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    The Muse and Whirled Retort January 2007

    The Muse and Whirled Retort January 2007
    January, 1 2007  Volume VIII Issue iii

    T.A.B.L.E. .O.F. .C.O.N.T.E.N.T.S.


    Happy New Year

    1. Brand new stuff for December
    2. How to get stuff
    3. Greetings and quick run down of recent past and the near future
    4. The Muse and Whirled Retort
    5. Announcements
    6. The DR is In
    7. "Thank You!"
    8. Dates

    BRAND NEW for January 2007:


    Today is January 1st and I, hungover, am headed to the studio in  

    Takoma Park to pick up the finished and mastered NEW CD, AMERICAN  


    We have been in the studio all month, creating another double CD with  

    fabulous special guests, bonus features, and of course includes all  

    the new material from the past year or so as well as a few most  

    requested favorites!

    If you would like to order an advance copy it would sure help a lot:  

    Advance CD Sales

    I have put up one of the new songs on myspace.  Give A Listen: Letters

    We hope to have it in our hot little hands by the time we get to the  

    Tacoma, Washington date. (see below)

    We could still use your help making this CD.  Being in the studio is  

    expensive, and every hour we were in the studio is one we weren't at  

    your favorite neighborhood coffeehouse making a nickel.

    If you are feeling good this month and would like to contribute to  

    the recording efforts, a donation of a hundred dollars will get you  

    in the liner notes.

    Enough of the crass commercial announcements. Lets get to the news.


    1. Welcome to the news letter - It's that time of the month again...
    Biggest news this month:

    We are booking as we go on this tour across the country and we need  

    you help. Check the dates for details.


    1. And now...

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

    The Muse and Whirled Retort

    January 1, 2007

    Volume VIII Issue iii

    Washington, DC

    At the top of the new year I would like to share with you a letter a  

    friend of mine gave to me from his son who was serving in Iraq.

    Dear Mon and Dad,

    Today is Sunday, January 19th.  I have been out at sea for three days  

    and I am starting to feel better.  The first two days I was  

    completely sick from seasickness and some virus.  I come out here out  

    everyday to the skin of the ship to write letters and whale watch,  

    which isn't great because I haven't seen any.

    But there are plenty of dolphins that swim along the side of the  

    ship. I watch the horizon and sunset etc.  This seems so unreal to  

    me.  I have never seen water this blue before.  I have never looked  

    360 degrees around me and seen nothing but water, clouds the sun  and  

    a fleet of battle ships surrounding me.

    Tomorrow is one of my many many training days on the ship to prepare  

    me for my mission.  I will also be training a short time in Kuwait.

    This is hard for me to comprehend.  It seems like my whole life has  

    changed in an instant. Yesterday, I was in a classroom learning about  

    trigonometry and history. I graduated and volunteered for boot camp.  

    I went to school and graduated as a grunt.  I was sent across the  

    country to train, and now I am being sent across the world to fight.

    Today, I am in a classroom learning about tactical urban combat and  

    nuke, bio, and chemical welfare in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on  

    my way to experience first hand what I am learning in the class room.

    I am not afraid of dying, but I am afraid of what will happen to  

    those that I love if something happens to me.

    Soon enough I will be in the city of Baghdad - in the middle of the  

    desert- in full combat gear — ready to carry out my mission —  

    wondering how this happened so fast — wishing I was back home dating  

    Sheila and taking care of my family,  and although I think about this  

    it doesn't mean I am sad about the choices I have made.  It  

    doesn't mean that by wondering why I didn't make the other  

    decision  because if I didn't do it I would be wondering what if  

    I had made to other decision — I am not a proud Marine. Just because  

    I wonder "what if,"  it doesn't mean I am not proud of what I am  

    doing or that I made the wrong decision - I am still proud to be  

    fighting for my country still proud to be participating in Operation  

    Iraqi Freedom.

    I am being called back now I need to send this letter in the next  

    hour for it to get there by Tuesday or Wednesday.  I would love to  

    keep writing but I really have to go.

    I love you both very much,


    And here is another letter.

    This one is from Sgt. Jimmy C Gary and it is dated Tuesday, May 31

    Lance Alex Arredondo served as a fire team leader during a fire fight  

    during the battalion's attack on the old city of Najif. As the  

    platoon attacked to clear a 4 story hotel, it was heavily engaged by  

    enemy machine gun and sniper fire from three different directions —  

    Lance Corporal Arredondo returned fire, exposing himself to great  

    risk to make sure the members of his team were safe.

    After fearless exchanging fire with enemy snipers for more than 3  

    hours Lance corp. Alex Arredondo fell mortally wounded as he moved  

    through the rooms to inspect the marines defensive positions.

    This is all the information I have at this time.

    Sgt Jimmy C Gary Assistant Training Chief


    The Announcements

    We are looking for dates in Northern, CA, Southern, CA

    Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana

    See below for details


    Yes, The album is done and at the manufacturer. You can pick up your advance copy at


    We are still looking for some dates in Texas and southern, CA and Arizona and Louisiana!


    T.H.E. .D.R. ..I.S. .I.N.


    Now we bid farewell to 2006, no big whoop. No big revelations. War  

    drags on. Chandler and I tour. New Orleans languishes. Mardi Gras was  

    bittersweet. Orpheus still loves Eurydice. Okeedokee yields veggies.  

