Chris Chandler's  Muse and Whirled Retort  September 2006

The Muse and Whirled Retort  September 1, 2006  Volume VII Issue xi  Washington, DC

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 ***FLASH***FLASH*** FLASH***   OK OK, I did it.  I got a myspace site.  Actually my dear friend Christine Stout set it up for me.    http://www.myspace.com/chrischandlerorg

To entice you to visit I have put up some streaming songs and a terrific new promotional video of the band playing live at places like the Oregon Country Fair, The Islands Folk Festival, The High Sierra and other familiar places. Please check it out and let me know what you think.  I really do value your input.

I promise to change the songs regularly and put up stuff that you've never heard before.

  ***FLASH***FLASH*** FLASH***All this week and through Sept 11 Cindy Sheehan's Camp Democracy on the Mall in Washington, DC   www.campdemocracy.org/



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 3. Welcome to the news letter! It has been a light month.  We did a quick trip through Pennsylvania and I ran down to Atlanta.  In the near future we are headed on a quick run as Dan Bern's http://www.danbern.com opening act, then through New Orleans, Texas and through the Midwest - Please see the A.N.N.O.U.N.C.E.M.E.N.T.S. Section for important details.

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T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.  
September 1, 2006  
Volume VII Issue xi  
Washington, DC  

Hey everybody, It's that time of the month again.  Sorry I am a few days late -  Last month, I wrote of the personal, and I got lots of responses asking for another screed on current events.  So, here ya go.

Whenever, I try to really understand a problem, I try to put myself in  the other guy s shoes, like an actor would.  An actor who plays a villain does not see him self as a villain.  He finds some pretext to justify his actions.  With that in mind, how do you play George Bush?   Even the worst community theatre thespian would find it to be like Lawrence Oliver trying to play Doby Gillis.  

His own motivations seem skewed. (George, not Larry) OK, we all know this Iraqi debacle had nothing to do with The World Trade Center - for which we honor the 5th anniversary this month.  Maybe it had something to do with world trade, but not The World Trade Center.  At best it was to try and install an American friendly government into the Middle East, which is kind of like asking John Mark Karr to baby sit your kids.

Everyone knew that Sadam's army was a paper tiger - well, more like  one of those origami cranes.  We knew we could have American troops in Baghdad in a matter of days.  American military intelligence is not so bad that it REALLY thought a second rate dictator had hijacked the set of a James Bond movie and was ready to use its mobile crystal meth labs to contaminate Ft Knox.  That wasn't the objective.

The objective was to make Iraq the 51st state  -  kinda like Israel or Canada. This, when you consider Iraq is rapidly catching up to the number of violent deaths we have in this country, may be happening. With a little luck, maybe they can catch us on executions, incarcerations, and infant mortality rates.

There are all kinds of examples in history he could have learned from to make a defeated country forgive, forget and accept its new status as a franchise.  But you would have to look at history and well, I think it is pretty obvious George Bush never attended a history class at Yale.   Maybe at Bob Jones University, but not at Yale.

After Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Lincoln did something brilliant,  that George Bush   as a business major (OK, skip that) - should have learned from.  Lincoln made sure that the surrendering army would continue getting paid.  He took their arms and sent them home, told them to tend to their families.  He gave them benefits as if they were Union army veterans.  It helped to unify a country torn apart by civil war and was a hell of a lot cheaper than continuing to police a hostile, economically devastated country.  (Sound familiar?)  

Once we got to Baghdad, where were the aircraft carriers filled with cement mixers and the skies looking like Normandy, only filled with parachutes dropping generators made in Normal,  Illinois?  Where were the battalions of construction workers; the divisions of translators and cultural liaisons; the brigades of electrical and civil engineers? Surely they weren't busy in New Orleans.  Why the HELL didn't Enron step up to help fix the power grid before declaring bankruptcy?  Why have we still not fixed the power grid?  

You bomb it, you fix it.

Hindsight is only 20/20 when you have some sort of vision to begin with.  The past 6 years we have had Mr. MaGoo sailing the ship of state off  the edge of the flat earth.  "Oh Magoo, you've done it again."

