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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sarah Jarosz and Tom Waits

Well the moon is brokenAnd the sky is cracked
Come on up to the house
The only things that you can seeIs all that you lack
Come on up to the house
All your cryin don't do no good
Come on up to the house

Come down off the cross
We can use the wood
Come on up to the house

Come on up to the house
Come on up to the house
The world is not my home
I'm just a passin' thru
Come on up to the house

There's no light in the tunnel No irons in the fire
Come on up to the house
And your singin lead sopranoIn a junkman's choir
You gotta come on up to the house
Does life seem nasty, brutish and short

Come on up to the house
The seas are stormy And you can't find no port
Come on up to the house

There's nothin in the world
(Chorus)there's nothin in the world that you can do you gotta come on up to the house
and you been whipped by the forcesthat are inside you
come on up to the house
well you're high on topof your mountain of woe
come on up to the house
well you know you should surrender
but you can't let go
you gotta come on up to the house(Chorus)

Sarah did a stellar version in the Sept 26 installment of

She's an 18 year old girl on the rise, and you got to hear her do this Tom Waits song.

Some of you know Waits was Rudy Newton in Ironweed, and if you are not familiar with that great character, it's your loss.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

American Hero Crystal Lee (norma rae) Sutton and the working Poor

Crystal Lee Sutton died Friday. I didn't know till I heard a eulogy interview of sorts yesterday on NPR. I choked up a little just like I did in Knoxville Tennessee in 1979 when Sally Field portraying Crystal stood up on the table in a textile plant in Alamance County North Carolina and held up the word UNION and shut the place down.
Her supervisor came in and said: "Norma Rae, you're gonna have to go with me."
Later in the film SuttonSallyfieldnormarae is talking to her Baptist preacher and she asks him why he doesn't ever say anything about cotton dust or working conditions or the stretchout or many other of the justice themes in the Bible concerning the working poor and the Preacher says:

"Norma Rae, We're gonna miss your voice in the choir."

Two of my thirty something friends have never seen the film, but I think two other ones have, the one that went to UVA and his friend that went to Auburn and they both know Jody Powell's Momma.
I'm gonna see to it my other two 30 somethin friends see the film.

Here is a great tribute at Mother Jones.
Several other tributes can be googled up at Washington Post and Huffington Post.

I got some friends touring High Cotton in DC. I hope they use their access to Power to get Health Reform passed. Do it for Ted Kennedy and Crystal Lee Sutton, Norma Rae.

Like Fannie Lou Hamer of the Mississippi Freedom Democrat Party asked the world in 1964 at the Democrat National Convention: "Is This America????"

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Great link there to the NPR Here and Now eulogy of Monday from Alamance County.

Monday, September 14, 2009

My new friend Jane, and Ted Kennedy

Two different events.
One the Sat and Sunday singing at Corinth Church in Fyffe, Alabama. See blog below for historical importance.
At Corinth made a new friend Jane; picture number two from front page of Gadsden Times online today.

Today, Monday 14th, heard full interview of editor of Ted Kennedy's new memoir; entirely fascinating.
Senator Kennedy believed in the Resurrection. You can hear the interview yourself and make of it what you will.
Fascinating education of Ted Kennedy also discussed; how he came to understand America's 60's perception of Catholicism outside the NE.
Point was made JFK Presidential race in a way helped USA be less a know nothing country in a way Barack Obama helped modify perceptions of race and ability in 2008, Joe Wilson notwithstanding.