High School Level Athletics

I’ve taken thousands (and thousands) of images at high school age athletic events. Almost all were high school events or travel softball games. I rarely turn down a chance … but recently I walked away from a high school event.

North South volleyball game 2021-09-14 at South High School, JV and Varsity. I took images of the JV game, watched a set of Varsity and left. I’ve been to many sporting events at Terre Haute South High School. This event probably set a new low. I can’t explain all the reasons but here are a few as nicely as I can put them.

Two South parents sat next to me and went crazy during the JV match. Yelling, screaming, stamping on the bleachers, and standing up. I’ve never seen anything like it at a volleyball match. I moved to the other side of the court as soon as I had a chance. The side with the bench and scorers is a difficult area from which to take pictures. I wasn’t happy.

While North Varsity players were being introduced, south students booed. For years South students would shout “BRAVES” at the end of the national anthem, a reference to their racist mascot, a Native American. The booing is probably the most disrespectful thing I’ve ever seen at a sporting event.

Speaking of disrespectful, the only South administrator near the South student section had his cell phone out during the National Anthem the entire time.

Newspaper editors who interview high school students need to have some sense. Hitting a softball going 60 miles an hour and changing direction is more difficult than jumping up a couple inches and hitting a volleyball. Enough said.

Best of YouTube

This will be constantly updated. Some of these require really good headphones or a room full of speakers. In no particular order.

So … here is the best song, dance, etc you’ll find on YouTube.

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Dancing:

Victor Da Silva – Anna Melnikova | Kremlin Cup 2017 – Show “I Put A Spell On You”: Holy crap on a cracker. Dance? Gymnastics? Want more? Victor da Silva – Anna Melnikova | Nothing Else Matters | Exhibition

Tanya: RTSF 2020 Jamboree Ball (Sunday) Solo – When He Isn’t Watching: Best video on YouTube. One of the world’s best dancers. Without her partner. OR with her partner HERE

RTSF 2019 – Stephen & Chanzie – Twisting The Night Away: It’s hard to pull out just one Stephen and Chanzie dance (Chandrae). Her skirts have a way of flying up.

Stephen Sayer and Karine Hermes Camp Hollywood 2016 Showcase: Stephen dancing with his beautiful wife. She’s also a dance instructor.

Sean McKeever & Jessica Cox Capital Swing 2015 Champion Strictly Winners: Jessica Cox is a legend.

Jordan Frisbee Strip-Off (Wardrobe Malfunction) w Jessica Cox. Swing Diego 2013: Why she’s a legend.

Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko: Samba Show at 2016 Paris Worlds: Best ballroom dancers of all time. Now retired.

Max Kozhevnikov and Yulia Zagoruychenko (2008 Exhibition:) Yulia set the bar so high no one will ever get there. She’s a real legend.

Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko Special Film | World Latin 2019 Miami: How they did it.

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Music:

Playing for Change series. some of the best recordings ever made. Here’s a couple.

Taylor Momson. The Pretty Reckless. I keep coming back to this band. Miss Momson is known for her clothes, eye makeup, and sun glasses. And her acting (The Gossip Girl, Grinch), singing, and song writing. And she was a model …

The Pretty Reckless – Champagne Supernova in the Live Lounge

The Pretty Reckless – T In The Park Festival 2011 (Full TV Special)

The Pretty Reckless is one of the best RnR bands ever. It doesn’t hurt that Taylor Momson is the lead singer. New album sometime in 2020/21. The following is a full acoustic concert. It’s easy to find their full RnR stuff on YouTube.

The Pretty Reckless

Eva Cassidy – You’ve Changed: She was the world’s best singer.

Eva Cassidy – Take Me To The River: Everything she did was gold.

Candy Dulfer – Lily Was Here: Written by Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame) for the movie “De Kassiere” and for Candy Dulfer (she’s Swiss and the daughter of a famous saxophone player). She’s the world’s best sax player. This may be the best jazz song ever written. Music doesn’t get any better. Sexy VEVO version is HERE. Many other sax players have attempted this song and failed miserably.

