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A Carver of Wood & Wind (The Ballad of Bob Buchanan)

Aug. 12th, 2009 | 01:48 pm

by WJ Harnack and Chris James

As the speeding train delivered them to a town so filled with sin
Bob Buchanan was there to help Gram pen ol’ Hickory Wind
Gram took a verse; Bob took the next, neither one of them could know
That Gram would sing the brand new song on the Grand Ol’ Opry show.

For thirty years Bob gave himself to the Saginaw GM plant
Yeah, the same guy who hung with Rambling Jack and Mr. Townes Van Zandt
But it was to the songs on Safe at Home Bob gave his heart and soul
Now he’s safe at home in Saginaw carving cypress totem poles.

What this balladeer gave his friend can’t be found on a Billboard Chart
That’s not how you measure friendship or the kinship of the heart
And now if he sings Hickory Wind he feels the breeze of an old friend's soul
That lifts the man who is now safe at home notching ten-foot totem poles.

Chorus: And if Gram had lived the world would sing a different kind of song
And Bob would be a great big part and not for just one song
From the Christy Minstrels to the I-S-B
His lasting gift was being a friend to an all too lonesome man.

As the speeding train delivered them to a town so filled with sin
Bob Buchanan was there to help Gram pen ol’ Hickory Wind
But it was to the songs on Safe at Home Bob gave his heart and soul
And he’s Safe at Home in Saginaw carving cypress totem poles.

Repeat chorus.

(last line to the tune of the original, end with: "Carrying me home, Hickory Wind."

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9-11 Five Years Later, Remembering that Morning...

Sep. 10th, 2006 | 07:55 pm

Five years ago I got to work as usual on a bright early fall day. After the usual routine, I turned on my TV (it was just assumed you had a TV as a department head in local TV), and there was a picture on the Today Show of smoke rising from the World Trade Center, a shot taken from 30 Rock (NBC) with the Empire State Building in between. I quickly checked AP. Nothing. I grabbed a screen shot, converted it to a 120-pixel-wide image, and planted it on the front page, frantically trying to think what I was going to write. Remember writing something about a fire or explosion there, we really had nothing yet. Then all hell broke loose. I was in a departmental meeting the GM called at 10:30, as we sat there stunned, watching the second tower collapse on the large-screen TV in the conference room. I reminded these local TV folks that I was covering this and excused myself. I didn't stop running for a long time. It was probably a good thing. I don't know what experiencing it would have been like otherwise. But it was a bad, bad day I'll never forget...

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The novelist writes about the coming end...

Sep. 10th, 2006 | 07:46 pm
mood: Sunday night
music: My daughter's cello

The novelist writes about the coming end in order to warn about present ills and so avert the end....[but he] is less like a prophet than he is like the canary that coal miners used to take down into the shaft to test the air. When the canary gets unhappy, utters plaintive cries, and collapses, it may be time for the miners to surface and think things over...”

—Walker Percy from “Notes for a Novel About the End of the World”

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I'm Your Man

Jul. 30th, 2006 | 09:56 pm
mood: Sunday night after LC film...

Just got back from the North Park 4:30 show of Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Man. Only about a half dozen people in that huge theatre. It's a must see, especially if you're into LC. Don't expect a full bio film, don't expect great old footage (which I'm sure must exist). Do expect a bunch of folks playing his music well, with an occasional interlude of LC speaking in mystical terms. And do expect one phenomenal performance at the end of LC with Bono and company singing I'm Your Man. If those are your expectations, you should deeply appreciate this film. I do feel, however, that someday, someone needs to make a *real* documentary on him, similar to Scorcese's on Dylan, with loads of old footage, the whoel enchilata. Do go see it, however... a must.

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Cash Earns First No. 1 Album Since 1969

Jul. 22nd, 2006 | 11:44 pm

Cash Earns First No. 1 Album Since 1969
Johnny Cash

July 12, 2006, 10:45 AM ET

Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Even in death, Johnny Cash is still mighty enough to top The Billboard 200. "American V: A Hundred Highways" earns the Man in Black his first No. 1 album since 1969's "Johnny Cash at San Quentin" with 88,000 copies sold in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

The American Recordings/Lost Highway effort also crowns the Top Country Albums tally, knocking the Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" (Columbia) to No. 2 after seven weeks on top.


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Rockin the Crowd to Close Out Music Is Art 2006

Jun. 12th, 2006 | 10:08 pm
mood: Comin' Down

Kira joined The Juliet Daggers, soon to tour Japan, on the North Street stage late Sunday night as part of the intensive weekend seminar in songwriting and playing, also with Lisa Loeb (see below). Click for concert photo gallery.

TJD MySpace pictures of the sessions

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Live On Stage Tonight - Kira with The Juliet Dagger

Jun. 11th, 2006 | 03:55 pm
music: The Juliet Dagger

...tonight, 9:30, Music Is Art Fest, North St. stage. See pic: See pic of Kira with them at intensive session today.

The Juliet Dagger website.

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My Daughter and Lisa Loeb

Jun. 10th, 2006 | 07:16 pm
music: Lisa Loeb

at the Music Is Art festival, special invite songwriting session. See pic here.

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Jun. 9th, 2006 | 08:54 pm
mood: Friday, tired
music: Guy Clark, Old No. 1

Can't really say enough about it. They're suffering, but I didn't see too much damage in the French Quarter, where we mostly hung. Besides, Nawlins knows how to suffer, and how to take the pain away. You simply sing and drink it away. We did that a few nights; my days were filled with a very enlightening National Main Streets Conference (still trying to find ways to fix this old town of ours!). Wanna see? New camera, a shock- and water-resistant Olympus 7.1 megapix, with a 1-G card that holds, get this, 580 shots on high quality. Fortunately for you, my battery ran down halfway through the River Road tour of original plantations. Now I know first hand all the places Lucinda sings about, and Walker Percy writes about. Oh, and that bookshop? That's the room Faulkner rented on Pirate's Alley, right next to St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square. He wrote his first novel Soldier's Pay in that room. Have a look.

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