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Kendall's musical history

kendall 12 Mar 12 - 08:36 PM
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Subject: Kendall's musical history
From: kendall
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 08:36 PM

In response to a diminishing number of requests, I have agreed to post my musical history. It's hard for me to believe that someone is interested, but here it is.

I was born in the Eastern most county of Maine within 50 miles of the Canadian border. We had an ancient battery powered radio that would only pick up two or three stations; CHSJ Saint John, New Brunswick, Bangor Maine and another on Prince Edward Island.My earliest influence was the music of Don Messer and the Islanders who played old time music.
Very early in my life I heard the singing of Wilf Carter from Guysborough Nova Scotia. He later became Montana Slim, but he is still Wilf Carter to me.
When I was 16, my Mother gave me a second hand guitar for Christmas. It was a Gene Autry model, and I learned a few chords on that man killer. Wish I had it today.My Brother, Erlon also got a guitar, and we spent many happy hours making music. I went folk and he stayed country, but we still like what the other does. His version of Sunday Morning coming down is my favorite country song.
My Cousin, Gene Hooper, taught me a few chords, and later on he invited me to perform with him on stage at what were then called "Cowboy Shows." Gene had broadcast all over the Maritimes, and eventually to WWVA in Wheeling West Virginia.
My first performance for pay was for the Knights of Pythias at the grange hall in Machias. I was hooked. Making money while making music.

About this time I heard that my idol, Wilf Carter, was doing a show in St. Steven NB which was only 50 miles away. I piled into an old Hudson Terraplane and away I went with a buddy.
At the intermission, I boldly asked Wilf if I might play his custom made Martin and he said "Sure." It was a work of art and what a beautiful tone.I never saw him again but I will never forget what a gentleman he was.
My Mother used to sing on rare occasions,but Father couldn't carry a note with a co signer, but he used to whistle dirty tunes.

I joined the Coast Guard at the age of 19 and spent many days on weather patrol in the Atlantic. In the Davis Strait there was only one station that the radio would receive, WWVA, Wheeling West Virginia. Loved all those performers
While in port I ended up performing on the radio with Elton Britt. He asked if I would like to come back but I never did.

I got a new Gibson J-45 for my first anniversary. What a change from that piece of junk that I threw overboard somewhere north of Bermuda!

I took a job with the State of Maine dept. of Sea& Shore Fisheries, now called the Dept. of Marine Resources, and I was assigned to the patrol boat Explorer in the summer of 1959.
Going aboard her for a patrol, we had to cross the main deck of the 80 foot schooner, Alice Wentworth. There on a hatch was a young man playing the most beautiful music I ever heard. As the summer passed we often crossed paths and got to be very close friends. His name? Gordon Bok. He talked me into performing with him and I was hooked again. He was instrumental in getting me recorded on Folk Legacy records. We will be on the same bill this Thursday, March 15,2012.

In the past 30 years or so, I have met and got acquainted with many excellent musicians, such as Pete Seeger, who gave me my first banjo lesson,Tom Paxton, Tommy Makem and Utah Phillips,Gordon Bok, Sandy and Caroline Patron and David Mallett. He liked my old Gibson so much I gave it to him.

I've always thought of myself as more of a humorist than a musician, but I have had some very lucky breaks. This "Hobby" has taken me from Florida to California to England and Scotland. Imagine a poor boy from rural Maine being able to travel all over, and get paid to do it!
I have at least half a dozen Tapes, CDs, DVDs and books to sell.

I started to lose my voice about 10,or 12 years ago, but lucky for me, I met Jacqui and she sings while I tell lies and play backup for her.
The number of people I have met and became friends with is too high to count. Voice or no voice, I'm still one lucky old goat.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: gnu
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 08:45 PM

Thanks, Kendall.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Midchuck
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 09:13 PM

One of the better days of my life was the one, at Old Songs, when Kendall first wandered into the Woodchucks' camp. We got to doing some songs, and then offered him some Jameson's. After that, of course, he wouldn't go away.

P.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 09:26 PM

Kendall, thanks for brief biog. You certainly seem to have enjoyed the musical aspect of your life! It seems that you have given musical enjoyment to many others as well!


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 10:02 PM

I'll second that!


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Bobert
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 10:09 PM

Great bio, Capt'n...

Thanks... Enjoyed every word of it... Now, can ya' tell the long version??? That's the one I want to read...

B~


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: deepdoc1
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 10:10 PM

It's more work telling the stories with a keyboard, but I'd love to be a fly on the wall when you and a scottle of botch and some friends get together and start swapping yarns. Is this chapter the first?


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: maeve
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 10:59 PM

Thanks for the great synopsis. Now for the book...