Jorja Chalmers: Saxophone player. She’s from Australia. She was about to become a music teacher when someone got Bryan Ferry to listen to her and he hired her to tour the world.

Bryan Ferry – Like A Hurricane: Bryan Ferry and the best band he ever had. The beautiful sax player who steals the show is from Australia.

Bryan Ferry – Lets Stick Together: While we’re on the subject of Bryan Ferry.

Beth Hart – Chocolate Jesus: She shouldn’t need an introduction. And you should know the author of Chocolate Jesus.

Dire Straits – Money For Nothing: Mark Knopfler – Money For Nothing (Live At Knebworth). Mark is one of the world’s best guitar players. The guy in pink isn’t too bad.

Valentina Lisitsa – Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata, III “Presto Agitato”: World’s best classical pianist. Or if you like Listz HERE

Gary Moore Live At Montreux 1997 Still Got The Blues,Walking By Myself: He died too young. Too much alcohol, probably.

Gary Moore and B B King: The Thrill Is Gone and and they’re both dead. RIP.

Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues: It’s impossible to say how good this is. The best version he ever did. The 2nd half is the best rock guitar performance ever recorded.

Santana – Soul Sacrifice Woodstock 1969: What humans on LSD are capable of doing. Santana said he’d never again play on LSD. Too bad. This is Santana at it’s best. The drummer is flying high. This requires good headphones.

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers with Gary Moore – So Many Roads: Even if you don’t like John Mayall. “John Mayall and band……AND Gary Moore……I mean, c’mon; does it possibly get better than that????????”

Miles Davis and John Coltrane, “So What,” 1959: Jazz at it’s best?

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Love Struck Baby / Pride and Joy / Testify – 9/21/1985: Airplanes are no friend of music. He died too young. Guitar just flowed from him. How did he do it? The guy playing the Yamaha keyboard isn’t too shabby. “I am 72 and have seen and listened to a lot of music but I have never seen or heard anyone in rock, blues, jazz or classical music play with this kind of fluency”

Samantha Fish – Bitch On The Run – Don Odell’s Legends: Samantha Fish may be an acquired taste but it’s worth the trip.

Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues: That Nobel was too long in coming.

Carl Perkins, George Harrison, Eric Clapton – Medley – 9/9/1985 – Capitol Theatre (Official): An argument could be made that Carl started it all.

George Harrison and Eric Clapton – While my guitar gently weeps: My favorite Beatle.

Katie Melua – I Put A Spell On You (Live At Fairfield Halls Croydon)(2004): Some things just are so good that they stand alone. The audience has no idea how to clap. The guitar player just kept going despite their ignorance. I think he should have told them to just stop.

Sade – Your Love Is King (Live Aid 1985): Sade is unique. Sexiest musician ever.

Sade – The Sweetest Taboo (Official Live Video From San Diego): One Sade video isn’t enough.

Dave Brubeck – Take Five: Without Paul Desmond no one would know who Dave Brubeck was. This should be Paul Desmond – Take Five.

Tangled Up in Blue: Deciphering a Bob Dylan Masterpiece: Maybe it’s better if you have no idea why you like Dylan. Who are we to explain God? An old Dylan says he has no idea how he wrote those songs.

Why Bob Dylan Won The Nobel Prize: There’s no explaining Dylan. But this is Dylan at his best.

Bob Dylan San Francisco Press Conference 1965: Just the idea of a Dylan press conference is ludicrous. “Mr. Dylan is a poet”? The reporters have no idea who Dylan is. Dylan is sitting there making everyone look like idiots. Just like he made a fool of Baez. Dylan’s answers come from the same source as his songs, they’re real and honest but the people listening aren’t understanding what he’s saying.

Elise LeGrow – Who Do You Love (Live Video): She does things … differently.

Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” cover by @EliseLeGrow: Check out the next video if you don’t like this video.

Ain’t No Sunshine — Bill Withers (cover by Canen 12 y.o.): 12?

Imelda May – Sixth Sense (Live Session): Finally found her true self.

