Welcome to the fragrance free, chemical free, hydro-powered studios
of WJFF run mostly by volunteers and funded by members. .It airs Saturdays
from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on WJFF,
at 90.5 fm in Jeffersonville, N.Y. and 94.5 in Monticello N.Y.
Folk Plus is mostly lyrically and theme based. This Folk Plus was planned with the help of John Webber.
Angela Page has hosted Folk Plus since 1993. Check a decade of playlists at http://www.wjffradio.org/FolkPlus
two week archives at http://www.wjffradio.org/wjff/index.php?section=38
. listen to our stream at WWW.WJFFRADIO.ORG
Today is Valentines Day 2009. I’ve
been doing Folk Plus on Saturdays for over 16 years now and I havn't
ever succumbed to two hours of love songs on Valentines week. But today
is different, and I will explain why.
This kind of music has been a backbone of pleasure for my whole life; acting as my confident, therapist, and soul builder. It's no surprise that some of my deepest relationships revolve around this world of folk music. I want to share with listeners one special relationship that began rooted in this music and developed into what is now beginning its 14th year. It is after many journeys of struggle and successes together, that John Webber and I decided to marry this Valentines Day.
As many of you know my body cannot process a roomful of personal product fragrances, cleaning chemicals, fragrances and other vocs without relying on a respirator, which isn’t a very gracious wedding accessory. So, how could I have the traditional wedding ceremony with friends and family attending. We had discussed simply going to our town mayor and announce it in retrospect. Then we came upon the idea of celebrating on the radio so friends and family could attend virtually.
WJFF has stuck by accommodating my chemical intolerance disability by keeping the station green, fragrance and chemical free. Each week staff abides by the signs here so that I will not be forced to breathe anything that would make me have difficulties, for I can’t be live on the air while wearing a respirator. WJFF has allowed me to continue to volunteer doing something I love, that is, bringing contemporary folk to you on a weekly basis. So this venue became the logical and perfect idea.
What began as an accommodation at first has developed into a rather unique and fun cyber-wedding. The whole show will be available will be available later on the archive site for those who missed it in real time. There will also be videos at the wjffradio.org site and after the ceremony the phone lines will be open for an interactive cyber wedding toasts and comments for those who would like to call in. We have also created a facebook page, accessable by anyone wishing to post a comment or wishes. Look for Page Webber Wedding at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=65535450588
We admit it’s a bit less traditional than “registering” but it is far cheaper, more interesting and builds community.
The adaptation for an on air wedding also accommodates my family and friends who, due to issues of timing, weather and health may not have been able to attend a traditional wedding anyway. Having it on air makes it possible for everyone "attend" from the comfort of rooms in Europe, Canada, Australia and the US.
Jeffersonville Mayor Ed Justus will
be here sometime after noon and we will hold our on air ceremony
then. He has graciously agreed to use fragrance free products for
So for today's Folk Plus, John and I chose the selections. We will play love songs and quotes until the Mayor Ed Justus, arrives to conduct the ceremony.
Thanks to Padma for sending some quotes on love and marriage from Sun magazine http://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/397/sunbeams , to Joe Befumo who personally obtained a song I wanted to play from e-bay, and for those who sent or suggested music.
Lots of love and thoughts.
You can listen to the service here:
To find the index to my
setlists go to the 2009 Index page at https://folkplus.com/setlists/2009index.html
Facebook commentary and photos will be growing at http://www.facebook.com/group.
markers for the audio http://www.wjffradio.org/parchive/m3u.php?mp3fil=7441741]
1. Garnet Rogers - All That Is 345
All That Is - Red House
"may your love be a shelter to the ending of your days"
2. David Roth
- Rising in Love 248
Rising in Love - Folk Erz
Blumenfeld - A Wedding Song 345
Barehanded - 1 800 PrimeCD
Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.
Karl Roberts, age five
In 1927, when he began his courtship of
Dorothy Thompson, Sinclair
Lewis followed her across Europe, all the way to Moscow. At Moscow
Airport . . . the press was waiting to greet him. “What brought you to
Russia?” Lewis was asked.
“Dorothy,” he said.
“We mean, what’s your business here?” the press persisted.
“Dorothy,” said Lewis.
“You misunderstand. What do you plan to see in Russia?”
“Dorothy,” said Lewis.
Bartlett’s Book of
4. James Gordon - My Stars, Your Eyes 356
Newly written, sent in by James for the occasion. Thanks James.
"My starts, your eyes, jupitor and mars, I'm a lucky guy"
A good relationship comes down to conversation and sex and good manners, I suppose. And if you can continue your conversation and your bawdiness and your good manners for more than ten years, then you’re doing awfully well. Conversation is the truest barometer in a relationship, and when you’re not moved to open your heart to your lover, something’s wrong that needs fixing. We all know that. And yet it’s a fabulous gift, true conversation. The world is full of cant and rote and reflexive chatter; good talk is pure gold, and it’s what lovers need from each other.
