How the West Was One

August 21, 2017

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Total eclipse of the Hart. Because it’s cloudy today in the RRV. Gerry Hart’s Free Press image at “The Le(d)ge” from February 1979. I was there too but I’m not the dude who photo bombed Hart’s time lapse.

 

It’s all about alignment. Finding the right path. Fighting thru the static. Harmony.

Rather than play Total Eclipse of the Heart…or Dark Side of the Moon’s Eclipse….or Carly Simon’s story about some dude flying his Learjet to Nova Scotia…here’s Green Day with a song that sounds like it coulda bin written for a TV show intro:

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Green Day – Static Age

Master Bluster

August 18, 2017

Poison? What poison?

We ain’t on no stinking road to hell. Right? Right??

Road to Hell – Chris Rea

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Sooner Sinner

August 17, 2017

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You’ve heard the term Sooners right. Some are aware that football teams use the nickname…as in Oklahoma and Ottawa. But do you know what a “sooner” was?
Sooners were people who the government gave permission to “legally” take land from the indigenous on a “first come/first served” basis. First come?
Legalised theft authorized by the government.
People refuse to comprehend that. They even defend it. Some call themselves ‘followers of god’. Often they don’t even realize they are on the same level as the kkk. As Uncle Jed usta say: “Lower than a snakes belly in a wagon rut”. Pity.

Bruce Cockburn – Stolen Land

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Lyrics:
Stolen Land
Bruce Cockburn
Lyrics
From Tierra del Fuego to Ungava Bay
The history of betrayal continues to today
The spirit of Almighty Voice, the ghost of Anna Mae
Call like thunder from the mountain, you can hear them say “it’s a stolen land”
Stolen land
Apartheid in Arizona, slaughter in Brazil
If bullets don’t get good PR there’s other ways to kill
Kidnap all the children, put ’em in a foreign system
Bring them up in no-man’s land where no one really wants them, it’s a stolen land
Stolen land
It’s a stolen land, but it’s all we’ve got
It’s a stolen land, and there’s no going back
It’s a stolen land, and we’ll never forget
It’s a stolen land, and we’re not through yet
In my mind I catch a picture, big black raven in the sky
Looking at the ocean, sail reflected in black eye
Sail as white as heroin, white like weathered bones
Rum and guns and smallpox gonna change the face of home in this stolen land
Stolen land
If you’re like me you’d like to think we’ve learned from our mistakes
Enough to know we can’t play god with others’ lives at stake
So now we’ve all discovered the world wasn’t only made for whites
What step are you gonna take to try and set things right in this stolen land?
Stolen land
It’s a stolen land, but it’s all we’ve got
It’s a stolen land, and there’s no going back
It’s a stolen land, and we’ll never forget
It’s a stolen land, and we’re not through yet
Oh, it’s a stolen land, and there’s no going back
It’s a stolen land, but it’s all we’ve got
It’s a stolen land, and we’ll never forget
It’s a stolen land, and we’re not through yet
It’s a stolen land, but it’s all we’ve got
It’s a stolen land, and there’s no going back
It’s a stolen land, and we’ll never forget
It’s a stolen land, and we’re not through yet
It’s a stolen land
It’s a stolen land
It’s a stolen land
It’s a stolen land
Songwriters: Bruce Cockburn / Hugh William Marsh
Stolen Land lyrics © Carlin America Inc

Just Don’t

August 16, 2017

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Billboard in Los Angeles. Breaking fake news: people in Canada don’t really get along either. There’s plenty of very polite racists, murderers and supremacists though eh! And a problem well hidden from the eyes of the masses.

Don’t just show them the exit. Don’t just tell them to “go home”. Don’t just sweep them under the carpet.

How ’bout fixing them damn racist attitudes.

Meanwhile…

Post by Roz Ryan

This goes way beyond just politics. We have to do this ourselves. But the message below identifies a fundamental issue here. There’s people who see the world differently than others. While there are others who don’t want people who don’t look like them or think like them to exist. Wrap your head around that.

If some are unable to comprehend such a basic philosophy, then they are part of the problem.
Empathy. Action. That’s the first two steps (baby).

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Fake Language

August 15, 2017

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Some words mean something to some people. The same word may mean something quite different to others.

Yesterday 45 used a word that to two groups – many in America’s black community and many in America’s racist community – have two not so subtly differing meanings.

The word is thug. 45 likes to use it. So do white racists (nationalists). So do rappers. The meaning is interpreted quite differently. Some say it can be racially charged.

And some say 45 was speaking in code to his base. One thing for certain, the guy definitely has a well developed forked tongue.

As intelligent people observe: we are not born with that tendency. We learn it.

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I saw a great tweet by Megan Amran (@meganamran) yesterday. She said “I’m beginning to think my ‘coexist’ bumper sticker isn’t working”. So incredibly sad.

I had a dream….again. But for now we are on the edge. The cusp.

From Independence, Missouri, a mama and her well taught son:

Madison Ward and The Mama Bear cover FM’s Dreams on 102.1 The Edge

To play along: Standard tuning. Choke it up to IV. Em, D, C throughout.

Lyrics

Now here you go again
You say you want your freedom
Well, who am I to keep you down?
It’s only right that you should
Play the way you feel it
But listen carefully to the sound
Of your loneliness

Like a heartbeat.. drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost…
And what you had…
And what you lost

[Chorus:]
Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Say… Women… they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean… you’ll know, you’ll know

Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself
It’s only me
Who wants to wrap around your dreams and…
Have you any dreams you’d like to sell?
Dreams of loneliness…

Like a heartbeat… drives you mad…
In the stillness of remembering what you had…
And what you lost…
And what you had…
And what you lost

[Chorus 2x]

Momma. I’m cold!

August 14, 2017

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Last night: the (almost) never ending twilight of the northern plains. Beware the darkness.

Or: The unholy alliance between conservatism, fascism and fundamental Christianity. (I feel bad for conservatism to align…and to be aligned…with such warped ideology.) But they let it be so. Pity.

Darkness is closing in:

A couple years ago I was walking down a busy downtown sidewalk when this dude walks around the corner in full SS uniform.  Hat. Collar clips. Swastika arm band.

People were all glancing at him as we walked by. Nobody wuz sayin’ nuthin’. But the elderly man behind me stopped.

“That is the most disgusting, despicable thing. What the hell are you doing?”. He went on (believe me) as the rest of us scurried on with the rest of our lives…tight lipped.

I asked myself “What’s wrong with us? How can we just accept this most blatant racism existing all around u.s?”

This weekend I felt ill again. We were witness to the high(est) level endorsement of racism spoon fed to us in a very sly way.

We’ve been told that both sides have to look in the mirror. (The racists have been given space to exist.) They apparently represent one side. A legitimate point of view. Like Nazi Germany. Blatant.

And yeah…people will dump on 45 for his limp hand on this…people will talk about it…but nothing will be done. Racism is entrenched. And people are justifying it.

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of playing a Gibson SJ200. That guitar kicks ass (for the price)!

Review by Acoustic Letter.

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Foggy Is as Foggy Does

August 12, 2017

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From Irish Fair of Minnesota Facebook

And exactly what does foggy do?

Down on Harriet Island in St. Paul, the Irish are havin” a damn fine party. Aoife Scott is later. These Donegal sisters are pretty fine too:

Screaming Orphans – Foggy Dew

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