It began as the GODFATHER OF MATH, evolved into the GOODFATHER OF MATH. Now this. Go figure...


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The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes = G. CARLIN...Stain glass, engraved glass, frosted glass
–give me plain glass = JOHN FOWLES...Music is the mathematics of the gods = PYTHAGORAS... Nothing is more fluid than language = R. L. SWIHART
I cannot live without the oxygen of laughter = DAWN POWELL + + + But please be sure to season that with the hydrogen of gravitas = PAUL OLIVERIO
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Friday, January 1, 2016

The Vanderbilt Family Evolved From The Greens To The Blues

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One hundred years ago, a white man named 
Cornelius Vanderbilt was the wealthiest man
in the United States  not named Rockefeller.

One hundred years ago, 
Being in the Green 
was an expression
that meant you had 
a lot of money.

Only Mr. Rockefeller 
was greener than 
Mr. Vanderbilt.

The opposite of 
Being in the Green
meant being dirt poor.

The opposite of Being in the Green
meant having the blues.

One hundred years ago, the most talented  people 
having the blues were musicians who were
either black men or black women.


BUT TIME CHANGES THINGS 
and today the most talented blues musician 
in the United States not named  Buddy Guy 
is the great grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt.









His name is  John Hammond.

He is white on the outside but black on the inside.

Click  here  to hear him sing  THE WALKING BLUES.

Click  there  to hear the great-grandson 
of Mr. Vanderbilt sing GET BEHIND THE MULE.
 
 One hundred years ago,
 Cornelius Vanderbilt owned 
 the equivalent of one billion mules!
 
 One Hundred years later, the son of  his grandson
 recorded a duet with the inimitable TOM WAITS
(a/k/a, illegitimate grandson of Louis Armstrong).

 A verse from this previously posted song  goes like this:

See that little Jersey girl 
in the see-through top,
with the peddle pushers 
sucking on a soda pop,
well i bet she's still a virgin 
but it's only twenty-five 'til nine,
you can see a million of 'em 
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