Chris Chandler's  Muse and Whirled Retort  January, 2007

January, 1 2007  Volume VIII Issue iii
T.A.B.L.E. .O.F. .C.O.N.T.E.N.T.S.

Happy New Year

1. Brand new stuff for December
2. How to get stuff
3. Greetings and quick run down of recent past and the near future
4. The Muse and Whirled Retort
5. Announcements

6. The DR is In
7. "Thank You!"
8. Dates

BRAND NEW for January 2007:


Today is January 1st and I, hungover, am headed to the studio in  
Takoma Park to pick up the finished and mastered NEW CD, AMERICAN  

We have been in the studio all month, creating another double CD with  
fabulous special guests, bonus features, and of course includes all  
the new material from the past year or so as well as a few most  
requested favorites!

If you would like to order an advance copy it would sure help a lot:  
Advance CD Sales

I have put up one of the new songs on myspace.  Give A Listen: Letters

We hope to have it in our hot little hands by the time we get to the  
Tacoma, Washington date. (see below)

We could still use your help making this CD.  Being in the studio is  
expensive, and every hour we were in the studio is one we weren't at  
your favorite neighborhood coffeehouse making a nickel.

If you are feeling good this month and would like to contribute to  
the recording efforts, a donation of a hundred dollars will get you  
in the liner notes.

Enough of the crass commercial announcements. Lets get to the news.


3. Welcome to the news letter - It's that time of the month again...
Biggest news this month:

We are booking as we go on this tour across the country and we need  
you help. Check the dates for details.


4. And now...

T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.

The Muse and Whirled Retort
January 1, 2007

Volume VIII Issue iii
Washington, DC

At the top of the new year I would like to share with you a letter a  
friend of mine gave to me from his son who was serving in Iraq.

Dear Mon and Dad,

Today is Sunday, January 19th.  I have been out at sea for three days  
and I am starting to feel better.  The first two days I was  
completely sick from seasickness and some virus.  I come out here out  
everyday to the skin of the ship to write letters and whale watch,  
which isn't great because I haven't seen any.

But there are plenty of dolphins that swim along the side of the  
ship. I watch the horizon and sunset etc.  This seems so unreal to  
me.  I have never seen water this blue before.  I have never looked  
360 degrees around me and seen nothing but water, clouds the sun  and  
a fleet of battle ships surrounding me.

Tomorrow is one of my many many training days on the ship to prepare  
me for my mission.  I will also be training a short time in Kuwait.

This is hard for me to comprehend.  It seems like my whole life has  
changed in an instant. Yesterday, I was in a classroom learning about  
trigonometry and history. I graduated and volunteered for boot camp.  
I went to school and graduated as a grunt.  I was sent across the  
country to train, and now I am being sent across the world to fight.

Today, I am in a classroom learning about tactical urban combat and  
nuke, bio, and chemical welfare in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on  
my way to experience first hand what I am learning in the class room.

I am not afraid of dying, but I am afraid of what will happen to  
those that I love if something happens to me.

Soon enough I will be in the city of Baghdad - in the middle of the  
desert- in full combat gear — ready to carry out my mission —  
wondering how this happened so fast — wishing I was back home dating  
Sheila and taking care of my family,  and although I think about this  
it doesn't mean I am sad about the choices I have made.  It  
doesn't mean that by wondering why I didn't make the other  
decision  because if I didn't do it I would be wondering what if  
I had made to other decision — I am not a proud Marine. Just because  
I wonder "what if,"  it doesn't mean I am not proud of what I am  
doing or that I made the wrong decision - I am still proud to be  
fighting for my country still proud to be participating in Operation  
Iraqi Freedom.

I am being called back now I need to send this letter in the next  
hour for it to get there by Tuesday or Wednesday.  I would love to  
keep writing but I really have to go.

I love you both very much,


And here is another letter.

This one is from Sgt. Jimmy C Gary and it is dated Tuesday, May 31

Lance Alex Arredondo served as a fire team leader during a fire fight  
during the battalion's attack on the old city of Najif. As the  
platoon attacked to clear a 4 story hotel, it was heavily engaged by  
enemy machine gun and sniper fire from three different directions —  
Lance Corporal Arredondo returned fire, exposing himself to great  
risk to make sure the members of his team were safe.

After fearless exchanging fire with enemy snipers for more than 3  
hours Lance corp. Alex Arredondo fell mortally wounded as he moved  
through the rooms to inspect the marines defensive positions.

This is all the information I have at this time.

Sgt Jimmy C Gary Assistant Training Chief


The Announcements

We are looking for dates in Northern, CA, Southern, CA

Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana

See below for details

Yes, The album is done and at the manufacturer. You can pick up your advance copy at

We are still looking for some dates in Texas and southern, CA and Arizona and Louisiana!

T.H.E. .D.R. ..I.S. .I.N.