We have lost the moral high ground, and as anyone who has ever had any military training knows once you have lost the high ground it is nearly impossible to retrieve.  Right now, we look like Pickett s charge up Cemetery Ridge at the battle of Gettysburg shouting, "Stay the course, stay the course."  

Afterwards, General Lee asked, "Sir, where is your division?"  

Pickett replied, "Sir, I have no division."  That is about where we are today:  a doomed cause, with no chance of taking back the moral high-ground, and now in full retreat.  Anyone who has ever studied anything about military tactics could see that.  Oh but wait, no one in the Bush administration has any military background.

Actually, their idea of military background comes in the form of a flight suit and an aircraft carrier from which to hurl John Wayneisms.    

Now, there are those that say this guy is sooo bad that one really can t compare him to another American President.  I say, not so!  I compare him to Jefferson Davis.  A man, who came from privilege, was not elected, and whose cause was morally bankrupt and yet, sent thousands of naive young Americans out to fight and die for it.  

If we do as our president says. Why aren t we showing real faith in our newly installed government?  Why aren t we trying Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, Spc. James P. Barker, Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, and Pfc. Bryan L. Howard for rape and murder in an Iraqi court?   Or why not let the Iraqis try the perpetrators at Abu Ghraib?   Yet, we try Sadam Hussein there?  Why aren t we watching these events on court TV like Jean Benet Ramsey?  

Where is Judge Mohamed Wapner when ya need him?    

Which is it?  Do we believe in the new government of Iraq or don t we?   And if we do, we should pull out and let them run their own lives.  If we don t we should pull out, it s clear we are impeding the process of a stable government.  Either way, we should pull out, admit our mistakes honestly and openly, forgive ourselves, and maybe the world will begin to forgive us.    

What would Jesus do?  

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T.H.E. .A.N.N.O.U.N.C.M.E.N.T.S  
DR and I are desperately looking for dates in Texas and the Midwest to make this next tour possible.  Basically, our anchor date fell through and now we are stuck out in Texas and have really no gigs on the return trip.    I am hoping some of you out there would be interested in presenting us in a house concert or something that would get us up the road.  Look forward to hearing from you.

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OK OK, I did it.  I got a myspace site. http://www.myspace.com/chrischandlerorg

A friend set it up for me and then I discovered that club owners were linking to it rather than my website.  Other club owners would check myspace  - I had to do it.  And I have enjoyed chatting a bit with folks I have not heard from in a long time.  Please check it out   ummm ¦ become my friend.  I only have 6 myspace friends ¦ I feel so lonely.  Ihave often said my goal in life was to have 365 friends   maybe with myspace I can do just that.

To entice you to visit I have put up a terrific new video of the band playing live at places like the Oregon Country Fair, The Islands Folk Festival, The High Sierra and other familiar places.  It is very cool. Please check it out and let me know what you think.  I really do value your input.

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Have fun at Little Folk! I wish I could make it!  
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Congratulations to Ed and Alica!   Congratulations to My Niece Claire for graduating High School and Starting  College this month  
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T.H.A.N.K. .Y.O.U..!.

Mike and Judy Space, David Jacob Strain, Richard at the New Deal, Vicki and Bob Smedley, Green Party of PA,  Ray, Kati & Family, Dennis, Maggie and Jiggs and posthumously, Pops, Ted Glick, David Morreale, S.N.A.F.U., The Washington Fringe Fest,  LRod, Doreen, Rene, Barry and all of Cabardio, KKFI, Karen Kilroy, Christine Stout, Dan Bern,  Eric Schwartz, and The Folk Alliance.  Insert your name here.

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H.E.R.E.S. ..D.A. .D.A.T.E.S.  
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006, 6:30-9:30  Edgewood , MD   David Roe Solo  Clarence's Taste Of New Orleans  2131 Old Edgewood Rd.  (410)612-0700  http://www.clarencestasteofneworleans.com/index.php?page=about

 Friday, September 8th, 2006, 7PM  Washington, DC  
The Mall (capitol side)  
With labor music performers, Janet Bates http://www.janetbates.com/, John Flynn http://www.johnflynn.net/, Nadir http://distortedsoul.com  