I'm serious.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Beer
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 11:08 PM

Really good .
Thanks Kendall.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Ebbie
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 02:18 AM

I'm with the others. It's not just any Sam, Rick and Larry who gets to meet and play with all those guys. Not to mention being friends with Gordon. Tell us more!


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: JedMarum
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 06:44 AM

Well told, Kendall ... great story and I am happy to have shared in a moment of those adventures. I tell a few Kendall stories in my travels!


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Maryrrf
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 08:18 AM

What a wonderful story, Kendall. Now you have an outline for your memoires - so start writing!


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: kendall
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 08:26 AM

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Jeez, I was concerned that it was TOO long. I'm not being modest,I'm just an ordinary guy who has had some very lucky breaks. With a lot of excess verbiage I could stretch this into three or four pages!


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 08:40 AM

The devil is in the details.

Thanks, Kendall.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: maeve
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 08:44 AM

Gordon will tell you to get writing.

Write first, then edit. The soul of wit can work with brevity once the story is all on the paper.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: kendall
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 09:12 AM

I've thought of a few things since I posted that yesterday. It's taken me almost 30 years to put another book together. I have an appointment today with a new publisher.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: jacqui.c
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 09:16 AM

Now, if he can find the little recorder I gave him he could just talk the stories out and I can transpose them.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: kendall
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 09:42 AM

I just realized that my main problem with this is, I'm not accustomed to telling/ writing the truth. Some of my experiences are a bit personal, others will sound like horn blowing. That's just not allowed where I came from.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: maeve
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 09:52 AM

Sure, Kendall- but first you get it down in whatever way it comes out on tape/paper/computer. Then you start the real work of shaping to allow the stories to shine through. Some things WILL be too personal. Some you can choose how much to say. Other details will come only as you are talking through a memory with someone who was there or who knows you well.

At his Camden concert last night, Gordon was telling a story he heard from a friend. He mentioned at one point, "Remember I'm not sure how much of what I'm telling you is what he told me and how much I'm making up..." or some such disclaimer.

The point is that you have to dump out your ditty bag to be able to sort through and see how your life's story wants to present itself. It might be done as alternating chapters of autobiobiography and storytelling. It might be woven together with indicators of which parts are which.

You and the story- and friends like Gordon- will find the right heading and when to change course.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 10:27 AM

Kendall, some stuff is no one's business, so don't write/talk about that. As Jacqui said, talk it into a recorder and then let J transcribe it, THEN do the prelim edit.

I'm working on one about my time as a ff, and much has to remain unsaid due to the nature of the stories. However, it's real hard to throw suff out if ya don't have it down in the first place.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,olddude
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 10:37 AM

The Captain is the best of the best. There isn't a week that goes by that I don't have one of his CD playing. He is a music hero to me and has taught me so much by just listening to how he plays and sings ... some people are born with a gift, others are born with many gifts. The guy can sing like no other, play anything, write, tell stories .. the Captain is the real deal to this humble fan


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 10:41 AM

I'm sorry Kendall but once again you have made a mistake. Dorothy Parker quite rightly observed that brevity was NOT the soul of wit. Brevity is the soul of lingerie.

Just trying to help.............


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: kendall
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 04:41 PM

You effort is appreciated. Sorta.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 01:34 PM

I was visiting my old friend, Gordon Bok, in 1969, and he casually mentioned that Pete Seeger was coming by to visit. Everyone knows that he is one of my few heroes, so I hung around.
We three had a wonderful evening swapping songs and stories. I've mentioned before that Pete gave me my first banjo lesson.
When I sang "Lorena", he remarked, "I'd forgotten how lovely that song is, thanks for giving it back." I walked 3 feet above the pavement for some time after that!

Later on the sloop "Clear water" came into Portland harbor, and the crew put on a concert at the Expo building. Pete was having trouble with his voice so I went out and found some lozenges for him. Somehow, he got through the night. My girls were quite impressed that they got to meet Pete Seeger.
At a folk festival in 1977 I met Dave Mallett. Man, what a song writer. I also love to hear him play guitar. At the time, I had a 1956 Gibson J-45, and every time Dave stopped by, he would ask to play that old thing. He loved it. I told him that when I "Snuff it" it's his.
Don't know if he believed me or not, but I meant it.
Some years later, he called and said he was coming through Scarborough and did I want to meet for lunch.
It's always a pleasure to visit with Dave, so I said yes.
I met him at a local restaurant and I handed him the guitar. He looked some surprised and he wanted to know why I was giving it to him, so I told him that this was the only way I could be sure he would get it when I cash in.
Quickly, he said "Are you alright"? I told him, yes, but I just thought he would get more out of it than I do.
He was quite relieved and said, "Hell, man, I was afraid you had gotten a bad Pap smear!

