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We can't make it here anymore - McMurty 12 String

I follow the Lefesetz Letter (Music Industry Blog) cause he tells it like it is to my ears anyway.

He has this Artist Video Embedded -  and very interesting article re income disparities.

"We can't make it here anymore" - by James McMurtry and the chiming of his 12 string playing is gorgeous. I was wondering where all the prophetic songwriters were - here is one. They used to say Ireland had a standing army of poet's - how many are in all of America.



NPR and Mister Rogers - what do you do with the mad that you feel?

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There is a beautiful clip of Mr Rogers presenting his case slowly and surely for public funding some years ago -
What do you do with the mad that you feel?

I like America, I like a diversity of people and opinion but it is unbalanced and I feel harangued sometimes by certain right wing trumpeters on TV or radio.  ( Brrapp!!)

So it's nice to have a choice and a break from the one sided media and I find that listening to NPR is more evenly balanced.  Choice is one of the great things America has always allowed.  It would be a poor reflection on US democracy if people were now to be denied their voice. That's what free speech is, it's a voice and NPR and PBS are a voice accessible by and for the less powerful.  So what will happen if only 'profit biased' and faction controlled media is available? If only one sided for -profit media is available is there not a risk of it being used for propaganda purposes?

I saw a very interesting TV Clip from Denver PBS demonstrating and …

Falsts Again for Peas ( John Lennon -ish Nonsense verse)

A contrivance of sorts indeedlingly slumped grists the whasillup. Chump change nearsighted crimsoning the boulevard at midnight meddling with a disillusion of stray cats. What a bad October she said floosing her teiddlyumtum with power chords and jackrabbits. Anyfling how is it nobblits oblige me to satyr awahile sand dance. 

Tertiary it fobbles me to hare her growsowling onwards and upwards angst NPR for foibles sake. The Rantammbulents want to loose the brands on our enchantment and set free the markets. Strawmen can pidddle whiskers in science fair but nows button canister.

Silipperlifiddle a right contrition same as always flaming the defecate so we couldn't afraid it without nobbling the teachers and whoreshaming them for classical assizes. Incongruously tame shed pears in a partridge - and it assent even Crapmasolly.

Cunning clapmonkeys design it that way to be slowly slowly mousetrap - this one made in a forest of course wolves notwithstanding by for launch. Red riding ho…

Commission: Write a song about anything

A Song about Anything

I seem to be able to write a song on any number of topics - my term for this is:
"A song about anything"

Similarly to how a painter occasionally receives a direct commission . I'd love to get a commission to create a song about or on a specific subject - that would be cool. For instance to write a song about their historical relation or maybe their granny. I'd obviously need to get to know the subject and often need a hook to get an attachment to hang the rest of the song.

When I write I usually 'get the special feeling' that indicates that real gold is nearby. Like a dowser with a diving rod knows where the water is, so do I get a similar feeling for song-writing topics.

I used to dowse for water as a child using home made wires and strangely I could be pretty accurate - it didn't seem extraordinary talent but apparently in the countryside it was commonplace for a farmer to dig a well to supply water for his land. It's a diffe…