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  • The Muse and Whirled Retort 2015

    T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T. NOVEMBER 2015

    T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T. NOVEMBER 2015
    T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.

    Oakland CA
    Volume XV issue iii
    November 1, 2015

    Hey Everybody,
    Sorry I have not been as consistent with my newsletter as I once was.  I must change that.

    The Truth is I have not been doing as many shows as I used to so I did not write - I am not sure why that is.
    I mean most of you who read this are all over the country and could not come to many of the shows anyway.
    I get your notes saying you miss your whirled retort - so i will soldier on.

    NEWS: I have a new single coming out with my good Friend John Elliott. on (Yes ) Black Friday!    It seems to  an appropriate date for it is a 15 minute monster of a holiday tale called The Three Kings of Memphis.

    For now it will only be available as a digital down load.  We had hoped upon wishes that we would get it on vinyl, alas...

    If you have not seen John you should.  Paul and I liked him so much we brought him up to the Oregon Country Faire with us.  I will be sending an announcement about it then.  Visit him by clicking HERE


    November marks the 100 year anniversary of the execution of Joe Hill.

    So, I am very much looking forward in taking part in the Western Leg of the Joe Hill Traveling Road Show with My friends David Rovics and George Mann.

    This tour is being made possible by many and there will be some live broadcasts!
    If you would like to support this very important work you can do so by following this link.


    or pasting this:

    You could get valuable premiums including CDs from David, George and me

    Enough of the crass commercial announcements already!  on with it!


    T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.
    Volume XV issue iii
    Oakland CA
    Alive in you and me
    By Chris Chandler
    I Dreamed I saw... By Alfred Hayes and Earl Robinson

    I dreamed I saw, Joe Hill last night
Alive as you and me

    Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" says he,
    "I never died" says he
"I never died" says he"

    I did not dream I saw Joe Hill Last night...
    I simply saw Joe Hill - Alive in you and me.

    The work of Ceaser Chavez, and the work of Eugene Debs is not 75 or even 25 years dead,
    it will Never die says, I.
    For it will Never die IN me.

    "The copper bosses killed you, Joe"
"They shot you Joe" says I

    "Takes more than guns to kill a man"

    Says Joe "I didn't die"
Says Joe "I didn't die"

    The Billy clubs of Ferguson, the tear gas streets of Occupy killed you Joe?
    They ran you out of town says some?

    It takes more than that to shut us down,
    Which is why, we'll stay right here.
    Which is why we will not die.

    And standing there, as big as life

    And smiling with his eyes

    Says Joe "What they can never kill

    Went on to organize

    Went on to organize"

    ...and organize he did!

    And standing there as big as life... the work of United Students Against Sweatshops,
    The School of the America's Watch,
    the United Mountain Defense,
    Black Lives Matter,
    Food Not Bombs,
    Earth First! and Nurses without Borders.

    All -- and many more -- struggle to organize a world in which all people live in freedom from oppression...
    valued as whole human beings...
    rather than exploited in a quest for productivity under the rule of the wrong kind of profits.

    THEY WENT ON to Organize!

    Organizing as they fight police brutality.  

    Organizing as they fight the prison industrial complex.  

    Organizing as they fight to force queer and transgender issues onto the agenda.

    Joe Hill is ALIVE in those who went on to organize!

    Those who went on to organize...

    ...the unorganized.

    From San Diego up to Maine
In every mine and mill

    Where working folks defend their rights
    t's there you find Joe Hill

    It's there you find Joe Hill

    From Johannesburg to Imokolee...
    From Zuccati Park to Ferguson...
    from Oakland to Baltimore...
    From Prauge to Sidi Bouzid...
    This is where you will find Joe Hill.
    For that is where you will find you and me.

    I dreamed I saw, I dreamed I saw, Joe Hill last night

    Alive as you and me
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" says he,
    "I never died" says he

    For I did not dream I saw Joe Hill Last night...

    I am Joe Hill, today.
    I will be Joe Hill tomorrow.

    I am Joe Hill
    I AM Michael Brown
    I am Victor Jara
    I am Rachel Corey
    I am Joe Hill
    I am Joe Hill
    I will never die, says, I
    For I will never die IN me.