Sunday, September 10th, 2006, 12-3PM  Washington, DC  
The Mall
a workshop on Political Commentary and Satire   With: Graham and Barbara Dean (moderators) http://www.commonsensesongs.com/ Dave Lippman, AKA George Shrub the Singing CIA Agent http://davelippman.com/  Eric Schwartz http://www.ericschwartz.com Nadir http://distortedsoul.com

Monday, September 11th, 2006, 12-3PM  Washington, DC
The Mall  
In Memoriam - Remembering Five Years Ago   With John Flynn http://www.johnflynn.net/, Tom Chelston http://www.tomsongs.org/, Nadir http://distortedsoul.com, Spook Handy http://spookhandy.com Other artists may join in -   Tuesday, September 12th, 2006  Philadelphia, PA   Chris Chandler solo  The Philly Song Shuffle   Finnigan's Wake  3rd and Spring Garden Streets  http://www.mickchoder.com/shuffle2006.htm

Sunday, September 17th, 2006, 4pm  NYU   private show.

Sunday, September 17th, 2006, 11PM  New York, NY  
The Sidewalk  
94 Avenue A

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006, 8 PM  Vienna, VA  
Jammin' Java  
Opening for Dan Bern  227 Maple Avenue E  703/255-1566 x8  http://www.jamminjava.com/

We could sure use a date here between Vienna, VA and Charlotte, NC   Richmond? Roanoke? Chapel Hill?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 8 pm  Charlotte, NC  
Opening for Dan Bern  
The Evening Muse  
3227 N. Davidson Street (corner of N. Davidson & 36th)  704-358-9298  http://www.theeveningmuse.com/

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 8 PM  
Ashville, NC  
The Grey Eagle  Opening for Dan Bern  
185 Clingman Avenue  828-232-5800  http://www.thegreyeagle.com/

Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 7:30 pm  Atlanta, GA  
Eddie's Attic  
515-B North McDonough St. (upstairs)  404-377-4976  http://www.eddiesattic.com  

WE HAVE A WIDE OPEN WEEKEND HERE  and a Monday, too!
Anyone in the Atlanta area?   Or 200 miles or so away?   Asheville? Charlotte? Nashville? Chattanooga? Macon? Birmingham?

Sunday, October 1st, 2006  Greenville, SC  
Coffee Underground in the Theatre  
1 East Coffee Street  http://www.witsendpoetry.com/index.html

Tuesday, Oct 3rd 2006   Pensacola,  FL  
Slugo s   tentative

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006, 7:30  
Baton Rouge, LA  
Brew Ha-Ha!  711 Jefferson Hwy. Ste. 2-A  225.923.1923  http://www.myspace.com/melovecoffee

 Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 8pm  New Orleans, LA  
The Gold Mine  701 Dauphine Street  http://www.goldminesaloon.net

 Friday, October 6th, 2006, 8-10 PM  Houston  
Dan Electro's Guitar Bar  
1031 E 24th  713-862-8707  http://www.danelectrosguitarbar.com

Saturday, October 7th, 2006  Austin, TX  
Cactus Café
U of Texas Campus

 Monday, October 9th, 2006, 8PM  Plantersville, TX  
Nuevo Chile  Toon Town  

*******Boy do we need help here.*******  
Dallas, Ft Worth?   Arkansas?   St   Louis?   Kansas   City?   Indianapolis?  Cincinnati?
WITHOUT YOUR HELP HERE WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO THIS WHOLE THROUGH TEXAS TOUR
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Sunday, October 22nd, 2006, 7:30  Louisville, KY
Heine Brothers  opening for The Troubadours of Divine Bliss!!!

Longest Ave   Monday, Oct 23   Louisville,  KY  
Air Devil s   tentative

 Friday, October 27th, 2006, 8pm  Syracuse, NY
REDHOUSE  

ANYONE in NY State interested in having us here?  
On October 25, 26, 28 or 29?

Monday, November 6th, 2006  Frederick  WestSide Cafe  1A W. 2nd Street  http://www.westside-cafe.com

 Thursday, November 16th, 2006  Columbus, GA  Fort Benning, GA  http://soaw.org

We are thinking west coast here late Jan/early Feb - anyone wanting a show - now would be a good time to get your requests in!!!!!!!


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