Two years ago at a private party, Dan Schatz, Jacqui and I had a thought about making a memorial recording in memory of my deceased pal, Utah Phillips. Actually, it was Dan's idea, but it sounded good to Jacqui and me, so we started to work on it. Actually, Dan and Jacqui did most of the work. Jacqui asked Gordon Bok if he would be interested and he said he would.
All I did from then was to contact Pete Seeger hoping he would join us. He wrote a song just for Utah because most of his work is copyrighted. Picture this, later in the project, I was talking to Pete and he told me he had finished the song he was offering, and he sang it to me ON THE Phone! What a treat.

Then I called Tom Paxton and he said he would do anything for Utah, and off we went.

None of us expected this CD set of two discs would be nominated for a Grammy, but it was. We didn't win, but it sure is a nice feeling to be nominated.

Because I chose to do something with my love of music, I have been able to travel all over the USA, and to the UK where I have met so many great people. Joe Terrault, "Jets" told me about Mudcat, and it is one of my most favorite things in the world. Joe died a few years ago, but I won't forget him.
Through Mudcat, I have met so many wonderful people, including Jacqui
my gratitude for Max is boundless.
You are all aces in my book.

As Porky Pig would say thats all folks.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: maeve
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 02:42 PM

Begging your pardon, that is most certainly not "all"!

Good reading, though. Please Sir, may we have some more?


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Ebbie
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 02:57 PM

Please Sir, may we have some more? echo...echo...echo.... e c h o ....


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Becca72
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 03:23 PM

Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: jacqui.c - PM
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 09:16 AM

Now, if he can find the little recorder I gave him he could just talk the stories out and I can transpose them.

Wicked Step-mummy... I hope you meant "transcribe"...Father does enough "transposing" on his own!


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 03:27 PM

Thanks for the update, Kendall. I had missed the initial posting.

Of course, you also ran into a few dozen other good singers and storytellers. So when you feel like it, why not add some more thoughts.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: kendall
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 08:17 PM

Talking about myself is an unnatural act! Really, It's not easy to do. It feels like bragging.


Storytellers?

Early in 1980 I was host and co producer of Maine Public broadcasting for a series titled "In The Kitchen"
Each week I would have one of Maine's storyteller/humorists appear on the set and we would swap lies. The set was built to resemble an old fashioned kitchen circa 1920. I'm told the set itself won an award of some kind.
My first guest was the now deceased Marshall Dodge, of Bert & I fame. Sadly, a couple of years later he was killed by a drunk driver in Hawaii.
We traveled around doing shows from Machias Maine to Boston and one in Jonesboro Tennessee.
Although he was a pleasure to know, he was not easy to work with. He always had a beautiful woman on his arm, and not always the same one!
He would always show up just a couple of minutes before show time and I'd be concerned that I might have to do the whole show. He always showed and he was always scattered, hardly knew where he was. But, when that curtain went up he was right there ready to trot.

One time we were comparing experiences and I told him that I envy his ability to travel all over and do his own thing all the time. He said he envied my stability and being settled down and at home.
He loved my Daughter Becca 72 and told me he was going to wait for her to grow up and marry her. She came to me with tears in her eyes asking if she had to marry him, and that by the time she was old enough to marry he would be too old! she was 8 at the time.

He called me up one night sounding lonesome, and when I asked him where he was he said, "I'm on my boat in the god damndest shithole in the world.A marina somewhere in Florida.
When they told me he was dead I was grief stricken.However, two weeks later I had a dream. I walked into a big room that was empty except for a grand piano right in the middle of the room. On that piano sat Marshall Dodge! Wearing that hat that he said he stole from a Boston Pimp and grinning like a dog eating Bumblebees.
I said, "They told me your were dead", and he replied, "I am, but I don't want you to grieve my passing because I have finally found the peace that eluded me in life." This is so hard for me to write this; it's been30 years and I miss him so much.

I also had 6 other humorists on the program, most of them I hardly knew, but it was one of the high points in my life.
That series was shown all over the country several times on every PBS channel in the USA with one exception. One in Mississippi didn't carry it because they didn't "Get" it.

I met Utah Phillips, I don't know, he said it was 30 years. Anyway I bought his album Mooseturd Pie. I sing the song that I learned from Joe Hickerson and Utah told it as a story.
1995, I think it was, I recorded some of Utah's songs, and of course, I sent him a copy. He told me that he and Joanna were going somewhere in the car and they played the tape. When it came to Ashes on the sea, they had to pull over and weep. We became close friend after that.
When he came to Bath to do a show we got together and spent the day looking around Pemiquid Point lighthouse. That was a delight, but lunch was a howl. When the waitress asked if he was ready to order, he said yes, but I have a problem. I'm from Utah, and we are not allowed to say ...bre..brs..bra... I'll have the Chicken BOSOMS.

