I’ve been thinking of watching the upcoming Clinton-Trump debate tomorrow night online.
But I’ve decided against it because I’m not sure where to watch it, and it’s going to start at 2 am UK time. But also if I did watch, I’d only be watching to see whether Hillary a) shows up, b) remains standing throughout, c) doesn’t have a coughing fit, d) doesn’t have a head-nodding fit, e) doesn’t have any other outage. That’s really all I want to see.
And if she doesn’t do any of those, regardless of what gets said, I’ll call it a debate win for Hillary, because she’ll have shown that she really can do it, refuting the claims that have surrounded her over the past few weeks. But if there’s just one cough, she loses the debate, and most likely the election too.
So if I did watch the debate, I’d probably watch with the sound off anyway. And what’s the point of doing that?
So best leave it to other people to watch and report (if anyone else is going to watch), and leave a comment like “She sailed through without any problem”, or “She started coughing 10 minutes in, and then fell down, and Donald Trump went over and helped her back onto her feet.” Then I can read the verdict the next morning. There’ll be lots of YouTube videos of it all anyway.
A few years ago, I tried to discover more about how the singer Jeff Buckley had mysteriously died by drowning while swimming in a Mississippi tributary. I didn’t learn very much, and remained puzzled. But yesterday I found several new accounts of his death, including this one in Wikipedia:
On the evening of May 29, 1997, Buckley’s band flew to Memphis intending to join him in his studio there to work on the newly written material. The same evening, Buckley went swimming in Wolf River Harbor, a slack water channel of the Mississippi River, while wearing boots and all of his clothing and singing the chorus of the song “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin. Buckley had gone swimming there several times before. A roadie in Buckley’s band, Keith Foti, remained onshore. After moving a radio and guitar out of reach of the wake from a passing tugboat, Foti looked up to see that Buckley had vanished. Despite a determined rescue effort that night, Buckley remained missing. On June 4, two locals spotted his body in the Wolf River near a riverboat, and he was brought to land.
In addition I read somewhere else that:
He was last seen floating on his back singing Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ before he disappeared.
And I finally realised what must have happened. Lying on his back in the water, singing (and with both ears underwater), Jeff Buckley simply didn’t hear the approaching tugboat. He had his mouth wide open as he sang. and the wake from the tugboat probably rolled right over him. And if he was inhaling between verses at the moment the water filled his open mouth, it would have been drawn into his lungs. With already reduced buoyancy from clothes and shoes, once underwater, he didn’t float back up. Without any air, and his lungs full of water, he was probably dead in seconds.
It all made perfect sense at last.
In retrospect, many of Jeff Buckley’s song lyrics seemed to prefigure his strange death, including Lover, You Should’ve Come Over below, which features “rain falling on funeral mourners”, “wake”, and “shoes filling up with water” in the first verses.
Aside from all that, it’s a great song that demonstrates his vocal range.