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Tom Paxton after the 60s

GUEST,Tunesmith 07 Sep 09 - 04:32 PM
open mike 07 Sep 09 - 04:39 PM
Rog Peek 07 Sep 09 - 04:46 PM
C. Ham 07 Sep 09 - 09:10 PM
Wesley S 08 Sep 09 - 11:41 AM
GUEST,TJ in San Diego 08 Sep 09 - 01:40 PM
Donuel 08 Sep 09 - 06:52 PM
Rapparee 08 Sep 09 - 06:55 PM
Leadfingers 08 Sep 09 - 08:33 PM
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Gweltas 08 Sep 09 - 10:51 PM
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Bill H //\\ 09 Sep 09 - 06:08 PM
GUEST,astro 09 Sep 09 - 06:15 PM
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Subject: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 04:32 PM

I was a big Tom Paxton fan in the 60s/early 70s. However, for whatever reason, I just didn't follow his recordings after that. Now, he wrote some great, great songs in that early period. Great love songs, great kids' songs, and terrific social comment songs. But did he, later on, ever write any "classics" to match those early songs? If so, please point me in the right direction.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: open mike
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 04:39 PM

yes, certainly..check his web site...
he is active today...writing and performing.

one of his specialties is topical songs..
he calls them "short shelf life" songs
which talk about the news.

he did an incredible tribute to the fire
fighters of 9-11 called the Bravest...

www.tompaxton.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Paxton

just put his name in the search box
and you will see dozens of threads and
songs . including this one..

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=19974#2377558

ch


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Rog Peek
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 04:46 PM

He's certainly not lost his talent for songwriting, or his sense of humour. He still tours, so if you should get a chance to see him live, you'll not be disappointed.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: C. Ham
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 09:10 PM

Tom Paxton's greatness only BEGAN in the 1960s. I've collected most of his recordings and seen him perform 15 or 20 times since and would never miss an opportunity.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Wesley S
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 11:41 AM

I think of this one as a classic. Our trio performs it every chance we get.

Along the Verdigris
Words and Music by Tom Paxton

Every where I look today everything is green
Oklahoma's prettier now than I have ever seen.
High up in the cottonwood an eagle makes her nest.
Evening on the Verdigris, the time I love the best

[Cho:]
Down along the Verdigris, the seasons come and go
Life is right beside you here and you can feel it flow
Down to meet the Arkansas then rolling to the sea
All the way to New Orleans from here on the Verdigris

Come and take a walk with me along the Verdigris
I'll show you a sunset that's the way it's meant to be
Blackbird heading homeward at the closing of the day
Just like me, the Verdigris is where he means to stay

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My first steps were taken where her muddy waters flow
All my life I've walked these hills, these hills are what I know
I tried life in Tulsa did not do a thing for me
I long to hear the birds in song along the Verdigris

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Down along the Verdigris, the seasons come and go
Life is right beside you here and you can feel it flow
Down to meet the Arkansas then rolling to the sea
All the way to New Orleans from here on the Verdigris

Down to meet the Arkansas then rolling to the sea
All the way to New Orleans from here on the Verdigris


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 01:40 PM

I have to agree with Rog Peek. I was privileged to see Tom Paxton, along with the late, great Mike Seeger at a local concert about five years ago. He was in fine form on stage and a real approachable fellow off, as was Mike.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 06:52 PM

His song about the 9-11 firemen is still with me. It is both proud and chilling.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 06:55 PM

We agree on that one, Don.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Leadfingers
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 08:33 PM

Tom Paxton has done enough in the way of Great songs that he doesnt NEED to worry about any follow up ! As Laurel (Open Mike) said , he does a lot of Short Shelf Life songs , and his 9-11 Fireman songs is is in there with the best recent songs !


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 08:33 PM

I love his song "Honor of Your Company" from his 1994 "Wearing the Time" album. Which happens to be the some album "Along the Verdigris" is on. Several other good songs on that album too.

I also like "My Favorite Spring" (baseball song) and "On the Road from Srebrenica" from his 1996 "Live for the Record"

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 08:35 PM

If I remember rightly he did Fareweel tour no 1, then Farewell tour no 2, then told us all on his website "Forget the Farewell tours - I'm having a ball" and so I've seen him twice since then!
Keep it up, Tom!

BTW, it is that date again this side of the pond: I have done "The Bravest" at our local festival as it always occurs close to 9/11. My thoughts go out to anyone affected by it.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: frogprince
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 09:05 PM

I really don't think anyone can beat Tom for consistancy of song quality. He writes touching songs, light delightful songs, disturbing songs, but, year in and out, good songs.

                        Dean


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 09:13 PM

Anyone who could write this is far from over the hill!
The Bravest


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Gweltas
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 10:51 PM

Dear Sandy,
Thanks for posting the link to "The Bravest". I'd not heard this song before and it was great to listen to it.
XX


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Effsee
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 10:59 PM

I think the latest album I have of his," Comedians & Angels" proves he still is up there with the best of them! Wonderful stuff.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Bill H //\\
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 06:08 PM

The COmedians & Angels album which I was just about to mention has got be a classic in so many ways--melody, insights, and great lyrics. Pretty much all of his albums are great but another favorite of mine in these later years is Wearing The Time.

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: GUEST,astro
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 06:15 PM

I am looking forwards to this Sunday night when Tom Paxton will be at McCabes guitar shop in Santa Monica...should be great!

astro in LA and ready to go home from school...beat my students enough for one day...there is always tomorrow...


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: GUEST,Elmore
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 04:27 PM

Tom Paxton can't be beat. I'd like it if he did more topical songs these days, but that's just me. A few years ago he collaborated with Anne Hills on a cd called "Under American Skies", and toured to plug it. Those appearances were memorable.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 06:03 PM

Tom Paxton is still writing great songs and I THANK THANK THANK Wesley for giving me the words to Verdigris. A beatiful and touching song (do you have the chords, by chance??)

I've enjoyed Tom any time I've seen him in the last twenty years, and he's always done a variety of old and new songs. However, my one disappointment in Tom is that he does NOT take requests at his concerts, and I once requested Verdigris and he said it wasn't on the playlist. Sigh. But I enjoyed the concert anyway, of course.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: Stringsinger
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 06:21 PM

Tom's song about Sarah Palin is worthy of Tom Lehrer at his best. Tom is a great
social commentator. Here's to the "two Toms".

Frank


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton after the 60s
From: frogprince
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 07:51 PM

"Under American Skies"; Uh-huh; saw them at the Ark in Ann Arbor. Dave Carter and Tracy opened for them. Either act would have been more than worth the drive. We heard Dave Carter's "Gentle Soldier of My Soul" for the first time that night. Dave died sometime during the following week. I've had several chances to hear Tom in person, and will take any more I can get.


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