    I work as a stagehand for the Martin Luther King Memorial  

    groundbreaking, the Air Force Memorial dedication, The Bare Naked  

    Ladies, The Cheetah Girls and other notable events. Thanks Pat Barnes  

    and Co. for the work. I helped produce a children's album for Nick  

    and Joanne, and an album of gospel tinged brass  

    band music for The Music City Brass Band Music City Brass. Our new  

    American Storyteller album is full of beauty and love and sadness and  

    hope. You can hear Letters at  Letters   . Hope to see you out there  

    on the open road as Chandler and I head west.

    Get our bios and press friendly pictures and ready to use press  

    releases and quotes Sonic Bids Online Press Kit

    Hear our MP3s, view videos and maybe become a "friend" on  MySpace

    For complete tour dates, visit Tour Calendar

    Visit our personal websites Chris Chandler and David Roe

    Call us on the phone. Chandler 240 476 4976 DR 504 525 1973

    T.H.A.N.K. .Y.O.U.

    ~Henry Cross ~Frank ~Maverick ~Anne Feeney ~Shirley ~Mom~ Fishman~  

    Phil and Angie



    Friday, January 5th, 2007, 8 pm

    Columbia, MO

    Open Borders Music Series

    2615 Shepard Blvd


    Saturday, January 6th, 2007, 8 pm

    St Louis, MO

    The Schlafly Tap Room

    2100 Locust

    Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 7:30

    Los Altos, CA

    Home of Chuck and Joanne Narad

    5872 Arboretum Dr

    650 208-7788 (Joanne's cell)

    Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 8 pm

    Williams, OR

    Rock Creek Shop, 700 rock creek road, Williams

    700 rock creek road,

    Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 7:00 PM

    Salem, OR

    Salem House Concerts

    Old Central Salem

    503 378 7704

    Friday, January 12th, 2007, 8pm

    Tacoma, WA

    Northern Pacific Coffee Company

    401 Garfield Street South


    Saturday, January 13th, 2007, 9:00 PM

    Port Townsend, WA


    823 Water


    Sunday, January 14th, 2007, 7:30 PM

    Seattle, WA

    Paul Trebach's Home / A house concert

    6755 27th Ave NW


    Monday, January 15th, 2007, 9 PM

    Bellingham, WA

    Acoustic Green Frog Tavern

    900 N. State St.


    Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

    Victoria, BC

    Solstice Cafe

    529 Pandora Street


    Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

    Vancouver, BC

    The Railway Club

    579 Dunsmuir Street

    Thursday, January 18th, 2007, Noon

    Olympia, WA

    Puget Sound Community College

    2011 Mottman Rd SW

    Friday, January 19th, 2007, 2pm

    Salem, OR

    Phoenix Grand Hotel

    201 Liberty St SE

    503 540 7800

    Friday, January 19th, 2007 8 PM

    Portland, OR

    The Lighthouse Intentional Community

    With Adam and Kris

    2111 SE Madison

    503 616 4795

    Saturday, January 20th, 2007

    Eugene, Or

    Sam Bond's Garage

    407 Blair


    Sunday, January 21st, 2007, 6:30

    Bandon, OR

    Bates House

    Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

    Ashland, OR


    for more info:

    WED JAN 24



    Thursday, January 25th, 2007, tba

    Nevada City

    Cooper's Saloon

    235 Commercial St.

    (530) 265-011

    Friday, January 26th, 2007, 8 pm

    Berkeley, CA

    House Concert - Hali Hammer

    1609 Woolsey Street


    Saturday, January 27th, 2007, 7:00PM

    San Francisco, CA

    The Beat Museum

    With Tim Mason

    540 Broadway (at Columbus)

    415 399 9626

    Sunday, January 28th, 2007, 11:00 AM


    Radio interview at KPIG!


    Sunday, January 28th, 2007, 7:30 PM

    Berkeley, CA

    La Pena

    With Dave Lippman

    3105 Shattuck Avenue

    Monday, January 29th, 2007, 8pm

    Downtown Felton, CA

    Don Quixote's International Music Hall

    6275 Highway 9



    OK OK

    Things get crazy here

    Due to a scheduling conflict we are shifting dates like crazy here

    In short we need SERIOUS HELP in Texas

    TENTATIVE: January, 30, 2007

    Phoenix, AZ

    Anderson Artists

    Check website for details

    TENTATIVE Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 8:30pm

    Ft. Worth, TX

    Black Dog Tavern

    2933 Crockett


    Tentative Friday, February 2nd, 2007

    Flower Mound, TX

    Home of John and Regina Fierke

    3025 Yale Dr.

    Tentative Saturday, February 3rd, 2007, 9 PM


    Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

    1031 E 24th



    Friday, February 9th, 2007

    David Roe Solo

    Deadwood, SD

    Deadwood Mardi Gras


    Saturday, February 10THh, 2007

    David Roe Solo

    Deadwood, SD

    Deadwood Mardi Gras


    Chandler needs solo dates in the New Orleans area here!

    Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 8 pm

    Baton Rouge, LA

    Brew Ha Ha

    Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

    New Orleans, LA

    Mardi Gras

    From the Bywater to the Quarters

    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, Feb 21-25

    Memphis , TN

    Folk Alliance

    We need Dates between Memphis and Pensacola on 26 27 and 28

    March 1 Pensacola, FL WUWF Radio Live


    Friday March 2

    Atlanta, GA

    The Eye Drum

    With David Lippman


    Saturday March 3

    Chapel Hill, NC

    The Skylight Exchange

    With David Lippman

    WE Need a date between Chapel Hill and Washington, DC!!!!

    See you on the open road

    updated: 15 years ago