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2010: This week's music and news
Folk Plus is a blend of
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so much to Maureen Neville who brought you contemperary folk these past
two weeks. Maureens knowledge from running the band box, and her
radio show Riverside Cafe make her a great host.
This week's music and news.
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once one of the most
powerful and feared Republicans in Congress, was convicted Wednesday on
charges that he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates
1. David Ippolito - Where'dat Money Go -
Common Ground - DavidIppolito.com
corporate money messes
For the past week, the Obama administration has been trying to lure
Israel into a 90-day
freeze on settlement construction
in the West Bank so that the Palestinians will return to direct talks
broken off when the last freeze ended in September.
2. Pete Morton - Two Brothers -
Swarthmoor - harbourtownrecords.com
metaphor of a parent talking to two fightingting brothers
This week, announcement from London that prince William will marry Kate
Middleton. True, William did not use the word love when referring to
bride-to-be. Nor did he sound like the most romantic person ever when
he described how their friendship had blossomed into something else:
“We just spent more time with each other and had a good giggle.” Also,
he added, he liked Kate’s “really naughty sense of humor.”
Spencer was 19 and had no idea what she was in for when she got
engaged; Miss Middleton is 28 and has had a great deal of time to
ponder the potential consequences of marrying into a family not known
for its high levels of emotional intelligence. But she clearly feels
ready. “It’s been how many years?” she joked in the interview,
referring to a courtship so long it earned her the catty tabloid
nickname Waity Katie. “I’m willing to learn quickly and work
hard,” the future bride said.
3. Christine Lavin - Prince Charles -
Live at Cactus Cafe - Philo
"I'm never going to get to be the furture 'Queen of England' blues'
A college student from Arizona State
University named Bryan Belanger this past week lost his backpack
containing his computer and 3300 bucks cash he had to buy a new car.
Five days after losing it, Dave Tally, a homeless man who lives on the
streets of Tempe, Az, returned the money and computer. Tally said "There are many things I could
care of but the fact of the matter was it was not my money. I didn't
earn it." http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978707114
4. Michael McNevin - Secondhand Story -
Secondhand Story - Muddpuddle Music
A guy finds a bag in a secondhand shop and hoping what he feels in a
pocket is money.
Target was a stray dog in
Aghganistan who saved soldiers from a suicide bomber. Terry Young saved
up to fly Target ot the US to live with him. He even appeared on Oprah
recently. Tragicly Target was accidently put to sleep this week at an
animal shelter. There are many contemporary folk singers writing about
strong bonds between animals and people
5. James Keelaghan - Sinatra and I - Home - Appleseed
"There he sat curled up back in the corner... he strolled out of the
kennel and into my life"
President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sergeant
Salvatore Giunta last week. Giunta, now 25 is an Iowa
native, was given the award for
repeatedly running into enemy fire to save American lives in the Valley
of Death in Aghanistan, and rescue a
fellow soldier from the Taliban three years ago.
Guinta was modest. "....to be with so many people doing so
much stuff and then to be singled
out - and put forward. I mean, everyone did something. Okay, someone
wrote about this, and then someone else approved it. And then a story
was told and handshakes were made, and then sooner or later, I'm
talkin' to the president of the United States. I don't see how that
"This is only one moment," he added. "I don't think I
did anything that anyone else I was with wouldn't have done. I was in a
position to do it. That was what needed to be done. So that's what I
nine of the Medals of Honor awarded previously for conduct since the
end of the Vietnam War have gone to members of the military who fell in
the line of duty, including three awarded by Mr. Obama. It has been
almost 40 years since the award was given to someone who was not killed
in action. “If I’m a hero, every man that stands around me, every
woman in the
military, everyone who goes into the unknown is a hero,” he says. “So
if you think that’s a hero – as long as you include everyone with
He used an analogy of painting a picture. He said he was the first
or last brush-stroke. He was just one brush-stroke in the picture and
had all the other guys not painted their brush-strokes than his
wouldn’t have mattered. He said he hopes to convey to the world
how great the ‘average Soldier’ is.
6. Kate Powers - Travis John - Pearls: Collection of Songs -
"I was a boy full of promise, bull of freedom"
Speaking of Heroes, CNN had their annual night of honoring heroes.
there were ten honored, and we will hear a musical commentary by
subject after a quick bio on each.
- Since 2005, Texas home builder Dan Wallrath has given
injured Iraq and Afghanistan veterans homes of their own --
mortgage-free. He and his Operation Finally Home team have five new
custom homes under construction.