12. Beatles -
You Need is Love 348
The Beatles - Capitol
My daughter, attending Syracuse and listening in her dorm IMed "Love is all you need, (and financial aid)"
free friend from high school came in with her oldest daughter with some
champagne and delivered it on the air. "Imagine, married, after all
this time" She now teaches locally and recounted how she has enjoyed
switching to non fragrant products. She teaches in Pa, and recounted a
story who had a student with an asthma attack, just that week in her
class, from sprayed fragrance.
Crowell - Love is All I Need 520
The Houston Kid - Sugar Hill
E mail from
some "wedding crashers", longtime listener of Folk Plus - Michael -
You don't know me, from Ca, your story inspires me
Bruce Cockburn - One of the Best Ones
Nothing But a Burning Light - Columbia
"were faced with mysterys provide and this is one of the best ones" [faded at 104:17]
15. John Gorka - Love is Our Cross
I Know - Red House
Suggested by my friend Ruth Huggler. Had a call from Ithaca from Andrew saying "I was holding it together until this song"
A call from
my neice Jenn in Baldwin, Ontario Canada, who bought a new dress for
the occasion and posted herself listening on her own facebook
page. "The day has finally come and it's only moments away, can
you believe it and Im part of it.. dressed up ready to go... did my
"We've seen you with years and happiness and we know there will be nothing but more years of happiness. Everybody here is listening and partacing, this is the best way to make this happen for you"
A call from
my buddy Jenn in Smallwood who is also a respirator wearer. "This is so
cool, I wanna say as a fellow mask wearer, I've missed so many family
and friends weddings so thanks to your creativity in allowing us to
participate in spirit. I also want to say thanks to both of you for
what you've done for our community of mold and chemical injury
sufferers. THnaks for your music, your wonderful family and support for
each other." A friend read the following quote: "I think the
older I get – and perhaps you are finding this true, too –
acts of loving kindness, toward others and toward ourselves, indeed,
toward all that lives on this earth, are the only saving grace,
literally. The only grace that can save us." Gloria Steinem
"I want that blessing to be with you, thanks for all the loving kindness you've both displayed. Be well"
- Farthest Shore 337
Big Horizon - A & M
I love the idea of having everything you need in just what you believe and who you are with...
17. Townes Van
Zandt - I'll be here in the morning 254
Townes Van Zandt - Tomatoe
mayor of Jeffersonville arrived. Yes, Justus, great name for someone
who will be marrying you.
(Lennon/McCartney) I Will - More Pearls - stockfisch-records.de 310
My sister Donna Edwards ~ over Pachelbel's Canon in D, ~ The Greatest of These is Love (1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8a)
"Be ambitious for the higher gifts, and now I will show you a way that is better than any of them.
If I speak with human eloquence and that of angels as well, but speak without love, I am nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy, knowing and understanding all of life's mysteries -- and if I have faith great enough to move mountains; but am without love, I am nothing.
If I give away to the needy all that I possess, and if I even suffer martyrdom, but am without love, I gain nothing.
This love of which I speak is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. It is never boastful or conceited. It is never possessive or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. It takes no pleasure in the failings of others, but rather delights only in the truth.
This love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading to its hope. It will outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen away. This love will not come to an end."
23. The Turtles - Happy Together
Summer of Love - TimeLife.com
David Ginsburgh called in from
Hurleyville. "I just want to send fondest wishes from our family here
in Hurleyville. A groundbreaking day I ugess getting married on the
radio - in cyberspace with twittering and all that. We wanna see you
personally and wish you our best. We are overjoyed aobut how this is
going. Love the music too"
Debbie Hennes, North Salem Westchester, a
friend from 15 years old "I finally got through, congratulations you
guy" "This is the first wedding I've attended fromthe comfort of my
bed, I have the flu. Its beautiful to hear you guys and Im so happy for
you. It was a beautiful. I enjoyed your music selections and what you
said. Much love to you"
"In every marriage more than a week old,
there are grounds for
divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for
from Robert Anderson (whoever he is.)
Karen from Syracuse, another sufferer of
MCS called in with good wishes. She thought she was just witnessing and
At this point we had difficulty getting
the third telephone line on air. When we thought it was working,
we interrupted Shawn a few times.
24. Shawn Colvin - I Don't Know Why
Cindy from SugarLand Texas called in with
good wishes. "I cant believe it, this is so perfect, I really
appreciate you including everybody like this. IT was beautiful and I
love you guys."
John's sister Peggy Westfall called in
from Virginia. [157:43] " Hi Angie you look fabulous!" (LOL)
Padma called with good wishes, but didn't
say anything on air.
There was a request for Dr. Zhivago.
Someone must have known that John loved that movie, but we didn't
prepare for this request.
My mother and father call in from Ft.
Myers Florida. "It was wonderful. We just wanted to call at the end of
the program because we have only just got our breathe back from such a
breathtaking experience, and we want tyo thank you for your love, your
engenuity and your creativity. You have added one more "day of days" to
our day of days, thank you so much.
At this point some audios cut off the last
minute where my mother got on the line and John said "thanks mum, hey,
I can call you mum"
We made the paper the next day:
You can listen to the
or WJFF archived audio is at:
other quotes from sun magazine http://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/397/sunbeams
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