The Muse and Whirled Retort 2013

The Muse and Whirled Retort JULY 2013

T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T. July 4th 2013

My Twenty-fifth Anniversary (of being on the road.) Anthology is here! - well kind of.  I made a small handfull of copies having no idea that I would sell them at Kerrville!  Yes, I sold out.  But the good news is More are on the way and they are improved since so many people had a chance to point out my typos.  MANY MANY Apologies to those that ordered on line they should be here in about ten days.

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



I want Chandler's New Book!




or pasting https://celticartstudio.com/shop/index.php?p=product&id=700



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.

Special July 4th Edition.

July 04 2013
VOL XIV issue v

Laytonville, CA

Someone challenged me to write about what is great about America and I thought...

Why are people are just naturally repelled by their own strongest characteristics?  The very thing that makes America great is the the thing we are most afraid of.

When in the corse of human events...

So on this Fourth of July I would like to celebrate what I believe is the greatest single quality of America: our diversity.

From the beginning America has been a hodgepodge of  sundry, and diverging groups.  It is what makes us great.  Two, three hundred years ago, (and even last week) It was the best, the brightest, that came here.

It was the adventures, the free thinkers, the risk takers that came here.  It was the debtors, the n'er-do-wells looking to start over, the extremists, the fanatics, the radicals the persecuted, the prospectors that longed for the salvation of a new beginning.  

It was the draft dodgers, the exiled intellectuals, the starving, and the industrious.  

They came from all over the world and spoke many languages.  At one point we nearly adopted German as a national language.

In 1776 there were two and a half million non native people in what is now the United States.  No nationality held a clear majority and twenty percent were of African decent.  (More than from any single country in Europe)

At one point Swahili was the most spoken tongue in the western hemisphere.  Granted, they did not come here willingly, it is among our greatest shames that it has taken us so long to realize the gifts they brought with them.  For even though Africans were subjugated for most of their western hemisphere history - their contributions to what make America great is immeasurable.

Moreover, the same is true of the contributions of the others who have been the most mistreated, The Native Americans, The Chinese and The Mexicans.

Most of our great achievements have been at the behest of the newcomer and the outcast.

It was the immigrant that put his body on the line - against armed private militia - in the struggle to give us the eight hour day.  It was the newcomer, the immigrant that swelled the ranks of the Union Army and put an end to slavery by the barrel of a gun.  It was the newcomer: educated in our universities that sat in Houston, TX and Cape Canaveral as we put a human on the moon.

It takes a great deal of courage and gumption to come to a new land and begin again.  And when ya get here - ya still have that courage and gumption.  

Even today.  It is what makes us great.

Even if it is what we fear the most.

Many fear the new comer.  But I say what does the new comer have to offer?

We are all after all, newcomers.  We are still so young, and so big.  Europeans poke fun at us saying we think two hundred years is a long time - yet they think two hundred miles is a long way.  Our American trailblazers have conquered great distances with an ax and an axil.

In 1776, we, a largely impoverished rural and uneducated loose connection of villages, were able to defeat the mightiest army on earth with a wagon load of hunting rifles and declare ourselves free.

Only a great and inspired people could do that.

Yes, what we have done with that freedom has not always been pretty.  No people's history is.  Perhaps if it were, it would surely be that.  History.  Pretty people don't last.  and in America it has often been the ugliest of the ugly that prevail.  And prevail we do.

But today, I choose to celebrate what is great about our country.

Diversity.

On my block in Oakland, you could not think of an ethnicity on the globe that is not represented within a few block of where I type these words.

Adjacent to where I grew up in the (then) rural and racisct south there is a town of some seven thousand five hundred people.   Clarkston, Georgia. When I grew up it was a farmer's market for poor white people.  Today, it is said to have a population that most closely represent the population of the globe.  All living side by side.  Learning from each other.  That is what i try to think of when I think of America.

Diversity.  It what makes America Great.  The collection of ideas.  It is only from a collection of ideas that words such as:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

So on July Fourth, I remember that.  Now, throw anther burger on the grill, hand me another beer and let's watch some fireworks.


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

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I will be celebrating the release of "Avoiding Godot" an anthology of poems stories and collaborations this summer please join me.

You can purchase an advance copy of it by clicking here 

I want Chandler's New Book!

 or pasting https://celticartstudio.com/shop/index.php?p=product&id=700




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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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Jen Delyth, Corinne West, Marc Margolis, Wavey Gravey, Karen and Alan, Gary Whitford,  AMy Sue Berlin, Jessica, The Tuesday Night Gathering and, insert your name here.


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

Friday, July 12th, 2013  DARK(ish)
Oregon Country Faire
Jen's Booth L68
Illuminations Party
Eugene, OR

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


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

Any one in Cottage Grove or Corvallis up for a house concert on Tuesday?


Wednesday, July 17th, 2013  8:00 PM
TENTATIVE with Paul Benoit and The Frankie Hernandez Band
Alice's
Ashland, OR



Thursday, July 18th, 2013  8:00 PM
Show and Performance Workshop
Tahoe School of Music
10038 Meadow Way Suite 13
Truckee, CA
PRICE: $10.00
Paul and I will Perform and discuss Performance as an art form.  Hands on!



