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Give 'em Somethin' to Talk About, Bonnie Raitt

 

 

 

 

Bottleneck-style guitar player. Blues singer. Bonnie Raitt. To put it simply, I love her. For a long while when I was singing in bands I tried to emulate her. Not an easy task. Bonnie turns 61 years old on November 8th. Her career has had its ups and downs but she’s never left my cd rotation.  Every now and then something doesn’t feel quite right and I realize it’s time for some Raitt. 

 

 In 1993 I saw…

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Added by Schmoopie on November 8, 2010 at 4:30pm — 12 Comments

One Small Moment (OS Archive - 2010)

Early yesterday morning, I'd just piled two large boxes of groceries into the car trunk outside of the store, the dog was bouncing for snacks, and I was eager to get home to breakfast and my first cup of tea.

As I backed out of my parking spot and began to ease out of the lot, I noticed to my right an older woman sitting in a camp chair, a sign in her lap:

                                "I need help. I'm camping out.                                                    …

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Added by Anna Herrington on November 7, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Running for Congress with a new third party

originally published on Nov. 7, 2010. This was satire. As time went on, it became less outrageous and closer to true. Still, I wish some of the original readers had gotten the I.M. Peid pun. 





The following is an interview with future Congressional candidate I. M. Peid, self-proclaimed Architect of the New Political Order and founder of  the Corporatist Party of America, or CPA.

What is the point of the Corporatist Party of America?

What's…

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Added by koshersalaami on November 7, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Art Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence...For Now

 

Art Garfunkel as the Cheshire Cat and Paul Simon as the White Rabbit. It sounds like a strange dream. Or a Saturday Night Live skit. But acting together in the play Alice in Wonderland in elementary school was the first time the two musicians collaborated on a project. The duet went on to become part of American musical history racking up mega hits that are still popular today. Art will be 69 years old on November 5th. His…

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Added by Schmoopie on November 4, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

I was a teenage Beatle

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 One afternoon in January…

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Added by John Manchester on November 4, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

OS Comments Thread: Placebostudman: a Personal Shrine #1

I was not familiar with this blogger--but what a beautiful idea--a virtual ofrenda!…
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Added by Poor Woman on November 1, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

OS Comments Thread: Placebostudman: a Personal Shrine #2

This is really lovely, and a fine tribute.



(I mentioned him in my last blog, as there was a connection to something I was writing about. He definitely made a huge impression on me and so many others.)…
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Old OS Post: Honoring Placebostudman: a Private Shrine

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For you, Ry

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because we miss…

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Added by Poor Woman on November 1, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Brilliance of Oregon's Mail-in Ballot (OS Archive - 2010)

As Election Day rolls around again, our house is strangely quiet:  no phones ringing incessantly only to answer to a taped voice urging us to vote, no doorbells ringing only to answer to polling volunteers wanting to know if we plan to vote, even asking," And do you mind telling us how you plan to vote?"

Yes, I mind!  I'll vote! Stop calling!

This year, and every election year since we've moved back to Oregon, we've voted…

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Added by Anna Herrington on November 1, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

"On the Blue Ridge Line, a Collection of Country-Folk-Blues Lyrics, with an exploration of the creative process," by Open Salon's Patrick Gene Frank

Quietly and without fanfare, the book-selling behemoth, Amazon, was able to get their intergalactic division up and running in late September (amazon.intergalactic-services.com). I took this opportunity to order just one book from your lovely planet Earth, and that was:…

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Added by clay ball on October 30, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Guilty Pleasures: 70s Songs I Hate to Love

OCTOBER 28, 2010 9:29AM

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1. “Rock the Boat” (Hues Corporation)…

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Added by John Manchester on October 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Feed Your Head With Grace Slick

Singer. Songwriter. Visual artist. Grace Slick. The voice of a generation.

Grace turns 71 years old on October 30th. She stepped out of the singing spotlight long ago because she said she was past her prime. I have to give her credit for making that decision. She focuses her creative energy on her painting these days.

Grace Slick's singing career started off by forming the band The Great Society in 1965 and by 1966 they had a devoted…

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Added by Schmoopie on October 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Brain in a Jar

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My father forbade me to see horror…

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Added by John Manchester on October 25, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Elgar and My Dad

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“There are places I remember…All my life, though some have…

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Added by John Manchester on October 21, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Tom Petty: From Zero to Sixty in Nothing Flat

 

(For you, scanner! Because you asked.)

 

Is it just me, or is Tom getting better looking as he ages?

 

I was not an instant fan of Tom Petty. His nasal twang took some getting used to. But once I settled into the groove, let the lyrics wash over me, and felt the intensity of his songs I slowly fell in “like” with him…and then love. Then the love turned into downright passion…

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Added by Schmoopie on October 19, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

What's With All the Hippie Punching?

OCTOBER 18, 2010 11:03AM

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 First of all, I’m an old Hippie, and proud of it.

 When I first heard the…

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Added by John Manchester on October 18, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Feelin' Groovy With Paul Simon

 (Dedicated to my pal, VA. Hope the tour gets rescheduled soon!) 

 

What were you doing when you were 11 years old? I was playing with model horses, flying kites, reading everything I could get my hands on, learning to play guitar,  and listening to my older sister’s music collection. Paul Simon was performing in a school production of Alice in Wonderland with his friend Art Garfunkel. By the time they were 13 they were singing harmony while performing at…

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Added by Schmoopie on October 12, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Satisfaction and Mad Men

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Like many, I’m a big fan of AMC’s “Mad…

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Added by John Manchester on October 12, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Friday Night Photo (OS Archive - 2010)

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One of my favorite walks at the lake goes by this gorgeous old oak...

 

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Added by Anna Herrington on October 8, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Come Together Right Now for John Lennon's Birthday

Any student of American pop culture knows exactly where they were the night of December 8, 1980.

I had just finished working a catering job, tired and exhausted from the hours of cooking, serving, and cleaning up. I jumped in my car and turned on the radio happy to hear Beatles tunes playing for the trek home. One Beatles song after another played without commercial interruption as I cruised the darkened highway and happily sang along,…

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Added by Schmoopie on October 7, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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