Jacqui and I were invited to a Lobster dinner at the home of the family Utah was staying with.Of course we got to swapping lies, and afterwards he asked me to come to California and do a show with him. I couldn't think of one reason not to, so I agreed. How many times do we get to perform with an icon? I miss him every day.
The long and short of it is, Jacqui and I went to California and we did the show, which is on a DVD if anyone wants to buy a copy.

When I lost my voice I figured that was the end of my performing days, but, as luck would have it, I met Jacqui and found that she could sing, and she liked that same sort of stuff that I like (Excpet doo opp), so we now work together. I tell stories and she sings with me backing her on the guitar.

That pretty well covers my life in music up to this point.

It reminds me of the old man, 90, who fell off the roof of the barn. When his sons picked him up and found that he was ok, one asked, "Did your whole life pass in front of your eyes"? he said "Hell no, I'm 90 and I only fell 10 feet."

Thanks folks, I hope this satisfies your curiosity.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: maeve
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 09:56 PM

Satisfies? Nope. Whets our interest? Yes, indeed.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: gnu
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 10:16 PM

Indeed. To hear a master story teller tell storys about anything at all is a joy.

But, it's difficult sometimes to "pull" those stories, or songs, out of someone for many reasons. Sometimes, we just gotta say, "Please sir, can I have some more?"

Please, sir...?

Now, I know there comes a time when you may say "that's that" but I hope it's not soon.

Thanks Kendall.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 03:28 AM

please Sir, can we have some more?

sandra

ps. you CDs arrived yesterday when I didn't have time to play them, but I have time tonight. I'm looking froward to listening to thwm


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 07:24 AM

It seems like I have told about all there is to tell.
Maybe if you all have questions?

Another incident just popped up. I think it was 1988 that I was invited to perform at the National Storytellers convention in El Paso Texas. There I met Glen Orlin, another excellent storyteller and poet. We did a workshop on storytelling and I dragged out one of the most outrageous tales I know. When I finished, he looked at me and said, "Where in the hell are you'll from"? Later I overheard some people talking about the performance and one said "Was that guy speakin' English? I couldn't understand him atall."

I was also included in the lineup at the National folksingers convention in Lowell Mass. in 1986. Some of the other performers were, Chephus & Wiggins, and Robbie O'Connell. Not much to tell about that one, it was hotter than the hinges of Tofit as I recall.

Oh, and one other time, I was hired to perform at the River festival in Bangor Maine. When I got there I was unpleasantly surprised at the venue they had for me. No shade, just a concrete bench a few yards from the pavilion where the main attraction was going to perform. That was Ray Charles! and he was scheduled at the same time I was!

I'm standing there, guitar in hand, considering if I should just slink away, when suddenly two of the Irish Rovers came by. We chatted briefly, and I told them what I was up against, and Jimmy Furgerson said, "Well, let's hope you don't hurt him too bad."
I needn't have worried, when it was time for me to do a set I was surrounded by kids and their Mothers who couldn't afford to see Ray Charles!
I came away feeling very good about that whole day.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 08:58 AM

I think the first time I heard Kendall sing was in Ann Arbor at the old Ark, along with Sandy Ives, I believe. It was a great evening which could have gone on forever and probably did! That must have been back in the 1970s, shortly after the release of his first Folk Legacy recording.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 09:52 AM

Why did you leave out the parts about the wild parties, the booze and drugs, the groupies?


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 10:04 AM

I was lucky enough to see the PBS shows - Marshall Dodge is nothing short of wonderful, nibbling on a biscuit and taking forever to get to "Was there frost on the ground this morning?"
I don't remember the name of another guest who reduced Kendall to giggles with his broken rubber tire. Hilarious stuff.

As for you, Rapparee - I supervise the Groupies. The names have been changed (in most cases) to protect the innocent.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 10:04 AM

Because I barely remember those!

At the Jonesboro Tennessee Storytellers convention there was a very attractive woman who was stopping by on her way to NC to take a teaching job. She invited me to go with her, but I was married at the time, so couldn't do that.

Another time at a bluegrass festival a woman said, "Come with me" she took me to her camp site where a group of folkies was making my kind of music.After a while she wanted to know if I would go home with her, and there again, I couldn't. She said "I don't want to buy you, just borrow you for a while."