Friday, July 19th, 2013  8:00 PM
Poplar Playhouse
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, 2013  8 PM
Live Oak Alive Summer Concert Series
Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange Hall #503
1900 17th Avenue
 Santa Cruz, CA 95062
phone: 831-325-3376
website: www.greengrange.org

Monday, July 22nd, 2013  7 PM
Poetry and Music on Fire
The Arlene Francis Center
99 6th St
Santa Rosa, CA
A very cool multi media Poetry and Music extravaganza

Acoustic Hip Hop Group: Narayan From Zion  Poet Jordan Ranft Paul Benoit 

$5 - $10 sliding scale donation



Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013  8 PM
Chis Chandler and Paul Benoit at the Arcata Playhouse
Chris Parreira Presents
1251 9th St
Arcata, CA
PRICE: $10.00
website: www.arcataplayhouse.org/


Friday, July 26th, 2013  9:00 AM
Enumclaw
Seattle Scottish Highlands Festival
45224 284th Ave SE 
Enumclaw, WA
website: http://www.sshga.org/home.htm
With Jen Delyth



Saturday, July 27th, 2013  9:00 AM
Enumclaw
Seattle Scottish Highlands Festival
45224 284th Ave SE 
Enumclaw, WA
website: http://www.sshga.org/home.htm
With Jen Delyth



Sunday, July 28th, 2013  9:00 AM
Enumclaw
Seattle Scottish Highlands Festival
45224 284th Ave SE
 Enumclaw, WA
website: http://www.sshga.org/home.htm
With Jen Delyth



Thursday, August 1st, 2013
TENTATIVE Labor in Song and Story
WAPWU Steward College
Eastern, WA

Friday, August 2nd, 2013  9:00 PM
with Paul Benoit
Egan's Ballard Jam House
1707 NW Market Street 
Seattle, WA 98107
phone: 206-789-1621
website: http://www.ballardjamhouse.com



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



Sunday, August 4th, 2013  8:00 PM
with Paul Benoit
The Pour House
2231 Washington St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
2231 Washington St.
   Port Townsend, Washington 98368
August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

I have some irons in the fire but NEED SOMETHING FIRM!
in Portland, or there abouts.

Anyone for a house concert on Friday the 10th?
Cottage Grove?
Corvallis?
Salem?

Saturday, August 10th, 2013  3:00 PM
Food Stock
Clackamas River Farm
Estacada, OR
website: https://www.facebook.com/events/441010185982836/



Saturday, August 10th, 2013  8:30 PM
Peter Wilde Presents a bouble Bill w The Frankie Hernandez Band
Sam Bonds Garage
407 Blair
Eugene, OR
97402
phone: 431-6603
website: www.sambonds.com


Saturday, August 17th, 2013  7:00 PM
MC for a vaudeville extravaganza
The Monkey House
1638 University ave 
Berkeley, CA
website: http://www.monkeyhousetheater.com


RELEASES:
Avoiding GodotAvoiding Godot
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MatadorsMatadors
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So, Where Ya HeadedSo, Where Ya Headed
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more releases
EVENTS:
July 2013
Friday, July 12th 3: 15
Oregon Country Faire
Shadey Grove Stage
Eugene OR

Sunday, July 14th 12:00 PM
Blue Moon Stage
Oregon Country Fair
Eugene OR

Sunday, July 14th Dusk:30
The Library Show
Oregon Country Fair
Eugene OR

Wednesday, July 17th 8:00 PM
TENTATIVE with Paul Benoit and The Frankie Hernandez Band
Alice's
Ashland OR

Thursday, July 18th 7:00 PM
Show and Performance Workshop
Tahoe School of Music
Truckee CA

Friday, July 19th 8:00 PM
Poplar Playhouse
House Concert
Berkeley CA
Call 510 697 4097 for more details

Saturday, July 20th 8 PM
Live Oak Alive Summer Concert Series
Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange Hall #503
Santa Cruz CA 95062
Call 831-325-3376 for more details

Monday, July 22nd 7 PM
Poetry and Music on Fire
The Arlene Francis Center
Santa Rosa CA

Tuesday, July 23rd 8 PM
Chis Chandler and Paul Benoit at the Arcata Playhouse
Chris Parreira Presents
Arcata CA

Friday, July 26th 9:00 AM
Enumclaw
Seattle Scottish Highlands Festival
Enumclaw WA

Saturday, July 27th 9:00 AM
Enumclaw
Seattle Scottish Highlands Festival
Enumclaw WA

Sunday, July 28th 9:00 AM
Enumclaw
Seattle Scottish Highlands Festival
Enumclaw WA

August 2013
Thursday, August 1st
TENTATIVE Labor in Song and Story
WAPWU Steward College
Eastern WA

Friday, August 2nd 9:00 PM
with Paul Benoit
Egan's Ballard Jam House
Seattle WA 98107
Call 206-789-1621 for more details

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

Sunday, August 4th 8:00 PM
with Paul Benoit
The Pour House
Port Townsend WA 98368

Saturday, August 10th 3:00 PM
Food Stock
Clackamas River Farm
Estacada OR

Saturday, August 10th 8:30 PM
Peter Wilde Presents a bouble Bill w The Frankie Hernandez Band
Sam Bonds Garage
Eugene OR 97402
Call 431-6603 for more details

Saturday, August 17th 7:00 PM
MC for a vaudville extravoganza
The Monkey House
Berkeley CA

September 2013
Friday, September 6th 8 PM
House Concert for Jon Hogan and Maria Moss (Chandler Opens solo)
The Home of Chris Chandler and Jen Delyth
Oakland CA
Call 240 476 4976 for more details

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