for someone with a different last name. Campaign donors helped him face a series of financial problems, including a series of IRS liens totaling more than $1 million that made it harder to get bank financing. Jim Biden took out two more loans from WashingtonFirst before its sale in 2018.

These transactions illuminate the well-synchronized tango that the Biden brothers have danced for half a century. They have pursued overlapping careers — one a presidential aspirant with an expansive network of well-heeled Democratic donors; the other an entrepreneur who helped his brother raise political money and cultivated the same network to help finance his own business deals.
Jim Biden, 70, has cycled over the years from nightclub owner to insurance broker to political consultant and fundraiser to startup investor and construction company executive. But the through line of his resume was his bond with his brother, a Democratic Party stalwart in a position to push legislation or make government contracts happen.

“My sense is that Jim really has been trying to peddle himself on the Biden name for some time,” said Curtis Wilkie, who covered the Bidens as a Delaware political reporter.

That's the opening to the long report of corruption and debt left in the Bidens wake.  A long history of unethical trading on Joe Biden's name -- with Joe cooperating.   That's what his brothers do, that's what Hunter did.  Mark Caputo (POLITICO) reports most Americans don't share Joe's innocent view of Hunter:

A majority of voters believe it was inappropriate for Joe Biden’s son to work for a Ukrainian gas company while his father led U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the country, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
The Biden-Ukraine affair ultimately led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment for pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. Voters were split 47-47 percent on whether it was appropriate for the Senate last week to acquit Trump, the poll shows. 

In contrast, 52 percent of voters believe it was inappropriate for Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to take the job with the firm Burisma, while 18 percent said it was appropriate. Fifty-seven percent said it was a scandal while 19 percent said it wasn’t. 

Any pile up or wreck is going to attract onlookers and Joe has.  Ben Cohn and Ben Feuerherd (NEW YORK POST) report:

A handful of protesters chided Joe Biden as he walked out of a Manhattan fundraiser on Thursday, urging the one-time Democratic frontrunner to drop out of the 2020 presidential race.
About half a dozen protesters from New York Communities for Change yelled at Biden as he was leaving the Wayfarer restaurant on West 57th Street near Sixth Avenue soon after 8 p.m.
“Drop out Joe! Drop out Joe!” they chanted as he walked to a waiting car.
“Skip Nevada! Skip South Carolina! Go home early!” one of the demonstrators yelled.

“We’re here to mark the death of Joe Biden’s campaign. This is what happens when you stand up for policies that are regressive. We coined Wall Street Pete and now we’re doing the same to Joe,” Alice Nascimento of Communities for Change said.

Here are some Tweets from the group who held the protest.

We found at his 250 person Wall Street fundraiser. We had a message: DROP OUT JOE! You don’t have to do this Joe. You can skip Nevada. You can skip South Carolina. And go straight home to Deleware.


A moving eulogy on ’s 2020 campaign.

They called the cops on our memorial service for ’s campaign.

We made it to ’s Wall Street fundraiser and brought a coffin to mourn the death of Biden’s campaign. They wouldn’t let us in, but we held a service in the lobby.

On our way to Biden’s Wall Street fundraiser to mourn the death of his 2020 campaign.

On Saturday, al-Sadr said it was immoral for men and women to mix at sit-in protest areas and said protesters were using drugs and alcohol. Gender separation was also recommended in the 18-point code of conduct the cleric issued on Sunday.
On Thursday, ahead of the protests, he again slammed the protests as being rife with "nudity, promiscuity, drunkenness, immorality, debauchery ... and non-believers." He also said Iraq must not turn into the US city of Chicago, which he cited as an example of loose morals.
The statements posted on Twitter quickly became a subject of ridicule on social media.
On Thursday, women protesters waved Iraqi flags and banners in English and Arabic, chanting slogans condemning a recent security crackdown against demonstrators.
Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of Parliament’s Saeroon bloc, issued an 18-point code of conduct Sunday for protesters in which he cautioned against the mixing of men and women at sit-in areas.
In response on Thursday, women flooded the streets of Baghdad and the southern city of Nasiriyah.
“Whoever accuses women of being weak doesn’t understand Iraq,” said protester Baan Jaafar, 35. “We will continue to defend our rights through demonstrations and participate in the decision to build a new Iraq after the demonstrations.”
Iraqi women march against the likes of Moqtada Al-Sadr and against the backward system that has tried oppress and shun them for centuries. دومج حره و اصيله يالعراقيه

A million women marched today in as part of the ongoing protests against corruption in the country. The march came as a response against calls by Shia cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr's for protests to be segregated.

After the demonstrators refused him, and the crimes of his criminal militia exposed the blue hats and his subordination to the militant Moqtada Al-Sadr, he describes the demonstrators as immorality, immorality, atheism and homosexuality and vows to defend religious val