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Reflective Labor Day (U.S)! September 2, 2013 ~ "The Worker's Song" (Dick Gaughan )

"White Collar Holler" (Stan Rogers)
"The Chemical Worker's Song" (Vin Garbutt)
"Coal Not Dole" (Norma Waterson)
"Working Girl Blues" (Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard)
"Which Side Are You On?"
"Dump the Bosses Off Your Back" (Utah Philips)
"Union Maid" (Billy Bragg et al)

For many countries (more than 80 world wide), "Labour Day" is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers' Day, which occurs on May 1st.

It is a celebration of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. In the United States and Canada it is celebrated the first Monday in September.

In the USA, this day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre, US President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_day



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"I Shall Sing" (Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation, New South Wales; 2010) ~ words & music by Van Morrison

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This song is an adaptation of 'I Shall Sing' by Van Morrison. It was recorded with the NADO performers in June of 2010 at the NADO (Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation) offices in Katoomba. The group consisted of Christine, Sandra, Janice, Les, Julie, Lisa, Donna, and Helen. It is part of a CD that was launched on International Day of People with Disability 2010 at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith. The CD is called 'A Sound and Light Celebration'. It was recorded and produced by Musicativity and was supported by Penrith City Council and NADO. Sylvanvale put the video clip together. To find out more about this project please email musicativity@hotmail.com



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"I Shall Sing" (Myriam Makeba, Live in Paris; 1977) ~ words & music by Van Morrison

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Happy Birthday, Van Morrison! 31 August 1945 ~ "I Shall Sing" (Live & Unplugged; 1973)

Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician.

His live performances at their best are described as transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Morrison


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Molly Ivins ~ August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007 ~ "Why I Left the New York Times" (Mother Jones Fundraiser; 1992)

"How we hurt ourselves when scared to death"
"Remembering Columnist Molly Ivins" (NPR)
"You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You" (Booknotes, C-SPAN)

Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, author, liberal (she did not consider herself a liberal or a conservative) political commentator, and humorist.

Born in California and raised in Texas, Ivins attended Smith College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She began her journalism career at the Minneapolis Tribune where she became the first female police reporter at the paper. She joined the Texas Observer in the early 1970s and later moved to The New York Times. She returned to Texas papers in the 1980s as a columnist, finally settling in at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where her syndicated column reached 400 newspapers. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Ivins


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August 5, 1949: Mann Gulch Fire ~ "Cold Missouri Waters" (Cry Cry Cry, written by James Keelaghan)

"Cold Missouri Waters"  (James Keelaghan)

The Mann Gulch fire was a wildfire reported on August 5, 1949 in a gulch located along the upper Missouri River in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness, Helena National Forest, in the state of Montana in the United States.

A team of 15 smokejumpers parachuted into the area on the afternoon of August 5, 1949 to fight the fire, rendezvousing with a former smokejumper who was employed as a fire guard at the nearby campground. As the team approached the fire to begin fighting it, unexpected high winds caused the fire to suddenly expand, cutting off the men's route and forcing them back uphill. During the next few minutes, a "blow-up" of the fire covered 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) in ten minutes, claiming the lives of 13 firefighters, including 12 of the smokejumpers. Three of the smokejumpers survived. The fire would continue for five more days before being controlled.

The United States Forest Service drew lessons from the tragedy of the Mann Gulch fire by designing new training techniques and safety measures that developed how the agency approached wildfire suppression. The agency also increased emphasis on fire research and the science of fire behavior.

University of Chicago English professor and author Norman Maclean (1902–1990) researched the fire and its behavior for his book, Young Men and Fire (1992) which was published after his death. Maclean, who worked northwestern Montana in logging camps and for the forest service in his youth, recounted the events of the fire and ensuing tragedy and undertook a detailed investigation of the fire's causes. Young Men and Fire won the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction in 1992. The 1952 film, Red Skies of Montana starring actor Richard Widmark and directed by Joseph M. Newman was loosely based on the events of the Mann Gulch fire.