    I hope to see you at one of these shows!


    Jen and I lost our right hand man on Oct 28. Here is a little poem I wrote for JC while visiting him in the hospital.

    Here in San Francisco, like so many times before, with JC.

    Surrounded by beautiful talented caring women.
    Honestly, dude I have no idea how you do it!
    Tonight, it is Paola, Kay, Donna and Jen.

    New Orleans music on a boom box by his side.  Streaming WWOZ.

    Pictures of you on the bulletin board,
    going down a zip line,
    in a dune buggy,
    Mardi Gras beads, parade in the back ground,
    wearing some leather pants.

    Where did you get those pants JC?
    I know headed to the exotic erotic ball.
    Always something with you JC. Burning Man, High Sierra, a Saints game.  

    They won last night you know, dude?

    Wake up dude, I am pretty sure that nurse has a crush on you.

    I bet if you were here visiting me, you'd already have a full hospital access pass, and be on a first name basis with the entire staff.

    How do you do It? How do you do it?  

    But tonight is different. Yes, the beautiful women are here. The music is here. Your spirit is here, even you are here... In a sense...

    ...Tomorrow you will be giving once again. Giving as you always did.

    Giving in your final act as you did every day.
    Giving. Always giving.
    I envy the person who gets your heart.
    Hell, I want your heart.
    Hell, I'd settle for your liver.

    In truth though I will do my best to take away the only thing I can.
    I will take with me: the way you changed me by knowing you.
    I will try to emulate, the way you would behave. Caring. Giving. Effortless. Selfless, timeless, jovial, fun,
    and always...
    a finger on the pulse,
    and the other hand holding the hand of forever.

    Jen is createing a new Video for him using a song I recorded with David Rovics and Samntha Parton back in the day...

    It is Beautiful as is everything she does...
    I think what a wonderful thing - when someone close to you passes create something beautiful for them.

    Perhaps she will have me share it when it is done.

    Speaking of Jen  I recommend visiting us at
    I am working on a new CD with Paul Benoit - we are looking at Spring!
    Don't Forget the NEW NEW NEW Monster Holiday 15 min single coming soon!
    Don't Forget to Come to a show if you are in the neighborhood!

    If you can spare it please help support this project by clicking on this link.

    You could get valuable premiums including CDs from David, George and me.

    You can visit me on facebook to.

    H.E.R.E.'.S. .D.A. .D.A.T.E.S.

    November 5, San Diego: Chris Chandler, George Mann & David Rovics, Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:00 p.m. San Diego Education Association hall, 10393 San Diego Mission Rd. $5 – $15 sliding scale. Sponsored by IWW San Diego Organizing Caucus. Co-sponsored by San Diego Education Association (SDEA) & San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council (AFL-CIO); endorsed by Activist San Diego, Coalition for Labor and Community Solidarity, UCSD Union Coalition, Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft, Interfaith Center for Worker Justice, University Technical and Professional Employees Local 9, Groundwork Books Collective.

    November 6, Los Angeles/San Pedro: Chris Chandler, George Mann & David Rovics, Friday, Nov. 6, 8:00 p.m. (Reception at 7:00) IATSE Local 80 Hall, 2520 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. (Parking onsite) $10 – $20 sliding scale. Sponsored by IATSE, IWW Los Angeles, and Arbeiter Ring/Workmen's Circle.

    November 7, San Francisco Bay Area: San Francisco Labor Heritage/Rockin' Solidarity Chorus will join the Road Show'sChris Chandler, David Rovics and George Mann for this concert. Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave. $10-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    November 8, Nevada City, CA: Chris Chandler, George Mann & David Rovics with special guests Bodie Wagner and Duncan Phillips. Sunday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. (Live broadcast) KVMR Radio Station Community Room, 120 Bridge St., Nevada City. $10 – $15 sliding scale. This show also honors the legacy of IWW singer U. Utah Phillips, who lived in Nevada City for many years.

    November 9, Reno, NV: Chris Chandler, George Mann & David Rovics with special guests Tim Gorlangton and David Fennimore. Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. Studio on 4th, 432 E 4th St. $10 – $15 suggested donation.