Thursday, October 18, 2018

No Rain No Flowers by Sabrina Claudio

I am new to Sabrina Claudio but I find this album enjoyable. It's a good length at eight tracks and they all flow together as a singular album very nicely. It's a moody sounding R&B/Jazz fusion album and Claudio always sings with the same breathy voice. It works quite well and I found myself enjoying this album and listening to it over and over. I find the song "Naked" to be a standout for me and I find her to be an interesting lyricist.

My pride fell down my body like my silk dress
This is me naked, oh

All of me is all for you
Uncover all of my truths
Undress my fears, leave me nude
All of me is all for you
For you

In my mind, unravelled
Like the lace of my corset, this is me naked
And I'm open to openin' myself to you fully
My full body, oh

All of me is all for you
Uncover all of my truths
Undress my fears, leave me nude
All of me is all for you
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh (For you)
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Strip me to my fingertips
I will tell you all of it

With her sound I think it is easy to dismiss her lyrics similar to what I think a lot of people have done with Sade, but I find her voice interesting. There are a lot of good young female songwriters out there and i would add her to the list.

Just listening to this album and not reading anything about it, it feels like the album tells a story. We start with the song "Come Here" where she is inviting this person to come into her life because she feels like they get her. We then get "Naked," where she is totally opening herself up for this person. Then we get "Cycle" where she is realizing that things are not going to work with this person and she's frustrated that she went through this just to get to nothing. Then the song "Creation" where she sings about how she created this person to be the perfect lover for the next person. This leads to "Numb" where she is no longer angry or sad just numb to everything. Then "Did We Lose Our Minds" where there is lament about what was lost. This is followed by "Control" where she is realizing that by opening up to her feelings and feeling all of this misery she suddenly feels free. We then end with "Messages From Her" which focuses on finding the part of herself that will always be strong and resilient. I will admit I have not put a ton of thought into this and maybe I'm missing some stuff here and there but it works well and I admire her for how she constructed this album and pulled it off with smart lyrics.

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 3 out of 5 stars for Pretty Good.

Oh, Kentucky

Good (steel) jobs news from Coalton.

Freeze warnings are creeping into Kentucky forecasts, and the Barren County Detention Center lobby remains available to folks who need a place to stay overnight. The jailer "kept it open all summer, actually. We had some coming and going, and we actually had a woman and some kids stay up there a couple of nights. (Homelessness is) still prevalent. It's still out there and we're doing what we can to help them." I'm always impressed with a good meeting story, and Melinda J. Overstreet has a good one about the Barren County Fiscal Court in the Glasgow Daily Times. My favorite sentence is the last of her story: "The entire meeting, including the time for the roll call, prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, was just shy of 15 minutes."

“The wealthiest Kentuckians benefit the most from our growing economy, and by a widening margin,” Kentucky Center for Economic Policy Senior Policy Analyst Anna Baumann said. “It would be reasonable for them to pay a little more in taxes, according to their ability, for the investments that benefit us all. But instead, we have been cutting their taxes, cutting investments in our schools and community based services, and leaning more heavily on middle- and low-income Kentuckians.”

Re-org at Papa John's.

Recovery at Goodfellas.

A fresh start in Madisonville.

I've never been to one, but I'm always interested in these auctions of stuff confiscated by the state government. It's fun, for example, to imagine myself becoming a jon-boat guy.

Rest in peace, Sen. Huddleston, a Cumberland County native and World War II veteran who moved town to town up and down the dial of Kentucky radio stations before going to Washington and eventually being felled by 1984 "Switch! To! Mitch!" fervor at Fancy Farm and elsewhere.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Oh, Kentucky

Good jobs news from FranklinHebron and Winchester.

Effective words and picture from Glenn Puit and Tim Preston in the Grayson Journal-Enquirer: "Cashiers on duty at Grayson's K-Mart Big K Monday afternoon said they have been informed of plans to close the store, although they have not been given a closing date. The cashiers said the store employs about 50 workers. It is a retail mainstay in the small community."

Etown loses its tourism chief to BG.

A former Paducah tourism director has taken it upon herself to commence the long process of restoring McCracken County's 83 historical markers, and Leah Shields of WPSD tells how you can help.

A Bardstown antiques collector is offering his Civil War artifacts to a Bardstown museum for half-a-million off. Interesting report by Randy Patrick in The Kentucky Standard.

Manchester now has its own oncology clinic, but Clay County is short on deputy sheriffs.

A downtown block of Henderson is bouncing back to life.

Louisville is losing out on millennials.

