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Written By: cahwyguy - Mon Aug 27, 2007 @ 6:19 pm PDT

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My ears! They burn!

Written By: cahwyguy - Fri Mar 02, 2007 @ 4:56 pm PDT

Bob Dylan sings Dr. Seuss

You know, I never thought I would appreciate William Shatner.

[Thanks to coyote3502 for bringing this to my attention.]

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Monday Morning in Paradise

Written By: cahwyguy - Mon Jan 22, 2007 @ 5:40 pm PDT

So you say your Monday didn’t go well. Then try these lyrics that I referenced this morning instead:

The toast is burning, the kids won’t eat.
The bacon splattered on my bare feet.
The kids are screaming, the dog’s in heat.
It’s Monday morning in paradise.

Grandad’s complaining about his heart.
The brand-new toaster just flew apart.
It started snowing, the car won’t start.
It’s Monday morning in paradise.

It’s Monday morning, a brand-new day,
A new day dawning with hell to pay.
It’s Monday morning, I mean to say,
They seem to come every other day.

     My son, the genius, has lost a shoe.
His father’s socks are one black, one blue.
And here comes my old friend, the flu.
It’s Monday morning in paradise.
It’s Monday morning, a brand-new day,
A new day dawning with hell to pay.
It’s Monday morning, I mean to say,
They seem to come every other day.

The toast is burning, the kids won’t eat.
The bacon splattered on my bare feet.
The kids are screaming, the dog’s in heat.
It’s Monday morning in paradise.

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Lyrics for a Monday Morning

Written By: cahwyguy - Mon Jan 22, 2007 @ 7:17 am PDT

This morning, as I selected my CDs for the day, I included the Tom Paxton album Up and Up. This has one of my favorite songs on it–something I wish for all the readers of this journal:

May the sound of children be your music.
May your blessings be the ones you earn.
May your days be filled with sun.
May you deeply love someone.
May that someone love you in return.
Life – May yours be long and loving.
Peace – May you enjoy its blessing.
Joy – May it be yours to savour.
Love – May it be yours forever.

May your only sorrows be the small ones.
May they leave you stronger when they go.
May the love of friends be yours.
May you live with open doors.
May you feel the love within you grow.

Life – May yours be long and loving.
Peace – May you enjoy its blessing.
Joy – May it be yours to savour.
Love – May it be yours forever.

    May your smallest moment be a full one.
May your life be all that it can be.
May you come to love yourself,
And hold that love above yourself,
And hold that love for all the world to see.
Life – May yours be long and loving.
Peace – May you enjoy its blessing.
Joy – May it be yours to savour.
Love – May it be yours forever.

Have a great week. Of course, if it isn’t starting so well, perhaps Monday Morning in Paradise is a better song for your week. Alas, the lyrics aren’t online, so I’ll transcribe and type them in when I get home.

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Lizards Invade Bay Area! News At 11!

Written By: cahwyguy - Wed Jul 19, 2006 @ 4:52 pm PDT

For those in the Bay Area… My favorite satirical bluegrass group, the Austin Lounge Lizards is invading Berkeley this Saturday. I can’t see it, but you lucky folks in the area can. So go see them for me! They will be at Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison, and have two shows: 5:00 & 8:00 PM. More information can be found here.

[Friday, they will be in Mendocino, at the Mendocino Music Festival, in a tent on Main Street at 7:30 PM. Oh why, oh why, can't they come to Southern California!]

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Folk Music in the News

Written By: cahwyguy - Thu Jun 22, 2006 @ 11:35 am PDT

The Daily News has a nice article on this year’s Summer Solstice Folk Music, Dance and Storytelling Festival. The festival was started by Clark Weissman, a seminal person in the Computer Security arena (and one of my co-workers at SDC, who is responsible for getting me into my career). It was unclear if the festival would go on this year, given the loss of Clark’s lovely wife Elaine. It is nice to see the festival is going on.

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Some things are different, some the same / Some turn over, some don’t change

Written By: cahwyguy - Thu Jun 15, 2006 @ 1:01 pm PDT

CNN is reporting on the induction of Peter, Paul, and Mary into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. They will be recipients of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.

Now, those who know me know that I’m not into “popular” music. I primarily like three types of music: showtunes, Jewish music, and my oldest love, folk music. My favorite artists are folks like Peter, Paul, and Mary and Tom Paxton. Whereas my uncle and cousin play this music on the guitar, I play it on the CD player.

Folks may not be familiar with PP&M. Although originally they were a “manufactured” group (just like the Weavers), they have been a long standing part of commercial folk music. the trio has won five Grammys, produced five Top 10 albums and 13 Top 40 hits, of which 6 ascended into the Top 10 – as well as six gold and three platinum albums. Although many of their songs were covers (Blowin’ in the Wind, Jet Plane) others were written by the group, primarily by my favorite member, Peter Yarrow.

Alas, I haven’t seen them in a few years, although I used to go to their concerts regularly. Their last few visits out to LA they were at the Cerritos Center at outrageous prices. Mary then got hit with AML, and the tours stopped. They’ve started up, but there are no Los Angeles dates. As a side note, folks may not know that the person behind the PP&M website is none other than Noel Paul himself.

So, congrats to Peter, Paul and Mary. Long may you soldier on…

P.S.: I should note that Tom Paxton also received an award, specifically, a 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.

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Mary Travers is in Remission / Musings on Folk Music

Written By: cahwyguy - Tue Nov 29, 2005 @ 11:18 am PDT

AP is reporting that Mary Travers‘ leukemia is in remission after a April bone marrow transplant (although the picture in that article is horrible). As a result of this improvement, Peter, Paul, and Mary will be doing a holiday concert Dec. 9 in Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall. The recovery has been documented on the PP&M Website, and they have started actually scheduling a spring tour (although, alas, no dates yet in Southern California).

I’m pleased to see this news about Mary. It’s hard to see the musical groups you enjoyed in your youth getting older. The members of PP&M are in their late 60s and 70s. I’m sure Tom Paxton (who also has no Southern California shows scheduled) is similarly aged. Mick Jagger gets Modern Maturity.

Perhaps this is why I’m more into Broadway of late. It seems more timeless.

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