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Morning Song – Jeans On

Usually popular songs get turned into advertising jingles, not the other way around. But Lord (yes, he’s the son of the 3rd Marquess of Zetland) David Dundas’ 1977 quirky little hit song, “Jeans On”, is the exception that proves the rule.

It started life as part of an award-winning advertising campaign for Brutus Jeans and then—with some minor lyrical surgery and on the strength of its infectious electric piano riff—started climbing the pop charts.

When I wake up in the morning light,
I pull on my jeans and I feel all right;
I pull my blue jeans on, I pull my old blue jeans on (ch-ch)….

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Beauty All Around Me – Todos Somos Arroyos Mural

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Morning Song – The Room Where It Happens

Yesterday began with news that the 8th (and final?) person in the room at Trump Tower last June when 3 top Trump campaign officials (campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Trump scion Donald Trump Jr.) met with a team of Russians and Russian-Americans who claimed to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump” had been identified, and ended with news that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had a second, secret meeting at last month’s G20 summit.

Among other things, it’s a vivid reminder that politics—as Hamilton composer and political consultant’s son Lin Manuel-Miranda thoroughly understands—has always been, in part, about being in “The Room Where It Happens”.

No one really knows how the parties get to yes,
The pieces that are sacrificed in every game of chess;
We just assume that it happens,
But no one else is in the room where it happens….

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Beauty All Around Me – Bee At Work

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Morning Song – White Man’s World

With lyrical and musical allusions sweeping across American history to everyone from Daniel Emmett to Johnny Cash to Bill Withers in “White Man’s World”—not to mention his own sober-minded and clear-eyed gaze—Jason Isbell is in the clubhouse with the early lead for “Best Song About America In The Trump Era” (White Guy Category).

I’m a white man living in a white man’s nation;
I think the man upstairs must’ve took a vacation;
I still have faith, but I don’t know why;
Maybe it’s the fire in my little girl’s eyes,
Maybe it’s the fire in my little girl’s eyes.

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Beauty All Around Me – Tiger Lily After Rainfall

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Morning Song – Gritty Shaker

“Say we get into the cage and through the security doors there and down the elevator we can’t move and past the guards with the guns and into the vault we can’t open…we’re supposed to just walk out of there with $150 million in cash on us without getting stopped?”

Not without some cool music to get you going.

Happy Monday, people.