#99 – Paris 1919 by John Cale

Our Kevin Bacon game, so far:

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produced – and is the husband of – Michelle Branch, who was featured on Santana’s “The Game of Love.”  On a later album, Santana collaborated with Metallica, who backed up Lou Reed, who was in The Velvet Underground with John Cale.

It’s interesting that I selected this album, because the subject matter is fairly relevant to our current situation.  While it deals chiefly with the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, that was also during a global pandemic, the Spanish flu, which eventually killed about 50 million people and infected about 1/3 of the world’s population.  I certainly hope that Covid-19 does not end up with anywhere near that death toll, but we are nowhere near having it under control.  If you had told me even five years ago that the US would be the worst hit by a pandemic and also the world leader in conspiracy theory-based selfish idiocy, I probably would have believed the latter, but not the former.  I can only hope that at some point in my life it is not embarrassing to be an American again, if it ever was not, in my lifetime. 

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