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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 24, 2011 Page 13 BOOK E VIE IIV by Claude Marsilia GOD and Evolution or Evolvement Essays Into the 21 st Century By Adolph (Adolfo) Caso Soft Cover 272 Pages- This far-reaching book is a challenge as well as a privilege for me to read and critique. My dear friend Adolph Caso has dropped the gauntlet and it is my turn to respond. As a starter let me acknowledge Caso's cre- dentials. He holds degrees from Northeastern Univer- sity and Harvard University. He is an outstanding novel- ist and a successful publi- cist. We, the reader and I, are dealing with a philoso- pher and an intellect. Pre- pare yourself. Author/historian Adolph Caso readily admits he has spent 40 years (1970-2010) formulating and representing various phases of thought and reaction. He admits defiantly and cou- rageously to being a pacifist, Caso notes that the clergy in their attempt to console the popula- tion reveal the fol- lowing; to achieve everlasting happi- ness in the unity with God one must lead a life of tribulation and sacrifice. The depth of his pacific nature is revealed when he writes-hls heart is not at ease when he considers the millions of people who have died because of the advocacies of Communism and Fascism. Caso cannot un- derstand how many educated individuals profess support for these isms. And now with the advent of Muslim extremists killing in- discriminately in the name of Allah, "... how can any human heart feel at ease?" It was Caso's in-depth study of Homo Sapiens which led him to ask the question; "... what makes one person a tyrant and another a mystic?" Sadly, Caso writes, "In reading Niccolo Machiavelli's writings, a humanist of the Renaissance, and Vittorio Alfieri's writings, a self-made writer of the Romantic Period, I did not find anything to alleviate my fears on the evil of men, despite their diligence." He adds, "...evil has become more rampant and more out of control in the world." Caso continuously quotes the evil of man- kind from books he has published from his company, Branden Books. I find this expe- dient and commercially advantageous. Although the name Machiavelli connotes Author Adolph Caso malignancy to some, Caso praises him and considers him to be exhilarating, ethi- cal, and pragmatic. Caso's provocative writing continues, he explains how slavery of old was deter- mined by captivity resulting from wars, whereas slavery in America was pernicious because it was based on color only. Caso's analytical mindset explains how sensible it is for students to achieve bilin- gualism. To be held back in this effort doesn't make any sense. Granted we have moved forward, nevertheless, there still remains, sad to say, visions of opposition. Caso writes the following viable statement, "And the community having people with two or more lan- Caso's provocativewriting continues, guages has the he explains how slavery of old was greater chance for peaceful co- determined by captivity resulting from wars, whereas slavery in America was pernicious because it was based on color only. existence." Caso takes a very strong pos- ition defending Christopher Co- lumbus. He in- tends to correct the mistaken historical views and to note how Columbus was being misjudged and blamed for the horrors that happened in the New World. Caso writes, "Columbus guided the Europeans to new lands. Yet, he is rebuked for both the good things he did and for the awful things that others did." Caso is relentless; he aggres- sively attacks many fraudulent claims in- cluding that Leif Ericson discovered America in the year 1000. Caso informs the reader that while Columbus was preparing for his famous voy- age in 1492 the Spanish Jews-"... were- handed an Edict of Expulsion ordering them out in four months." The Moors who had been living in Spain for seven centuries also were forced to leave at this time. Adolph Caso who is an outstanding histo- rian writes novels and publishes books; he also enjoys writing poems. One of his poems he offers at the end of his book, The New Adam and Eve, is a kicker. Adolph Caso's in-depth writing encom- passes a variety of historical events. Throughout the book you will encounter complete unbiased integrity. It won't be easy to put this book aside. Thinking Out Loud (Continued from Page 4) our hands are tied. We are powerless. We can't do any- thing but observe. These are the very things Bobby Kennedy lived and died to combat. He was a fighter who thought public leader- ship was about positive lead- ership. He actually under- stood America and its people. He understood what hopelessness could do to the soul. He understood mean- ingless violence. Most im- portantly, he understood what had to be accomplished and that it would take more than one leader and one gen- eration to fix. Today, I am much less lib- eral than back in 1968 and much of it out of the reac- tion within me of what I wit- nessed back 40 to 50 years agfl.. ,I, -atc he d. , the:  .q iyil: rights movement on the TV news programs on a nightly basis. I remember those im- ages on the TV screen show- ing police dogs and hoses being turned on US citizens fighting for the full rights as Americans. I watched a war half way around the world where American soldiers were getting killed in higher and higher numbers. I watched all those body bags coming off those military planes. My father was a Franklin Roosevelt Democrat. I was a Kennedy Democrat. The Democrats were suppose d to be about the future and Republicans only in the past. Eventually, I would become a Reagan Democrat because the once real Democrats chickened out of the Bobby Kennedy legacy. ,..,.I geenfly:re@d a.,qB fr.91B, resonates with me today and think it is still worth shar- ing with Americans in 2011. Kennedy