7. Chuck McCabe - Contractor - Creatures
of Habit In a World of Change - TrueWind Music
"I've put a roof over your head in every town in this nation"
- Guadalupe Arizpe De La Vega founded a hospital in Juarez, Mexico,
that cares for about 900 people every day. Jaurez is one of the most
dangerous places in the world. Despite the escalating violence in the
city, the 74-year-old travels there several times a week to make sure
residents get the care they need, whether they can pay or not.
8.Tom Russell - Hills of Juarez -
Borderland - Hightone records
"we can run some cocaine powder right by
the custom's booth"
"isn't this a rush, when you're running through the gunfire"
9. Mr. Rogers: Speaking about his heroes
- The World according to Mister Rogers - Audeo
starting with Atlas, holding up the world, In 1944 I was a weak 16 year
old. My next hero was a big man on campus in our high school. A letter
man with all A's. He goes on to list Ghandi, Jane Adams, Albert
Schweitzer, Bo Lozoff, [ http://www.humankindness.org/ ], Yo Yo
Ma, and others who care about beauty and refuses to bow to fast loud
sensationalism and greed.
He says "Recently I've added an unknown hero to my list, the person who
drives the car with sign that reads "vintage volunteer, home delivered
So they are some of my heros now. The kind of people that help us
realize that biggest doesnt necessarily mean best. That the important
things in life are inside things like feelings and wonder and love. The
ultimate happiness is being able to help our neighbour become a hero
- With her weight-loss challenge, Shape Up Vicksburg, Linda Fondren is helping
her Mississippi hometown battle the bulge. Through free fitness
activities and nutrition classes, residents have lost nearly 15,000
pounds to date.
10. Miss Amy - Do You Know Your
Muscles? - Music to Get you moving! - MissAmyKids.com
Fitness Rock and Roll
- Susan Burton was once caught in a cycle of addiction and
incarceration. Today, her nonprofit A New Way of Life Reentry Project
provides sober housing and other support services to formerly
incarcerated women in California.
11. Lynn Miles - Little Bird - Fall For
Beauty - True North -
"Little Bird" was inspired by a well-known
Canadian Doctor called Gabor Mate who's work deals mainly with helping
drug addicts in Vancouver's very impoverished East Hastings
area. The song is very hopeful, and Lynn wrote it to try
and give people dealing with addiction an uplifting message.
Anuradha Koirala is
fighting to prevent the trafficking and sexual exploitation of Nepal's
women and girls. Since 1993, she and her group, Maiti Nepal, have
helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 12,000 victims.
12. Cosy Sheridan - Bikini on a
Billboard - Anthymn - Wind River
"...a bikini on a billboard 50 feet
tall, spreading her legs, over us all"
"how come little girls disappear in parking lots"
- Narayanan Krishnan
brings hot meals and dignity to India's homeless and destitute -- 365
days per year -- through his nonprofit Akshaya Trust. Since 2002, he
has served more than 1.2 million meals.
13. Artisan - Dream Home -
Breathing Space - Festival Records
"doors make you feel safe, but not from the outside when you're
- Since 1992, Magnus
MacFarlane-Barrow has dedicated his life to helping people in
need. Today, his program, Mary's Meals -- run from a tin shed in the
Scottish highlands -- provides free daily meals to more than 400,000
children around the world.
14. Susan Werner - Help Somebody -
Gospel Truth - Sleeve Dog Records
When you've got enough to give away, well it's the only way to live
15. Sue and Dwight -
Lucky Me - Little Child Big world - sueanddwight.com
"Lucky Me, Ive got more than I need.......the world is one, we share
the same sun"
Harmon Parker is using his masonry skills to save lives. Since
1997 he has helped build 45 footbridges over perilous rivers in Kenya,
protecting people from flash floods and predatory animals. The bridges
also connect isolated villagers to valuable resources.
16. Terry Kitchen - Build a bridge from
Both sides - Summer to Snowflakes - terrykitchen.com
"The only way across when the water is wide"
Aki Ra is helping to make his native Cambodia safer by clearing
land mines -- many of which he planted years ago as a child soldier.
Since 1993, he and his Cambodian Self Help Demining organization have
cleared about 50,000 mines and unexploded weapons.
