Chris Chandler's  Muse and Whirled Retort  February, 2007

January 31, 2007  Volume VIII Issue iv
T.A.B.L.E. .O.F. .C.O.N.T.E.N.T.S.

Happy New Year

1. Brand new stuff for February
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. "Thank You!"
7. Dates
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BRAND NEW for January 2007:



We have created 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 a copy:

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

We have just gotten the CD and thank you to those of you who have ordered advance copies — I will get those in the mail ASAP sorry — We are a 2 person operation and sometimes I get a little behind.

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


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

The new CD!

We are booking as we go on this tour across the country and we need  
you help. Check the dates for details. You can also view our calendar at: and Chandler Gigs


4. 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 31, 2007

Volume VIII Issue iv
Phoenix, AZ

This will be brief — we are covering some ground and I have not had two minutes to rub together and make an hour.  Since 2007 started we have been living the Johnny Cash song "I've Been Everywhere, Man." We have been from Washington, DC to Indianapolis, Columbia, MO, to St Louis, THEN Insert the lyrics to route 66 here.

Bakersfield, Palo Alto, Williams, OR, Salem, OR, Tacoma, Port Townsend, Seattle, Bellingham, Victoria, Vancouver, Olympia, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Bandon, OR, Ashland, OR, Nevada City, CA, Garborville, San Francisco, Freedom, CA, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and now, Phoenix.  As soon as I hit send on this letter we go boogidy shoot to Texas!

The second leg of our Winter "American Storyteller Tour" has begun.

We are soooo looking forward to returning to Texas.

I don't usually talk about the boring day to day of the road in this news letter — and God Knows there is plenty going on out there — MAJOR anti war demonstrations, a new Congress cowering and shaking in the corner while George "Chucky" Bush wields a meat cleaver as he gives the State of the Union Address, reminding us that Louisiana is not a state in the Union.

It is tiring. But so is working a 9-5.  

Some would think — "hey, why don't you get a job."  I am thinking — "I could use the vacation."

It has always been a big deal to me to make it to 20 years on the road — and I am fast approaching that milestone, as Pete Seeger turns 88, and I realize how short 20 years is.  I think back to 20 years ago.  I had graduated art school (Yes, I wore a black beret and a turtle neck — I am still recovering.)  

I went on the road to audition in theatres to be a Lighting Designer.  To pay for my trip I stood on street corners and delivered monologues with an open cigar box.  Needless to say, people gave me a wide berth as if I were muttering to myself.  Drastic measures must be taken.  I bought a guitar.  I could not play the guitar, but I had grown up on the music of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.  Hell, their songs only have 3 chords.  How hard could it be?

Well, I got the guitar and stood on the corner and strummed it while delivering the same monologues.  It made all the difference.  Didn't matter that I didn't know how to sing or play — I was a folk singer! Like Pete Seeger.  People started gathering around my street corners to listen to my little "folk songs."

After about just 6 months of this, I was over it.  I was tired.  Living in a Volkswagen, staying in homeless shelters, writing, always writing.  But burnt.  Ready to give up and get a job.

I had picked up a hitch hiker in Philadelphia who told me about something called The People's Music Network — a gathering of people who performed political Folk songs.  I decided it would be my last Hoorah.  I would go this event.

Because I was a "first timer" I was given a slot to perform in their Saturday night concert.  "WOW," I thought, "What a way to go out — performing for the first time on a big stage."

My friends, the WORST thing that can happen to a young performed did.  

I got a standing ovation for a song called "Watergate Generation."    It was like John Elway announcing his retirement after winning the Super Bowl.  OK, maybe not — but it felt like that.  I imagined myself at the podium giving a tearful retirement speech among confetti and flash bulbs as I absorbed my last and first real applause.

Instead I exited the stage to an empty green room.

I put my guitar into the case thinking — well that's it — gainful employment here I come."  As I slung the case over my shoulder to head for my car the door slung open.  The light from the auditorium pierced the darkness, and there standing in perfect silhouette, was Pete Seeger himself.

He hugged me and told me how important what I was doing was and I had to keep doing it.

And now, 20 years later, here I am working with David Roe, whose first concert experience ever, was Pete Seeger and friends.  At age 6, he toddled to the stage and asked him to play "The Foolish Frog."  Pete obliged. The show ended in a standing ovation and DR asking what the word "Encore" meant. DR was hooked. He wanted to sing those songs, hear the word encore shouted and watch the rafters shake.  Thirty years later on down the road David can still play, "The Foolish Frog."

In the 70's, at the Cleawater Festival David had the opportunity to tell Mr Seeger how much his work had meant to him and how it made him be a folk singer.  

Pete just turned on his heels and said, "Don't blame me."

But I do.  And I know countless people who can tell similar tales oh how much Pete's 88 years have meant to them.  So, I think of my measly 20 years and can only say, Happy Birthday Pete.  Thanks for teaching me to carry it on.

