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Saturday, April 25, 2020

April's closing week in Musical Cyberia. Edition for Apr 25 2020

This is no longer the most current edition. You'll want to go our MAY 1st EDITION for updated events.  Though the FEATURE STORIES and on-demand music in this edition are still new to you if ya haven't read and / or listened to 'em.


            Thanks to Little Fish Theatre for letting us know.  We, too, are proud to participate in the 
                                San Pedro Waterfront Arts District'PAY IT FORWARD CAMPAIGN. 


Just because we published two massive, information-packed editions already this week, that doesn't mean we get to take the weekend off. There's just too much going on that needs reporting!

So.... here we are, afresh and again (well, the material is fresh, but it's been a week of long hours, so we aren't exactly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed)... But herewith is a new edition with lots of content for this weekend. It's culled, cropped, harvested, collected, scavenged, and (when all else failed, as "plumb tarred" as we are) it's even originally reported and written-up from our own calls and notes. Eventually, voila! a rich and tasty stew with fresh-picked ingredients 
from hither and yon; all kindsa goodies from all sortsa places; and with a major nod to our friends at the Americana Music Association for their contributions, in partic'lar.

Dig in!

And, oh, by the way... there's bunches you can hear, watch, read, peruse, laugh at, and interactively do, in all of our recent editions.


Today is Saturday, April 25, 2020.

The world continues in quasi-quarantine (except for the maskless Trumpertarians trying to "liberate" the virus).

This poem soooo speaks to our time.
And April is National Poetry Month.

"A little Madness in the Spring"

by Emily Dickinson

A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown—

Who ponders this tremendous scene—
This whole Experiment of Green—
As if it were his own!

“A little Madness in the Spring...” by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). Public domain.


THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"The only thing better than singing is more singing."

~ Ella Fitzgerald
(1917-1996), America's First Lady of Song.

She was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.

We turn to Garrison Keillor, who wrote this today about her:

It's the birthday of the "First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. She loved to sing and dance as a child and when she was 16 she entered a contest at the Apollo Theater. She had a dance routine worked out and walked on stage wearing ragged clothes and men's boots, but she froze up. Later she said, "I got out there and I saw all the people and I just lost my nerve. And the man said, 'well, you're out here, do something!' So I tried to sing." She won the contest and soon became a celebrity across all of New York. She joined Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington as the only performers who could draw audiences at the Apollo from south of 125th Street.






◇  MUSIC VIDEOS done live







COVID-19 Music Industry Updates

Spotify for Artists has launched its new feature "Artist Fundraising Pick," which enables artists to highlight a fundraising destination on their Spotify profile via Cash App, GoFundMe or PayPal links. Read more

The National Independent Venue Association has written an open letter to Congress asking for "targeted legislative and regulatory assistance" to help this critically important facet of the music community survive during these financially trying times. Read more


In memoriam...

Two storied Southern California-based artists have left us, one claimed by COVID-19.


Tim Fleming playing pedal steel, at right,
on stage with Brad Colerick, at left. 
Brad Colerick writes:

Many of you met my good friend Tim Fleming and heard his sweet pedal steel at our shows over the past few years. I am devastated to report that Tim passed away early Tuesday morning. He was taken by ambulance late Sunday night and treated for symptoms of Covid-19. There may have also been a heart related event.

My heart is completely broken right now, and I'm sure those of you who got to know Tim a little will feel this loss as well. He was a true friend and an incredibly talented musician. It was always a blast traveling and playing shows with him.

The photo above taken at the Ojai Underground Exchange was from our final show together, although we played a few tunes together at Wine & Song in the weeks following. I did a
special Tim Fleming tribute podcast (Wine & Song episode 5) yesterday which can be streamed or downloaded at Please tune in and have a listen.

I'm continuing to do the "Dinner Party" concerts every Saturday at 5pm Pacific. Tickets can be purchased at I limit these to 12 Zoom windows so that there is plenty of opportunity for interaction between guests. Hope to see you at one of these events very soon.

Please be safe, be kind to each other, and keep Tim Fleming in your hearts. Love to all.

