Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

Archive for the category “Folk”

Saturday’s Choice

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Wednesday’s Choice

Wednesday’s Choice

Number 18 in Rock (Folk/Pop) is John Prine’s Sweet Revenge.

Wednesday’s Choice

Number 17 in Rock (Folk/Pop) is Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon:

Wednesday’s Choice

Number 9 in Rock (Folk/Pop) is Jorma Kaukonen’s Quah.

The Power of One

Education is so important, and the influence of a kind, thoughtful teacher can stay with you an entire lifetime.

That’s the way I feel about Miss B. It was 1970, and on Fridays she would bring in her guitar, and turning on the overhead projector she’d place the transparency with the lyrics of a song she’d written in that beautiful hand of hers. She would start strumming. We would all start singing. Here are 2 of the songs I remember:

Wednesday’s Choice

Number 6 Rock (Folk/Pop) is John Prine’s John Prine.

Listen to Paradise.

Wednesday’s Choice

Number 5 Rock (Pop/Folk) is James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James.

Here is a song or the full album.

Wednesday’s Choice

Number 4 (Rock/Pop/Folk)  is Joni Mitchell’s Blue.

Listen to a song.

The Cottonpatch Version

Most people are familiar with Harry Chapin’s haunting Cat’s in the Cradle  but you may be less familiar with his humanitarian side.

“In the mid-1970s, Chapin focused on his social activism, including raising money to combat hunger in the United States. His daughter Jen said: “‘He saw hunger and poverty as an insult to America.'”

You also may not know that his last music and lyrics was for a musical called, Cotton Patch Gospel, which was based on The Cottonpatch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan.  Do you know Habit for Humanity?  Jordan was instrumental in its founding.

It has taken a long way to get to where I was planning to go, but I hope no one has felt you’ve taken one of those dreadful detours.

Here’s an excerpt from the Gospel of Matthew.

“One day John the Baptizer showed up and started preaching in the rural areas of Georgia. “Reshape your lives,” he said “because God’s new order of the Spirit is confronting you. This is what the prophet Isaiah meant when he said,

‘A voice is shouting in the rurals:
Lay out the Lord’s highway
Straighten his roads.’ “

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