Imelda May with Jools & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Black Tears – Jools’ Annual Hootenanny: Best version of Black Tears no contest.

Night Music: Jools Holland & Doctor John as the “Boogie Woogie Twins”: Another unique performance.

Ladyva – Boogie Woogie Stomp: considered one of the top five Boogie Woogie piano players. And … she’s a baroness.

Ladyva – J.B’s Boogie: another Ladyva. It’s “La die va”.

LADYVA with GREAT BALLS OF FIRE (by Jerry Lee Lewis): The baroness can sing. Who knew?

John Lindo and Jessica Cox at New Year’s Dance Extravaganza 2014: Jessica Cox proves she’s one of the best.

Candy Dulfer – Strasbourg – St. Denis: just another Candy Dulfer.

Carolyn Wonderland and Bonnie Raitt – “Ain’t Nobody’s Fault But Mine” from Road To Austin film: Love that necklace.

Ana Popovic – Can’t You See What You’re Doing To Me: She’s so good she scares me.

Uma Thurman – Pulp Fiction: Best scene in the movie.

Boogie Woogie: Three of the most famous people in boogie woogie.

Elvis Presley – Trying To Get To You (’68 Comeback Special 50th Anniversary) [Official Video]: It’s Elvis.

Ladyva – Tryin’ to get to you: One of my favorite videos.

MOANIN´ – ANDREA MOTIS – 9/9 – TVE HD: Andrea Motis is a very peaceful singer, trumpet player, and saxophone player. Probably why she’s popular with the jazz crowd.

Crazy – Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro quartet: Something about someone who has English as a second language.

11. BASIN STREET BLUES – ANDREA MOTIS, J. CHAMORRO, J.M. FARRÀS: Yes, she can play that thing.

MILES DAVIS – Time After Time: Jazz is boring because most jazz musicians just play the notes. They’re very good playing those notes but that’s all it is. Miles Davis did more, especially after he matured and gave up all the old jazz. See Candy Dulfer if you want to hear what a real musician can do with a saxophone.

MILES DAVIS – Tomaas: Too bad he never played with Candy Dulfer. But I doubt he could have kept up with her.

MILES DAVIS – Heavy Metal Prelude: Marilyn Mazur.

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Etc:

The Wah Watusi: Girl in the middle with black side panels is the choreographer.

Booty Swing – KCTU Dancers: The Low Budget Late Show.

Mashed Potato Time – KCTU Dancers: Another episode of The Low Budget Late Show.

Craig Fergusonn “interviews” Kate Mara on The Late Late show: Best television show ever? Filthiest interview ever?

8:47 / 17:43Olivia Munn – She Completely Messes Craig Up – 2/2 Visits In Chron. Order [720p] She’s adorable. And funny. And weird. She really handled him.

Paige Halstead UCLA Catcher USA Catcher: I really miss watching this softball catcher.

Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO Social Capital, on Money as an Instrument of Change: He may be the last hope for the world of 100 years from now.

Jordan Peterson Rips An Interviewer To Shreds

Another Jordan Peterson

Best YouTube Music

YouTube is full of unbelievable music. Start with Mick Fleetwood talking about the greatest singer of all time, Eva Cassidy. No one has ever come close. Elise LeGrow. Canen. Lots of singers you’ve never heard of. Taylor Swift isn’t hear (here). Jessi J, the best singer alive and the only singer to ever to sing a song better than Whitney Houston. Only Mariah could sing with Aretha. Who knew LeAnn Rimes could really sing?

Why are you watching television?

Mick Fleetwood talking about Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy – Autumn Leaves

Eva Cassidy – Take Me To The River

Eva Cassidy – Chain Of Fools

Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves – Here You Come Again (Live CMT Crossroads)

Elise LeGrow – Who Do You Love (Live Video)

Dolly Parton – Here You Come Again (Official Video)

Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You (Live)

Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” cover by @EliseLeGrow

Ain’t No Sunshine — Bill Withers (cover by Canen 12 y.o.)

