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Deb#1

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Congressional elections are Tuesday for all of us folks here in the USA.  It’s turning out to be an historic midterm with record voting expected.  We have  serious issues to ponder and decisions to make as we consider what matters for each of us.  If you haven’t yet heeded the appeals to vote, I thought some musical melodies might help to inspire you, should you decide to participate this week.  To get you started I’ve got some melodies and a practice ballot you can work on.  And if you aren’t a USA voter, you can still participate!  It’s an open contest.

So, the ballot for this week is (Rank all 4):

The "Worker’s" Party
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford

The “No Short People’s” Coalition
Randy Newman - Short People

The “Flora Society”
The Beach Boys: A Day in the Life of a Tree

The “Ladies” Union (ahem, highly endorsed by the host)
Peggy Seeger's "Gonna Be An Engineer" - Unofficial Animation by Ken Wong

 Don’t identify with any of these concerns?  Feel free to write-in your own suggestions, but like with a lot of write-ins, it won’t count. [tongue]

For Cut and Paste:
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Randy Newman - Short People
The Beach Boys: A Day in the Life of a Tree
Peggy Seeger's "Gonna Be An Engineer"


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Here are a few more melodies to vote by that came close to making the ballot this week, but lost out in the primary for some reason. Enjoy.

The “Fiscal” Party
Taxman -- George Harrison and Eric Clapton (live)

The “Peace” Party
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

The “Welcoming Party”
Neil Sedaka The Immigrant

The “Rainbow” Party
Village People-- IN THE NAVY, OFFICIAL Music Video (1979) HD

The Healthcare Coalition:
Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne ( lyrics )

The "Polluted" Party
Don't Go Near the Water




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Novel stuff, Deb. 

When I saw your title, I thought one of these was going to get a guernsey....





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Another for the Fiscal Party:
The Kinks - The Money-Go-Round
youtube.com/watch?v=fC52Mvn5o20

Misspent Youth Party:
United States of America - You Can Never Come Down
youtube.com/watch?v=lv60krISSHs

Atheist Party:
XTC - Dear God
youtube.com/watch?v=p554R-Jq43A

The 24 Hour Party Party:
Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People
youtube.com/watch?v=0zWpHxfQvtk

I'll be voting twice this week, but only once here.


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Here's my order:

1, Beach Boys

2. Randy Newman

3. Peggy Seeger

4. Tennessee Ernie Ford

Meanwhile...




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It's hard for a relative unknown to compete against three classics.

Gold -- The Beach Boys 
Silver -- Randy Newman (that anyone took offense indicates something about the electorate)
Bronze -- Ernie Ford
Silver -- Peggy Seeger


The Peace and Freedom Party, born in 1967, should have gone out of business by now, but hangs on in California.

The Byrds and Springsteen perform Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom".

youtube.com/watch?v=F2nKFmXlY38

youtube.com/watch?v=G3onnJuBS18

Thanks, Deb.

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Deb#1

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Darren, no, that wasn’t a tune that crossed my mind for the week, but I really like the song and Andy Williams.  Would that be one for the “Observers Circle” faction” then?
Thanks, t, for the early votes. I like the Dear God video, and I would if I could join the 24 hour Party People’s Party.

John E, you get the first and only “I voted” sticker.

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“Eve of Destruction” had been on my short list for this week along with:

Larry, is the relative unknown Peggy Seeger?  Her brother is far better known.  He’d have plenty to say, and sing, this week, too.  Thanks for the votes and Chimes of Freedom.  Unfortunately we still need a Peace and Freedom Party.

Now, again for the “Workers” Party:

A word from a representative for the “Climate Change” proponents:
(It’s ok if you don’t make it through the entire speech.)
 

And now hearing from the “420”Club:


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Hi everybody,

here's that good old anti apartheid stuff, written for ancient S.A. but not only ...

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Deb,

A major vote to come tomorrow with the mid-terms. 

So without adding too much to the political side - I'll vote first.

Gold to Tennessee Ernie and what I consider a classic, plus that voice!
Silver to Peggy Seeger - perfect women's rights.  The Seeger family and all and I didn't know that she was married to Ewan MacColl. 
Bronze to Brian and the BB's and really the ecology album.  Always a haunting song.
Tin then to Randy and the nasty song.

