We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
You should look up the song, "They are rioting in Africa". Came of the LP Album, At the Purple Onion.
This song was made around 1959 and it still holds many truths as of then as to day it still applies.
They’re rioting in Africa, they’re starving in Spain,
There’s hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain
This whole world is festering with unhappy souls
The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch
And I don’t like anybody very much
But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud
For Man’s been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud
And we can be certain that some lovely day
Someone will set the spark off…and we will all be blown away
They’re rioting in Africa, There’s strife in Iran
What Nature doesn’t do to us will be done by our Fellow Man.
Followed by an update [same link as above]:
They’re rioting in Africa. In Kenya they’re mad. There’s temples bombed in India. Afghanistan’s sad. Al Quaeda is in Iraq With tactics absurd. The Shiites hate the Sunnis, The Sunnis hate the Kurds. Hez-bollah hates Israel, And Israel hates Hamas. And I don't like the outrageous price of gas.
But we can be happy and sappy you see, In HD on big screens there's reality. And we can be certain come e-lection day The prevailing candidate Will solve all of it right away.
They're rioting in Pakistan There's strife in Iraq. But as the coming year unfolds You'll want to have the old year back.
With yet another update. They're rioting in Tottenham.
They're flat-broke in Spain.
There's hurricanes on Wall Street,
And Texas needs rain.
Fifty years later, Texas still needs rain.
Yes indeed, that old Kingston Trio song still has wheels.
--i had all their albums --some wore out and had to be bought again. At all times, for several years, at opportune moments (nobody around) would fire up the stereo and 'sing-along' --blown away by the three-part harmony. When Dave Guard left, that was it, never even listened to the reconstituted band with that wazzisname playing the DG place.
I wanted to link "Coast of California" for Dave Guard's banjo, which was incredible by that time. But EMI has taken that song and some others down. Bummer.
However, here's three top faves --each is different and has a special thing going on.
For a beautiful sound like "Scotch and Soda", try "Senora" --a young suitor down in Old Mexico (back when young courting couples were never left alone) appeals to his beloved's Dueña (chaperoness) to 'grant us a moment alone':
--"Fast Freight", the boys roll out the full 1930's American train iconography and then apply their massive talent to drive the music down new tracks --spectacularly, for example, the Doppler Effect in "hear the whistle blow --and the rhythm guitar (if you don't use headphones, you may miss the wheel & track clickity clak). The music tempo rises and falls with the train velocity as the balladeer's psychodrama hitches story arc to train trip.
--remember the toon strip Rick O-Shay? It'll come to mind in "Speckled Roan", a bright and wonderful (and little known, it seems) paean to carefree youth in the wild west horse culture --complete with yodels, period colloquial argot, and --you'll swear you see'um --those cowboy coloras of endless dun desert stretching forever away beneath the big robin's egg blue cerulean sky:
why can't we have music and songs like this again. No screaming, not cuss words worse than Hell, actual lyrics you can hear and want to sing to, that actual makes sense to listen to. Also, not the constant boom boom boom forever that does nothing but rattle my windows and make mini earthquakes.
Need to go back to the 1950's when the world was not falling apart as fast as it is now falling apart.
Things in the 1940's were falling apart, however America fixed it for a while.
Here's The Seekers and We Five --from mid-60s. Just pop bands, four guys playing mostly guitars and a chick singer fronting, performing two of their big top 40 AM radio hits.
Watch these two girls' delivery. Listen to the sentiment of the lyrics. This is really good stuff. Universally good, but the pinnacle of the genre. These two performances especially --the videos capture essence better than same groups same songs elsewhere on youtube.
The Beatles were already in ascendancy, and the Frisco bands were getting heavy --so even to us class of 65 highschoolers in smalltown deep south these two groups and these two songs were already kinda lightweight to us soi disant cogno senti ears-wet-behinders.
But, cut to now, many a year later, and finally some of us can recognize how good these folks really were. Catch Bev Bivens singing dance steps on "You were on my Mind" --that's like, maximum cute. Judith Durham's love song face and hand expressions on "I'll Never Find Another You", she's living the lyrics.