Bobby Caldwell “What You Won’t Do for Love” Live at Java Jazz Festival 2008

Michael McDonald – “What a Fool Believes” (Live at WFUV)

Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (Live At Knebworth)

Maps – Vintage 1970s Soul Maroon 5 Cover ft. Morgan James

Jessie J – I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston) ”Singer 2018” FINALE HD

Jessie J – Price Tag (Acoustic in Camden) for Transmitter Live

11. Norah Jones – Don’t know why (live in Amsterdam)

Norah Jones – Live At LPR, NY

Jessie J & Tom Jones – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'(2015Grammy’s)

Jessie J I Have Nothing (Whitney Houston) LIVE

Somewhere (There’s A Place For Us) – Katharine McPhee con David Foster

Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey – Chain of fools

Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer: her very best performance!

Kristin Chenoweth – Maybe This Time

Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, & Christina Applegate Medley

LeAnn Rimes – Jailhouse Rock

Crazy – Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro quartet

Glennis Grace – In The Air Tonight Ft. Candy Dulfer

Glennis Grace – I Can’t Stand The Rain Ft. Candy Dulfer

Candy Dulfer – Daylight

Joan Osborne – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted – [STEREO]

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra feat. Haley Reinhart – My Baby Just Cares…

Samantha Fish – smoldering version of – I PUT A SPELL ON YOU –

Becca Krueger Cover of Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack”

Carl Perkins w/ Eric Clapton, George Harrison – Blue Suede Shoes 9/9/1985 Capitol Theatre (Official) : Elvis did a cover of this song.

Crystal Gayle – don’t it make my brown eyes blue

Linda Ronstadt – “It’s So Easy” (Official Music Video) with Waddy playing guitar

LET’S TWIST AGAIN – Calin Geambasu Band (concert privat) this band is addictive

Gentle On My Mind – Molly Tuttle at Augusta Bluegrass Week 2016

Molly Tuttle “Gentle On My Mind”

Stevie Nicks – Edge Of Seventeen (Live In Chicago) Waddy still playing guitar

Imelda May – Johnny Got A Boom Boom (Baloise Session)

Imelda May with Jools & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Black Tears – Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

Beth & Joe – Something’s Got a Hold on Me – Live In Amsterdam she scares me

Joe Bonamassa – Riding With The Kings – From Live At The Greek Theatre [Bonus Feature] Mahalia Barnes

Danielle Nicole Band – “Purple Rain” @ Moulin Blues Ospel 2016

Ana Popovic – Can’t You See What You’re Doing To Me wow

ANA POPOVIC • Ana’s Shuffle • 3/26/17 – Blast Furnace Blues – Bethlehem, PA

TEXAS BURNING with Carolyn Wonderland: “I Live Alone With Someone”

Carolyn Wonderland and Bonnie Raitt – “Ain’t Nobody’s Fault But Mine” from Road To Austin film

Prince & The New Power Generation – Cream (Extended Version) (Official Music Video)

Rock That Swing Festival 2020

Sunday:
Jamboree Ball (Sunday) Performance Vintage Club Students
Jamboree Ball (Sunday) Showcase The Boogie Gang
Jamboree Ball (Sunday) Solo – When He Isn’t Watching – Tanya
Jamboree Ball (Sunday) Teachers’ Jam

Saturday
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) Balboa Battle Final
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) Balboa Improvisation – Irina & Blake
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) CIA Kahlo – Confession Of A Flapper
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) Groovie Swing – Tanya & Sondre
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) Killer Boogie
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) Lindy Hop Improvisation Samantha & Blake
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) Lindy Hop – Sharon & Juan
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) Shag Competition Finals
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) Slow Balboa – Anna-Maria & Mickey
Rock That Swing Ball (Saturday) Social Swing – Irina & Joel

Friday
Hep Cats Night (Friday) Balboa & Shag Endurance
Hep Cats Night (Friday) Boogie Woogie Fast Feet Jack’n’Jill Prelims Heat 1
Hep Cats Night (Friday) Boogie Woogie Fast Feet Jack’n’Jill Prelims Heat 2
Hep Cats Night (Friday) Boogie Woogie Jack’n’Jill Finals
Hep Cats Night (Friday) Twist by Rodi Kangelari (The Rolling Foxes) And The Boogie Gang
Hep Cats Night (Friday) Vintage Club Students Performance

Thursday
In The Mood (Thursday) Shag Jack’n’Jill Finals
In The Mood (Thursday) Shag Jack’n’Jill Prelims
In The Mood (Thursday) Teachers Presentation

Personalities … Not Myers Briggs

Low IQ: Donald Trump

Obnoxious: Ann Coulter

Narcissist: Celine Dion
The hat says it all.

