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On John Jones: Never Stop Moving


I’ve been waiting, as have all the Ramblers, for this CD–and for a long part of the wait, since news of John Jones’ illness and surgery broke, with more of a sense of urgency than the usual pre-release expectation. Never Stop Moving does not disappoint. Perhaps my view is colored.  Most of the songs are familiar …

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On Songs to Bike to 101-2D: “Tubthumping” and “A River Runs”


I’ve been feeling a general malaise this week (sometimes bordering on existential dread), and that has translated into slow rides on the bike–not a really good thing, with the MS ride coming up this Saturday, but better than not riding at all. This morning, the clouds sat thick on the side of the mountain, one …

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On Songs to Bike to 101 (pt VIII)


The cool thing about riding the Tour de Dixmont?  All the people who wave.  Cindy the mail lady.  The guys in the dump trucks going from the gravel pit across the North Road to wherever.  The guys putting metal roofing on a farmhouse on the North Road.  The man in North Dixmont mowing his lawn. …

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On Songs to Bike to 101 (pt III)


  Sunday and Monday were rainy mornings–torrential rainy mornings.  This morning dawned bright and cool and windy, with crazy clouds scudding across a deep blue sky.  I made really good time:  it was perfect riding weather.   The song this morning, as I became aware of it at Simpson’s Corner on the Tour de Dixmont, …

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On Diamonds on the Water


Oysterband fans have been waiting for this CD for a long time.  Some of us pre-ordered it months ago and have been waiting with anticipation for the February 17th release date:  some of us in the US were appalled to suddenly realize that February 17th was a postal holiday and we wouldn’t get it until the …

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On Bellowhead: Broadside


Back in the Ice Age, at my graduate school graduation, I made a speech entitled “The Value of Ignorance.”  My premise was that, if you recognize your own lack of knowledge, you give yourself the opportunity to rectify that lack; those people who firmly believe that they know everything–and we’ve all met them–never allow themselves …

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On the Old Year


You know what?  The world didn’t end, and overall, it wasn’t a bad year.  If it wasn’t for the distinct possibility that next year will be equally good–if not better–I’d be sad to see the end of 2012. I was thinking the other day of a conversation I had some 25 years ago with my …

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On Year 3: October’s Poems


What an odd month!  It started out as Octoberish as they come, but ended with a hurricane that brought the temperatures up into the unseasonable 60’s–along with enough rain to flood the cellar, and the C wing in our school building.  Here it is, Halloween, and I am surrounded by high-school-aged ghouls…and in addition to …

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On Oysterband at the Algonquin Theatre


The Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville, Ontario, was the final stop on Oysterband’s 3-week autumn tour of central and western Canada.  It’s 13 hours away from home, trekking by car through Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec, and finally, Ontario.  Michael Schneider, a long-time Oyster fan who made the journey from Santa Fe, New Mexico, asked:  Was …

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On June Tabor & Oysterband: Ragged Kingdom


Haunted. That would be the one word to describe the atmosphere of Ragged Kingdom, the long-awaited second CD collaboration by Oysterband and June Tabor.  From the cover photo, muted to near-sepia tones save for a few flashes of blood-red (one of which immediately draws the eye to June Tabor’s position high on the stairs), in …

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