The location of the Mann Gulch fire was included as a historical district on the United States National Register of Historic Places on May 19, 1999.  __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_Gulch_fire


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Feliz cumpleaños, Eva Amaral! 4 August 1973 ~ "Hacia Lo Salvaje"

"Tren de media noche" (iPOP, 2006)

On "Una pequeña parte del mundo", 2000
"Como hablar" (acustico)

On "Estrella de mar", 2002
"Sin Ti No Soy Nada" (acustico)
"Moriria por vos" (basico acustico)
"Te necesito" (basico acustico)
"Moriria por vos" (basico)

On "Pájaros en la cabeza", 2005
"El universo sobre mi" (acustico)

On "Gato negro dragón rojo", 2008
"Kamikaze" (acustico)
"Kamikaze" (Nelson Mandela's Birthday, 2008)
"La Barrera del Sonido" (Estación Neox, 2 de 3)
"Kamikaze" "Perdóname" (Estación Neox, 1 de 3)
"Perdoname" (music video)

On "Hacia lo salvaje", 2011
"Hacia Lo Salvaje" (En Directo Acústico)


Eva María Amaral Lallana (Zaragoza, Aragon, 4 August 1973) is a Spanish singer-songwriter, and member of the group Amaral with Juan Aguirre.

She studied sculpture studies at the Art School of Zaragoza. During this time, she was a member of the band Bandera Blanca, where she was the drummer. In 1993, she met the guitarist Juan Aguirre, who was a member of the band Días De Vino Y Rosas. Together, they created the group Amaral. They moved to Madrid and later signed a contract with Virgin Records.

They have recorded 6 successful studio albums and have performed as tour support for Lenny Kravitz's Spanish concerts. Their song Rosa de la Paz was included in a record to support Prestige boat victims, also performing at the Nunca Máis demonstration in Madrid. Moby performs along with Eva Amaral on the song "Escapar", the Spanish version of the Amaral song "Slipping Away". Beto Cuevas, front man with the Chilean band "La Ley" joins Amaral on their song "Te Necesito". Pajaros En La Cabeza is their most famous album. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Amaral



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Jerry Garcia ~ August 1, 1942 - August 9, 1995 ~ "Peggy O" (Grateful Dead, 1994)

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"Blues from the Rain Forest" (w Merle Saunders)

Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead.


Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group.

One of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995). Garcia also founded and participated in a variety of side projects, including the Saunders-Garcia Band (with longtime friend Merl Saunders), Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, Legion of Mary, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage (which Garcia co-founded with John Dawson and David Nelson). He also released several solo albums, and contributed to a number of albums by other artists over the years as a session musician. He was well known by many for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story.

Later in life, Garcia was sometimes ill because of his unstable weight, and in 1986 went into a diabetic coma that nearly cost him his life. Although his overall health improved somewhat after that, he also struggled with heroin and cocaine addictions, and was staying in a California drug rehabilitation facility when he died of a heart attack in August 1995. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Garcia


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Happy Birthday, Jonathan Edwards! July 28, 1946 ~ "This Island Earth"

"Sometime in the Morning"

"One Day Closer"

"Nova Scotia"

Jonathan Edwards (born July 28, 1946 in Aitkin, Minnesota) is an American singer-songwriter and musician best known for his 1972 hit single "Sunshine".   __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_(musician)

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Happy Birthday, Annie Ross!! 25 July 1930 ~ "Avenue C" (Lambert, Hendricks and Ross)

Annie Ross (born 25 July 1930) is a Scottish jazz singer, chanteuse and actress, best known as a member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.

In February 1956, the British music magazine NME reported that Ross's song "I Want You to be My Baby" was banned by the BBC, due to the lyric "Come upstairs and have some loving".

She recorded seven albums with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross between 1957 and 1962. Their first, Sing a Song of Basie (1957), was to have been performed by a group of singers hired by Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert with Ross brought in only as vocal consultant. It was decided that the trio should attempt to record the material and overdub all the additional vocals themselves, but the first two tracks were recorded and deemed unsatisfactory so they ditched the dubbing idea. The resulting album was a success, and the trio became an international hit. Over the next five years, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross toured all over the world and recorded such albums as Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross! (aka The Hottest New Group In Jazz, 1959), Sing Ellington (1960), High Flying (1962), and The Real Ambassadors (1962), written by Dave Brubeck and featuring Louis Armstrong and Carmen McRae.

Ross left the group in 1962 and, in 1964, opened her own nightclub in London. Annie's Room featured performances by Joe Williams, Stuff Smith, Blossom Dearie, Anita O'Day, Jon Hendricks, Erroll Garner, and Ross herself. A compilation album of Ross's 1965 performances from Annie's Room was released on CD in 2006. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Ross


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お誕生日おめでとうございます (Happy Birthday), KOKIA! July 22, 1976 ~ "Arigatō..."

