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January 23, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

ECONOJAZZ....Via Ezra, I learn today that EPI economist Jared Bernstein is also a jazz musician who composed the theme song for EPI's EconoCorner podcast himself. Here's the intro:

Get the facts
Sit back relax
You the man
Where supply meets demand

I've heard of cool jazz and fusion jazz, but what's this? Wonk jazz? Econojazz?

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Really bad?

Posted by: Feh on January 23, 2008 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

Ego jazz

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

Posted by: daCascadian on January 23, 2008 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

Ugh. Please stop doing take. Or at least warn people in advance....

Posted by: Bleeding Ears on January 23, 2008 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

"Jared Bernstein is also a jazz musician"

Would you like a second opinion ?

Posted by: Tim (the other one) on January 23, 2008 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

How about, simply, bad poetry?

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on January 23, 2008 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

Seriously. That is horrible, and he should stop it. Perhaps more importantly, you should not promote it on your site. I assumed you were pretty dorky, but have you no taste whatsoever? Jazz music? Please.

Posted by: Mr. Toddles on January 23, 2008 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

Let's not forget that Alan Greenspan played sax in Woody Herman's First Herd. In the same sax section was Leonard Garment, once famous Nixon coatholder.

Econojazz, indeed. Woody Herman's sax section not chopped liver, whatever you might think of these gents otherwise.

Posted by: Tom Parmenter on January 23, 2008 at 2:56 PM | PERMALINK

jizz

Posted by: cleek on January 23, 2008 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

Novelty music.

Next.

Posted by: mattstan on January 23, 2008 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

For those of you wondering which is lamer: being an economist or being a wealthy caucasian "jazz musician." I give you Jaren Bernstein.

Posted by: Pat on January 23, 2008 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

Wagner is better than he sounds

Posted by: Horatio Parker on January 23, 2008 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Wonk and roll.

Posted by: Rick on January 23, 2008 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

this is not what Mike Watt meant!

Posted by: pontificant on January 23, 2008 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me,
The consumption of which subject to my internal utility function that is constrained by my budget curve and where all the marginal utility of each commdoties are equalized. And the utility function is assumed to be continuous in the first and second derivative. The price of the tea and coffee and java are assumed to be determined in a Walrasian framework whereby the producers of the said commodites extract zero long term economic profit. Oh, for simplicity, assume that my consumption bears neither external benefit nor cost so the deadweight loss is zero.

[1]For extra credit, please provide the Langragian lambda as well as tea*, java*, and tea* for the utility maxmization equation above.

Posted by: clone12 on January 23, 2008 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

Economists hitting the hippy lettuce, can't blame em.

Posted by: Alfred Packer on January 23, 2008 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

Dismal Jazz

Posted by: David Carroll on January 23, 2008 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

Doesn't the Laugher curve indicate that if I don't play sax at all, I'm better then Coltrane?

Posted by: thersites on January 23, 2008 at 6:55 PM | PERMALINK

then = than
I am only being in this America 60 years. Pardon my bad English.

Posted by: thersites on January 23, 2008 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

More to the point, what the fcsk is with intro music for podcasts anyway? It's 30 seconds of my time wasted, doing absolutely nothing useful.
When I see someone aping the complete different format of radio, a format those of us who listen to podcasts are avoiding precisely because we are not brain-dead idiots, I see a mind incapable of working very well. The fact that EconoCorner has intro music does not inspire me to listen to it; on the contrary it tells me to avoid it like the plague and listen to podcasts put together by people with functioning intellects.

Posted by: Maynard Handley on January 23, 2008 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

In deference to Keynes' observation that

"Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist."

the song economists sing amongst themselves, and when they're alone is (to a George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic tune)

We are defunct, yea
we are defunct, whoa now
we are defunct
we are defunct.

It's time everyone knew

Posted by: DB on January 23, 2008 at 9:27 PM | PERMALINK

That's not jazz at all.

That's just sad.

Posted by: pjcamp on January 23, 2008 at 9:49 PM | PERMALINK

I am only being in this America 60 years. Pardon my bad English.
Posted by: thersites

It's good that I'm also fluent in Typonese.

The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. - Aldous Huxley
Posted by: MsNThrope on January 24, 2008 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

That's actually econo-funk -- and therefore much more appropriate right now.

Posted by: Kenji on January 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

MsNT: I paraphrase W H Auden:

Propaganda is the use of magic on those who are still swayed by it by those who no longer believe in it.

as to econo-funk or econo-jazz, well, there's no accounting for taste

Posted by: DB on January 24, 2008 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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