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Re: Despacito

I really don’t need any proof that I’m tragically un-hip, but if I did, it would be right here: I learned about the hottest Latin song sweeping the nation from the “Guardian” website. The song is “Despacito” (check it out below).

Luis Fonsi, who is Puerto Rican, translates the song’s lyrics from Spanish to English and talks about his inspiration for the song in the below article from “Huffington Post”:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/despacito-lyrics-english-translation_us_59272008e4b062f96a34f844

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My colleague Marie: “Did you see that protesters climbed over the fence at Donald¬† Trump’s club in New Jersey and cut down some trees?”

Me: (disapprovingly) “Ooooo.”

Marie: “They are going to reboot ‘Dynasty'”.

Me: (also disapprovingly) “Ooooo.”

Marie: “I know, they’re pretty much the same, aren’t they?”

The most interesting part of Tom Hiddleston’s recent (February 14, 2017) interview with GQ magazine was the relevation that a photo of him and interviewer Taffy Brodesser-Akner had inspired a false news story. Briefly, Hiddleston and Taffy had been photographed hugging on the street after their interview and the photos had been published in the Daily Mail with some nudge-nudge-wink-wink-know -what-I-mean kind of captions e.g. “Hiddleston is seen embracing mystery brunette.” In a confluence of old and new media, the story then spread via social media with Taffy getting inquiries about her “relationship status” with Hiddleston from colleagues and family. [For the record, Taffy is happily married to fellow journalist Claude Brodesser].

Naturally, I had to compose a song to commemorate the event. Here is my effort set to “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.

If you’ll be my internet boyfriend,
Can I be your mystery brunette?
The affair that never happened, baby,
That’s the one that’s hardest to forget.

Somebody took our picture and
Those photos got a million views.
Posted them up on the Web
My, how those Twitter rumors did ensue!

Husband saw the pictures
Asked me what was going on.
No worries, babe, I just hugged
Tom Hiddleston in London.

Fear? What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.

–Queen Jocasta (Oedipus Rex by Sophocles)

You leave the office for day and the whole place falls apart. I was off yesterday and returned to work to discover that another one of my archival colleagues, ground down and burnt out from trying to keep things running while the Arnorian government visits endless cuts on the university library, has given notice. That means that the Archives unit now only has two staff members to run the show which is completely impossible.¬† The impending shutdown of the Archives Research Room puts my Oral History unit in a quandary because we share space in the same area of the library. If the Research Room is closed, our patrons can’t reach us. We could move our operation, but where in the library would we go, space being at premium? And what will happen to the miles of manuscripts and millions of historical photos housed in the Archives itself which the university is legally obligated to care for? Unit heads meet next week to see if they can cobble together some sort of solution. If not, the day of reckoning will fall in about two weeks.

Of course, if the Arnorian State Legislature continues to shrink the university’s budget, the entire library will collapse in the new fiscal year thus rendering our operational crisis moot. The saga continues …..

Here’s my little shout out to all women everywhere in honor of Women’s History Month. This is Malvina Reynolds’ song, “It Isn’t Nice”, which I thought was very appropriate. Malvina was a singer-songwriter and political activist who began her songwriting career when she was in her 40s.

 

This jukebox is going out to the members of the Women’s March and to all protesters everywhere fighting the good fight. Your strength inspires and encourages me.

Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” is a classic. I like the way the video draws parallels between the protest marches of the past and those of today.

A new classic for our time, “Quiet” by MILCK (Connie Lim). Performed at the Women’s March in Washington (Jan. 2017) and then on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

And my favorite protest song of all time, “Step by Step,” a 19th century union song popularized by Pete Seeger and here performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock. A great marching song.