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GUEST,Jerry Rasmussen 02 May 21 - 01:27 PM
Jeri 02 May 21 - 02:03 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 02 May 21 - 03:24 PM
GUEST,Jerry Rasmussen 02 May 21 - 04:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 May 21 - 05:43 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 04 May 21 - 06:40 PM
Sandra in Sydney 04 May 21 - 09:41 PM
Donuel 05 May 21 - 08:00 AM
Mrrzy 05 May 21 - 10:33 AM
Big Al Whittle 05 May 21 - 11:02 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 05 May 21 - 10:46 PM
leeneia 07 May 21 - 01:01 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 07 May 21 - 02:10 PM
Donuel 07 May 21 - 02:55 PM
keberoxu 07 May 21 - 03:24 PM
Jeri 07 May 21 - 04:17 PM
GUEST,Kenny B (inactive) 10 May 21 - 02:53 PM
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Subject: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
From: GUEST,Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 02 May 21 - 01:27 PM

An Old Timer.

I feel good about being back on Mudcat. Let me share some thoughts about my perspective on the site. First of all, I still think it's a great group, and have many good friends on here. Looking back to when I joined the group many years ago, I see a shift in the makeup of the community. My musical life has changed, as well.

Going back thirty years or more, I loved being a part of the Eisteddfod and Howard Glasser was a close personal friend. I was one of the more regularly invited performers and on one level, while I was thankful, it didn't make sense. The Eisteddfod was strongly traditional, with a heavy accent on the British Isles. I loved and did a goodly amount of traditional music and still do. As I found fulfillment in writing my own songs in, as the Patons described me, songs in the tradition, I felt less and less like I belonged at the Eisstedfod. Fortunately, Howard didn't feel that way, and the other musicians didn't seem to either. In the ten + years that I focused on traditional gospel, and expanded my writing into that area, my involvement with traditional non-gospel folk music diminished, and once again, I felt like I was on the edge of traditional folk music. To top it off, my roots are southern mountain music, and country blues. I have nothing much to offer in English, Scottish, or Irish music and even though Ive done a couple of whaling songs and English ballads (and still love them,) my music has drifted further away from the usual definition of traditional folk music.

When I joined Mudcat long ago, there was a stronger contingent of traditional American singers. Through time, Mudcat's interest seems to have gradually shifted toward traditional music of the British Isles (or Aisles) as I think of them and strengthened in maritime music. All of this is good. The music is wonderful and folks in those traditionas are keeping them alive and vigorous. I commend Mudcat for it's loyalty to traditional music.

That leaves me feeling even more on the fringe. I'm more likely to sing Riley the Furniture Man or Hungry Hash House. I was weaned on the Anthology of American Folk Music, and string band music. I also love Lonnie Donnegan and was greatly influenced by his music. I am more of a mongrel than a pure traditionalist. I'm the friendly mutt you see on the street who comes over wagging his tail, looking for a good ear scratch. I've also become much more involved in writing stories. I have embraced my story telling, but it's not traditional story telling I could ever do in a story telling workshop.

I have been very touched by the warm welcome you've given me. I applaud you all for your commitment to traditional music. I love traditional music, and jazz, and country blues, doo wop, gospel music, and standards from the forties and fifties. I hope you don';t mind if I sit in the last row of the balcony and contribute once in awhile. ?? I'm the one wagging his tail/tale as you enter the auditorium. ??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qZGPwMNRbs

Just Jerry after all these years
sixteen tons jerry rasmussen cover song
YOUTUBE.COM
sixteen tons jerry rasmussen cove


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
From: Jeri
Date: 02 May 21 - 02:03 PM

Jerry, regarding "traditional" songs, you ever wonder how they got into the tradition? Sometimes, IMO, thinking about things can get in the way of doing the things. It can take up your time and distract you. Somebody wrote all of those songs.

Welcome back!


