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Saturday, October 29. 2011
Do us Farmers all an autumn favor and make sure all of your friends, neighbors, and colleages know about our site.
It has come to my attention that some readers have never heard of the song "Maggie's Farm." Seems hard to believe, but I guess it's true. That's a shame.
Here's some good music (thanks, reader). Bob jumps in towards the end to join them to do Maggie's Farm.
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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That was great. I'm still not much of a Dylan fan, but he has a certain charisma that is undeniable.
Gynnie, I'm not comfortable sharing the site with friends because of the picture Bird Dog posted this morning.
If you can believe it, this site actually used to be "family-friendly". While there might have occasionally been the saucy pic, it was always below the fold. It was a 'respectable' site, in that regard. As evidenced above, this is obviously no longer true.
It also used family-friendly language, another former standard that's been shoved to the wayside. While by far most of those are from commenters, you'll notice a number of times the word was used by the blogger, including in the actual headline. Yes, those family-friendly days of Maggie's are long gone and buried.
But this isn't to say that Maggie's has no scruples, whatsoever. Occasionally, the Powers That Be still put their collective foot down on bloggers who cross the line too far. It's amazing what some bloggers try to get away with, isn't it? Disgraceful.
"Friends and neighbors", Gwynnie? You think I should send my Boomer friends to a site that links to articles calling them "The Worst Generation"? You think I should send my poorer friends to a site that constantly espouses the removal of Unemployment, Welfare and Social Security? You think I should send my more progressive friends to a site that wishes we were an America that would be happy to see poor people starve to death by taking away their food stamps? You think I should send my educated friends to a site that constantly derides higher education, even portraying it as some kind of fraud or scam?
Why, Gwynnie, why?
Maybe you can make that the topic of your next post.
My younger son recently introduced me to Mumford and Sons when he started to learn the 1st song on the video. Excellent tune and a great "new" band.
The video is reversed, however, as they aren't left-handed players.
I was wondering about that - something didn't seem right - never thought about reversed video. That many left handed players is...um...unusual.
#2 son saw Mumford and Sons on this week in "Taranna". They sold out the ACC (our Maple Leafs ice sheet). Says it was the best concert he's seen and he's seen a few.
At 19, he also is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, bass, drums et al) and I get the pleasure of hearing him practice in my living room. He's currently rehearsing the first tune on the video.
P.s. I knew it was reversed, in part, by the left handed banjo player. Never seen one of them before!
--re complaints, my thought is that like the Bible, like literature, Maggie's models mankind --the good, the bad, the occasionally insufferable.
What a wonderful post to choose. I think this is one of the most animating, hopeful and joyful performances (Grammys this year) EVER. It propelled me into rethinking music - actually -as a Dylan-maniac from years long ago. I post this video for my freshman composition classes and send it to friends....I play it when I am down and out or overwhelmed with reading hundreds of freshman and sophomore papers....it made me a Mumford and Sons FFE (fan forever). Where I sit a almost 60 in this life - this one performance awakened for me the energy we all felt with music in the 60's and 70's - before the corporate MTV lessened everything with a new template.
Anyway - I love that you all post this one video to represent this website. Makes me love Maggie's Farm even more :-)
Carry on as usual - you all rock.
I also loved this piece. I have now become a full fledged fan of the folk revival movement that Mumford and Sons are an important part. Funny thing is I think I was exposed to it through a Maggie's Farm commenter. It was either Buddy or Mudbug that posted this link of the The Weight being performed by Gillian Welch and the Old Crow Medicine show. The pure love of music saturates this performance.
--i love GW and that song --but since i too was steered to it here, it must've been the mud bug.
My youngest plays piano --she reads music but also plays by ear --last wknd she was working on that 'Last of the Mohicans' theme --so naturally we gets into a disagreement about the melody and goes to youtube for help. While there looking for a good example, came across two delightful performances --the first is a cute-as-a-button fiddler playing at a renaissance festival, and the second is a chamber group which being a group is able to play the 'endless reel' over and behind the tone chords. Great stuff if you is in the mood fer it!
Buddy-we seem to be drawn to the same music. I have that Randy Edelman "The Kiss" in my iTunes playlist. I think it is beautiful-like Pavarotti and Nessun Dorma-it is perfect in it's mood and execution. Well after seeing your clip she makes fun in a different way. The second piece is nice with the eyes closed.
In that vein of thought this scene from the movie is a great guy clip. The passion of love, not just erotic but familial, is played out in violence. I thought it was a classic scene that impacted me most as the father dispatches the aggressor and shakes his head at the waste of it all.
Sorry, here is a better quality clip of the above scene.
--you have to wonder, how on earth does a movie that good ever get made? It almost has to have been an accident --a fugue of some sort that overcame the cast and crew and drove away the multitudes of ordinariness.
Avett Brothers, ugh. They are the contemporary Gatlin Brothers, annoying and self important without really being all that talented. Mumford crew are good, as long as they don't get too cutesy and keep progressing. Bob is awesome, even though he hasn't had a voice for the last twenty five years.