Freedom Is...

From Live from the Wholly Stolen Empire with my heroine... Anne Feeney. recorded January 2003 at Henflings in Ben Lomand CA by Steve Edmonds

updated: 6 months ago

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The Muse and Whirled Retort August 2019

August 1, 2019

Portland, OR

Hey everybody.

The Chandler Train Keeps right on rolling.  

Keep your arms and legs inside the ride and fasten your seat belt.  Our cruising altitude will be about three feet off the ground and 75 miles an hour... down the thin highways of fat America and coming to a town near you...

This Train is bound for Glory.

After a terrific Summer so far with shows in Texas, California, Oregon and Washington, not to mention the 50th Anniversary of the Oregon Country Faire, A few Celtic Shows, a stint of time on the Oregon and Washington Coast... Along the Mighty Columbia...

“Roll on Columbia, Roll on!”

Holy Cow is it Beautiful there!  

Cascade Locks, Cape Disappointment... Zoom.

There is more to come... The Chris Chandler SHow with Sean Shanahan...

Not really ready to share some of the latest musings

(But will at the shows) so this is one that seems appropriate from a couple of summers ago.

See you all of the sudden!

*****


Here it is... Your

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

Today,
I built my first sandcastle.


It is magnificent.

Her sandy keep sits high,

looking down upon the drawbridge

surrounded by an empty moat.

As the tide comes in,
tiny waves
flow into her channels,
and begin to encircle her with water.

A small child,

compelled by this beauty,
runs out to ocean's edge,
bringing back buckets of water,
to pour into the carved canals,
drawing the seawater in,
priming the pump like a siphon.


Her name is June,
it is late July.


Soon the moat is full.

And the castle is standing proud in the setting sun.

Feathered flags unfurled.


I sit back in my plastic beach chair throne,
crack a champagne of beers,
and overlook my kingdom.


Yet the tide cares not for my reign.


No,

the tide cares not for my
reign....


My kingdom is under siege.

The rampart begins to crumble beneath the oncoming waves.

The drawbridge floats away,
and resumes its former life as a piece of driftwood.


Walls...

patiently moulded with Tupperware pots
and a small child's spade begin to collapse.


Reclaimed.

The persistent tide now pushes

against the walls of the keep.

While a soft stew of salty seaweeds
fringes the advancing front.


We cry at its impermanence ...

As one by one,
her grand pillars are lost.

Planted with flags of seagull feathers,

They timber back into the weedy brine.


Reclaimed!


Then, at last,
the final tower tips.

Yet, still somehow...

one last proud feather
stands erect...
clinging defiant...
against the sea...


until it too is finally engulfed

and floats away...


Reclaimed...


Yesterday is gone.

Tomorrow we will never see.

Leaving us only today...

and the sea...

and the sand...

and the tide...

and her eternal devotion

to the pull of the moon...

and the look of wonder...

in a small child's eyes...

named June,

in late July.


N.O.W.,. .H.E.R.E.'.S. .D.A. .D.A.T.E.S.

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Saturday

Florence, OR

7:00 PM

A Benefit for KXCR

UU Church of Florence

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Sunday

Portland, OR

Doors 8 Show 9

A Very Special House Concert

House Concert at The Home of dean mooney boudouris and abby

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Wednesday

Applegate, OR

8 PM

opening for Kieth Greeninger

Applegate Lodge

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Thursday

Cottage Grove, OR

8 PM

The Chris Chandler Show

Axe and Fiddle

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Friday

Eugene, OR

8 PM

Scott Landfield Presents

Tsunami Books

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Saturday

Seattle, WA

9 PM

The Chris Chandler Show with Sean Shanahan

Egans Ballard Jam House

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Sunday

Port Townsend, WA

8 pm

The Chris Chandler Show returns to Port Townsend after a long absence.

Rainshadow Recording Studio

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Tuesday

Bellingham, WA

8:00 PM

The Chris Chandler Show

Honey Moon Mead & Cider

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Thursday

Ashland, OR

8:00 PM

A very special House Concert

The Home Of Claudia Stevens

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Friday

Redway, CA

KMUD

The KMUD Concert Series

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Saturday

Berkeley, CA

7:00 PM

The Official Home Town Show

The Monkey House

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Sunday

Soquel, CA

4:00 PM

$10.00

The New Show comes to Santa Cruz

The Ugly Mug

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Tuesday

Point Richmond, CA

6:30 PM

Cassie Cushing Presents

Kaleidoscope Coffee

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updated: 2 weeks ago