wasn't about great sound-bites but about shared hopes and dreams. Listen to Kennedy's words, take them in and try to live them, "The vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to im- prove the quality of our life, and want justice for all hu- man beings who abide in our land." Back in the late sixties, I thought the dream died but it didn't. It only dies when we stop dreaming. We need to believe in real hope and have the audacity to achieve great things. It is time to take those handcuffs off our- selves ad. get back. to lo, rk taggio tq a,.,letter society. Fac reviewing CLAIRE DICKSON - SCATTIN' DOLL Naftule's Dream Claire Dickson has the dis- tinction of twice being named Best Jazz Vocalist, Junior High School Level, by Down- beat Jazz Magazine. The 14- year-old Medford, Mass. vocal- ist shines on her Scattin' Doll debut CO, recorded in two ses- sions at the tender ages of 12 and 13. Dickson opens with classy phrasing on Duke Ellington's "Caravan," fol- lowed by a laid back scat ver- sion of Charlie Parker's "Con- firmation," plus double-bar- reled scat choruses on "Black Coffee," the spirited "Love Me or Leave Me," and hits the midway point with the airy "Midnight Sun." Dickson de- livers the goods on "Phantom Doll," stepping up the scat level on Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," show- ing her emotional side via the Gershwin's "My Man's Gone Now," winding down with two cuts, "If I Were a Bell" and "Ornithology/How High the Moon." If you missed her at Spectacle Island last Sunday, catch her at Newburyport's Maudsley Arts Center July 9 th. GAP BAND - ICON Mercury The Gap Band's funk-sound created by the Tulsa-born Wilson Brothers -- Charlie, Ronnie, and the late Robert, hit the music waves in the 70s and 80s, spawning sev- eral hits, topped off by their trademark hit, "You Dropped a Bomb on Me." This 'Icon' collection contains a dozen tracks you won't be able to sit down for -- I guarantee itl Gap greatness can be heard on "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)," climb aboard the "Party Train," plus "Open Up Your Mind," and the rhythmic "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance." Moving on up with "Steppin' (Out)," the finger-snapping "Shake," opening their arms wide for "Yearning for Your Lo,Je," the popular hit "Out- standing," exploding with "I'm Ready (If You're Ready)," and put the lid on a memorable collection with "Jam the Motha' 'iIVIunchkin People)." The Gap Band charting hits! CARS 2 - ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Walt Disney Records Cars 2 the Disney/Pixar film features a revved-up track highlighted by award- winning composer Michael Giacchino's 21-track super score. The Cars characters hit the road with an eclectic soundtrack that includes al- ternative rockers Weezer performing "You Might Think," a hit for The Cars in 1984, plus a duet with coun- try star Brad Paisley and best- selling British singer/ songwriter on "Collision of Worlds," and French super- star B6nabar's "My Heart Goes Vroom." Paisley returns with the emotional "Nobody's Fool" which he penned, and the power pop Japanese girl band Perfume put on the fiBihing ,, touches with "Polyrhythm." Giacchino by bob morello ax the rest drives it all home with a trunk full of exciting tracks! THE SWELLERS - GooD FOR ME Fueled By Ramen Considered by many to be one of the most powerful and provocative punk bands of the modern era -- The Swellers deliver their most explosive album to date, Good for Me. Having already enjoyed suc- cess with their single, "The Best I Ever Had." They power forward with rockers "Run- aways," gaining access with "Inside My Head," losing touch via "The Damage," the mental breakdown of "Parkview," and the confident "Better Things." The addic- tive "On the Line" starts off the second half, trailed by the terrible forecast of "Nothing More to Me," the misdirec- tion of "Prime Meridian," and the cries for support in "Warming Up." The Swellers with an album full of reflec- tion, of one's inner selfl LASZLO GARDONY - SIGNATURE TIME Sunnyside Hungarian-born pianist/ composer Laszlo Gardony uti- lizes the ten tracks on his latest gem, Signature Time, to celebrate the various Afri- can-based musical styles that helped shape the develop- ment of his unique style. The many benefits of that celebra- tion start with, "With Yo/At the Bridge," the creative groove of "On African Land," as bassist John Lockwood leads the reworking of The Beatles' *Lady Madonna," George Shearing's classic "Lullaby of Birdland,  and en- joy "Silent Words" whose har- monies alternates from dark to soothing. Tenor saxophon- ist and vocalist Stan Strickland steps up on Billy Strayhorn's composition "Johnny Come Lately," per- cussionist and vibraphonist Yoron Israel contributes splendidly on vibes with a dreamy effort on "Under the Sky," and a second Beatles' cover has "Eleanor Rigby." Strickland lends his haunt- ing vocals to "Spirit Dance," and Gardony's final retooling is heard on "Bourbon Street Boogie." With Gardony, there is no 'rhyme or reason' just quality music! EARTH, WIND & FIRE - BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION JUNE 24 th Earth, Wind & Fire return to Bank of America Pavilion on Friday, June 24 . Experi- ence Maurice White's '70s creation that evolved pop by bridging the gap with a blend of soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock, and dance music. The message of Earth, Wind & Fire's music was to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force- feeding listeners' spiritual contents something EWF ac- complished for sure. Philip Bailey will be on board; deliv- ering such songs as "Devo- tion", "Keep Your Head to the Sky", "Reasons", "Fantasy" and "I've Had Enough". Bailey is joined in dynamig u i|t, with bassist Vcralin!!W4ait.e,,,