お誕生日おめでとうございます (Happy Birthday), KOKIA! July 22, 1976 ~ "Arigatō..." | I Shall Sing 2013 | Scoop.it

"Arigatō..."  


Akiko Yoshida (吉田亜紀子 Yoshida Akiko) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, who performs under the stage name Kokia (stylised as KOKIA).

She is best known for her songs "Arigatō..." (ありがとう... Thank You) (which reached number 1 in Hong Kong when it was covered by Sammi Cheng) and "The Power of Smile." She is also recognised for her numerous contributions to anime/game soundtracks, the most notable being "Ai no Melody/Chōwa Oto (With Reflection)" for the film Origin: Spirits of the Past, "Follow the Nightingale" for the game Tales of Innocence, and "Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi" for the anime Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino.

Kokia often performs in Europe, basing her activities in Paris and releasing music through Wasabi Records, a subsidiary of Kazé.  __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokia_(singer)


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Emma Lazarus ~ July 22, 1849 – November 19, 1887 ~ "The New Colossus"

Emma Lazarus (July 22, 1849 – November 19, 1887) was a poet born in New York City.

She is best known for "The New Colossus", a sonnet written in 1883; its lines appear on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty placed in 1903. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
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Tillukku við føðingardegnum, Eivør! 21 July 1983 ~ "Faroe Islands My Mother"

"May It Be"


ivør Pálsdóttir (born 21 July 1983 in Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands) is a Faroese singer/songwriter with a distinct voice and a wide range of interests in various music genres spanding from rock, jazz, folk, and pop, to European classical music.

Her roots are in the Faroese ballads.

Usually she is only addressed by her first name Eivør (cf. also the article of Icelandic names), which is normally spelled Eyðvør in Faroese.

Very early in her life - aged only 12 - Eivør traveled to Italy as the soloist for a Faroese men's choir. At 13 she had her first performance on Faroese television and won a national singing contest the same year. In 1999 at the age of 15, Eivør joined the rock band Clickhaze.

One year later in 2000, she released her first album Eivør Pálsdóttir. It is a mixture of classical Faroese ballads accompanied only by guitar and bass with jazz influences and texts by famous Faroese writers, and concludes with two religious songs. The latter are sung in Danish, but all the others in Faroese. Many of the songs were written by Eivør. By this time she was already a professional musician.

In 2001, she won the national Faroese band contest with her band - Clickhaze Prix Føroyar. In 2002, Eivør moved to Reykjavík to study classical and jazz music. A mentor of the Faroese music scene, Kristian Blak asked her to be the lead singer for the jazz group - Yggdrasil, which released their first album the same year. __  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiv%C3%B8r_P%C3%A1lsd%C3%B3ttir

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생일축하합니다, Sungha Jung! (Happy Birthday!) September 2, 1996 ~ "California Dreaming"

Sungha Jung (Korean: 정성하; born September 2, 1996) is a South Korean acoustic fingerstyle guitarist who has risen to fame on YouTube and other sites.

As of May 2013, his channel has over 687 million views and more than 2,140,000 subscribers.

Sungha typically takes three days to learn and practice a new piece, and records himself performing the song, uploading it onto YouTube. He plays a variety of guitar pieces that cover a broad range of genres.

Sungha has won 15 awards on YouTube, including 6 "#1" awards. Sungha's video with the most views is the one which shows him playing the theme from "Pirates Of The Caribbean". __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sungha_Jung

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"I Shall Sing" (Boney M, on Boonoonoonoos; 1981) ~ words & music by Van Morrison

I shall sing, sing my song...
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"I Shall Sing" (Art Garfunkel, Angel Clare; 1973) ~ words & music by Van Morrison

Written By Van Morrison And Recorded By Art In 1973 At Grace Cathedral, New York. The Session Has: Art Grafunkel-Vocals, Jules Broussard, Jack Shroder-Saxoph...
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Happy Birthday, Van Morrison! 31 August 1945 ~ "The Beauty of the Days Gone By"

"The Beauty of the Days Gone By" (Tara Nevins)

Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician.

His live performances at their best are described as transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Morrison


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Happy Birthday, Mark O'Connor! August 5, 1961 ~ "One Winter's Night" (Strength In Numbers)

"Midnight on the Water/Bonaparte's Retreat"
"College Hornpipe" ( w/ Yo-Yo Ma & Edgar Meyer)

Mark O'Connor (born August 5, 1961 in Seattle, Washington)  is an American Classical, bluegrass, jazz and country violinist, fiddler, composer and music teacher.

