The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #117357   Message #2541913
Posted By: Art Thieme
18-Jan-09 - 12:23 AM
Thread Name: 2 CD tribute to Utah Phillips!
Subject: RE: 2 CD tribute to Utah Phillips!
Dan---and all,

Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of this with you. Bruce meant so much to me throughout the 36 years I knew him---from those early days of '72 at Richard Harding's Quiet Knight--- and at Earl Pionke's Earl Of Old Town--both of those nightlife folk clubs in Chicago. Utah showed me how to use humor to get a room two-thirds full of drinking Republicans to sing enthusiastically on "Dump The Bosses Off Your Back" and other Wobbly anthems. I used that lesson for the following 3 decades to convince late 20th century people that historical songs and ballads of long ago were worth listening to and learning modern truths from.

As Utah said, "The past didn't go anywhere!" --- And either did Utah Phillips; he is still here with us----and our voices are the life support that keeps his many messages and tunes alive!

And thanks to all of you for the huge support you've been to Carol and me. No way can I say that with sufficient volume and enthusiasm!

Love to all,

Art Thieme