January 8, 2018

Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense, put Jay in mind of Frederick the Great, the Prussian king -- so we hear a flute sonata by that versatile monarch. Jay also tells a story involving “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” -- so we hear Benny Goodman play that famous melody on his clarinet. (We also hear Helen Forrest sing it.) Last, Jay eulogizes Ed Rowny, our great arms-negotiating general. Rowny idolized Paderewski, the Polish pianist and statesman -- so we hear Paderewski in revolutionary music by his countryman, Chopin. A typically eclectic Jaywalking.

Pictured, Defense Secretary James Mattis (left) and Frederick the Great (Photos: Michaela Rehle/Reuters, Wikimedia)

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