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 02 May 21 - 03:24 PM

Mr. Rasmussen,
I do hope you are permitted
a fresh cookie
from the Mudcat kitchen,
should your old cookie have been eaten when your back was turned.

Take off your coat, in the meanwhile,
and sit down and make yourself at home.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
From: GUEST,Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 02 May 21 - 04:47 PM

Hey, Keberoxu. Do you realize that keberoxu spelled backwards is uxorebek?

You advice is mine. Thanks.

Here is a song in the tradition that's on topic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zC9DtPi214

I have to resurrect long forgotten tricks.
Can an old dog learn old tricks?


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 May 21 - 05:43 PM

Facebook article link with remarks - I think this will go to Jerry's post.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmusn thinks out loud
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 04 May 21 - 06:40 PM

I got a new cookie. I feel like the Cookie Monster. I should have posted this in the Brilliant Suggestions section. This was graciously put up here. Now it should be moved to the BS section. I don't know how to do it. I'm getting there...


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmusn thinks out loud
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 May 21 - 09:41 PM

Jerry, only moderators like Joe, Stilly or Jeri can move threads, but surely this is a music thread? It's not breeze shooting!

link from Jerry's initial post sixteen tons jerry rasmussen cover song

sandra

ps. welcome back!
Ooh - magic! -Jeri-mod
(Welcome back, Jerry!)



Moved back to the top by another mod request.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmusn thinks out loud
From: Donuel
Date: 05 May 21 - 08:00 AM

My brother in law was a coal miner and taught me about how miners had to bow their head or commonly lose it when riding the rail in and out of the mine.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmusn thinks out loud
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 May 21 - 10:33 AM

This is a 4th music thread that should be above the line. Bulshitting about mudcat is mudcat, not bs. I know. Sorry, dead horse, for the flogging.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmusn thinks out loud
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 05 May 21 - 11:02 AM

Of course that is what Mudcat had (has) going for itself:-

Its a meeting place+-
When you've visited mudcat, you are not compelled to listen to Martin Carthy, Pete Seeger, or The Spinners, or Johnny Cash - but at least you have touched base with those people.

Whatever our artistic, religious or political views - we are part of a great artistic movement that future generations will marvel at - just as they do the Impressionists, the Pre- Raphaelites, etc.

You are free to reject as many approaches to folk music as you accept.   But by dint of where history has placed you - you cannot escape being part of Folk Music.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmussn thinks out loud
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 05 May 21 - 10:46 PM

Good post, Al.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmussn thinks out loud
From: leeneia
Date: 07 May 21 - 01:01 PM

I enjoyed your "sixteen tons", Jerry.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmussn thinks out loud
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 07 May 21 - 02:10 PM

Thanks, Leenia. I love singing it. I decided not to wear my tuxedo. :-) I didn't kbnow my friend Paul wqas going to do a video, or I would have worn more of a work shirt. That's alright, though, I've never tried to be anyone but me.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmussn thinks out loud
From: Donuel
Date: 07 May 21 - 02:55 PM

Sixteen tons and nuthin is just,
sharp rock ceilings and chokin black dust.
if ya don't stoop over you'll lose yer damn head
Tell St Peter I'm better off dead

Jeri ya gotta Leonard Cohen quality.


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmussn thinks out loud
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 May 21 - 03:24 PM

Have a heart for the rest of us, Donuel!
"Jerry", "Jeri" ...
it makes for some confusion!


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmussn thinks out loud
From: Jeri
Date: 07 May 21 - 04:17 PM

Pretty sure he meant the tall Jerry. I definitely don't have a "Leonard Cohen quality".


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmussn thinks out loud
From: GUEST,Kenny B (inactive)
Date: 10 May 21 - 02:53 PM

Welcome back Jerry ... a light from the darkness returned


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Subject: RE: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes-Jerry Rasmussn thinks out loud
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 10 May 21 - 09:00 PM

It pleases me to see this back up above the line,
where anyone can add a post.
Now maybe Gargoyle can say hello.


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