Can you believe this?
“I pray whoever is leading the country will be led by God, and I believe this current
administration answers to a higher calling,” said Mr Bernsen, a well-known jazz musician living in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“I don’t wear the man’s shoes, but there’s enough fruit that falls from that tree to tell me what
I need to know. I believe George Bush has surrounded himself with enough of the right people for
me to know he is a godly person.”
It’s helpful to know that Randy Bernsen is a
godly person himself, if being a member the Calvary chapel mega-church in Fort Lauderdale and
of a group called Christian Jazz
Artists does the trick. More helpful would be the answer to this
question: Is Bernsen’s jazz godly?
Judging from this recording Live @Tavern 213, I’d say not a
chance. Even recorded live — scratch that, especially recorded live — he sounds no better
than canned. Some folks, like these reviewers,
would beg to differ. Make up your own mind. Here’s a home video sample of Bernsen playing solo.)
Admittedly, he does have a way with a title. Here’s a cutie: “Music for Planets, People & Washing
Machines.” Maybe he sounds better on that CD, although I doubt it.
But whatever his jazz sounds like, as a polite friend says, “if he really thinks the stuff falling from
that tree is fruit, he must have the eating habits of a coprophagus.”
Postscript from a reader: “Enjoying being petty: I listened,
watched, and winced. I think ‘canned’ is extremely generous. Why is this no surprise after reading