Fri Nov 11, 2011
Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune at Carbon Arc Independent Cinema.
Great crowd last night. Looked like it was sold out. Phil Ochs' music and the recalling of 1960s politics really moved the audience.
Very few young people came though, which is a pity, because I was hoping his intelligence, insight, parody, humour and biting criticism would encourage young songwriters to be as bold in their actions and song content.
I say this because too many young songwriters in the folk field just write about love. It's so damn boring.
Phil's sister Sonny had agreed to send me an audio of her giving an intro to the movie. She sent it on CD and mailed it from New York State 3 weeks ago and it still hasn't arrived!
Naturally, I thought that Uncle Sam and his son CIA had it holed up and locked down somewhere in the land of stars and stripes.
But she sent an e-mail intro which I read to the audience.
Because of a rush to clear the theatre for the next movie, I was really sorry that I had no time to talk to all who came. Some I knew but many I didn't. By the time I had packed my stuff, most had dissolved into the night.
If you were there, please let me know. Send an e-mail to touchstone(at)bevlamb.ca
Today is Remembrance Day. Torrential rain. Fewer people at the cenotaph to Remember. Phil's words from the night before and over 40 years ago, still resonated.
Dave Van Ronk's 'He Was A Friend Of Mine' rang in my ears too. It played over the credits, and was sung at Phil's Memorial concert in New York. His profound gaze dripped with loss.
11-11-11 today. At the 11th second at the 11th minute, I was still there. 11-11-11-11-11. The rain now pelted with loss.
With teary eyes closed, I thanked those who marched so that I wouldn't have to, and was thankful that the peace that came, allowed me to march in protest 30 years later, against what they had to march into.
Sat Oct 29, 2011
Every now and then, CKDU is surveyed by the SOCAN folks, so to get broadcasting royalties into the hands of songwriters/composers (however little it is), during these periods we play music by them.
Today's show was during a four-day stretch of monitoring by SOCAN. An idea came to me for the first time. "Why not choose Canadian artists and a song they've written too, but I'll make it music from CFA's -- performers who have come (moved) to Nova Scotia from away."
Most of these CFA's came from other provinces. Some were born in the U.S., both Irelands or England. One American became a Canadian while living here and he died here too, and one is an instrumentalist, not a singer.
CFA playlist ~ All these performers moved to Nova Scotia
Andrew White - Woodsprites Desires
Dennis Ryan - Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore
Evans & Doherty - The Highwaymaid
Razzmatazz (Sandy Greenberg & Thomas Cormier) - Sleeping Over
Old Man Luedecke - Just Like a River
Don Osburn - Where The Westerlies Blow Onshore
Rose Vaughan Trio (Rose) - Man/Maid Moon
Stephen Fearing - The Bells Of Morning
Mary Story - Ploughman Laddies
David Greenberg/Chris Norman (David) - Lord Elcho...
Lennie Gallant - Northern Lights
Laura Smith - I'm a Beauty
Don Ross - Obrigado (Egberto)
Brooke Miller - Trouble Where You Seek It
Thom Swift - My Dog
Bonnie Ste-Croix - Canadian Girl
Off With Their Heads (Bill Plaskett) - Tickle Cove Pond
Bob Ardern - Leaving For Lunenburg
James Hill - Down Rideau Canal
This is not all. More of the performers I played, will be added soon...