The Announcments
Well, I have told you at length about the new CD

We are looking for dates for the summer
We plan to go in May from DC through Missouri to Texas for The Kerrville Folk Festival! YES You heard me right, The Kerrville Folk Festival
Then point SW to the West coast, and on towards the Oregon Country Fair and back up to Vancouver — then WE HOPE to come to festivals on the East coast.
We will be in New Orleans doing some volunteer work and participating in David's Krewe of WooHoo!  Please come down to the greatest city in America for The Biggest Party in America — join the Krewe — just reply to this news letter and we will tell ya how.
T.H.A.N.K. .Y.O.U.
Karen Kilroy, Anne Feeney, The New Orleans Saints (thanks for the great season — NEXT YEAR!) the Krew of WooHoo!, Tom Creviston, Diane Hayes, David Rugger, Zak, Clint Harding, "Veronica," Alicia, Gaberial, Wiktor, Agnesizka, Tim & Bad Folk, Brett Underwood, Carolyn, Frank Chandler, Chuck and Joanne Narrad, Manuela, Marsea, Peter, Dan, Rick, Marc of Dr Atomics Medicine Show, Sophia,  Harry and Becky Blaisure, Dr Doug, Oceana, Paul Trebech, Jay Iriwn, Carin Simmons, Jules, John, Glenna Goodness, Shayne, Radar, Pedestrian Productions, The Liana Dueck Kennedy, Chris Kennedy, Baby Francis, Beth Cubbage, The Joey Only Band, Patsy, Samantha Parton, Eric Chase, Harry "Red Wine" Levine, Faddah Wolf, KBOO, Danniel Flessis, Robyn Shanti, Adam and Kris, Daisey, Harmony, Laura, Brian QTN, Susan George, Peter Wilde, Tom, Drew, Diane, Cassandra, Jeff, Donna One-Rain-Rider, Janet and Ken Bates, Little Thom and Christine, Thom Payne, Steve Baker, Mikahl, Elanor Mc Donald and Paul Kam, Louise, Natina, Mac, Danny, BR, Darryl Cherney, KMUD, Kate, Kim, The KMUD Volunteers, Mark the EARTH FIRST! Mechanic, Judith Barnet, Jerry, Jesica, Tim Mason, Shannon Flattery, K8Mae Starshine,  Hali Hammer, Randy, Tim, Dave Lippman, Sleepy John, KPIG, Tom Miller, Lake, Bob Reid, Lake, Tim and Robin, Joanne, Red Cloud, Eileen, Stephanie, Bruce, The Andersons, Cleopachie, Cathrine and Joel Robbins.

Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 8:30pm
Ft. Worth, TX
Club 1919 Hemphill
1919 Hemphill

Friday, February 2nd, 2007
Flower Mound, TX
Home of John and Regina Fierke
3025 Yale Dr.

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007, 8 PM
Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
1031 E 24th

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
Austin, TX
House Concert at The Old Brown House
(The Home of Maverick, Harmony, Anneke and Cara)
400 W Alpine Rd
512 587 7709

Thursday February 8th — 20th
New Orleans, LA
Volunteering in the 9th Ward and By-Water

Friday, February 9th, 2007
David Roe and the Orchestra
Deadwood, SD
Deadwood Mardi Gras

Saturday, February 10th, 2007
David Roe and the Orchestra

Deadwood Mardi Gras

Sunday, February 11th, 2007, 8:00
New Orleans, LA
Fair Grinds
3133 Ponce de Leon

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 8 pm
Baton Rouge, LA
Brew Ha Ha
225.923.1923 711
Jefferson Hwy. Ste. 2-A

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

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007, 3 PM
Memphis, TN
Folk Alliance Showcase
Music Floor # 1826

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007,  6 PM
Memphis, TN
Folk Alliance
Pete Seeger's 88th Birthday Party

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007, 10:00pm
Memphis, TN
Folk Alliance Showcase
St Louis Room

Friday, February 23rd, 2007, 11:45
Memphis, TN
Folk Alliance
Pyramid Room- Room 182
hosting the Local 1000 Songs of War & Peace

Saturday, February 24th, 2007, Midnight
Memphis, TN
Folk Alliance Showcase

Sunday, February 25th, 2007
Memphis, TN
Venue TBA
Benefit for Mid South Peace and Justice Center
With Si Kahn

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
Nashville, TN
Steve Goodie House Concert
239 Antioch Pike
(615) 834-4426

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
Gainesville, FL
Thomas Center
With Dave Lippman and George Shrub
Americas only known Singing CIA Agent
302 NE 6th Ave
352 378-5655

Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 6:30PM
Pensacola, FL
The Commerce Museum
WUWF Radio Live
Zaragosa and Tarragona Streets

ANY ONE in Atlanta or Macon or Ashville want to Host a show!
Maybe even a house concert?
With us and Dave Lippman
WOW what a show that would be!

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
Chapel Hill, NC
Skylight Exchange
Americas only known Singing CIA Agent
405 1/2 W Rosemary Street

Saturday, March 10th, 2007, 8:30PM
Greenbelt, MD
New Deal
113 Centerway



Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 7-9 PM
Kerrville , TX
Kerrville Folk Festival
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