Now we bid farewell to 2006, no big whoop. No big revelations. War  
drags on. Chandler and I tour. New Orleans languishes. Mardi Gras was  
bittersweet. Orpheus still loves Eurydice. Okeedokee yields veggies.  
I work as a stagehand for the Martin Luther King Memorial  
groundbreaking, the Air Force Memorial dedication, The Bare Naked  
Ladies, The Cheetah Girls and other notable events. Thanks Pat Barnes  
and Co. for the work. I helped produce a children's album for Nick  
and Joanne, and an album of gospel tinged brass  
band music for The Music City Brass Band Music City Brass. Our new  
American Storyteller album is full of beauty and love and sadness and  
hope. You can hear Letters at  Letters   . Hope to see you out there  
on the open road as Chandler and I head west.

Get our bios and press friendly pictures and ready to use press  
releases and quotes Sonic Bids Online Press Kit

Hear our MP3s, view videos and maybe become a "friend" on  MySpace

For complete tour dates, visit Tour Calendar

Visit our personal websites Chris Chandler and David Roe

Call us on the phone. Chandler 240 476 4976 DR 504 525 1973

T.H.A.N.K. .Y.O.U.

~Henry Cross ~Frank ~Maverick ~Anne Feeney ~Shirley ~Mom~ Fishman~  
Phil and Angie



Friday, January 5th, 2007, 8 pm
Columbia, MO
Open Borders Music Series
2615 Shepard Blvd

Saturday, January 6th, 2007, 8 pm
St Louis, MO
The Schlafly Tap Room
2100 Locust

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 7:30
Los Altos, CA
Home of Chuck and Joanne Narad
5872 Arboretum Dr
650 208-7788 (Joanne's cell)

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 8 pm
Williams, OR
Rock Creek Shop, 700 rock creek road, Williams
700 rock creek road,

Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 7:00 PM
Salem, OR
Salem House Concerts
Old Central Salem
503 378 7704

Friday, January 12th, 2007, 8pm
Tacoma, WA
Northern Pacific Coffee Company
401 Garfield Street South

Saturday, January 13th, 2007, 9:00 PM
Port Townsend, WA
823 Water

Sunday, January 14th, 2007, 7:30 PM
Seattle, WA
Paul Trebach's Home / A house concert
6755 27th Ave NW

Monday, January 15th, 2007, 9 PM
Bellingham, WA
Acoustic Green Frog Tavern
900 N. State St.

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
Victoria, BC
Solstice Cafe
529 Pandora Street

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
Vancouver, BC
The Railway Club
579 Dunsmuir Street

Thursday, January 18th, 2007, Noon
Olympia, WA
Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd SW

Friday, January 19th, 2007, 2pm
Salem, OR
Phoenix Grand Hotel
201 Liberty St SE
503 540 7800

Friday, January 19th, 2007 8 PM
Portland, OR
The Lighthouse Intentional Community
With Adam and Kris

211 SE Madison
503 234 6115

Saturday, January 20th, 2007
Eugene, Or
Sam Bond's Garage
407 Blair

Sunday, January 21st, 2007, 6:30
Bandon, OR
Bates House

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
Ashland, OR
for more info:




Thursday, January 25th, 2007, tba
Nevada City
Cooper's Saloon
235 Commercial St.
(530) 265-011

Friday, January 26th, 2007, 8 pm
Berkeley, CA
House Concert - Hali Hammer
1609 Woolsey Street

Saturday, January 27th, 2007, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA
The Beat Museum

With Tim Mason
540 Broadway (at Columbus)
415 399 9626

Sunday, January 28th, 2007, 11:00 AM
Radio interview at KPIG!

Sunday, January 28th, 2007, 7:30 PM
Berkeley, CA
La Pena

With Dave Lippman
3105 Shattuck Avenue

Monday, January 29th, 2007, 8pm
Downtown Felton, CA
Don Quixote's International Music Hall
6275 Highway 9


Things get crazy here

Due to a scheduling conflict we are shifting dates like crazy here
In short we need SERIOUS HELP in Texas

TENTATIVE: January, 30, 2007
Phoenix, AZ
Anderson Artists

Check website for details

TENTATIVE Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 8:30pm
Ft. Worth, TX
Black Dog Tavern
2933 Crockett

Tentative Friday, February 2nd, 2007
Flower Mound, TX
Home of John and Regina Fierke
3025 Yale Dr.

Tentative Saturday, February 3rd, 2007, 9 PM
Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
1031 E 24th


Friday, February 9th, 2007

David Roe Solo
Deadwood, SD
Deadwood Mardi Gras

Saturday, February 10THh, 2007
David Roe Solo

Deadwood, SD
Deadwood Mardi Gras

Chandler needs solo dates in the New Orleans area here!

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 8 pm
Baton Rouge, LA
Brew Ha Ha

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
New Orleans, LA
Mardi Gras
From the Bywater to the Quarters

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, Feb 21-25
Memphis , TN
Folk Alliance

We need Dates between Memphis and Pensacola on 26 27 and 28

March 1 Pensacola, FL WUWF Radio Live


Friday March 2

Atlanta, GA

The Eye Drum

With David Lippman


Saturday March 3

Chapel Hill, NC

The Skylight Exchange

With David Lippman

WE Need a date between Chapel Hill and Washington, DC!!!!

See you on the open road
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