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    The Muse and Whirled Retort August 2011

    Chris Chandler's M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T. August 11

    Edunclaw, WA
    Vol. XII issue vii

    Paul and I have been having a tremendous tour – looking forward to returning to British Columbia!
    We have started a new CD!  Our second together – and no Sophomore slump here!
    Next month I will have more info about ordering an advance copy!

    If any of you would like to contribute to the album project a donation of a hundred dollars or more will get your name in the liner notes.  

    Two hundred dollars will get you listed as an executive producer.

    We could not do this with out the support of you (yes you)

    The way to do it would be to go to my website and then click on the coffee can.

    If you are like me – and old school – you can send a check to Ninth wave publishing 1095 E 33rd Street Oakland CA 94610
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    Now enough of the crass commercial announcements and here is:
    T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.

    August 2011
    Edunclaw, WA
    Vol. XII issue vii

    I stared at a blank page inside of a new note book… dreaming of the worlds that could unfold from its pages – but the blank page just stared back at me with infinite blankness waiting to see who would blink first – it was me.  The blank page glowered at me in triumphant smugness until I ripped from the note book and folded it into a paper air plane and sailed it out the window of my fourth story apartment building – dreaming of the rocket and the stars…

    I piloted that paper airplane past power-lines and traffic lights… police helicopters and automobile radio antennae -  before I landed it next to a parking meter on a city sidewalk and was arrested for littering.

    While in prison I accepted a temporary tattoo that read youth.  

    In my youth, I remember, my older brother playing with match box cars on the living room floor – having such a good time – making up stories about the places the people in the cars would go to – but I was the kid brother – I could not join them – but I had an adventure.

    But then I remembered my brother had borrowed my allowance from me (stolen it really but we won't go into that) for an RC Cola and a moon pie – but in short – he owed me money!

    So I made a deal that I would forgive the debt if he would just give me that match box car.

    He did so – and I found myself alone with a brand new automobile – lonely as I ever was – but it was then I realized it was not the car at all I wanted – it was the imagination.

    Look, just because it is make believe does not mean I don't believe it….

    I mean – What is true?  Read the news paper… It is amazing to me how far a story with no legs to stand on can walk.  Facts are clearly useless – unless used in a metaphor…

    But most importantly…  just because you believe it doesn't mean it is true.

    Which is why I always say – I'm so cynical I am optimistic. (What are you STILL doing that old cynical routine?)

    Painting with broad strokes like this may cover a large canvas – but when you do – you can't see the picture unless you are standing on Mars.  

    And when standing on Mars everyone is dreaming of the rocket and the stars.  And when sailing in a rocket through the stars all one dreams of is solid ground.  

    Perhaps it is good that all we want is what we cant have – cause if head everything we wanted what would dream of?  

    So go ahead… Dream of being up there – in a rocket in the stars – for up there you realize that PT Barnum was wrong… the greatest show on earth is life…
    if ya don't like it you should find better seats.

    and once you're in it's general admission…  There are no cheap seats but there are some very expensive ones.

    So make friends with the usher – and don't be afraid to crash the gates on the more expensive seats…

    And to do that you're gonna need a ladder.

    But don't be afraid when you get up there – because the harder you fall…

    … the higher you bounce.

    It is far better to climb the real latter of the imagination than to climb the pretend latter of success – for the latter of imagination is held aloft by the foundation of Shakespeare and de Gaul.

    The latter of success is held aloft by the marionette strings of the Koch Brothers and Donald Trump

    And when you get there – who would you rather have a beer with?

    Up one latter it is a world where in front of every great woman is man standing in front taking all the credit.

    Up the other – anything can happen.  And remember – as the big bang taught us – it can't exist here – if doesn't exist out there first.  – so just imagine…

    What I am trying to say is… life is sweet… unless you don't want it to be… and as any good southerner who has ever ordered iced tea before knows – for that you have to make a special request.
    Paul and I have a few more dates left on this tour
    Bellingham, WA, Victoria, BC, Vancouver, BC and the Shambala Festival in Salmo BC!
    Then back down to Seattle to work on the new record for a bit – then home to Jen and Oakland, CA
    Jen and I are having a terrific time working together this weekend and the Seattle Scotish Highland games.  She will beat me home by a  week or so.
    Jen and I have started a video project with David Rovics
    I love Anne Feeney
    Jen Delyth, Paul Benoit, Jenn, The Out of the Way Café, Chris Abbey, Frankie Hernandez, Jarrod Kaplan, Sean Shanahan,  Jesse Dalton, Michelle Sellers, The Blue Hitt, Amy Berlin, Anne Feeney, Brian QTN, Mack and Ute, Adam East, David, Rekko and Layla,  I wobble Wobble, Jeff Rosenberg, Sirens, Blake Harkins, Jaekel, The Seattle Scottish Highlands Games, Christine Gunn, You.

    Sunday, July 31st, 2011
    with Jen Delyth
    Seattle Scottish Highlands Festival
    45224 284th Ave SE
    Enumclaw, WA
    65th Annual NW Scottish Highland Games at the formerly known as the King County Fair Grounds showing off Jen's Fabulous Art Work

    Monday, August 1st, 2011 9 PM
    An evening with Chandler and Benoit
    Acoustic Green Frog Tavern
    900 N. State St.
    Bellingham, WA
    phone: 360.756.1213

    Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 7:30 PM
    Karen Gillmore Presents
    Xhanges Gallery
    2333 Government Street, suite 6E
    Victoria, BC
    At 2333 Government Street, suite 6E (between Gregg's Furniture on Government Street and the Dairy Queen on Douglas Street)

    Thursday, August 4th, 2011 8:00 PM
    The Industrial Workers of the World Presents
    Rhizome Gallery
    317 East Broadway
    Vancouver, BC

    Friday, August 5th, 2011
    shambhala music festival
    Salmo, BC

    Saturday, August 6th, 2011
    shambhala music festival
    Salmo, BC