David Rovics - Ballad of a Cluster Bomb - Hang a Flag in the Window -
"This Farmer's field is where I nest" one step sealed their fate
17. Bruce Cockburn - Mines of Mozambique
- Charity of Night -
- Evans Wadongo,
23, invented a way for rural families in Kenya to replace smoky
kerosene and firelight with solar power. Through his Use Solar, Save
Lives program, he's distributed an estimated 10,000 solar lanterns for
free. Learn more about Evans
18. Magpie and Kim and Reggie harris -
Give Light - Appleseed
"Give light and people will find the way...."
from nov. 23rd NYTimes
Liberty High School grad, Amarynth Sichel, now sells grilled cheese to
Columbia students at night for charity. "I was a devout grilled
cheese-maker in high school, so for me, joining
FeelGood was a must," said Sichel. "I have always been committed to
groups that are dedicated to uplifting the world. When you know you're
working for your global family, that's a powerful motivator."
Local environmental activist John H. Adams [whose son Ramsey lives
locally now Catskill
was awarded the Medal of Freedom along with maya angelo, warren bufft]
Rolling Stone writes: "If the planet has a lawyer, it's John Adams."
"These outstanding honorees come from a broad range of backgrounds and
they've excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived
extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and
made our country and our world a better place. I look forward to
awarding them this honor."
John H. Adams co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1970.
Adams served as Executive Director and, later, as president of the
nonprofit environmental advocacy group until 2006. His tenure is
unparalleled by the leader of any other environmental organization.
Erin Brockovich is back in the news, and back to work on Hinkley, Where
Residents Claim New Chromium Problems
An environmental contamination case that made paralegal Erin Brockovich
famous, after she was portrayed by actress Julia Roberts in a
Oscar-winning movie about the litigation, may not be over yet.
Some residents around Hinkley, Calif., say they're experiencing new
problems with hexavalent chromium-tainted groundwater, after a
contaminated plume spread beyond a containment area established in 2008
by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., according to state officials. Among
those who claim they are suffering again is a lead plaintiff who worked
with Brockovich to get the ball rolling on the original case, reports
the Los Angeles Times in a lengthy article.
It resulted in a $333 million settlement by PG&E in 1997 to 660
Now, says Roberta Walker, "there is a poisonous plume moving towards
me, like a plague" at the new home she bought several miles away from
her former residence with the nearly $1 million she got from the
settlement. But "Erin told me not to worry. She said she'll take care
However, work that the utility has been doing to remediate the area
has had a positive effect, according to Robert Doss, a PG&E
principal engineer. And, while the paramenters of the plume may shift
from time to time and families understandably may worry, the plume
isn't growing overall and concerns about health issues may be
exaggerated, he says.
A hearing is scheduled in May. Not settled from 1997, back in
the news 2010.
19. Patty Larkin - Metal drums - In the
Square - Philo
The other side of time....every other
woman died of cancer
November 22 1963 JFK was assasinated
20. Steve Gilette - Two Men in the
Building -Texas and Tennessee - Redwing
Thanks to staff and station
management for accommodating Angela's health issues and maintaining a
chemical and fragrance free environment. Complying with these
accommodations allow her to
to volunteer Saturday mornings. Thanks also to John Webber for handling
website and recording issues for Folk Plus.
The first Thanksgiving was held in the fall of 1621, sometime between
September 21 and November 11, and was a three-day feast. The Pilgrims
were joined by approximately 90 of the local Wampanoag tribe, including
Chief Massasoit, in celebration. They ate fowl and deer for certain and
most likely also ate berries, fish, clams, plums, and boiled pumpkin.
t wasn't until October 1777 that all 13 colonies celebrated a day of
Thanksgiving. The very first national day of Thanksgiving was held in
1789, when President George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26
to be "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer," to especially give
thanks for the opportunity to form a new nation and the establishment
of a new constitution.
Yet even after a national day of Thanksgiving was declared in 1789,
Thanksgiving was not an annual celebration. On October 3, 1863,
Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation
that declared the last Thursday in November (based on Washington's
date) to be a day of "thanksgiving and praise." For the first time,
Thanksgiving became a national, annual holiday with a specific date
So when FDR announced his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1939, he
declared the date of Thanksgiving to be Thursday, November 23, the
second-to-last Thursday of the month.
There were holidays and football games already planned and this caused
much confusiion, so as to cuase two thanksgiving dates. On December 26,
1941, Congress passed a law declaring that Thanksgiving
would occur every year on the fourth Thursday of November.
21. Kritina Olsen - Thanksgiving/ Thankful - All Over Down Under - take
a Break Productions
22. Steve Cohen - Home for the Holdiays - Silent Too Long -
23. Stan Freberg - Thanksgiving Story - United States of America Vol 1
& 2. - Rhino
24. Herdman, Hills, Mangsen - Uncle dave's Grace - At the Turning of
the year - hand and Heart Music
25. John McCutcheon - Thanksgiving Day - Autumnsongs - Rounder