Folk Thursday: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

July 17, 2014

Ramblin’ Jack covers one of the saddest things Woody Guthrie ever wrote.

Emily


Folk Thursday: Soolaimon

June 26, 2014

It’s not exactly folk, but it was inspired by African folk music. More importantly, it’s awesome. You really cannot go wrong with Neil Diamond, ca. 1970.

Emily


Folk Thursday: Playing for Change

June 12, 2014

Wow. Marvin Gaye. And I thought it was awesome when they covered Bob Marley.

Emily

P.S.: I’ve posted it before, but in case you haven’t seen “One Love” around the world, here it is. I never get tired of it.


Folk Thursday: Joel Rafael

June 5, 2014

The saddest part of this story is the fact that 103 years later, you can read the comments on any online newspaper article about any homicide involving any black defendant, and it will be painfully obvious that some people’s quality of thought hasn’t improved at all in the past century.

Emily


Folk Thursday: Richie Havens

June 5, 2014

Richie Havens sings a medley of Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. I think I might have posted this before, several years ago, but I’d forgotten all about it until I stumbled across it again last weekend. <3

Emily


The third of June

June 3, 2014

Call it a makeup day, since I missed Folk Thursday last week.

You just can’t let the third of June go by without a dose of Bobbie Gentry.

Emily


Folk Thursday: Kris Kristofferson

May 15, 2014

I heard Willie Nelson cover this at a concert the week Scout got her awful diagnosis. I stood in the middle of Cain’s Ballroom and listened to him sing and knew I’d better cherish my brilliant, funny, awful, wonderful, incorrigible little troublemaker for whatever precious fragment remained of our moment of forever.

I still can’t listen to it without choking up.

It’s still one of my favorites.

Emily


Folk Thursday: The Kingston Trio

May 8, 2014

Classic.

Emily


Folk Thursday: Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

May 1, 2014

We haven’t heard from Judy Collins on Folk Thursday in a while. Today seems like a good time for it — partly because it’s her birthday, partly because I’m getting psyched up to go see her in concert again in a couple of weeks, and partly because I’ve had this song in my head since I went wandering around the SIU Student Center and Faner Hall last night and saw my youth through eyes that were simultaneously 13, 19 and pushing 39.

I do not fear the time.

Emily


Eco-Saturday: Beekeeping

April 26, 2014

Hive inspection.

Assuming you don’t have anaphylactic allergies, beekeeping is pretty much the greatest hobby ever. Given the role of honeybees in the ecosystem, it’s also one of the best things you can do for the environment.

Rescuing a swarm. And baby-talking them, because OMGfuzzybees!

We started keeping bees when we lived in Belleville, Ill. I was having trouble finding cut comb to use as a treatment for hay fever, and I liked the idea of having pollinators living in my garden, so Ron’s parents gave us some old beekeeping equipment, and we ordered our first package of bees.

Mites killed them before the season was out. That could have been the end of the story, but then I interviewed a pair of beeks in Tulsa a couple of years later, and the next thing I knew, I was giving my credit card a workout on the Dadant website.

The first time I went out to inspect a hive myself, I was terrified, but I sucked it up, suited up and opened the cover.

(More after the jump, along with umpteen photos that will terrify my friend Marilyn if I post them without warning.)
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