Monday, June 27, 2016

RIP Dr. Ralph Stanley

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I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Stanley at the Lowell Folk festival

We've lost another great one

Dr. Ralph Edmund Stanley (February 25, 1927 - June 23, 2016)

I can't even count the number of times I've listened to "Pretty Polly", "Rank Stranger", "Palms of Victory" and others. No one had a better voice for singing mountain music, and very few banjo players could play both clawhammer and scruggs style so well.
I got my first banjo when I was a teenager. I guess I was 15, 16 years old. My aunt had this old banjo, and Mother bought it for me ... paid $5 for it, which back then was probably like $5,000. [My parents] had a little store, and I remember my aunt took it out in groceries.[1]
"God has had his hand on my career for the past 68 years. It's up to him when I will quit. I have no plans of slowing down. I love my fans, and I love performing." -- Dr. Ralph Stanley - 2015 

Still my all time favorite

Saturday, June 25, 2016

What's for Breakfast?

Good Morning,

I hope you'll start your day with a bowl of cereal.The brain doesn't work well when the stomach is taxed.
National Geographic Advertisment - August 1917

Rich in Gluten!
October 1928 advertisment in The National Geographic Magazine

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Trump, President of the World

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Just when you thought you've seen every parody of Donald Trump, this gem comes over the internet.  Or maybe it is the real thing. We live in strange scary times.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Beaver Trapping in New Ipswich

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UPDATE 6/16/2016

Traps near the culvert on Taylor Road were place on private posted property and have been removed. 

Please be aware that beaver traps have been set along the Souhegan river property on Taylor Road. The traps used are Conibear body  hold traps set in the water. They are more are powerful than a leg hold trap and can cause injury if accidently triggered. Ironically they are placed near land that is posted No Trapping. The neighbors in Smithville met with the select board with their concerns. The traps are set in the water near a path that the beavers transverse.

Sign on Taylor Road

Beaver Dam built on the Souhegan River (photo taken from the bridge on Goen Road)

Years ago when I worked in Massachusetts I encountered a dog with his foot caught in a leg hold trap. I didn't want to attempt to remove it for fear the dog would bleed out so I drove to the police station to find the nearest vet. I'm not a fan of this type of animal control given the hazard to other animals and children.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

People's Place Bluegrass Jam

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We had a nice Jam at People's Place in Gardner. Late night for me but the music was great.

Betty and Lew

Lois leads off with some fiddle tunes

In the next video, Heidi sang the Steve Earle song "Pilgrim"

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I did enable monetization and will share any proceeds with Heidi. However the amount of advertising revenue is massively underwhelming.

The Family That Prays

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We had a nice jam last night. We always make a point of singing a few Louvin Brother's tunes and this was one of them.

Lew and Betty

The Family Who Prays Never Shall Part
Recorded by the Louvin Brothers
Written by Ira and Charlie Louvin
[3/4 time]

G                         C        G
The Family who prays will never be parted
Their circle in heaven unbroken shall stand
           G        C             G
God will say enter my good faithful servants
                    D7          G
The family who prays  never shall part

               C           G
Satan has parted fathers and mothers
Filling their hearts with his envy and hate
            G        C       G
Heading their pathways down to destruction
                          D7         G
Leaving their children like orphans to stray

Repeat #1

                     C          G
Wars and Tornadoes are taking our loved ones
Leaving us tearful with sad aching hearts
           G         C        G
But we shall join them over the river
                        D7          G
For the family who prays  never shall part

repeat #2

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Desperate Journey (1942)

One of the items that was donated to the Green Center Recycling Center was an issue of Life Magazine dated October 5, 1942. I'm interested in that era and enjoyed looking at the advertisements. Almost all of them deal with the war effort in patriotic terms, urging citizens to conserve fuel, collect scrap metal and buy war bonds.

I came across an advertisement for a  movie starring Ronald Reagan. Thanks to YouTube I found a clip.

Movie Advertisment
Life Magazine, October 5, 1942

Ronnie plays a trick on his interrogator in this clip. Apparently having the technology for high altitude offered us a strategic advantage.

In the same magazine I found this advertisement which gives further credence to the advantage of high altitude flight. The Lockheed P-38 Lightning could climb to 20,000 feet.


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"When Johnny Cash met Muhammad Ali, the boxer presented Cash with a poem called “Truth.” Cash valued the poem so much, he kept it locked away in a vault for years, but not before setting it to music in a piano tune, and recording it in the studio.
The song, and the story behind it are regularly mixed up with another Johnny Cash song called “What Is Truth” which carries a strong, anti-war message that is easy to associate with Muhammad Ali. “What Is Truth” was released in 1970, eventually peaking at #3 on the country charts. But the Ali-inspired “Truth” was never released, until it found its way onto the compilation Johnny Cash: Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth released in 2012. The song was likely recorded in January or May of 1979, with Jack Clement and Jack Routh acting as producers. Johnny Cash envisioned it as a Gospel tune.
Johnny always believed that Muhammad Ali had written “Truth” for him, and probably died believing such. But when researching for the 2012 Bootleg Vol. IV compilation, producer Gregg Geller discovered that “Truth” was actually written by a teacher of universal Sufism named Hazrat Inayat Khan who died in 1927.
Nonetheless, Muhammad Ali’s gift to Johnny Cash resulted in a beautiful and inspired piece of Gospel music from Cash, and exemplifies just how far the touch and impact of Muhammad Ali went throughout the country and world." - Saving Country Music Website

Hazrat Inayat Khan 1916.jpg

By digital photo Sergey Moskalev - archive of Sufi Movement Russia, PD-US,

Mohammed Ali recants the words of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

The face of truth is open,
The eyes of truth are bright,
The lips of truth are ever closed,
The head of truth is upright.

The breast of truth stands forward,
The gaze of truth is straight,
Truth has neither fear nor doubt,
Truth has patience to wait.

The words of truth are touching,
The voice of truth is deep,
The law of truth is simple:
All that you sow you reap.

The soul of truth is flaming,
The heart of truth is warm,
The mind of truth is clear,
And firm through rain or storm.

Facts are but its shadows,
Truth stands above all sin;
Great be the battle in life,
Truth in the end shall win.

The image of truth is Christ,
Wisdom's message its rod;
Sign of truth is the cross,
Soul of truth is God.

Life of truth is eternal,
Immortal is its past,
Power of truth will endure,
Truth shall hold to the last.

By Frater5 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Feel the Bern

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This seems so appropriate for Bernie Sanders. I suppose Trump might choose "He's so vain" or "If I were King of the Forest".

Friday, June 3, 2016

More Trump Nonsense

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We are going to need a lot of Rum if this idiot becomes President.

Believe me
Believe me folks
Believe me

Imagine Presdent Trump addressing
 Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of United States District Court

Tennessee Music

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A musical selection for Friday. Enjoy!

Tennessee Me
Come, come Tennessee me
Tennessee me waiting here
I'm lonely tonight but feeling alright
Why don't you come over here?
Why don't you come over here?
Oh, oh Tennessee me
Tennessee me see me loving you
See me by the fire side light
Come and see me through the night
Tennessee me through the night
If you chose the world to see
Just leave your heart in Tennessee
Plain, plain Tennessee me
Living just a mile away
I'm nothing special but I can hold you
If you want to, you can stay
Tennessee me won't you stay?
Please, please Tennessee me
See me lookin' in your eyes
Tennessee me wants to love
Wants to love you all my life
Let me love you all my life