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Song of the Day #1942

Song of the Day: Be Faithful is credited to many writers, but it depends heavily on samples from, among other tracks, “Love Like This” by Faith Evans and, obviously, “Chic Cheer” by the Edwards-Rodgers team, which started this 3-song arc. It was released by American rapper Fatman Scoop in 1999 and re-released in 2003 to international success. The song was also featured in the 2001 film, “Save the Last Dance.” If you can handle the explicit lyrics, check out the evolution of a sample here [YouTube link].

Happy Mother’s Day

… to all the Moms out there!

Song of the Day #1941

Song of the Day: Love Like This is credited to a host of writers, including Sean “Puffy” Combs, Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence, and Faith Evans, though the Edwards-RodgersChic Cheer” sample looms large. With its soulful retro R&B/dance feel, this was the biggest hit of Evans’s career. Check out the official video [YouTube link]. Tomorrow, the original sample is taken to a whole other hip hop level!

Song of the Day #1940

Song of the Day: Chic Cheer, words and music by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, was the lead-off track to the 1978 album, “C’est Chic,” which was the second studio album for the R&B/disco band, Chic. This song, with its infectious bass line, provides us with a foundation for the next two songs of the day—a lesson in the art of sampling, since this song has been sampled quite a few times over the years. Check it out here [YouTube link].

Song of the Day #1939

Song of the Day: About Damn Time is credited to a host of writers, including Melissa Viviane Jefferson—aka as Lizzo, who released this song last month as the lead single to her 2022 album, “Special“. Check out the official video [YouTube link] and the multi-talented artist’s April 16th performance on “Saturday Night Live” [below], where she was both the host and musical guest. I just really like this song’s Old School groove and that flute!

A Ski Visit

After attending the Brooklyn Tech Homecoming virtually on Saturday, April 9, 2022, it was time to open the doors to the Sciabarra household. This morning, we welcomed two Technites, both from the Class of 1983!

Carol Cunningham (left) and Denice Ware (right), who also serves as the President of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, came with blue orchids to greet Elizabeth “Ms. Ski” Sciabarra, my sister, and it was a wonderful visit.

Paul Crider on Ayn Rand

Notablog readers should check out a critical essay on Liberal Currents by Paul Crider that discusses “Liberalism versus Reaction in Ayn Rand“. Paul writes on Facebook:

Finally published my big essay on Ayn Rand. I’m very sympathetic to Rand and I encourage folks to see what people find so inspirational in her work. It’s all there.

BUT I do two—I think—novel things. First, I troubleth the idea that Rand fits within the liberal tradition, even classical liberal. Her perfectionism precludes the political contestation that is necessary for political liberalism. Atlas Shrugged itself is a kind of vanguardist integralism (though her real life activism differs from AS). Her hierarchical way of thinking masquerades as meritocracy but ultimately upholds traditional social hierarchies and reacts against upstarts—hence she’s much more a heterodox conservative than any kind of liberal. Second, I explore the possibility of a Randian left liberalism. I would say “left Objectivism” but the ARI would probably sue me. A Randian social liberalism seems like a contradiction in terms, but it draws on expressivist individualism of unfolding human potential and the concept of “truly human flourishing” (think Smith, Marx, Mill, and Nussbaum) that very much pervade her philosophy.

I read the essay and wrote on Facebook:

I very much enjoyed your essay, and I’m extremely sympathetic to a left-liberal reading of Rand, as anyone who is familiar with my attempts (in Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical) to link Rand to a dialectical mode of analysis can attest. (A more recent article of mine extends this to an alignment of Rand with a certain form of left-libertarian anarchism.)

I think that, like most thinkers, Rand embraces views that are sometimes at odds with her core values. I’d certainly count among these her views on Native Americans, homosexuality, and feminism. My coedited volume with Mimi Gladstein (Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand) includes contributions from those who take Rand rightfully to task for many of her anti-feminist views, while also arguing that her philosophy was fully consonant with a certain kind of individualist feminism.

As for Rand’s views on homosexuality, I’ve argued (in Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation) that many post-Randian thinkers have attempted to correct for her blind spots. And I’ve also argued that Rand has important things to say about race and class in ways that would surprise both her acolytes and her critics (see, for example, my post on the ‘ominous parallels’ between CRT and Rand’s analysis of systemic racism).

Since I’ve plugged some of my own writings in this note, let me plug The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies—which would welcome thoughtful essays like yours into our pages.

Song of the Day #1938

Song of the Day: Oye Como Va, by Tito Puente, was first released in 1962 by the composer, but became a worldwide hit for Santana in 1971. The Mexican-American guitarist, Carlos Santana, led this song straight into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Check out the original Tito Puente version and the Santana hit [YouTube links]. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Pearls Before Swine: Two-Word Answers

I’ve been giving lots of two-word answers to folks of late, but not nearly as polite as these two. 🙂

Courtesy Pearls Before Swine, by Stephan Pastis

May the 4th Be With You

Okay, okay, I too have succumbed. 🙂 [and it’s also my 4th post of the day lol]