Daily Update: Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Joachim and Anne

Today is the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Memorial of Saint Joachim (died first century B.C.) and Saint Anne (died first century A.D.), the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was conceived without sin (the Immaculate Conception), and today is also the birthday of my first cousin Richard in California (1953).

In the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James (written about 150), Joachim is described as a rich and pious man of the house of David who regularly gave to the poor and to the temple (synagogue) at Sepphoris. However, as his wife was barren, the high priest one year rejected Joachim and his sacrifice, as his wife’s childlessness was interpreted by the high priest as a sign of divine displeasure. Joachim consequently withdrew to the desert where he fasted and did penance for forty days. Angels then appeared to both Joachim and Anne simultaneously to promise them a child. Joachim hastened to Jerusalem and met Anne at the city gate, who had hastened to see him; they embraced at the city gate, and nine months later their only child Mary (conceived without sin) was born. The cycle of legends concerning Joachim and Anne were included in the Golden Legend (circa 1260) and remained popular in Christian art until the Council of Trent restricted the depiction of apocryphal events in the sixteenth century. Saint Joachim’s feast day was added to the Calendar in 1584 and moved to several dates until 1969, when it was joined to the much older (and more popular) feast day of Saint Anne, who had been honored in the West since the 12th century and by the Eastern church as early as the 6th century. Saint Joachim is the Patron Saint of grandfathers; Saint Anne is the Patron Saint of grandmothers, pregnant women, and homemakers, and of Brittany, France, and Canada. (In 1973 I was on a school trip to Canada and saw the first-class relic (her wrist-bone) of Saint Anne at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, near Québec; I was quite impressed by the relic at age fourteen, when I was less well-read in my faith and less devout than I am now.) Today is also the birthday of my first cousin Richard in California (1953), whose Image Rag photography blog is linked to this weblog.

I removed the nail polish from my toenails and did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, then I put on my KT Tape© on my foot. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. At the casino Richard was on Mississippi Stud all day, and I was the Relief Dealer for two Blackjack tables and the Three Card Blackjack table. On my breaks I continued reading Struck By Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, and I called the Pharmacy to renew three prescriptions (more anon). After we clocked out I picked up three bricks of cards (packages of thirty decks of used casino cards), to eventually send to Liz Ellen.

On our way home my Email advised me of a Heat Advisory until 7:00 pm today. Richard stopped at the store to get me a tomato (which I needed for my salads), and I finished reading Struck By Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal. Once home I read the Sunday papers and ate my lunch salad. (I neglected to mention in yesterday’s Daily Update that the Saturday Smiley Anders column in the Acadiana Advocate, always has letters from readers to Smiley, yesterday had a letter from the sister of Richard’s good friend Steve in Baton Rouge, talking about their father and his positive impact as a teacher.) Richard got a call from Callie’s dad Ken (he and Lisa are in Connecticut visiting the kids), and Ken reported that the baby looks more like Matthew every day. I then took a nap.

At about 4:45 pm I woke up from my nap; I did my Book Review for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for Struck By Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, and I did an Advance Daily Update Draft. I then got myself some toast for my dinner, and started today’s Daily Update; because we have a noisy thunderstorm going on outside, I have been saving my work after every sentence. Once I finish with the computer I will go make my lunch salads for tomorrow and Tuesday, then get ready for bed.

Tomorrow we have no Saints to honor so we will recall instead that tomorrow is the anniversary of when the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1995, on the anniversary of the signing of the 1953 Armistice that ended the fighting in Korea. (My father, God rest his soul, was very proud of his service in the Marines in Korea, as the Chosin Reservoir.) We will work our eight hours at the casino, and I will return to reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. (I am refusing to pick up any other books to read until I have finished that one.) I will pick up my prescriptions after work, and once home I will put the nail polish on my toenails while eating my lunch and reading my paper. And I have nothing scheduled for the afternoon.

Our Sunday Afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from J.J. Cale, American singer, songwriter, and musician. Born as John Weldon Cale in 1938 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from high school in 1956. Along with a number of other young Tulsa musicians, Cale moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, where he first worked as a studio engineer, then tried playing guitar. Elmer Valentine, co-owner of the Sunset Strip nightclub Whisky a Go Go, who employed him in the mid-1960s, changed his name to J.J. Cale to avoid confusion with the Velvet Underground’s John Cale. Finding little success as a recording artist, he later returned to Tulsa and was considering giving up the music business until Clapton recorded Cale’s “After Midnight” in 1970. His first album, Naturally, established his style, described by Los Angeles Times writer Richard Cromelin as a “unique hybrid of blues, folk and jazz, marked by relaxed grooves and Cale’s fluid guitar and laconic vocals. His early use of drum machines and his unconventional mixes lend a distinctive and timeless quality to his work and set him apart from the pack of Americana roots music purists.” His biggest U.S. hit single, “Crazy Mama”, peaked at #22 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972. Cale was offered the opportunity to appear on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand to promote the song, which would have moved it higher on the charts. Cale declined when he was told he could not bring his band to the taping and would be required to lip-sync the words. He attributed his unique sound, with his sometimes whispery vocals, to being a recording mixer and engineer in addition to being a musician, and he often acted as his own producer, engineer and session player. Songs written by Cale that have been covered by other musicians include “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton (“Cocaine” also was covered by Nazareth), “Clyde” by Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook, “Call Me the Breeze” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer and Bobby Bare, “I Got the Same Old Blues” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Ride Me High” and “Travelin’ Light” by Widespread Panic, “Bringing It Back” by Kansas, and “Magnolia” by Poco. In 1974 Captain Beefheart covered the song “Same Old Blues” on his album Bluejeans & Moonbeams. Santana covered “The Sensitive Kind” on their 1981 album Zebop! The 1992 track “Run” on Spiritualized’s debut album, Lazer Guided Melodies, is essentially a cover of Cale’s “Call Me the Breeze” with some additional lyrics, and Cale was given songwriting credit on the album. Besides “After Midnight” and “Cocaine”, other songs of Cale’s covered by Eric Clapton include “I’ll Make Love To You Anytime”, “Travelin’ Light”, “River Runs Deep”, “Everything Will Be Alright, and “Angel”. Meanwhile Cale continued to put out his own albums of music. In 2005 the documentary To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale came out, filmed during his 2004 United States tour. His last studio album was 2009’s Roll On. In 2013 Neil Young remarked that of all the musicians he had ever heard, J.J. Cale and Jimi Hendrix were the two best electric guitar players (died 2013): “Basically, I’m just a guitar player that figured out I wasn’t ever gonna be able to buy dinner with my guitar playing. So I got into songwriting, which is a little more profitable business.”

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