Friday, April 16, 2010

A Biographical Suggestion and an Interesting Offer.

A very brief note here regarding THEODORE---aka--BROTHER THEODORE.

Having been in contact, recently, with the writer and producer of a documentary of his life a thought occurred to me which is a fairly infrequent event.   May I suggest that you jump over to THE ALMOST DAILY ROOSTER and read a brief commentary of him, see a clip of this early performance artist, and aallow me to make you an offer you can very readily refuse.

See you there.  If not you will have joined the multitudes of those who don't know what they are missing---and, truly, do not care.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

LIU in Orangeburg NY ---and the Adult Learners Program

During the summertime there is a wonderful program being offered by LIU in collaboration with some local folks that offer a number of courses for Senior Citizens---Senior Citizens--you know---us old folks.  The website for them is this .

Right now they are offering many courses of interest and one of them is a wonderful class in Folk Music.  That course is, in the instructor's own words, and overview of the subject.  I am hoping to be able to offer, in the fall, a class that will focus each week (classes meet once a week) on a particular artist, his/her music and history.   Some may even appear there.

I have found a keen interest in the present offering and do believe this can fill the void left by an overview.  So many of the "students" were asking for more information on a given artist.  

Please contact the link above if you are interested in signing up for something like this and also to urge them to present such a class.  While I would certainly entertain suggestions about who to focus on I have quite a few artists in mind.  Not necessarily ones you might have thought of.   The "students" seem to like discovering new things---new to them, in any case.

Think of this---artists that have been quickly covered in the overview class---Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, etc;  

Would people not like to know of such as Cisco Houston, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Jean Ritchie, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, and ever so many more---including  Kate Campbell, Eric Bogle, Hank Williams, and so many more in the later eras?

So---contact LIU if there is interest in this.


A tip of the fedora to Jimmy Cannon


1)    With all the TV channels available the main content is commercials.  Add to that, mostly, repeats of old programs and you have to wonder if less was not better.
2)   Let’s see if I have this right---the farmer raises a crop and the manufacturer makes a product but the financial interests move paper around, create shadow companies, collapse and then the taxpayers who raised crops and made products bail them out but no one bails out the taxpayers who created wealth and product.
3)    Oh WAMU how you and your investors got screwed.  Oh Chase what nice gifts you got for the holidays. Oh Obama administration how wonderful that the creators of this problem are resolving it in their best interests.
4)   It was so sad to hear of all the deaths on the Polish airplane that carried so many of the Polish hierarchy---but given the age of the plane, the instructions to the pilot, and the fact that all those important people were aboard it turns out to be a very Dark Polish Joke---especially given the destination and the timing.
5)   The father of the Trampoline died.  He was 96.  When the writer of The Hokey Pokey died I wonder if he was able to keep his left foot in and then his right foot out and then turn them all about before they closed the casket.  Hard to do.
6)    Who recalls when, before WNET Channel 13 was PBS, they presented The Play Of The Week?  A live play re-played for the week---some great classics with some great artists. 

7)    Since it is easier to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery I wonder if anyone ever won the lottery and then got struck by lightning since it happens more often.
8)   If you are in a bracket where you do not pay income tax does that mean you don’t own a piece of things like submarines, jets, governmental agencies, etc;?
9)   There was a time when you needed a horse and buggy to get around.  Now you have to pay $50 for a 20 minute ride in Central Park---and you do not go anywhere you need to go.
10)                    It has to be asked why people buy cars like certain models of Mercedes Benz that require $300.00 oil changes (special oil) and have the transmission dipstick locked so that no gas station can check the fluid.  The lock has to be cracked to open and then—guess what---you have to buy a new lock.  Whatever happened to “simple is better”?  But then you don’t get a mint on your dashboard along with a big thank you---or is it Danke Schoen?