11th Circuit Conducts Erie Analysis of Bremen Analysis of Krenkel Factors.

I'm sick of the law this afternoon.

Law, law, law.

I could note the 11th Circuit's surprise enforcement of a forum selection clause that sends Alabama customers to Cook County, IL -- where the Court is laying off employees left and right, so I'm sure they'll be real happy to see a new case where they have to apply Alabama law to an Alabama contract dispute.

I could point out Marc Ben-Ezra laying off 236 employees, and it's all his (former) client's fault:
Ben-Ezra & Katz, in a memo released by a company spokesman, said the firm was "forced to take this action after Fannie Mae surprisingly terminated its relationship with the firm." In a notice sent five days ago, Fannie Mae officials said all exisiting foreclosures, mediations and bankruptcies needed to be transferred to other loan servicers by Tuesday, citing "document execution" issues.
It's ok Marc, I've had "document execution" issues too, but I usually blame the Gin Gibsons and try to make it right in the morning.

Oh hail, let's talk George Shearing.

George was born both blind and British -- two massive limitations that he somehow managed to overcome.

I loved George's unique phrasing -- what he called "locked hands," which created a harmonic block chord effect that was mesmerizing and fascinating to watch.  His quintet pretty much played everything, and made everything their own.

I vividly recall seeing George at the original Sunrise Musical Theater sometime in the mid to late 70s, where he did a solo gig that was just out of this world.

In fact, one of his best albums was titled "Out of This World," a 1970 effort where Shearing tried to "get hip" by covering some modern tunes, including "Hey Jude" and "Here, There and Everywhere."

It didn't matter -- he could have played selections from the NYC Yellow Pages for two hours and it would have sounded just as good.

RIP Old Man.


  1. Ben Ezra is done.

  2. Years ago I purchased The Golden Age of Radio cd's from the 30's and 40's and recall the studio host (the term "DJ" had yet to be invented) stating "you are hearing George Shearing." It was said in such a corny way that it has stuck with me through the years.


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