Steeleye Span

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saw-whet from cwf-fcf.org by Megan Lorenzis ‘cultural genocide’ too strong? jeffrey simpson of the globe and mail thinks so. but i don’t. ‘cultural genocide’ is the conclusion of the truth and reconciliation commission (as i blogged last week). for example, natives once had the whole continent; now they have less than 1%. when you lose the land, the culture goes with it. the group spirit of the west recognized that ‘we live on indian land‘. midnight oil’s suggestion? ‘let’s give it back‘. but since that’s not going to happen, what do we settlers do? not only are we unlikely to give it back, we are human-centric. who speaks for other lifeforms? at least natives had some recognition of their inherent worth (though richard rohr, who once ministered to natives, cautions against ‘romanticizing or appropriating another culture’s treasures’, such as a native view of other life; he references native north american spirituality of the eastern woodlands when he writes, ‘native spirituality is not intended for non-native use or understanding. when we try to interpret or apply these teachings in our own context, we run the risk of “drastic adaptation” … to fit our conceptions of reality.’). Wild caribou animalbut even before this was native land, it was owl land, caribou land. maybe ‘cultural genocide’ isn’t strong enough. maybe we should use ‘biocide’. but we can give back the land, the seas, the sky even less to other animals let alone fellow humans, so what do we do? i’m not sure i can do anything. i’m not sure anyone can do anything. except recognize the worth of other lifeforms. (photo of owl by megan lorenz from the canadian wildlife federation–tx, sh; photo of caribou by jon nickles of the us fish and wildlife service)

Music

Colibri-thalassinus-001-editThe final two songs in Bruce Cockburn’s Rumours Of Glory are Beautiful Creatures (2004) and The Light Goes On Forever (1980). Beautiful Creatures is about the present devastation wrought by humans on nonhumans….

starlight-from-nasa…but The Light Goes On Forever is about our ultimate salvation and contains a rumour of glory.

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all around my hatThis week, lots of Span. Steeleye Span‘s biggest ‘hit’: All Around My Hat (1975).

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gaudeteEarlier, they had scored with Gaudeté (1972).

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wintersmith_by_fudgemallowLast year, they recorded Wintersmith (to promote Terry Pratchett’s last novel)…

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dance the dark morris…and the heavier Dance The Dark Morris.

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maddy prior in the 70s

Here is Maddy Prior, a singer with Steeleye Span and founding member, almost forty years ago.

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maddy prior recentlyPrior recently.

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silly sistersMaddy Prior also sings solo or with others. Here she is with June Tabor, Agincourt Carol.

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gutter geeseWith Ian Anderson, Gutter Geese.

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incantations part 2With Mike Oldfield, Incantations Part 2, The Song of Hiawatha (Live).
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the wyrd sistersNow for something else: The Wyrd Sisters, Warrior.

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The Best Of Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt (Gottlieb 07301) (tx, sh).

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Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield, Tubular Bells II on acoustic guitar.

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june taborJune Tabor, Scarecrow.

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hannah jamesHannah James and her trio, Morning Glory.

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hannah james cloggerAnother Hannah James. The last one, Australian, plays jazz; this one, British, plays folk: Battered Hake Polka/Jack’s Maggot, with Sam Sweeney. They used to be in Kerfuffle.

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cajon--Leon-Mobley-Dec-31-04By the way, a cajon (pronounced ca-HON) is a percussive box some drummers sit on and play. You might see one in your travels.

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Tuesday, 2015 June 30

Richard-Rohr_home-view-from-cacRohr writes, ‘You no longer need to divide the field of every moment between … for or against. It just is what it is. This inner calm allows you to confront what must be confronted with even greater clarity and incisiveness.’

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Aerial of Gulf Islands near Sidney British Columbia.

watched the water brothers (bottled water), a park for all seasons (gulf islands), and the agenda (jeffrey simpson on aboriginal issues).

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Wednesday, 2015 July 1

explorers-logocelebrated summer’s arrival at explorers. watched (first peoples: asia and australia).

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Thursday, 2015 July 2

cliff-southcombeCliff Southcombe of Social Enterprise Europe writes, ‘To balance the Global Citizen in me I have learnt to love and appreciate different local cultures…. But even in my village I champion the international, encourage local groups to work more with European partners, and argue against the racism of some of my neighbours.’

Friday, 2015 July 3

vanier-from-jean-vanier.orgVanier writes, ‘We should not be afraid of loving people and telling them that we love them. This is the greatest nourishment of all.’

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Scrabble-from-wcscrabble.

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Saturday, 2015 July 4

neil-young-album-cover_sq-a40d079ca853b482b8bdd8ec403ad12fd4357aad-s600-c85Tom Moon reviews Neil Young’s latest, The Monsanto Years, for NPR: ‘Whatever you think of Young’s politics or methods, give him this much: … he still sounds like a true believer—and an idealist. He’s reached the age where people often become resigned, but chooses, perhaps quixotically, to play the worried town crier.’ (tx, mi)

butterfly-by-kmcdsusan counted butterflies while i read the earth charter’s response to the new encyclical. km and ac dropped off pippin on their way to mariposa (spanish for ‘butterfly’–photo by kmcd).

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Sunday, 2015 July 5

jjc-picwe didn’t go to the jobs, justice, and the climate march cuz we found it ironic to drive two hours (or even car-pool or take the bus) to protest tar sands expansion. plus for me, disabled and with bladder issues, it’s extra-complicated. so susan gardened. then we had susan’s oldest and his family over for his birthday bbq. nevertheless, we were aware of it. now you are too, if you weren’t before.

Monday, 2015 July 6

peter singerAustralian moral philosopher Peter Singer (1946-07-06): ‘Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter, and the destruction of wilderness. We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics.’

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