Rest in peace, Lebanon's "Dr. Salem," son of immigrant parents, proud St. Augustine School alum, deliverer of more than 6,000 babies and founder of several nursing and other medical facilities in and around Marion County.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Where Are They Now? Start of the 2018-2019 Season

Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
Career (2017)
19.9 MPG, 50.6% FG, 5.5 Reb, 1.5 Ast, 6.9 PTS, 115 ORtg, 105 DRtg

In his second year Miami has already picked up his third year option. If he has another solid year expect a five year contract to be signed. Here's hoping he can build on a very solid rookie season.

Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee Bucks)
Career (2010 - 2017)
27.7 MPG, 44.9% FG, 33.7 % 3PT, 3.8 Reb, 4.7 Ast, 13.8 PTS, 106 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Bledsoe is in the last year of his deal with Milwaukee. He had a solid year last year and then did not show very well in the playoffs. His ORtg was 98 his DRtg was 110. Rumor is Milwaukee is looking to trade him and so look for something to happen by the trade deadline unless he's playing at a very high level.

Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Career (2015 - 2017)
32.2 MPG, 42.6% FG, 36.5% 3PT, 3.3 Reb, 3.5 Ast, 19.8 PTS, 104 ORtg, 114 DRtg

If I'm reading his contract correctly he's in the last year of his rookie deal making just over $3 million. Next year that bumps to over $27 million as part of a 5 year deal. So they have him locked in for the next 6 years. Most people see the Suns as a work in progress it will be interesting to see how they improve this year. Booker worked a lot last year on improving his passing, this year we'll see if he can improve his defense. Booker is starting the season injured so we'll also have to see how that impacts this season for him.

Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings)
Career (2015 - 2017)
22.8 MPG, 52.4% FG, 5.6 Reb, 1.4 Ast, 9.4 PTS, 110 ORtg, 108 DRtg

Cauley-Stein is playing in the final year of his rookie contract. The Kings have given him a qualifying offer for next season of just over $6 million. The question is will someone come in and offer him a bigger contract or will he work out something with the Kings. He's said that he is hoping to get locked into a new contract by the end of the year.

DeMarcus Cousins (Golden State Warriors)
Career (2010 - 2017)
32.3 MPG, 46% FG, 33.8% 3PT, 11 Reb, 3.2 Ast, 21.5 PTS, 103 ORtg, 103 DRtg

No one knows what to expect of Cousins. The injury he suffered last year could be a career ender and so no one was too crazy to sign him to a contract. He chose to go with a one year deal in hopes that he can come back and contribute later in the season and show something. Signing with the Warriors was also a critical move as he signs with a team that seems to have good chemistry and for a guy who has such a bad reputation for spoiling team chemistry this could really help him. I really hope things work out for Cousins and would love to see him come back and be the player he has been.

Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
Career (2012 - 2017)
34.8 MPG, 51.7% FG, 34.0% 3PT, 10.3 Reb, 1.9 Ast, 23.4 PTS, 116 ORtg, 103 DRtg

Because of what Davis did at the end of the regular seasons and then in the playoffs he moved himself into a different level of player in the NBA. He has three more years left with New Orleans but everyone is already projecting where he will sign next. If New Orleans can come out and be a top 3 team in the West he will be the leader in MVP discussion this year.

Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City Thunder)

He signed a 2 year rookie contract with the Thunder with a 3rd year option.

De'Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)
Career (2017)
27.8 MPG, 41.2% FG, 30.7% 3PT, 2.8 Reb, 4.4 Ast, 11.6 PTS, 94 ORtg, 113 DRtg

The Kings has already put a qualifying offer on his fifth year so if he show improvement this year they will looking to lock him into a five year deal.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Los Angeles Clippers)

Gilgeous-Alexander signed a 2 year rookie contract with the Clippers.

Andrew Harrison (Memphis Grizzlies)
Career (2016 - 2017)
21.9 MPG, 37.8% FG, 30.2% 3Pt, 2.1 Reb, 2.9 Ast, 7.5 PTS, 103 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Harrison is in the final deal of a 3 year contract. He'll need to continue to show improvement and stay healthy if he wants to get another contract.

Enes Kanter (New York Knicks)
Career (2011 - 2017)
21.9 MPG, 53.9% FG, 7.3 Reb, 0.7 Ast, 11.7 PTS, 113 ORtg, 107 DRtg

He's in the final year of his contract with the Knicks. He's only 25 years old and I would imagine he'll land on another team if the Knicks don't resign him. Kanter is a bit tough to figure out. His defense is constantly criticized but his 107 DRtg is not horrible and his 113 ORtg is very good. Maybe there just isn't room in the modern NBA for a player with Kanter's skill set.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Hornets)
Career (2012 - 2017)
26.7 MPG, 47.7% FG, 5.9 Reb, 1.2 Ast, 9.1 PTS, 108 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Kidd-Gilchrist has two more years left on his contract with Charlotte. I can't imagine he will finish it out this contract in Charlotte. My guess is he'll land at a contract dump like Brooklyn has been for the last few years so that Charlotte can clear up some space to make some changes. After that who knows. I can't really see him staying in the NBA after his final year on this current contract.

