The Muse and Whirled Retort 2013

The Muse and Whirled Retort May 2013

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Today is my Twenty-fifth Anniversary of being on the road.  Yes, 25 years ago today I took off from Winston-Salem, NC and first hit the thin highways of Fat America.  Now, 17 CDs Ten Tapes and two books later I announce “Avoiding Godot” a 25 year anthology. of poems stories and collaborations.  

You can purchase an advance copy of it by clicking here

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Also, IT IS TRUE!

Many said it would never happen, but it has.
I, Chris Chandler, have been invited to perform on the main-stage at the Kerrville folk festival.

This will happen on Sunday June, 2nd at 7:30 CST

This has been a goal for more than twenty years. Thank you to all that have lobbied and protested over the years to help make this happen.

Consider this a personal invitation to come down and help celebrate this event.

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OK, OK enough of the crass commercial announcements and on with...

T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.
May 20, 2013
VOL XIV issue iii
Oakland, CA

A story in the news recently caught my imagination -- and my imagination does not like being caught so, it struggled to get away from the giant iron bear trap in the wilderness of injustice.

My imagination is like a wild animal that when caught in a trap it will gnaw its own leg off to get released, which is exactly what it did.

Fortunately my imagination also believes itself to be a millipede and it could spare a leg.  I put on a fresh T-Shirt and headed out the door forgetting that somewhere beneath the rubble of a collapsed ten story garment factory in Bangladesh lies one of the legs of my imagination.  There it shall remain, with the remains of the poorly educated women working for shocking low wages who died there.

It seems the hole left by my missing leg began to grow until it became a giant black hole sucking the white clouds of my imagination into a time warp - and not stopping until a full century had passed.

I found myself no longer in the sweat shops of Bangladesh but in the sweat shops of New York City.  

The year was 1911.

Another ten story garment factory was on fire. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.  The victims of the tragedy again were mostly poorly educated women working for shocking low wages.

Just like in Bangladesh, the management had locked all the workers inside before the fire to prevent them from stealing.  In New York the only one that made it out of the eight floor was the floor supervisor who had forgotten he had the only key to the exit doors.  (He was never even charged with a crime.)

In both places fire escapes collapsed from the weight of fleeing workers. And in both cases, local inspectors had warned the building was unsafe.   In both cases workers were told they would be fired if they did not continue working.

In New York, the events horrified the nation.  

Horror is the only catalyst for change.  

Content people do not take to the streets.  

Less than a year after the event in New York, garment workers across the North East had been organized by the Industrial Workers of the World unifying once estranged immigrant communities and a strike was waged in Lawrence Massachusetts - led by mostly Women - before they could vote.

Don’t fear the reaper.

In Bangladesh, the accident killed ten times the number of workers in New york, whose wages are twenty time worse, the volume of clothing produced a hundred times greater and the the profits a thousand times more obscene.

One would think that the international outrage would be proportionate.

If it had been a terrorist’s bomb that killed twelve hundred people in the name of a prophet it would scare the pants off of us, but when it is corporate neglect and greed that kills twelve hundred in the name of a profit  we go to Walmart for another pair of pants.

In New York, the events helped fuel a movement of organized workers that brought us work place safety standards, the abolishment of child labor, minimum wage and the eight hour day.  Things for which this country should be proud.

However, the real engine of this country - the corporations - run from these American values like traitors.

In the twenty-first century, American corporations continue to have their wares manufactured in nineteenth century century working conditions.

This too catches my imagination.

It is an active imagination, because I envision a day when large American box stores and name brands take pride in American values and no longer sell merchandise made in such un-American conditions.

American icons such as Sears “Where America shops,” The “National” Football League,  “American” league Baseball,  would take pride in American values.

Where Walmart’s slogan “Save More.  Live Better.”  Started living up to the “Live better” part of their slogan.

Where Gap did not mean income Gap.

Where Disney’s slogan, “The Happiest place on earth”  was not accurate because it was busy making the rest of the world so miserable.

Where Dell Computers slogan, “Get more out of Now!”  was not aimed at a 13 year old girl on an assembly line.

And where Nike’s “Just Do it.”  and Target’s “Expect More. Pay Less.”
did not sound like it was coming out of the mouth of a factory boss with a riding crop in his hand.

It is time, my friends, that we Americans demand that the working conditions we insist upon for our selves be true of the things we buy.

