October 16, 2014
Pete’s 90th birthday concert. Basically everybody and their dog singing “We Shall Overcome.” (And can we just talk about how delighted I was to hear that the Ferguson October protesters were singing “We Shall Overcome” in the streets the other day, the way God intended? Somewhere in heaven, Pete Seeger was high-fiving Mary Travers. I’m sure of it.)
October 9, 2014
For Devin, Joey and Tevin. Good luck in St. Louis this weekend, guys. I love you, and I am ridiculously proud of you for taking a stand. The root of the problems you’re trying to solve predates all of us, but I’ve known since the minute I set foot in Room 204 that if anybody can get this world moving in the right direction, my kids can.
Go save the world. <3
(And the rest of you: Say a prayer, light a candle, or just hold a good thought for my kids this weekend. They're planning to travel 400 miles to participate in a very large protest on a very controversial issue, and things could get … tense.)
P.S.: I realize Tupac isn't folk, but his lyrics are at least as powerful as anything Bob Dylan or Joan Baez ever had to say. I'm just sorry they're still relevant. I'd hoped they'd be obsolete by this point, but we still have a long way to go.
October 2, 2014
This is totally not folk, but today’s NaBloPoMo prompt is:
“Winter and summer are two seasons that have songs clearly associated with the time period. But are there any songs that remind you of fall?”
If you’re my age or younger, and you don’t associate fall with “Linus and Lucy,” I’m going to assume you had a lousy childhood.
September 25, 2014
Tom Paxton, ladies and gentlemen. No idea why I haven’t posted any of his stuff before.
September 11, 2014
This was Ron’s suggestion for this week. Y’all know how I feel about Playing for Change. And y’all know how I feel about Playing for Change covering Bob Marley. So obviously the only way to make a video of Playing for Change covering Bob Marley any cooler is to let Keith Richards play with ‘em.
Also, I know I’ve been neglecting this blog horribly. I’ve been too busy gardening and harvesting and canning and harvesting and canning and harvesting and buying apples and pressing cider and fermenting cider and hanging out with the niece and nephews and making cupcakes and bottling home-brewed green chile beer and making soap and shopping for exercise equipment and setting up a mini-gym in my house so we can cancel our little-used gym membership that we barely use because the hours are stupid and helping Zaphod with his dissertation and reading and chasing stories and … and … and …
Yeah. Been busy. But I have good intentions and a couple of killer salsa recipes, and I hope to have some good stuff to share with you this weekend.
September 4, 2014
I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t posted any Phil Ochs before. Let’s rectify that.