Carona Virus Blues Machine …


Count Basie – The Blues Machine


Count Basie, piano Sammy Nestico, conductor, arranger Sonny Cohn, flugelhorn,  Image result for count basie trumpet Bob Summers, flugelhorn, trumpet Frank Szabo, flugelhorn, trumpet Dale Carley, trumpet Jim Crawford, trumpet Bill Hughes, trombone Grover Mitchell, trombone Dennis Wilson, trombone Booty Wood, trombone Danny Turner, flute, alto saxophone Chris Woods, flute, alto saxophone Eric Dixon, flute, tenor saxophone Eric Schneider, flute, tenor saxophone Kenny Hing, tenor saxophone John Williams, baritone saxophone Joe Pass, guitar Cleveland Eaton, bass Dennis Mackrel, drums

Recorded 19813 Pablo Records


Corona Virus Blues…

As of Mar. 31, 2020, the flu is having more impact on Americans than COVID-19.

38 thousand have died from flu
less than 3000 from COVID-19

You can find up-to-date information on COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).




I’ll Play The Blues For You (Pts 1 & 2) · Albert King

Composer Lyricist: Jerry Beach


Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins, explains how the flu and COVID-19 are similar and how they are different.

Similarities: COVID-19 and the Flu

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Both cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
Can be mild or severe, even fatal in rare cases.
Can result in pneumonia.



Both can be spread from person to person through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking.
A possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route (see details below under Differences).
Flu can be spread by an infected person for several days before their symptoms appear, Image result for albert kingand COVID-19 is believed to be spread in the same manner, but we don’t yet know for sure.


Neither virus is treatable with antibiotics, which only work on bacterial infections.
Both may be treated by addressing symptoms, such as reducing fever.
Severe cases may require hospitalization and support such as mechanical ventilation.



Both the more prolific common flu and COVID-19 may be prevented by frequent, thorough hand-washing, coughing into the crook of your elbow, staying home when sick and limiting contact with people who are infected.  Period. 


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Mortality impact is difficult to predict, but a shift to younger ages is highly likely.




Virtues of Antigenic Sin:
The Sparing of the Elderly


Sero-archaeological studies have demonstrated that the majority of the very elderly had H3 antibodies before they were exposed to the 1968 A(H3N2) pandemic virus (Dowdle, 1999; Marine and Workman, 1969). These antibodies were remnants of the immune response to exposure to H3N? viruses that circulated before 1891 (Marine and Workman, 1969); thus, the 1968 pandemic virus apparently contained an H3 antigen “recycled” after 77 years of absence.

Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind

Whoo, baby, baby, baby, I’d rather be blind…Image result for james brown and etta james

Song Id Rather Go Blind
Artist Etta James
Writers Billy Foster, Ellington Jordan

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COVID-19: less than 3000 deaths in the U.S., as of Mar. 31, 2020.

Flu: approx. 38 thousand deaths in the U.S. per year.

Why should we pretend 35 thousand more dead is not significant?

B. B. King – The Thrill Is Gone (Live at Montreux 1993)

The thrill is gone.

The Flu is currently
12 times as fatal as
COVID-19 in America…

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As for Prevention:

James Brown


Song; Blind Man Can See It (Extended)
Artist: James Brown
Both the flue and COVID-19 may be prevented by frequent, thorough hand washing, coughing into the crook of your elbow, staying home when sick and limiting contact with people who are infected.

Van Morrison, Joey DeFrancesco – Everyday I Have the Blues (Audio)

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About the album:

‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’ is a new studio collaboration between Van Morrison and legendary Hammond organist Joey DeFrancesco. It features interpretations of jazz and blues standards as well as selections from Van Morrison’s songbook and is the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Versatile’, Van’s chart-topping jazz album.

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