Because after-all, you are what you buy.


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A.N.N.O.U.N.C.E.M.E.N.T.S.

WELL, IT IS TRUE!

Many said it would never happen, but it has.
I, Chris Chandler, have been invited to perform on the main-stage at the Kerrville folk festival.

This will happen on Sunday June, 2nd at 7:30 CST

This has been a goal for more than twenty years.  Thank you to all that have lobbied and protested over the years to help make this happen.

Consider this a personal invitation to come down and help celebrate this event.

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I will be celebrating the release of “Avoiding Godot” and anthology of poems stories and collaborations upon that very stage.

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I will be having a lite summer this year performing with Paul Benoit.  HOWEVER!
We are actively seeking dates.  If you would like to present us anywhere from Santa Cruz to Bellingham - please let me know. ASAP.

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Welcome to the World August Rockstroh.  We are counting on you.
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T.H.A.N.K.Y.O.U.
Jen Delyth, Anne Feeney, Brian QTN, Phillip Rockstroh, Jane Fisher

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Upcoming Events:
Friday, May 31st, 2013  3:00 PM
Ballad Tree
Kerrville Folk Festival
Quiet Valley Ranch 3876 Median Highway
Kerrville, TX
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: click here
website: www.kerrville-music.com/‎
I will be hosting the Ballad Tree from 3 to 5 with Paul and Frankie


Sunday, June 2nd, 2013  7:30 PM
Kennedy Theatre Stage
The Kerrville Folk Festival
Quiet Valley Ranch 3876 Median Highway
website: www.kerrville-music.com/‎
It has been a 20 year Mission But I am finally Playing Main Stage with my band: Paul Benoit, Frankie Hernandez, Jesse Dalton, Oliver Steck and Mike Meadows!
Don't Miss it!


Thursday, July 11th, 2013  8 PM
The Pre-Fair Party
Private Party
phone: RSVP 541 767 2198
RSVP 541 767 2198



Friday, July 12th, 2013  3: 15
Oregon Country Faire
Shadey Grove Stage
Eugene, OR



Sunday, July 14th, 2013  12:00 PM
Blue Moon Stage
Oregon Country Faire
Eugene, OR
website: www.oregoncountryfair.org



Sunday, July 14th, 2013  Dusk:30
The Library Show
Oregon Country Faire
Eugene, OR
website: www.oregoncountryfair.org

Wed May 17
Ashland, OR
TBA
If you would like to present us at a house concert please drop me a line

Thur May 17
We are looking for anything in Northern California
Arcarta, Eureka, Garborville, Willits?


Friday, July 19th, 2013  8:00 PM
at the Home of Tom and Linda Montgomery
House Concert
RSVP via phone or linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.com
Berkeley, CA
phone: 510 697 4097
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: click here
website: www.berkeleyhouseconcerts.com

Saturday July 20th
Santa Cruz, CA
TBA

Sunday July 21st
Santa Rosa, CA
TBA

Monday July 22, Tuesday July 23
We are looking for anything in Northern California
Arcarta, Eureka, Garborville, Willits?


Friday, July 26th, 2013  Thru Sunday July 28th
Enumclaw
Seattle Scottish Highlands Festival
45224 284th Ave SE
 Enumclaw, WA
website: http://www.sshga.org/home.htm
With Jen Delyth
Thursday August 1
Port Townsend, WA
TBA Wanna make this a firm Date?

Friday August 02
Seattle WA Tentative.
Wanna make this a firm Date?

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013  Time TBA
Lee Brooks Birthday Bash! with The Brown Edition, Arielists and Sideshows
Privat Party
Olympia, WA

Sunday, August 3rd, 2013  Time TBA
Lee Brooks Birthday Bash! with The Brown Edition, Arielists and Sideshows
Private Party
Olympia, WA

August 4 5 6 7 8 9
I have many irons in the fire for these dates in Washington and Oregon
Would you like to make any of these a firm date?

Anyone in Portland?  Have the Chandler Benoit Show at your home?


Saturday, August 10th, 2013  3:00 PM
Private Party
Clackamas River Farm
Estacada, OR
website: http://www.clackamasriverfarm.com

Saturday, August 10th, 2013  8:30 PM
Peter Wilde Presents a bouble Bill w TBA
Sam Bonds Garage
407 Blair

Eugene, OR
97402
phone: 431-6603
website: www.sambonds.com




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