- Brad


Ian Whitcomb in 1990,
standing in front of a poster for
one of his Scott Joplin concerts. 
Beloved by Folk-Americana music fans and fellow musicians, Ian Whitcomb got there by walking-out on '60s pop-rock stardom to pursue his love of Ragtime, accordion, ukulele, and nineteen-teens and twenties music.

Ian Timothy Whitcomb (July 10, 1941–April 19, 2020) was born in England during the nightly Nazi aerial bombings. An English entertainer, singer-songwriter, record producer, writer, broadcaster and actor, he was the first member of the British Invasion, to come to America and want to stay to pursue Americana roots music. 

What he left to do so was formidable. His hit song "You Turn Me On" reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965.

Ian wrote several books on popular music, of various eras, beginning with After the Ball, published by Penguin Books (Britain) and Simon & Schuster (United States) in 1972. He accompanied his singing by playing the ukulele and, through his records, concerts, and film work, was a key artist in helping to stimulate the revival of interest in the instrument.

His re-creation of the music played aboard the RMS Titanic in the film of that name won a Grammy Award in 1998 -- alas, not for the superbly and authentically performed and recorded music, but for package design. He also received a nomination for the album's liner notes that he wrote. (That album is highly collectible: Titanic: Music as Heard on the Fateful Voyage).

He always made a dapper appearance when walking his pair of white English wolf hounds and dropping in the Coffee Gallery for a snack -- even when he wasn't scheduled to perform in its splendid Backstage. (Your editor fondly recalls being called upon for impromptu dog-sitting there once for him to "dash off" to a meeting.)

He never quite lost the style of the proper Englishman. Woe be to anyone who referred to one of his performances as "The show."

Ian thrilled his fans when he performed a full set with his IAN WHITCOMB BAND at the annual "Ticket to the Twenties" festival three years ago at the Homestead Museum in Southern California, in addition to briefly returning as a key member of JANET KLEIN AND HER PARLOR BOYS. He suffered several years of poor health after a stroke in 2012, and performances required him to prepare extraordinarily, marshall energy, and finish exhausted. 

His death was reported to be from complications of that 2012 stroke.

Both these artists are missed, and will continue to be for a long, long time. When gigs resume, we expect we'll do double-takes, certain we saw them in the shadows behind the curtains, tuned, smiling, and waiting their call to take the stage.


Somewhere out there... news from artists

Michaela Anne reports, "I lost my tour, my income and my friend to Coronavirus. I don't know what's next."  She penned a powerful piece on her world being turned upside down in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Jason Isbell says, "I had a bunch of tools and nothing to build. I'm really glad I have something to build now,” opening up about his sobriety journey, firing listeners up with his potent lyrics and, and talking why he intentionally chose the title "Reunions" for his latest record with the 400 UnitRead more

Lukas Nelson gave us insight into the making of "Naked Garden," including how leaving in bits of conversations during the recordings brings listeners into the studio and what he and his bandmates are planning after the pandemic passes. Read more

Amanda Shires says, “I was thinking about how much of what we do as singers is community-based ... I felt like I needed that ... " sharing how her "I So Lounging" quarantine music series helped her find a sense of togetherness with her fellow touring musicians and husband Jason Isbell, while also raising tens of thousands of dollars for her bandmates and MusicCares' COVID-19 Relief FundRead more

(our thanks to the Americana Music Association.)


Sayin' it in a song...

JEREMIE ALBINO pens an ode to adventurous freedom with "Klondike Man," a bluesy acoustic number topped with a harmonica solo. Listen here

JACKSON BROWNE raises awareness for plastic pollution with "Downhill from Everywhere," a slick roots-rock cut from his upcoming album (due out Oct 9). Listen here

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES remember those who were lost in a coal mining tragedy on "It's About Blood," another gritty chapter from "Ghosts of West Virginia" (due out May 22). Listen here

NATHANIEL RATELIFF assembles an all-star ensemble for "Willie's Birthday Song," a celebratory salute to WILLIE NELSON's upcoming 87th birthday and the next installment in "The Marigold Singles" project. Listen here

THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS' MIKE COOLEY and PATTERSON HOOD are the latest guests on the "Broken Record" podcast, discussing the political tones of their latest record, "The Unraveling," and treating listeners to some stripped-down performances. Listen here

TRE BURT dropped by NPR Music's "World Cafe" to talk about his debut on the late John Prine's Oh Boy Records, "Caught It From the Rye," and to perform highlights like "Real You" and "What Good." Listen here

RECKLESS KELLY are trying to escape heartbreak throughout "Lonesome On My Own," another selection with radiant pedal steel from their upcoming double albums, "American Jackpot" and "American Girls" (both due out May 22). Listen here

JOHN PAUL WHITE  teams-up with ROSANNE CASH for "We're All In This Together Now," a stirring benefit single for Music Health Alliance who are continuing to help the music community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen here

(our thanks to the Americana Music Association.)


Musical watchables

Good stuff, on-demand...

Eliot Bronson feat. Lori McKenna"Even This Is Going to Pass"

John Fogerty+ Family
NPR Music Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Abigail Lapell
"Down By the Water"

Logan Ledger
“(I'm Gonna Get Over This) Some Day"

Low Cut Connie
"Private Lives"

Rising Appalachia
"Stand Like an Oak"

Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen
"Rodeo Clown"

Jonathan Tyler
"Underground Forever"


Listen-in to New Releases, just out, April 18-24

Pete Bernhard
Harmony Ascension Divison

Chatham County Line 
Strange Fascination

The Coffis Brothers
In the Cuts

Jeff Crosby
Amazon | Spotify

Dead Winter Carpenters
Sinners 'n' Freaks

Roger Street Friedman 

The Lowest Pair
The Perfect Plan

Whitney Rose
We Still Go to Rodeos

Darrell Scott
Darrell Scott Sings the Blues of Hank Williams

Pam Tillis
Looking for a Feeling

Lucinda Williams
Good Souls Better Angels

Click for more new releases, across genres ...


The Guide has kept you informed about how musicians can get help. Now it's time to help others who help ALL OF US.

TO: Congress

Tell Congress: Essential workers deserve essential protections

Millions of essential workers across the country are rising to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic and, unfortunately, are having to put their lives at risk to care for our communities. Essential workers -- from health care professionals to farm workers, and grocery workers to bus drivers, deserve support on the same scale they are providing to all of us
Pass an essential workers bill of rights in the next federal relief package to provide needed protections, compensation, and safety nets to all essential workers.
Why is this important?
Essential workers are on the frontlines of this pandemic, and many are working in high-risk conditions without appropriate equipment, safety standards, or job protections. Workers who remain on the job without the ability to telework during this emergency include doctors, nurses, home care workers and other healthcare workers, grocery store and drug store employees, domestic workers, food service workers, federal, state, and municipal employees, janitorial staff, farm workers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, transportation workers, and child care workers. These workers put their health on the line when they go to work every day.
In New York City, 41 transit workers have died as of April 8, and reports of essential worker deaths are on the rise. (source) There are grocery workers who are denied sick leave and whose companies won’t provide masks or allow masks to be worn in stores. And health care workers including medical technicians, orderlies, EMTs, nurses, doctors, hospital employees are working long hours to save lives while their own families are on the edge of health and financial disaster.
The country has a moral responsibility to protect essential worker’s health, to create financial security for their loved ones, and to offer peace of mind during a time of heightened mortal and emotional stress.
This includes policies like healthcare, paid sick leave, and workplace health standards to protect against more workers getting sick. We need hazard pay and childcare to properly compensate the risk workers are taking to benefit us, and enable them to keep coming to work. And we need to hold corporations who don’t follow these guidelines accountable because lives are on the line.
Congress continues to debate more relief efforts as the coronavirus pandemic deepens the health and economic crisis hitting our nation. The next bill must meet the needs of people and our communities, with an essential worker bill of rights, and not provide more corporate bailout funds. Congress should ensure that any taxpayer dollars handed to corporations go to help workers, not wealthy CEOs, rich shareholders, or the President’s cronies.
Congress should pass an Essential Workers Bill of Rights, including:
1. Health and safety protections
2. Robust premium compensation
3. Protections for collective bargaining agreements
4. Truly universal paid sick leave and family and medical leave
5. Protections for whistleblowers
6. An end to worker misclassification
7. Health care security
8. Support for child care
9. Treat workers as experts
10. Hold corporations accountable for meeting their responsibilities

Reasons for signing

"Our ability to stay at home is literally built on the backs of essential workers. It is immoral to leave these workers unprotected."