O'Connor's music is wide-ranging, critically acclaimed, and he has received numerous awards for both his playing and his composition. As a teenager he won national string instrument championships for his virtuoso playing of the guitar and mandolin as well as on the fiddle. His mentors include Texas old-time fiddler Benny Thomasson who taught O'Connor to fiddle as a teenager, French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli with whom O'Connor toured as a teenager, and guitarist Chet Atkins. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_O%27Connor


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Robert Hayden ~ August 4, 1913 – February 25, 1980 ~ "Frederick Douglass"

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"Soledad"

Robert Hayden (August 4, 1913 – February 25, 1980) was an American poet, essayist, educator.

He was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1976. On April 21, 2012, a U.S. Postage Stamp, within a pane of 10 Twentieth Century Poets, was issued featuring Hayden.

Hayden was born Asa Bundy Sheffey in Detroit, Michigan, to Ruth and Asa Sheffey (who separated before his birth). He was taken in by a foster family next door, Sue Ellen Westerfield and William Hayden, and grew up in a Detroit ghetto nicknamed "Paradise Valley". The Haydens' perpetually contentious marriage, coupled with Ruth Sheffey’s competition for young Hayden's affections, made for a traumatic childhood. Witnessing fights and suffering beatings, Hayden lived in a house fraught with chronic anger, whose effects would stay with the poet throughout his adulthood. On top of that, his severe visual problems prevented him from participating in activities such as sports in which nearly everyone else was involved. His childhood traumas resulted in debilitating bouts of depression that he later called "my dark nights of the soul."

Because he was nearsighted and slight of stature, he was often ostracized by his peer group. As a response both to his household and peers, Hayden read voraciously, developing both an ear and an eye for transformative qualities in literature. He attended Detroit City College (Wayne State University), and left in 1936 to work for the Federal Writers' Project, where he researched black history and folk culture.

He was raised as a Baptist, and later became a member of the Bahá'í Faith during the early 1940s after marrying a Bahá'í, Erma Inez Morris. He is one of the best-known Bahá'í poets and his religion influenced much of his work.

After leaving the Federal Writers' Project in 1938, marrying Erma Morris in 1940, and publishing his first volume, Heart-Shape in the Dust (1940), Hayden enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1941 and won a Hopwood Award there.

In pursuit of a master's degree, Hayden studied under W. H. Auden, who directed Hayden's attention to issues of poetic form, technique, and artistic discipline, and influence may be seen in the "technical pith of Hayden's verse". After finishing his degree in 1942, then teaching several years at Michigan, Hayden went to Fisk University in 1946, where he remained for twenty-three years, returning to Michigan in 1969 to complete his teaching career.

He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1980, age 66. __  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hayden



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Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin, Justyna Steczkowska! (Happy Birthday!) 2 August 1972 ~"Wracam do domu"

"Austeria"
"Wracam do domu" ( w Michał Sobierajski)
"Wracam do domu" (Koncert Jazzowy)
"Sanktuarium"

Justyna Steczkowska (b. 2 August 1972 in Rzeszów, Poland) is a Polish singer, song-writer, and actress.

She comes from a big musical family, and played violin in a family band before becoming a solo singer. She has a vocal range of 4 octaves.

Steczkowska became famous when she won a song contest in Poland Szansa na sukces with the song "Buenos Aires". Later, she represented Poland in the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Sama", ("Alone") which was placed eighteenth. After a few CDs with her own songs, she released Alkimja, a compilation of Jewish songs with Polish lyrics. She received multiple awards including a Fryderyk for The Best Song of The Year. She appeared in two films: Billboard and Na koniec świata (To the End of the World).

She took part in the Polish edition of Dancing with the Stars (the sixth edition) where she came in second and in co-hosts Dancing on Ice.

In 2013 she was revealed as one of the coaches on the second series of the talent show The Voice of Poland.  She sold over 750,000 albums.  __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justyna_Steczkowska


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Happy Birthday, Ken Burns! July 29, 1953 ~ "Ken Burns: On Story"

Kenneth Lauren "Ken" Burns (born July 29, 1953) is an American director and producer of documentary films, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs.

His most widely known documentaries are The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011) and The Central Park Five (2012)

Burns' documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards, and have won Emmy Awards, among other honors. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Burns

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Steve Goodman ~ July 25, 1948 – September 20, 1984 ~ "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request"

"City of New Orleans"
"You Never Even Call Me By My Name"
"Banana Republics"; "The 20th Century Is Almost Over"
"John, Arlo, Kris & Others Discuss Steve Goodman"

Steve Goodman (July 25, 1948 – September 20, 1984) was an American folk music singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois.

