Friday, July 25, 2014

"Such is Old Crow’s Magic"

"Such is Old Crow’s magic. They make brand-new songs sound like traditionals and traditionals sound like songs you’ve never heard before. Every album has something you can’t wait to hear live, even if a new song sounds a lot like an old song. The Lumineers might land a hit with the greatest song they ever wrote as part of one nine-song release, and Mumford might have earned themselves a spot on that Grammy show thanks to two releases in six years, but Old Crow is the standard the string-band revolution should be judged by, and they aren’t nearly done making great songs. Not nearly."


"The Roosevelts" on PBS starting September 14

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, another documentary from Ken Burns, runs for seven consecutive nights on PBS stations beginning on September 14. The following day, all 14 hours of the series will become available online for two weeks to stream through PBS stations’ video sites, and other digital platforms.


Another Anti-Capitalist Fraud

"This Is Not Our Choice"

"He either enforces the laws on the books—as he was hired and elected to do—or he leaves Congress no option. This is not our choice, this is the President's choice and I would advise him to uphold the law on the books."
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)


Willie Watson Takes Vermont

Willie Watson stormed into the Green Mountain State last night at Higher Ground and took all the hearts and minds with him when he left. He has not only redefined himself as a folk-singing solo act—something he never saw himself being—but, if he keeps it up, he could well become one of the major voices in American folk music.

Up there with bigs like Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie. But his voice pulls from previous sources, from way up in the mountains. Not only his interpretations—his stylings—but the sheer force of his pipes hollers down at us from Appalachia. From before the time of microphones and amplification.

There's no doubting his authenticity.

His song picker is singular, each choice jammed with urgency and feeling. Going back to earlier, lesser-known versions of songs—like Lead Belly's take on "Midnight Special"—is gutsy. But he creates whole new song experiences that are already developing devoted followers.

When Willie sings a song you hang on every word to see what will happen, to get the meaning, and to seek release from the pain the writer was in when he sat down to write it. Women turning men into mules, men shooting women with shotguns, Mexican gold, racehorses named "Stewball"—it's all there for folk song lover in us all.



Catch Maryse Smith When You Can

". . Smith’s songs have a feel all their own. They’re simultaneously downers and uppers. They celebrate the quiet power of a melancholy mood . . She’s especially adept at the hardest thing for any young musician to master—writing a song that can feed your head, break your heart and touch your soul."


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Upcoming Writer Events

End of July, early August is looking pretty active for writing events, including:
According to the Barton Public Library website, the poetry workshops held there at 6:30pm on Wednesdays are continuing. A free poetry-writing workshop occurs at Studio 266 in Burlington Monday, July 28 starting at 6:30pm (meetup.com, 383-8104). And DIGPoetry  works are up all over St. Johnsbury through August.

Hope to see you at some of these events!

Public Meals and Food Shelves in St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Public meals in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, include daytimes ones starting at 11am and going to about noon:
Monthly evening meals take place:

  • Last Tuesday of the month from 5-6pm: alternating Catholic and Methodist churches
  • Last Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30pm: South Congregational Church

Foodbanks are Tuesday, Thursday: 12pm -4pm and Saturday: 10am-12pm (closed first Saturday of the month). Portland Street noon-2pm Saturday, noon-4pm other days inside of the old Lincoln Street school.

All of the above information is being checked for accuracy and completeness. Please verify before heading out.

"Like a HoneyBaked Ham on Christmas"

"Say what you want about the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, crack wise about suspect Italian engineering, mock its looks, point out its flaws in the cabin and otherwise (and there are more than a few). But literally none of it matters when this car is in its element, carving up asphalt like a HoneyBaked Ham on Christmas. In fact, it did feel like Christmas when we grabbed the keys to this diminutive Alfa." 


'He's Saying Hellish Things'

He's saying hellish things
His hellish mind sings
Hell his mind brings
He's saying hellish things.
July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

'Of Course They Make No Sense'

Canard means 'duck' in French
Shibboleth grain in Hebrew
Of course they make no sense
These ingredients of Leftist stew.
July 22, 2014

"Significant Consequences"

"We reach this conclusion, frankly, with reluctance. At least until states that wish to can set up their own Exchanges, our ruling will likely have significant consequences both for millions of individuals receiving tax credits through federal Exchanges and for health insurance markets more broadly."

'Running Full-Tilt'

All you know is running full-tilt
From wolf at door
From personal guilt.
July 22, 2014

'When the Final Roll Is Taken'

When the Final Roll is taken
When the Final List is read
With the rest of Earth foresaken
Who will bake Our Daily Bread?
July 22, 2014

'The Biggest Jerks Are Always Like That'

The biggest jerks are always like that
Going way beyond the call
Perhaps because they have it fat
And know how far we fall.
July 22, 2014