Friday, November 14, 2008

Barack Obama & Wilco at Farm Aid 2005

This is President Elect Obama in 2005 at Farm Aide, introducing Wilco. At the time, I had no idea who he was, but I asked around and the crowd there loved him...he certainly drew my attention....

Later, he told a news reporter that he had requested Southern Man from Neil and sat in a trailer while Neil practiced the song. Obama commented that it was the most fun he had had as a public servant so far....Obama is cool!!!

!!!!! MY BAD!!!!!
Correction on 11/14/08
I have been told that Obama may NOT have requested Southern Man, as I stated above and read on the internet (I am looking for an answer.....), and here is a newspaper story regarding Obama and Neil----

From USA Today, May 5th 2006:

Sen. Obama gets Neil Young's endorsement

OMAHA (AP) — Rocker Neil Young may want Sen. Barack Obama to run for
president, but the freshman Democratic senator from Illinois isn't having any
of it — at least not yet.

In his latest album, Living With War, Young mentions Obama in the song
Lookin' for a Leader. In it, Young sings of the nation's need for a new leader,
singing, "Yeah maybe it's Obama, but he thinks that he's too young."

The 44-year-old Obama said at a news conference before a fundraiser
Saturday that he had read the lyrics. But despite being name-checked by a
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Obama said he has no intention of running for
president in two years.

That doesn't mean Obama is dissing Young completely: "I'm a big Neil Young
fan," Obama said.

He and Young met in Chicago at last year's Farm Aid concert. Obama said he
sat in a trailer while Young rehearsed the song Southern Man.

"The acoustics in a trailer are terrific. It was unbelievable. ... It was one of the
best times that we've had since I was a senator," Obama said.

For his part, Young doesn't pin all his hopes on the Illinois senator. In the
same song, Young says the needed leader may also be a woman, possibly a
reference to Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.>>

Monday, November 10, 2008

My blogging status.....

Not good....I have been neglectful still.

So I decided to list various times this summer I got to play with and for other people. I hope to come back to this list and write more....

In June, I was invited to play the Weekend at David's birthday party. I think I wrote about that....Then in July I went to Bugs' house to rehearse for ARF, played the folk jam in spencertown and had a GREAT weekend learning that I CAN create music at Willie Mae Rock Camp....I know I wrote about that. The last weekend of the month I went to Nan's for an ARF rehearsal and spent a lot of time playing with Nan and Robin...that was fun, sitting on Nan's porch, playing guitar with two women!!

August brought me ARF and the Ohio Rust Fest. I wrote about both and feel very fortunate to have those experiences....

In September I brought my guitar to my nephew's birthday party. That was cool because I was asked to play by attendees and encouraged to continue to play!!! I think I was a little distracting to the band in the house, as the night was a fine one and most folks would rather be outside than in the basement, even if there were a really fine band down there playing.....

In September I also had one of my favorites ...I provided the music (which included making sure others came up to the mic and played/sang!!) for Kathy B's pre-Farm Aid party. It was SO MUCH FUN to play music for those very appreciative rusties and family and friends of Kathy. I think it is right at the top of the most fun I have had playing....

Then I had rehearsal for OPL with Nan.

I didn't play with or for others again except for OPL/IRF/endless firecircle jams....i WILL write about that. I don't think I have fully recovered.

And then last week I played at David's house with him and Shaun and this past week I played Robin.

I am not SURE but I think that does it for my musical exploits.

Now, back to trying to sell some guitars (anyone interested in a ventura??) LOL....

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Too Weak to Work--I Believe in You

Here is Too Weak to Work....Behind me is Keith Hamon on steel, Bill Shaw on bass, Paul Dionne on drums, Trish vocals, Nan Philpot on guitar. What stands out for me is Keith's steel and Trish....she came in to help out on vocals with very little time to prepare...thanks Trish!!! And thanks to everyone in the band....good job guys!!!