Kevin Knox (New York Knicks)

Knox signed a two year rookie deal with the Knicks.

Skal Labissiere (Sacramento Kings)
Career (2016 - 2017)
19.9 MPG, 47.6% FG, 4.8 Reb, 8.7 PTS, 105 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Labissiere is in the final year of his rookie deal. He needs to show improvement if he hopes to stick around.

Trey Lyles (Denver Nuggets)
Career (2015 - 2017)
17.5 MPG, 43.5% FG, 35.8% 3Pt, 3.9 Reb, 7.4 PTS, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Lyles is in the final year of his rookie contract. He's a good enough shooter I think he'll stick around the NBA just not sure who he will be playing with.

Jodie Meeks (Washington Wizards)
Career (2009 - 2017)
22.6 MPG, 41.8% FG, 37.2% 3Pt, 2.1 Reb, 1.1 Ast, 9.3 PTS, 111 ORtg, 109 DRtg

Meeks is in the final year of his contract with the Wizards in what I assume will be his final year in the NBA.

Darius Miller (New Orleans Pelicans)
Career (2012 - 2017)
18.5 MPG, 43.5% FG, 39.4% 3Pt, 1.6 Reb, 1.1 Ast, 5.2 PTS, 112 ORtg, 113 DRtg

Miller is in the final year of his contract with New Orleans. If he has a solid year and they want to keep him they will. I don't think he will be playing for anyone else.

Malik Monk (Charlotte Hornets)
Career (2017)
13.6 MPG, 36.0% FG, 34.2% 3Pt, 1.0 Reb, 1.4 Ast, 6.7 PTS, 96 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Monk is in the final year of his rookie contract with a team option for the next two years.

Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets)
Career (2016 - 2017)
26.6 MPG, 43.2% FG, 35.9% 3Pt, 3.1 Reb, 2.7 Ast, 13.3 PTS, 109 ORtg, 114 DRtg

Murray will look to improve more this year. He's in the final year of his 3 year rookie deal. I would expect to see him get a five year deal before the year is out if Denver really does see him as their starting point guard.

Nerlens Noel (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Career (2014 - 2017)
26 MPG, 51.2% FG, 7.2 Reb, 1.4 Ast, 9.3 PTS, 102 ORtg, 101 DRtg

Noel got a 2 year deal with Oklahoma City and so he has two years to find a place for himself in the modern NBA. I'm not sure there is one.

Patrick Patterson (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Career (2010 - 2017)
22.7 MPG, 45.5% FG, 37.0% 3Pt, 4.3 Reb, 1.1 Ast, 7.3 PTS, 112 ORtg, 108 DRtg

Patterson has two more years left on his deal with Oklahoma City. He's had a much longer and better career than I think many expected.

Alex Poythress (Atlanta Hawks)
Career (2016 - 2017)
8.4 MPG, 45.0% FG, 33.3% 3Pt, 1.5 Reb, 2.9 PTS, 112 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Poythress is getting a shot with Atlanta here at the beginning of the season. We'll see what comes of it.

Julius Randle (New Orleans Pelicans)
Career (2014 - 2017)
27.8 MPG, 49.3% FG, 8.9 Reb, 2.6 Ast, 13.5 PTS, 106 ORtg, 109 DRtg

Randle got moved to New Orleans in trying to reconfigure the Lakers for Lebron James. It had started looking like he was going to get moved in the summer after a much improved year last year. He has a two year contract with New Orleans.

Rajon Rondo (Los Angeles Lakers)

Career (2006 - 2017)
31.8 MPG, 46.3% FG, 30.9% 3Pt, 4.8 Reb, 8.5 Ast, 10.5 PTS, 104 ORtg, 103 DRtg

Rondo signed a one year deal with the Lakers. No one is sure what to expect of him being on the Lakers but I would assume he is there to help them in the playoffs assuming they make it.

Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Career (2015 - 2017)
34.9 MPG, 54.3% FG, 38.7% 3Pt, 11.7 Reb, 2.4 Ast, 21.6 PTS, 120 ORtg, 108 DRtg

Towns just signed a five year deal with the Timberwolves which locks him in there until the 2023/24 season. Towns will have a lot of pressure this year with all of the Jimmy Butler drama to see what he can do as a leader and a competitor.

Jarred Vanderbilt (Denver Nuggets)

Vanderbilt signed a two year rookie deal with the Nuggets with a 3rd year option.

John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Career (2010 - 2017)
35.9 MPG, 43.2% FG, 32.7% 3Pt, 4.4 Reb, 9.2 Ast, 18.9 PTS, 104 ORtg, 106 DRtg

Wall is in the final year of his five year deal and has signed a four year extension. That will make him a Wizard through age 32.