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    The Muse and Whirled Retort August 2021

    The Muse and Whirled Retort August 2021
    July 31
    Asbury Park, NJ

    OK First things First. As you know, I have not done a live show in person in over a year and a half, but I have kept my self sane by doing regular live streams, I enjoy it. At present, I do it the first Sunday of every Month and this month it is on the first, so I thought I would send it out a little early. Please join me for my little show “The Mighty Monthly Muse on Sunday August 1 at 9 PM EDST.

    Now, I am not being self effacing when I say little. It is little because well, it’s little, as in miniature. Over the pandemic, I erected a tiny stage in which to perform on line. There is simply no way i can do my regular show without a band, so I, as I often try to do with my poetry and story telling, created an alternative universe. Once a month, I present a full set of poems rants and stories

    Please join us via zoom for this truly unique and original interactive event.
    YOU THOUGHT: I am sick of zoom meetings?

    After this you will simply think: HOLY COW! did he just do that live?

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    I want to thank every one that attended, performed in or helped out with last month’s annual Library Show. Christine Gunn, Evan Greer, Amanda Stark, Samantha Parton, Frankie Hernandez, and Kadan Spooner. and all of the staff at the 8:30 Club.


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    T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.
    AUGUST 2021

    In the “before times,”
    we sat upon our couches,
    TV dinner in hand...
    we hit the remote
    and the little white dot appeared
    and from its static
    the television itself calmly commanded:

    “Buy a Toyota.”

    But today, things have changed.
    For today,
    we tune in to our TV and hear that very change
    from the TV itself -- the tone is now somber -
    as it stammers with serious sincerity:

    “In these tying times,
    Buy a Toyota.”

    For the times they are a-trying,

    But, my take on “trying” is a little different.
    I say, Celebrate these trying times.

    Celebrate how we can come together.

    Blessed are the meek
    for they shall inherit the earth.


    I do not wish to inherit the earth,
    I am not meek.
    but I do want to help create
    an Earth that is worth

    The illiterate quote the ignorant
    in an effort to mask the refusal to wear a mask
    as rugged individualism.

    and the greater good as
    “flock mentality.”

    The very same ones
    that long for herd immunity
    are the very same ones
    that deride us as sheep.

    and to that, I say,
    Be a shepherd.

    We need shepherds.

    For, (in these tying times), there is no top down leadership.
    and we so very much need a shepherd.

    Our leadership has told us
    literally -
    we are on our own.

    That is why (in these tying times,)
    we must be strong enough to stand alone,
    yet wise enough to stand together.

    We can not fly unless we first stand.
    and when we all stand together
    we realize that the lifting power
    of many wings
    can achieve
    twice the distance
    of any single bird flying alone.

    When the bird in front tires
    he flies to the back so that he may rest
    in the draft of the others.

    It is in deed YOUR attitude, that determines OUR altitude, and our altitude is determined by,
    the attitude of those we fly with.

    Fly with me?

    It is no coincidence
    that both sheep and birds
    travel as a flock.

    I think of the essential workers...
    as the essential members of our flock.

    Sheep and bird.
    both flying point AND folding into the flock.

    Some get plenty of praise...
    first responders, cops, nurses, firefighters,
    they have good salaries,
    they have pensions.
    they have a voice... that is being heard

    We honor them.
    and loudly,
    but what about the others?

    (in these tying times)
    Let us hear them.

    The truck drivers,
    the meat packers, the pet food canners.
    They are our saviors.

    Saved are the sanation workers and online school teachers,

    Precious are the
    Postal workers.

    Divine the delivery drivers,
    for they are glorious,
    and there could be no glory without them.

    Glorious are the garbage workers,
    the tik-tok go go girls,
    and grocery store stoke book stockers
    for (in these tying times),
    you are hollowed
    and for you I shout Hallelujah!

    Beautiful are the the beverage bottlers,

    Absolved are the auto mechanics
    Christened, the computer repair people,
    for you are transcendent

    are the tasks of the lowest of the low magnified by the looking glass of ten thousand eye balls that see at once.

    (in these tying times),
    The strength of the whole is defined by the individual...
    the strength of the individual is created by the whole.


    Holy are the highway maintenance men.

    Holy are the Hoi Polloi

    Holy are the vandals for vigilance.

    Holy are those that Howl for humanity.

    Holy are the riffraff of righteousness,

    Holy are the wretched rank-and-file rabble
    yearning to be roused.

    Hallowed are the handy men...

    Bodacious are the Bodega attendants,

    Forever, the farmers and Pharmacists.

    Luscious are the liquor store lackeys (no pun intended,)

    magnificent the marijuana dispensaries

    perfect, the protestors,
    the afore mentioned vandals for vigilance
    they are - after all - essential,

    as they brave the Covid, (in these tying times), to face the teargas of oppression
    in an effort to burn down the last vestiges of
    “the before times.”

    so that the meek shall rise
    from the ashes of the past,
    to inherit
    a world
    we have all helped make
    H.E.R.E.S. .D.A. .D.A.T.E.S.

    August, 2021
    1 Sunday
    9:00 PM Eastern
    The Mighty Monthly Muse
    The 8:30 Club

    8 Sunday
    9PM Eastern
    The Poem of the Week
    The Jim Alberti Theatre

    15 Sunday
    9PM Eastern
    The Poem of the Week
    The Jim Alberti Theatre

    22 Sunday
    9PM Eastern
    The Poem of the Week
    The Jim Alberti Theatre

    29 Sunday
    9PM Eastern
    The Poem of the Week
    The Jim Alberti Theatre

    September, 2021
    5 Sunday
    9:00 PM Eastern
    The Mighty Monthly Muse
    The 8:30 Club

    12 Sunday
    9PM Eastern
    The Poem of the Week
    The Jim Alberti Theatre

    19 Sunday
    9PM Eastern
    The Poem of the Week
    The Jim Alberti Theatre

    26 Sunday
    9PM Eastern
    The Poem of the Week
    The Jim Alberti Theatre

    October, 2021

    10 Sunday

    The Kerrville Folk Festival
    The Quiet Valley Ranch

    13 Wednesday
    Houston, TX
    The Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit Show
    JP Hops House

    15 Friday
    Austin, TX
    Kerrville Celebration

    16 Saturday
    House Concert TBA
    Austin Area
    17 Sunday

    House Concert TBA
    Austin Area

    20 Wednesday
    Metairie, LA
    House Concert TBA

    21 Thursday
    New Orleans, LA
    The Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit Show
    The Neautral Ground

    22 Friday
    Pensacola, FL
    Grant Peoples Presents The Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit Show

    23 Friday
    Tallahassae, FL
    Grant Peoples Presents The Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit Show
    The Junction on South Monroe

    24 Sunday
    Athens, GA
    House Concert TBA

    25 Monday

    26 Tuesday
    Nashville, TN
    House Concert TBA

    27 Wednesday
    Ashville, NC
    House Concert TBA

    28 Thursday
    DC Area TBA

    29 Friday
    Philadelphia Area, NJ
    House Concert TBA

    30 Saturday
    Philadelphia, PA
    House Concert TBA

    31 Sunday
    New York, NY
    House Concert TBA