Crazy But Nice: Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyn frequently forgets to put on her pants.

Con Artist: Taylor Swift

Pure Evil: Hillary Clinton
Clinton Foundation. Money laundering for the rich.

Sick Of: Kim Kardashion
Paris Hilton’s maid now has no job but to collect money.

Complete Ass: Oprah
Say atheists are immoral, horrible people because they don’t believe in god. Fuck her.

Ridiculous: Sophia Vergara

Fun: Katy Perry
Outfits, hair. Just pure fun.

Snob: Jennifer Aniston
$5,000,000 for an Emirates commercial making fun of the 99% rest of us. Fuck her.

Famous Women That Don’t Get My Attention

  1. Adams, Amy
  2. Alba, Jessica
  3. Aniston, Jennifer
  4. Applegate, Christina
  5. Berry, Halle
  6. Bialik, Mayim
  7. Biel, Jessica
  8. Brewster, Jordana
  9. Brinkley, Christie
  10. Bullock, Sandra
  11. Clinton, Hillary
  12. Clooney, Ahmal
  13. Cuoco, Kaley
  14. Cyrus, Miley
  15. DeGeneres, Ellen
  16. Diaz, Cameron
  17. Fey, Tina
  18. Gaga, Lady
  19. Gellar, Sarah Michelle
  20. Godot, Gal
  21. Grande, Arianna
  22. Hadid, Bella
  23. Hadid, Gigi
  24. Heard, Amber
  25. Johansson, Scarlett
  26. Jolie, Angelina
  27. Kardashian, Kim
  28. Kendrick, Anna
  29. Kidman,Nicole
  30. Lawrence, Jennifer
  31. Liu, Lucy
  32. Longoria, Eva
  33. Lopez, Jennifer
  34. Mara, Kate
  35. Messing, Debra
  36. Moore, Demi
  37. Parker, Sarah Jessica
  38. Paulson, Sarah
  39. Perry, Katy
  40. Rauch, Melissa
  41. Rihanna
  42. Shakira
  43. Stefani, Gwen
  44. Stewart, Kristen
  45. Stone, Emma
  46. Streep, Meryl
  47. Swift, Taylor
  48. Vergara, Sofia
  49. Watson, Emma
  50. Williams, Serena
  51. Winfrey, Oprah
  52. Wintour, Anna

Or check out Famous Women That Get My Attention

Anna Kendrick

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Demi Moore

Debra Messing

Kaley Cuoco

Kristen Stewart

Gwen Stefani

Sarah Jessica Parker

Gal Godot

Lucy Liu

Katy Perry

Taylor Swift (can not stay on key without autotone)

Miley Cyrus

Emma Stone

Emma Watson

Jennifer Lawrence

Sandra Bullock

Cameron Diaz

Nicole Kidman

Jennifer Lopez

Oprah Winfrey

Ellen DeGeneres

Amber Heard

Ahmal Clooney

Shakira

Melissa Rauch

Jordana Brewster

Amy Adams

Jessica Biel

Kate Mara

Mayim Bialik

Arianna Grande

Anna Wintour

Christina Applegate

Tina Fey

Eva Longoria

Halle Berry

Kim Kardashian

Christie Brinkley

Lady Gaga

Jennifer Aniston

Angelina Jolie

Scarlett Johansson

Rihanna

Jessica Alba

Hillary Clinton

Meryl Streep

Gigi Hadid

Bella Hadid

Sofia Vergara

Serena Williams

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