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Friday, June 2, 2017

AN AMAZING CHICKEN, A SINGING RABBIT AND A DANCING TRUMP


America's Got Talent has become my favorite summer TV show.  That's Tyra Banks on the right replacing Nick Cannon.

The season opened on Tuesday with Jokgu, a chicken, initially getting the expected skeptically dubious initial reactions from the judges, reminiscent of Susan Boyle's first audition in Britain's Got Talent:  exasperation to shock to realization to unabashed laudation.  Susan only came in second eight years ago, but could Jogku go all the way.  You absolutely got to watch this performance of America the Beautiful.  Apparently, Jokgu is just one in a chicken band, Flockstars.

Sure, Beanie, another chicken, about a decade ago picked on a keyboard, sang and danced, but not too impressively.  Two years ago, Hawk, a chicken from Hawaii, seemed to play the piano.  I remember trying to learn Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on an electronic keyboard.  Never could.  Jokgu picked up America the Beautiful in two weeks.

But I did some research, and might have found the answer:  reaction to blinking lights.  Here Jokgu's Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and O Mio Bambino Caro.  To close this loop, here is another AGT first audition, Jackie Evancho startling the world with her rendition of this song.

Now, if a chicken can play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I should, too, with the aid of blinking keyboard lights.  So what did I do?  I bought the 61-key Portable Light Keyboard Electronic MII Keyboard for $300.  It will come with 128+ instrument sounds (banjo, piano, etc.) and 4000 programmed sheet music songs.

Okay, Petunia the rabbit will make your day.  Go ahead, click on her.  She can really sing, and 12-year old Darci Lynn, the ventriloquist, was spectacular.  You first wondered if there was a parallel recording of Summertime playing but, no, it was Darci actually performing.  They got the Golden Buzzer, meaning their next appearance will be live.  Two years ago she got into ventriloquism to get over her shyness.  Still shy, but so much the better in contrast to that mature singing voice.

Let me end with Donald Trump, or, rather, an impersonator dancing to Bruno Mars.  As you know, President Trump yesterday pulled the USA out of the Paris Climate Warming Agreement, as I anticipated last week.  This stage performer pulled out all the standard jokes about Trump, but added a new dimension with some so-so dancing.  All three of these acts will return.

Well, the Trump presidency appears to be improving our economy, for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today hit an all time high, up 42 to 21,206:


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