The writer of "City of New Orleans", made popular by Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson, Goodman won two Grammy Awards. [...]  While at the Quiet Knight, Goodman saw Arlo Guthrie, and asked to be allowed to play a song for him. Guthrie grudgingly agreed, on the condition that Goodman buy him a beer first; Guthrie would listen to Goodman for as long as it took Guthrie to drink the beer. Goodman played "City of New Orleans", (original lyrics), which Guthrie liked enough that he asked to record it. Barry McGuire, however, has told concert goers recently that he was present at that meeting and it occurred at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, according to San Diego Arlophile Rodger Hartnett.

Guthrie's version of Goodman's song became a Top 20 hit in 1972, and provided Goodman with enough financial and artistic success to make his music a full-time career. The song, about the Illinois Central's City of New Orleans train, would become an American standard, covered by such musicians as Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Chet Atkins and Willie Nelson, whose recorded version earned Goodman a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1985. A French translation of the song, "Salut Les Amoureux", was recorded by Joe Dassin in 1973. A Dutch singer, Gerard Cox, heard the French version while on holiday and translated it into Dutch, titled 't Is Weer Voorbij Die Mooie Zomer ("The summer has come to an end"). It reached number one on the Dutch Top 40 in December, 1973 and has become a classic which is still played on Dutch radio. Lyrically, the French and Dutch versions bear no resemblance to Goodman's original lyrics. According to Goodman, the song was inspired by a train trip he and his wife took from Chicago to Mattoon, Illinois.[2]according to the liner notes on the Steve Goodman anthology " No Big Surprise " ... " City of New Orleans " was written while on the campaign trail with Senator Edwin Muskie

In 1974, singer David Allan Coe achieved considerable success on the country charts with Goodman's and John Prine's "You Never Even Call Me By My Name", a song which good-naturedly spoofed stereotypical country music lyrics. Prine refused to take a songwriter's credit of the song, although Goodman bought Prine a jukebox as a gift from his publishing royalties.

Goodman's success as a recording artist was more limited. Although he was known in folk circles as an excellent and influential songwriter, his albums received more critical than commercial success. One of Goodman's biggest hits was a song he didn't write – "The Dutchman", written by Michael Peter Smith.

During the mid- and late-seventies, Goodman became a regular guest on Easter Day on Vin Scelsa’s radio show in New York City. Scelsa’s personal recordings of these sessions eventually led to an album of selections from these appearances, The Easter Tapes.

In 1977, Goodman performed on the Tom Paxton live album New Songs From the Briarpatch (Vanguard Records), which contained some of Paxton's topical songs of the 1970s, including "Talking Watergate" and "White Bones of Allende", as well as a song dedicated to Mississippi John Hurt entitled "Did You Hear John Hurt?"

During the fall of 1979, Goodman was hired to write and perform a series of topical songs for National Public Radio. Although Goodman and Jethro Burns recorded eleven songs for the series, only five of them, "The Ballad of Flight 191" about a plane crash, "Daley's Gone", "Unemployed", "The Twentieth Century is Almost Over", and "The Election Year Rag", were used on the air before the series was cancelled.[3]

Goodman wrote and performed many humorous songs about Chicago, including three about the Chicago Cubs: "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request", "When the Cubs Go Marching In" and "Go, Cubs, Go" (which has frequently been played on Cubs' broadcasts and at Wrigley Field after Cubs wins.) He wrote "Go, Cubs, Go" out of spite after then GM Dallas Green called "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" too depressing. The Cubs songs grew out of his fanatical devotion to the team, which included many clubhouse and on-field visits with Cub players. He wrote other songs about Chicago included "The Lincoln Park Pirates", about the notorious Lincoln Towing Service, and "Daley's Gone", about Mayor Richard J. Daley. Another comic highlight is "Vegematic", about a man who falls asleep while watching late-night TV and dreams he ordered many products that he saw on infomercials. He could also write serious songs, most notably "My Old Man", a tribute to Goodman's father, Bud Goodman, a used car salesman and World War II veteran.

Goodman won his second Grammy, for Best Contemporary Folk Album, in 1988 for Unfinished Business, a posthumous album on his Red Pajamas Records label.

