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Saturday December 11, 2010: What's so funny about Peace, Love and Understanding and the percieved war on christmas

Folk Plus is a blend of contemporary and older singer songwriters with perhaps spoken word or Broadway tunes, or whatever may be relevant to the theme.  The station's website and stream are online at WWW.WJFFRADIO.ORG 

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 continue to volunteer Saturday mornings. Thanks also to John Webber for handling website and recording issues for Folk Plus.

There's a controversy circling the nation – the nation is divided. Goes beyond tax cut controversy, much more embattled, talking of course aobut
the war on christmas. Perhaps as you go around your family December routines, you haven't noticed,  but Gretchin Carlson,Pat Robertson
and Bill O'Reilly are just a few who have noticed. They are promoting the notion that phrases like "happy holidays" or "season's greetings"
show religious bigotry. They suggest that  "tidings of great cheer", generically encompassing many faiths, is offensive.

So good cheer should be carefully phrased followed by research into each reciever's beliefs before opening our mouths.  That would rule out any greeting to strangers, as you won't have been able to have had time to know which phrases would be expected. Seems like a lot of cautiousness involved in what can already be a very stressful bunch of weeks!

Peacekeeping is in the eye of the beholder.
This two hour setlist is called "Prince of Peace"; not meant to honor or not honor any particluar person or holdiay, but rather a collection of contemporary folk exploring choices between kindness, understanding, love and peace and for persecution, anger, hate and war.  Some cuts are taken from a show I did Saturday December 17th, 2005: called and like bullvinkle had two titles… Prince of Peace  in which the host musically explores choices between kindness, understanding, love and peace  and persection, anger, hate and war.  or  in which she asks the question:  "What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding?"

1. Eric Hansen - The Holy Man 255
A Lover's Lullaby - Half Moon and Full Star records

2. Roches - Anyway 246
Zero Church - Red House

3. David Rovics - Who Would Jesus Bomb? 401
Behind the Barricades: Best of David Rovics

4. Kamm and MacDonald - Calling on Love 414
Calling on Love -
a prayer to the future

5. Tom Payne(Chuck Brodsky) - We are Each Other's Angels 407
Ten Lucky Pennies -

6. Eileen McGann - Wisdom Guide Me 303
Beyond the Storm - Dragonwing

7. Si Kahn - What You Do With What You've Got 216
In My Heart - Philo

8. Andrew McKnight - Good Things Matter 319
Beyond Borders - Falling Mountain

9. Rebel Voices - (Roth) Nine Gold Medals 233
A Piece of the Wall - Reveille Music

10. David Roth - Fateful Intersection
Think Twice - Wind River

11. Guinevere and the Fire - Lui Collins (by Fred Small) 350
Stone by Stone -

12. Terri Allard - Never Ceases to Amaze me 458
Terry Allard -

LONDON, England (AP) --
Alfred Anderson, the last surviving soldier to have heard the guns fall silent along the Western Front during the spontaneous "Christmas Truce" of World War I, died Monday Nov. 21, 2005 at age 109.    He was 18 in the battle of 1914.  "I remember the silence, the eerie sound of silence. ...We shouted 'Merry Christmas,' even though nobody felt merry. The silence ended early in the afternoon and the killing started again. It was a short peace in a terrible war.I think about all my friends who never made it home, but it's too sad to think too much about it. Far too sad. I felt so guilty meeting the families of friends who were lost," he told The Times newspaper this month. "They looked at me as if I should have been left in the mud of France instead of their loved one. I couldn't blame them, they were grieving, and I still share their grief and bear that feeling of guilt." Anderson is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Heres one version of this famous example of peace reigning over war.

13. Artisan (Harding) - Christmas 1914 342
Paper Angels -

14. Artisan (Harding) - Scarlet Ray Gun
Paper Angels -

15. Roy Zimmerman - Buy War Toys for Christmas 300
Peacenick - Metaphor Records


16. Lucy Kaplansky (Lowe) - Whats So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding 319
Flesh and Bone -  Red House

17. Stir Up Your Power - Bob Franke  404
For Real -

18. Mara Levine w/ Joe Jencks - Straw Against the Chill [Bob Franke]-
Hudson Harding Sampler Volume 4

19. Kate Campbell - Woud They Love Him Down in Shreveport 253
For the Living of These days -

20. Ilene Weiss - Talkin' to the Wrong Guy 500
Weiss Christmas - Gadfly

21 James Gordon - There is No Silent Night 334
Mining for Gold - Borealis Records

22 Holly Near w/ Brian Lane Green - O Holy Night
And Still we Sing - Outspoken Collection - Calico Tracks

23 John McCutcheon - Christmas in the Trenches 652
Live at Wolf Trap - Rounder

24 Bill Jones (Norton) -Two Brothers 332
Two Year Winter - Compass

25 Roy Zimmerman - Two Brothers 329
Peacenick - Metaphor Records

26 Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert - Citizen of the World 411
Side of the World - Philo

27 Lucy Kaplansky - Land of the Living  4
Red Thread - Red House

28 Emily Kurn - Light the lamp 336
Hudson harding Sampler Volume 2

29.  Steve Downs, Charlotte watson  Sarah Ibberson : Whalebone - King of the Faeries 319 - Roosy Folky live and funky -



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