Joni Mitchell’s Wonderful Song, Sung by Martin Tielli, Featuring Hugh Marsh, with Members of the Rheostatics
By Joe Bodolai (c) 2010, All rights reserved
Being in the States, even though I was born here, makes me miss Canada. It’s my spiritual home. It does make me feel a strong yearning for peace and serenity in the world and in myself. I wish the same for all those of you I know or whose paths have crossed with mine in some way over the years. The video below seems to capture some of my feelings even though they are in someone else’s words with someone else’s voice. The song is “The River”, by Joni Mitchell. This remarkable live performance of it is sung by Martin Tielli, accompanied by violinist Hugh Marsh and members of The Rheostatics, from my series Friday Night! on CBC Television. This live-to-air performance is full of the emotional nostalgic moments and wishes that I feel, and perhaps so do you. Please enjoy the gift these artists shared with me.
Third World Especially Hard Hit by Lack of Hack TV, Magazine Writers, HuffPo Fills Void
By Joe Bodolai © 2010, All rights reserved
It’s Top Ten Time of the Year when the media amps up their pointed decimalian insight to recap the year gone by. This rigorous scientific and critical analysis has been with us since at least the middle of the last century;yet it is still in its infancy. A Google search turned up only 9,130,000 top ten lists available on the internet today, meaning that there is approximately only one for every 650 people on earth. To illustrate the scarcity of these lists, there are approximately 600 million cars in the world or closer to one per ten humans, a fact that may be coincidence or perhaps divine symmetry. While only a small percentage of cars can accommodate ten people, a top ten list can easily handle a number so large that science has yet to determine its magnitude.
The work done in this regard by David Letterman’s writers is surpassed only by the Huffington Post, whose staggering daily output of unoriginal ideas has inspired thousands of slavishly imitative magazine and newspaper writers over the last several decades. These mundane exercises in mundane decimalian simulated insight include such gems as “America’s Hottest Homeless Restrooms” and “Top Ten Places to Eat Salad.”
Experts, okay me, have long suggested that top ten lists may be reaching or have reached their point of total saturation in the United States and Canada. Here in the United States we are flush with them, choking on them, perhaps to the point of nausea, or what researchers have termed “decimalian intoxication”. Yet, they are relatively scarce in the rest of the world, “where they really no having much thing like that”, said Dix 这, the noted Chinese Supradixologist. “They needing more peoples with imitates skill not originating , like U.S. Americans idea copying peoples. Please forgive I hit your car.”
As a public service to the rest of the world, I have compiled a list of as yet uncreated or probably already done top ten lists and translated their titles with the help of Google Translate, each in a different language. I hope they can assist scholars in the poor unfortunate Rest of the World to create these much-needed methods of better understanding the complexities of our world. Readers caring to donate can send their lists to me as I would never stoop to such a hack technique as posting yet another Top Ten List. Five maybe…
1. French : Top dix lignes de ramassage des activités terroristes (Top Ten Terrorist Pickup Lines
2. Lithuanian: Populiariausi Kalėdinės dovanos Rasta Willie Nelson’s Beard (Top Ten Christmas Gifts Found in Willie Nelson’s Beard)
3. Swedish: Top Ten Tiger Woods smeknamn för Hans Putter (Top Ten Tiger Woods Nicknames for His Putter)
4. Hebrew: דרכים עשרת להסתיר נשק גרעיני במכנסיים שלך (Top Ten Ways To Hide Nuclear Weapons in Your Pants)
5. Estonian: Kümme Numbers eufemisme jaoks rinnad TSA Sorterid (Top Ten Euphemisms for Breasts by TSA Screeners)
 I have no idea when top ten lists began, but certainly well before David Letterman, but this footnote is really to show off my nice use of a semicolon.
 This includes all the foreign countries, which is a lot.
 I got the numbers from somewhere. I forget where.
 Me, Myself, and I Associates
 And their crack CIA staff
 If by “your pants” I mean Dimona, site of Israel’s secret illegal nuclear facility