Chris Chandler'e Muse and Whirled Retort February 2009

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

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Hey everybody,

Its that time of the month again.  Sorry I am a little late  I have been rehearsing this new show with Paul Benoit.  I want to quickly tell you about this tour we are doing  if you are in Pensacola, New Orleans, Houston, South Padre Island, San Marcos, Austin, Dallas, Ft Worth, Atlanta, Ashville, Winston Salem, or Washington, DC please come on out  or send folks you know.  I promise it will be a great show.  It is ironic that I promise this because promises is the subject of this months brief newsletter.


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

Feb 03, 2009

Vol x Issue iv

New Orleans, LA

It always seems the worst jobs in America inevitably go to a black man.

I feel for ya Mr President.  I do.  America has taken a beating for the past eight years.  She is broken.  I wouldnt want your job.  But, can you imagine how broken she would be if some of us had stopped fighting the previous administration?

We fought hard to keep America out of this war and when we failed to stop the invasion  we did not surrender  we kept fighting, and we cant stop now.  Your election was just part of this fight.  We did not hang a banner over the white house reading Mission Accomplished. (OK we did but that is a different story.)  Our fight is not over.  Nothing is accomplished.

So, even though we (not you) won this election and we (not us) danced in the streets of Washington, DC -- remember every dance is in celebration of a promise. Every boy and every girl leaning against a wall at every high school homecoming dance trembles with hope  and promise.

Just because some one picks you to slow dance does not mean you are getting lucky that night.

There are still American troops in Bagdad. The anti war movement in this country has never been stronger.  As evidence, I posit we had a revolutionary election based largely on the promise that they would come home. Do I trust you?  Do I believe youll do it?  

The answer to that does not matter  words like trust and belief wont do it.  Not until they ARE home.  Not until it IS closed.  Our voices should be louder than ever.  They must be.

The drum beat for peace must continue to echo through Lafayette Park regardless of who is in the White House.  The song goes on even if there is a new band leader.

Do I have hope?  It does not matter.

Hope is fickle and she flirts with betrayal.

Only complacency can crush rebellion.

Your election WAS revolutionary so, Ill say it again, only complacency can crush rebellion.

Without actions, words are promises.

Actions have a larger vocabulary than promises.  Just because you have issued a decree against torture does not mean we cant hold YOUR feet to the fire.

Even though every opinion poll shows the number of Americans against this war is higher than support for you, Mr President, fighter planes still fly over the star spangled banner as the world watches our Super bowl .  I know that we cannot change from being a testosterone laden bully, invading sovereign nations on false pretences overnight.

Change I can believe in?  Just because I believe in the Easter Bunny doesnt mean I expect to find marshmallow peeps in my picnic basket.

I dont want change I can believe in.  I want change I can see.  

I want change.  I want you to bring them home.

I wish you the best of luck, Mr Obama. I voted for you. I was there on the mall for your inauguration.   I believe in you.  But just because I believe in Santa Claus doesnt mean I believe in Christmas.

If you think for one second we cannot hold you to your words I say to you,

Yes we can!


Paul Benoit and I are playing a string of dates from New Orleans through Texas and back to DC.  Please come out and check out the show.  I will be debuting new material from the play I am working on tentatively titled And I aint gonna be treated this a-way.


There are still a few open dates  if you look at the calendar and see a spot that you would like to throw a house concert please drop me a line.  If you are unsure of how to go about doing it  I will be happy to give you a run down,


The box set Fifty from Twenty is here and available.  Celebrating 20 years on the road  this handsome four CD, one DVD set contains 50 songs from 13 CDs as well as a dvd chock full of some of my best work in film.

Check it out at:


I am looking for a music partner for a string of dates from Maryland to Boston in May.  I would like to work with someone who has a strong repertoire (not another singer-songwriter that only knows how to play the dozen songs he or she wrote) and would be available in late April, early May.


Pauli and I  are looking to fill the summer now.  We are looking for dates on the west coast and in England in June, July and August.


Paul Benoit has a brand new CD entitled Bluebird.  He recorded it in El Salvador over the past several months  I am here to tell you it is terrific.  He will be performing numbers from it on this tour and selling them at our shows and it will be at CD Baby soon.


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

Shirley, Michelle, Anne, Brino, Mom, Karen and Alan, Kevin, Frank and Dorothy, Durnah Nola, Rene, Fishman, Robin and Carolyn, Jeffry, Jim and Catherine, Andrea, Wendy, Jim and Joe, EEQ, Events Bum, and of course, Pauli.


H.E.R.E..S. .D.A. .D.A.T.E.S.

Thursday, February 5th, 6:00 PM

Pensacola, FL


Streaming Live at

Radio Live

Commerce Museum

Friday, February 6th, 2009, 9:00 PM

New Orleans, LA

With Louis Ledford

St Roch Tavern

1200 St. Claude

504 945 0194

Saturday, February 7th, 2009, 7pm

Houston, TX

Dan Electros Guitar Bar

1031 E. 24th


Sunday and Monday

Anyone from Houston to Austin want to throw together a house concert?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 8:00 PM

San Marcos, TX

Triple Crown

206 N. Edward Gary

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, 8 PM

Austin, TX

Red's Scoot Inn Night Club

1308 East 4th Street


Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Austin, TX

Ruta Maya

3601S Congress (behind x-pose)

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Dallas, TX

Allgood Cafe

2934 Main St

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Ft Worth, TX

house concert RSVP Chongo:

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Covington, LA

The Green Room Music Club

521 E Boston St

(985) 892-2225

Monday the 16th any one in New Orleans or Baton Rouge got any idea for a show  we are in town and free!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009, 8 pm

Atlanta, GA

With Kodac Harrison

Smiths Olde Bar Atlanta Room

1578 Piedmont Ave

Thursday the 19th

Anyone in Athens, or around Atlanta got an idea for a show.

Greenville, SC? Perhaps.

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Asheville, NC

Firestorm Cafe and Books

48 Commerce St

(828) 255-8115

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

At the home of Paul's Friend

RSVP contact TBA

Monday or Tuesday

Anyone from Winston Salem to Baltimore got an idea for a show?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Rockville, MD

O'Brein's Bar-B-Q

387 East Gude Drive


Looking for dates  house concerts any where from DC to Boston.

Philly you out there?

May 1

The Botto House

Patterson NJ

May 2 Long Island, NY


May 3 NYC


Monday, May 4th, 2009, 9:30

Cambridge, MA

Can Tab

Central Square

617 354-2685

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009, 8 PM

Providence, RI

Blue State Coffee

300 Thayer Street