We did get to hear Joan Baez last month and she marched and marched and did it all but kept the rhetoric down (excepting the Supreme Court nomination where she was also marching) at the concert (Farewell Tour). 

She ended the folky day/night that Friday at Woodstock in the rain.


Good timing on this week - to vote at BOTB and for everything else here in the US.

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Hiya, Deb!

Not quite ready to cast my ballot, but the theme reminded me of a comedy show approximately quarter century ago that used this as a "get out and vote" song. Lyrically, if you're really concerned about some issues, it fits like a glove. I'll dedicate it to the Florida school survivors who've spurred on youths to get serious about voting:



For completists, the actual clip, albeit poor quality video and synch:

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paul g adsett

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i sort of think it worthwhile exploring some music with a political bent,
that stems from english rebel movements of the 17th  century,
part of the groundswell that opposed the increasing clampdown by james ii and charles i
and led to the english civil wars.

the diggers were an agrarian-based anti-exploitative, ecological bunch
who formed colonies but were more or less harassed and driven apart by force.
here's chumbawamba with an old broadside ballad commemorating them:


bringing it all the way home
- here's sunny brighton's very own chart-topping band of crusties,
the levellers, currently celebrating 30 years of collective bandness,
with an admirable sentiment for individuality
(but don't stop that exercising your civic duty and casting your vote!):

named after the agit-prop, progressive, populist movement
for equality, religious tolerance and mutual ownership by agreement
around the time of the english civil wars,
with much support, including sections of the new model army,
they were marginalised by an increasingly authoritarian cromwellian regime.

speaking of new model army here's justin sullivan & co,
precursors of our local lads, from 1984 (no less!)
with a rather more aggressive call to arms to achieve an end
'fight all the powers who would abuse our common laws
fight all the powers who think they only owe themselves...'


and, not least, dear old billy bragg 
brings his take on the subject:


use your vote, chaps.
it's vital...

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Gold - Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford. Not my era ... but a great voice and a very catchy song. No 1 for me.
Silver - Randy Newman - Short People. Apart from all his animated movie songs ... has to be his best single. Not avoice I could listen to too much.  Hey great 'Monk' theme Randy.
Bronze. The Beach Boys: A Day in the Life of a Tree. Hadn't heard before. Nice sentiments - but happy to hear just the once.
Tin - Peggy Seeger's "Gonna Be An Engineer".  Haven't checked but assume related to Pete. Maybe if she became an engineer we wouldn't have to hear a song like this. Which reminds me ... name a well known 'female' musical 'engineer'. 
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Did my patriotic duty early this AM, so thought I'd pop in here for the other voting:

GOLD for Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons. My mom loved Tennessee Ernie, giving him the edge here.

SILVER for The Beach Boys - A Day in the Life of a Tree

BRONZE for Randy Newman - Short People

The coveted TIN to Peggy Seeger - Gonna Be An Engineer


The Peace Party
Great American Eagle Tragedy - Earth Opera
youtube.com/watch?v=MC-nj68X19c

The "Polluting" Party
Natures Way - Spirit
youtube.com/watch?v=dMvkvNNajRc

The Itzmy Party
Lesley Gore - It's My Party
.youtube.com/watch?v=_PXIui8sa2U

The "Worker's" Party
XTC - Love On a Farmboy's Wages
youtube.com/watch?v=yy7OceRA2ek





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The Itzmy Party
Leslie Gore - It's My Party

Excellent!

Leonard Cohen -- "Democracy"
youtube.com/watch?v=VEDSRP3yNPo

Randy Newman -- "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country"
youtube.com/watch?v=E0EAwSpTcM4

The Impressions -- "People Get Ready"
youtube.com/watch?v=l04yM7-BWbg

Patti Smith -- "People Have the Power"
youtube.com/watch?v=lPgEiFcNZAk

It's raining on the East Coast. Big deal. Let's vote for sanity today.

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Hi, Deb.

And welcome, nonbeliever (say that too fast and it sounds like justinbieber).







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