Hallelujah – we made it through another week, though not before a major bombshell was dropped on Friday. Yes, the FBI is re-opening its case against Hillary Clinton just days before the election (though I just heard on Steve Deace that apparently the case was never closed), thanks to Anthony Weiner, of all people (or rather, an investigation into him). The Clinton Camp and Democrats are going ballistic, and Republicans mad at Comey and the FBI before for not charging Clinton are now singing his praises. That includes Trump, of course. Shocking, I know.
Wow. What a crazy time this is. Yep, in just one more week and a half, the fate of the nation will be sealed – at least for another four years. Holy moly…
As we reach the end of this election campaign slog, with arguably the two worst candidates EVER, being able to redirect our time and energy, if only for a little bit, seems like a called for balm for the soul. Two ways I do that is through listening to music and watching dance (sadly, my dancing days are long gone, though making music – at least singing since I can’t play anymore – is a joy).
And it is on those two beautiful, amazing expressions of the soul I wish to concentrate for this Weekend Open Thread.
In the musical realm, I have to share that Suzy and I got to attend a concert featuring Loreena McKennitt, the Canadian singer whose music is both magical and mystical. McKennitt performed in the newly renovated Gaillard Auditorium near the historic area of Charleston. To make a night of it, we stayed in the historic Lodge Alley Inn, right in the historic area (shown in the photo), a block off the harbor. It is such a treat to be able to stay there, and was a lovely break from my normal routine.
This time of year is anything but routine. As we prepare for Halloween and the beginning of a season that leads us to one of the most mystical and magical events in human history (Christmas), McKennitt’s music seems most appropriate.
I chose this particular one for two reasons: it is a mesmerizing tune, and it is for dear longtime reader, Helen (who is from Philadelphia – the Mummer’s Dance is big there):
Wasn’t that something? Helen, I hope you liked it!
And this one I chose for its beauty, mystery, and you guessed it – horses:
McKennitt has such an ethereal voice and presence. It was a magical, mystical experience to be enveloped by her music live. And she isn’t just an incredible singer and musician, but a fantastic storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor. She was also most generous and gracious with the two musicians who played with her, giving them time and opportunity to shine. That says a lot about her as a person. It was everything I could have possibly wanted and so much more.
What a gift, what a blessing, to have that kind of respite in these contentious, difficult times. I appreciate having such an amazing experience on which to reflect in these closing days of the campaign and beyond.
And then there is dance. Now y’all know I love me some Dancing with the Stars. I love the classical ballroom dancing and marvel at the abilities of these dancers, and many of the stars. This past week they did music through the decades, beginning in the ’20’s.
This one, though, was one of my favorites of the night. The pro dancer, Sharna Burgess, was dancing with an injured knee, but despite the pain she was in, the joy on her face at the dance shown through.
Her partner, James Hinchcliffe, has been the surprise of the season. He is a Canadian Indy race car driver who, by his own admission, “sits for a living.” His dancing, his ability to get in character, and his sense of humor, have been a delight to behold.
Here are James and Sharna dancing the “Jitterbig”:
How much fun was THAT? The music, the dance, the sheer joy all of the dancers expressed was just FUN. I might add, I think Sharna has that classic movie star look, don’t you? She is a fabulous dancer, and a great teacher as evidenced by her student’s performance!
Okay, my friends – that’s it for me. I imagine the new FBI investigation is blowing up the internets (!), so feel free to discuss that and whatever else is on your minds this weekend. Or feel free to ignore politics and this latest stunner, and share some good dance videos or some tunes that move you, Have at it. This is the Weekend Open Thread.
Update: Since I wrote this, a score of articles have come out about the FBI, James Comey, and Clinton’s emails. Not only was Comey told NOT to send a letter to Congress by his boss, the AG, Loretta Lynch, but it seems that the FBI did not have a WARRANT to review the emails it received. No matter how much one dislikes Hillary, the FBI isn’t above the law, either, and not taking the proper steps confirms how this whole thing has felt to me since this new revelation: sloppy. It feels like sloppy work on behalf of the FBI and does not help their reputation. Comey has not helped their reputation.