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Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)

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DANDELION SONG
HALLEY'S COMET (2)
HERE'S TO THE WOMEN
I'M A MOTHER, I'M A WRITER
I'VE GOT BETTER THINGS TO DO
OCTOBER ROSES
SPIRIT KEEPER
THE WAY OF MEN (HARD ONE)
WEAVING AND QUILTING


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Subject: Here's to the Women!
From: Linda Allen
Date: 04 May 10 - 07:05 PM

Hi, Everyone -
I'm announcing my new CD, Here's to the Women! Twenty songs of weavers and quilters, suffragists, domestic workers, and Rosie the Riveters.
Please visit my web site to order, or go to CDBaby and Itunes.
http://www.lindasongs.com

I'm touring Washington State this year with a multi-media presentation celebrating one hundred years of the vote for women. I'm having a great time!

I'd love to hear about other song writers who like to write about women's history.

Thanks-
Linda


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women!
From: Melissa
Date: 04 May 10 - 07:36 PM

That sounds like a fun project, Linda!
Have you run across anything about Broom Brigades?


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women!
From: Linda Allen
Date: 28 May 10 - 03:23 PM

Hi, Melissa -
No, I don't know about Broom Brigades. Tell me more!
Linda


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women!
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 28 May 10 - 03:28 PM

Well, it's a delightfully colourful project with a great focus, but it'd be even nicer if there were a couple of quick links to sounds files - maybe a YouTube or something :)


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Subject: ADD: Women of Greenham (Kevin Littlewood)
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 28 May 10 - 03:55 PM

Hi Linda,

"I'd love to hear about other song writers who like to write about women's history."

I had to do a double take when I saw the title of your album. It is strikingly reminiscent of the title of a song which a local songwriter called Kevin Littlewood wrote about 25 years ago. The text is below, but to explain. It was about a peace camp which a group of women set up outside Greenham Common Air Force Base in Berkshire in 1981,to protest against the use of Cruise missiles.

Keep on writing. We need mountains of songs about women's rights, workers rights, race equality, peace, and a greener, fairer better world. And they're just for starters.

WOMEN OF GREENHAM
(Kevin Littlewood)

A column of women, united and strong,
Voices raised, someone must heed them,
Sisters together now, marching along,
Straight down the road into Greenham.

Chorus: And here's to the peace that we seek, you and me,
Sing out the words show you mean them,
Raise up your voices, and sing with me,
`Here's to the women of Greenham.'

Camped by the fence, near the engines of death,
Travellers say they have seen them,
Soldiers and politicians, with every breath,
They're cursing those women of Greenham.
Chorus

Out in the sun in the heat of the day,
Out in the snows that could freeze them,
Women and children, at work and at play,
Telling the world about Greenham.
Chorus

So stand by your future and stand by your dreams,
Stand by them now for you need them,
And now before this world blows apart at the seams,
You stand by the women of Greenham.
Chorus


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women!
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 28 May 10 - 03:58 PM

I should have added, that's Greenham Common, Berkshire, England.


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women!
From: Bettynh
Date: 28 May 10 - 04:43 PM

There's a thread on Broom Brigades here.

From nosing around the net, perhaps the origin is in Minnesota

This has references from many places.


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: Melissa
Date: 28 May 10 - 06:39 PM

Thanks Bettynh, I hadn't seen that Yesteryear thing..kind of neat.

Linda,
I don't know anything that isn't in the Broom Brigade thread..but I sure wish I did!


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 29 May 10 - 07:15 AM

Linda, I've loved October Roses* since it came out- how lovely to find you here! I'll definitely check out "Here's to the Women"- thanks!





(to this day I still make my favorite pot-luck dish singing, "Two cups of milk, and two cups grated cheese..." Thanks for that, too!)


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: GUEST,Kevin Littlewood
Date: 30 May 10 - 05:52 PM

Cheers Fred, Someone sent me an email that the song is on mudcat. How did you remember those words? Amazing; I can hardly recall them myself. Funny thing, I was at a demo around that Greenham time, and I heard a women's jazz band playing the tune (no words), in London. I went up to one of the musicians afterwards and said, 'Nice to hear that tune, I wrote it a while back'. And she looked at me and said; 'No, you can't have written that song. It's traditional'. I think it was a compliment, but I'm not certain!


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 31 May 10 - 05:18 AM

Hi Kevin,

Fact is that Green Blade, a collective of singers which includes Helen MacCall and myself, and one or two other people you might remember from the old days, brought it into our repertoire a while ago. I didn't so much remember it as dug out an old cassette with you singing it.


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: Cuilionn
Date: 31 May 10 - 07:54 AM

Linda--

Thanks for the heads-up on your latest recording. I grew up listening to your music (wore out my cassette of "Washington Notebook" a while back) and still have a few old tapes of your various Folklife performances, recorded off the radio when I was in high school. I still sing "Weaving and Quilting" at song circles now and then, though I make my home now in Maine.

Your work is beautiful, full of good humour and powerful stories. I'll start saving up my pennies for the new CD!

--Cuilionn (who grew up on Vashon Island)


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: GUEST
Date: 31 May 10 - 08:03 AM

Peggy Seeger has written a couple of songs for women's equality. Here is her website; I think you can listen for some songs for free on there.
http://www.peggyseeger.com/listen-buy Try "The Right to Life." Also by her that doesn't seem to be on her website is "I'm Gonna be an Engineer."

By the way, your CD reminds me of a songbook I checked out from the library once, which had songs about women's rights and had the same title. I think it's a few decades old, and I"m not sure if it's still in print.


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: oldhippie
Date: 31 May 10 - 05:57 PM

Mary McGinniss of Burlington VT has a couple on her CD "Places In Between".
"The Ballad of Mary Fields" (1832-1914 – A black cowgirl who made a life of crossing boundaries) and "Cedar Tree" (Inspired by Kateri Tekawithe 1656-1680 – A Mohawk Algonquin woman from Quebec).


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: Cuilionn
Date: 31 May 10 - 08:32 PM

"Peggy Seeger has written a couple of songs for women's equality."

GUEST, that is an understatement if ever there was one!


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: mg
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 11:39 AM

A new great one is on our brand new tugboat CD..Chris R. has written a beautiful song about Thea Foss who started Foss Tugboats..huge company..and a very inspiring story about a poor immigrant woman and her family...mg


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: mg
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 07:53 PM

I have a song about women in various roles in the Vietnam war..in country and in USA...nurse, radio operator, folksinger, adjutant and graves registration. mg


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Subject: RE: Here's to the Women! (CD by Linda Allen)
From: Linda Allen
Date: 16 Jun 10 - 11:01 AM

Wonderful comments! Thanks, everyone! Re the
women's songbook, Here's to the Women! It was edited
by Hilda Wenner, and is still available through
Sing Out!, I believe. The title song is mine --
and can be found on my new CD and on my very
first CD, Mama Wanted to Be A Rainbow Dancer. I
wrote it as the theme song for the Washington
Women's Heritage Project many years ago. Here's
a link to more info:
www.lindasongs.com


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