Many fans become aware of Steve's work through other artists such as Jimmy Buffett. Buffett has recorded several of Goodman's songs, including "Banana Republics" and "Woman Goin' Crazy on Caroline Street".  __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Goodman


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Maxfield Parrish ~ July 25, 1870 – March 30, 1966 ~ "Caribbean Blue" (Enya)

"Thru The Ozone The Maxfield Parrish Art Gallery"

Maxfield Parrish (July 25, 1870 – March 30, 1966) was an American painter and illustrator active in the first half of the 20th century.

He is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery. [...] Parrish's art features dazzlingly luminous colors; the color Parrish blue was named in acknowledgement. He achieved the results by means of a technique called glazing where bright layers of oil color separated by varnish are applied alternately over a base rendering (Parrish usually used a blue and white monochromatic underpainting).

He would build up the depth in his paintings by photographing, enlarging, projecting and tracing half- or full-size objects or figures. Parrish then cut out and placed the images on his canvas, covering them with thick, but clear, layers of glaze. The result is realism of elegiac vivacity. His work achieves a unique three-dimensional appearance, which does not translate well to coffee table books.

The outer proportions and internal divisions of Parrish's compositions were carefully calculated in accordance with geometric principles such as root rectangles and the golden ratio. In this Parrish was influenced by Jay Hambidge's theory of Dynamic Symmetry.

Parrish devised many innovative techniques. A technique which Parrish used frequently involved creating a large piece of cloth with a geometric pattern in stark black-and-white (such as alternate black and white squares, or a regular pattern of black circles on a white background). A human model (often Parrish himself) would then pose for a photograph with this cloth draped naturally on his or her body in a manner which intentionally distorted the pattern. Parrish would develop a transparency of the photo, then project this onto the canvas of his current work in progress. Using black graphite on the white canvas, Parrish would painstakingly trace and fill in all the black portions of the projected photo. The result was astonishing: in the finished painting, a human figure would be seen wearing a distinctive geometrically patterned cloth which draped realistically and accurately. __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxfield_Parrish


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お誕生日おめでとうございます (Happy Birthday), KOKIA! July 22, 1976 ~ "Arigatō..."

"Arigatō..." (ありがとう... Thank You) (Paris; 2007)

Akiko Yoshida (吉田亜紀子 Yoshida Akiko) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, who performs under the stage name Kokia (stylised as KOKIA).

She is best known for her songs "Arigatō..." (ありがとう... Thank You) (which reached number 1 in Hong Kong when it was covered by Sammi Cheng) and "The Power of Smile." She is also recognised for her numerous contributions to anime/game soundtracks, the most notable being "Ai no Melody/Chōwa Oto (With Reflection)" for the film Origin: Spirits of the Past, "Follow the Nightingale" for the game Tales of Innocence, and "Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi" for the anime Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino.

Kokia often performs in Europe, basing her activities in Paris and releasing music through Wasabi Records, a subsidiary of Kazé.  __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokia_(singer)


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Happy Birthday, Cara Dillon! 21 July 1975 ~ "The Parting Glass"

Cara Dillon (born 21 July 1975 in Dungiven, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland) is an Irish folk singer.

In 1995 she joined folk group Equation and signed a record deal with Warners Music Group. She collaborated with Sam Lakeman under the name Polar Star. In 2001, she released her first solo album titled Cara Dillon. The album contained traditional songs and original Dillon/Lakeman songs "Blue Mountain River" and "I Wish I Was". The opening track of the album is "Black is the Colour".

Her second album "Sweet Liberty" (2003) entered the Irish album charts and the UK indie album charts. Dillon received The Meteor Irish Music Award for Best Irish Female. Her third album, After the Morning, released 2006, had the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra playing on two tracks - "Garden Valley" and "The Snows They Melt The Soonest". Paul Brady sang on "The Streets Of Derry" and "Never In a Million Years" gained Radio 2 airplay.

Dillon released her fourth album in 2009 the award winning Hill of Thieves on her own label Charcoal Records. In 2003, Dillon performed at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s Opening Ceremony with the Ulster Orchestra. In 2006 Dillon sang at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland.

In 2012 Dillon performed two concerts with the Ulster Orchestra. The song "Hill Of Thieves" was voted by BBC listeners as one of the "Top 10" original songs to come out of Northern Ireland. She is the sister of Mary Dillon, formerly of Déanta. Dillon continues in 2012 to work with her husband Sam Lakeman who backs her on piano and guitar.  __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cara_Dillon


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