Daily Update: Monday, March 16th, 2015

03-16 - Samoset

Tomorrow we will have a Saint; in the meantime, we will consider how surprised the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony were on this day in 1621 (less than three months after their landing) when a Native American (whom the pilgrims termed a “savage”) walked out from the woods, entered the town, and exclaimed in English “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.” And today is the birthday of my friend Ed, who was a friend of Richard’s nephews (the ones belonging to his Sister Bonnie in Texas).

The Native American announced himself to the startled Pilgrims as the envoy of Massasoit, “the greatest commander of the country.” A member of an Abenaki tribe that resided at that time in what is now Maine, Samoset was a sagamore (subordinate chief) of his tribe and was visiting Ousamequin, the sachem, or leader, of the Pokanoket, who was the Massasoit, or great sachem, of the Wampanoag Confederacy. He himself was a Mohegan, and  had learned his broken English from the English fishermen that came to fish off Monhegan Island. After spending the night with the Pilgrims, he came back two days later with Squanto, who spoke English much better than Samoset, and who was able to translate when the Pilgrim leadership met with Chief Massasoit. Samoset was entertained with other Native American leaders in the harbor of present-day Portland, Maine in 1624; after that, the first Native American to contact the Pilgrims fades from history. (The Pilgrims in their accounts kept calling him Somerset instead of Samoset; most of the Pilgrims were from South West England and the county of Somerset.) And today is the birthday of my friend Ed, who was a friend of Richard’s nephews (the ones belonging to his Sister Bonnie in Texas).

Last night our #1 ranked LSU Baseball team beat Ole Miss in the third game of their home three-game series by the score of 18 to 6; our Tigers next play an away game with Southern on March 17th. And our New Orleans Pelicans lost their game with the Denver Nuggets by the score of 111 to 118; they next play a home game with the Milwaukee Bucks on March 17th.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and Richard bagged up the trash and put the trash can out on the curb. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the First Day of my Annunciation Novena. Once at the casino I called the pharmacy and renewed a prescription. Once we clocked in, Richard was on the $5.00 Blackjack table, and I was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow, except for one rotation when I had to relief the Flop Poker table. On my breaks I continued reading A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Salazar on my Nook.

After work we stopped at Wal-Mart on our way home, and Richard got some groceries. I continued reading my book on the way home, and finished reading it a few minutes after we arrived back home; I then read the morning paper. I then took a nap until about 5:15 pm. When I woke up, I found that I had my new Amazon Sellfie© selfie stick for my Galaxy S-4 delivered. The time has been set for our LSU Men’s Basketball team’s NCAA Tournament game with #15 North Carolina on March 19th, and our LSU Women’s Basketball team will be playing #25 South Florida in the NCAA Tournament on March 21st. I did my Book Review for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Salazar, then got busy with today’s Daily Update. Once I finish with the computer I will join Richard and Black in bed.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Patrick, Bishop, so tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day. (Wear green; and don’t worry if you are not Irish, because not even St. Patrick was Irish.) On my breaks at work I will continue reading The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell, and call the Pharmacy to have them fill one of my psychiatrist’s new scripts for one of my medications. I will take a nap in the afternoon, and after Jeopardy! I will go down to Lafayette to pick up a DVD of the first season of Bones at the Lafayette Public Library – Southside Branch and to attend the Third Tuesday Book Club meeting at Barnes and Noble for A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Salazar. Our #1 ranked LSU Baseball team will play an away game with Southern tomorrow evening, and our New Orleans Pelicans will next play a home game with the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow evening.

Our Parting Quote this Monday afternoon comes to us from Mitch Leigh, American composer. Born as Irwin Michnick in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, his father was a furrier from Ukraine. He grew up in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, served in the Army,  and attended Yale University on the G.I. Bill, receiving his bachelor’s degree in music in 1951 and his master’s, also in music, the following year. He began his career as a jazz musician working at an advertising company, writing jingles, and established Music Makers, Inc., in 1957, a radio and television commercial production house with Leigh as its creative director. He also composed incidental music for a couple of short-lived Broadway comedies, Too True to Be Good (1963) and Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory (1964). In 1965 he was asked to write the music for a new show that was going to try out at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn, teaming with lyricist Joe Darion and writer Dale Wasserman to write a musical based on Wasserman’s 1959 television play, I, Don Quixote. The show, Man of La Mancha, opened in New York the next year and ran until 1971, a total of 2,328 performances. It won five Tony Awards, including best composer and lyricist (Leigh and Darion) and best musical. Richard Kiley originated the dual role of Don Quixote, a doddering gentleman knight with a grand imagination, and Quixote’s creator, the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. He wrote the music for several more Broadway shows, including Cry for Us All (1970), Home Sweet Homer (1976) and Sarava (1979), but they all closed after painfully short runs. In 1977 Leigh and others at the Yale School of Music established the Keith Wilson scholarship, to be awarded “to an outstanding major in wind instrument playing.” He maintained his work in advertising, writing jingles for L & M cigarettes, Ken-L Ration dog food and Consolidated Foods, which became the Sara Lee Corporation. The lyrics “Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee” were written by a Doyle Dane Bernbach advertising executive, but the music was Leigh’s. He produced the 1983 Broadway revival of Mame, starring Angela Lansbury, and directed the 1985 revival of The King and I, with Yul Brynner (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award). His last original contribution was the music for Ain’t Broadway Grand, a musical comedy about the producer Mike Todd, which ran for three weeks at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in 1993. In his later years he created Jackson 21, a village-like development in Jackson Township, N.J., on land he had begun buying in the 1960s as a tax shelter. The development was intended for artists of all kinds,  though others were accepted as well. Leigh endowed the Willie Ruff Chair in Jazz at Yale University in 2006 (died 2014): “There’s more musical freedom on Madison Avenue than anywhere else. It’s an Eden for a composer.”

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