This sounds familiar, maybe I posted it already.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 10:12 AM

I prefer not to tell about the incidents that happened after I was divorced.
Sinsull, his name was Bill Gagne, and he just broke me up.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: olddude
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 06:17 PM

The captain is the best there is ... I treasure his music, so do my kids and my grandkids and on it goes, Like Jacqui's shawls and hats. He is the best there is

love ya Captain


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: catspaw49
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 06:35 PM

When do you get to the part where you meet the llama and in the course of your relationship you are inspired to write all those folkie-style classics like, "Oh-o-o My Sweet Llama," and "A Llama Ripped My Bag?"


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 08:27 AM

You left out, "Something in the way she Mooos" and, "This Lamb is your Lamb..."


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: catspaw49
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 08:30 AM

Aw yes.........the real classics.......................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 10:14 PM

Another incident that was buried for some time.
Scotland, 1990. I was doing a gig in Kinross at a hotel, in the pub. A man kept asking for country and western songs, so finally, I did one of Hank William's songs and I asked the guy if that's what he wanted. he said it was, so I mentioned that county was my roots and that what I used to sing before I became a folk singer. He asked "Why did you shift over"? and before I could answer, a wise guy at the bar said "He learned two more chords."


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 09:17 PM

To anyone who doubts Kendall's veracity---he speaks the truth. (And I can still remember the day he did it.)


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 07:17 AM

There you have it, straight from a totally credible source.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 07:23 PM

So, everyone had enough?


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: maeve
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 07:40 PM

Nope. More, please.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 08:27 PM

I don't know what else to say.

We will be going back to the UK in the spring, and maybe get to perform at the Cecil Sharps folk club.
Went there with Micca a few years ago and it was really nice to be asked to sing there. It's kinda like Mecca for folkies.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: maeve
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 08:50 PM

Where did you get some of your songs? Do any of them always remind you of someone? What song did you want to sing but it never felt right for you?

You have many more stories, Kendall. Some of them are hidden in the vignettes you've given us in this thread.

Thanks for what you've written so far.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: gnu
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 08:59 PM

I'll second and third that, m.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 12:12 AM

I'm ready for something with some sex and violence where the villain wins and then gives up his power to an Albanian hat blocker who lives in Skokie, Illinois and is married to a former stripper from Kiev. Any more of these boring ass, long winded tales and my balls might explode..................


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: kendall
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 07:49 AM

Spaw, don't make me come out there.

This would work better if I was being interviewed.
I probably know around 500 songs, so being able to remember who I stole them from is a problem, but, maybe a few will come to mind.

Ed Trickett
Utah Phillips
Bob Coltman
Dave Mallett. they would head the list.

Songs that I like but never felt qualified to sing? almost anything that my pal, Gordon Bok wrote.I've never heard anyone sing his songs as well as he does.
However, when he teams up with Ed Trickett and Annie Muir that is just unbeatable.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: maeve
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 08:31 AM

Ok. Tell us about songs you have from Ed Trickett. He knows so many- what do you like about the ones in your repertoire? Do you remember when you first sang one of his? What was going on in your music life when you started singing his songs?


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 09:37 AM

OK, gonna save the the rest of this thread to read in bit, not gobble it up all at once.

Got to say, though, that there is no better definition of romance in my eyes than "she sings while I tell lies and play backup for her".

Dani

PS: I would be happy to interview you, friend. Happy and honored. Think about it! Only thing is, that gives me dibs on the Afterword. Hee hee.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: kendall
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 10:20 AM

That's ok, Dani; women always have the last word. :-)

One of the songs I got from Ed is "Before they close the minstrel show". Any aging musician can resonate with this one.
Lonesome Robin I first heard from Gordon Bok. Robin Hood has always been one of my heroes, and when I first heard this one, I was going through a major break up, and that line,...you're wondering what Marian found to do, that's better than coming to see you one last time... really got to me.

When it comes to getting into why I like certain songs, I could get really maudlin because some of them really touch my heart.
.. "Then the busy years went rushing by us, we lost our starry notions on the way... etc.

I guess if I had to boil it all down, I'd have to say, I'm attracted to stories of loss and regret.
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda is one of the most heart wrenching songs I ever heard. The stupidity of war infuriates me.

I love good poetry, from Shakespeare to Utah Phillips. That's quite a spread.

Dave Mallett writes songs that get to me too; Phil Brown, The Old blue Ox, Song for the animals are just three samples. I'm a retired conservation officer and my sympathy lies with the Whales and Seals that are butchered without mercy.
I'm getting personal.


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Subject: RE: Kendall's musical history
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 Apr 12 - 12:23 PM

As I said, it is very hard for me to get too personal.


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