"Essential workers need to be protected to do their job."

"you can't talk about 'getting American back to work' if you can't show that the millions of Americans who are already working can be protected."



Before you make Big Media or Big Pharma into heroes of the COVID crisis

by Larry Wines

Here at The Guide, we have explored with our readers why an ever-diminishing number of news sources erodes trust in the media. Today, just six giant, for-profit corporations control over 90% of the mass-information market, including the news media.

Those who have investigated this new phenomena -- and/or been insiders and gotten out of corporate media as a matter of conscience -- have had a tough time finding an audience for their revelations. Clearly, that's because Big Media enforces its hegemony to protect the profitability of the parent corporation and its interests and investments.

Look to Cenk Uygur, Amy Goodman, Thom Hartmann, the late Ed Schultz, Bill Maher, Chris Hedges, and Professors Richard Wolfe and Noam Chomsky, and socio-political satirist and media critic Lee Camp, who have all (lucidly) written plenty about it -- plenty that doesn't get them on book-tour segments on network morning shows or late shows or cable news.

Meanwhile, Big Oil, the Warconomy, Big Insurance, and Big Pharma buy what amounts to cheap cover in a protection racket of sponsorship of cable and network news. Hundreds of millions spent in advertising may influence viewers to a positive opinion, but that's almost irrelevant. The real benefit is avoiding media scrutiny and investigation.

Currently, Liberty Mutual, while distracting you with excruciatingly annoying "LiMu Emus" is profitably writing insurance policies for all the leaky tar-sands oil pipelines that deliver one of the most devastating generators of climate change. Without insurance, there are no more new pipeline projects to dangerously convey toxic goo through the watersheds of Native American lands -- where people from all over the world were portrayed as nutty malcontents when they joined Indians trying to keep the invasive, leaking pipelines out.

And look at the endless procession of commercials from Big Pharma. It's all ads for drugs nobody can afford, because millions must be recouped after advertising them (but only in the U.S. and New Zealand; EVERY other nation bans ads for prescription drugs). And the drugs themselves are so esoteric that the tiniest fraction of sick people could take them, anyway. What it is really about is avoiding news stories on the toxicity of what they make. And how it kills and debilitates some of those who take the stuff. And how doctors and hospitals are heavily bribed with expensive perqs to prescribe specific, heavily-advertised, high-profit drugs. And how the attendant horrors proliferate out of control. Like those undergone by animals used in testing. And by human populations in India and Pakistan where the stuff is made without inadequate regulations to protect the locals from toxic exposures.

While EVERY expert in epidemiology and vaccines tells anyone who will listen that a COVID-19 vaccine is probably a minimum of 18 months away, nobody is on-air on Big Pharma-sponsored Big Media, asking an existential question: whether the hypothetical vaccine will turn out to be proprietary to one drug maker, and what exorbitant extortion that giddy corporate-profit-taking maker will expect. Because dammit, it will be the next phase, and really the end-game in a life-or-death scenario: those rich enough can live, and those too poor will go untreated, left to the Russian roulette of contagion.

With that in mind, and Earth Day just past, we will invoke one of the Basic Laws of the Environment, put forth by the late Garret Hardin in the 1970s, and this one originally based on an observation by John Muir. It is simply this: "Everything is connected to everything else."

Accordingly, we offer the foregoing analysis and perspective to introduce a scathingly insightful (even "inciteful") piece from FAIR - Fairness and Acuracy in Reporting. It's an important and enlightening read, and it's next.


Depending on where you are on the political spectrum, you almost assuredly ask, "How can ANYBODY believe FOX?!" Or, "How can ANYBODY believe MSNBC?!" The real question should be aimed at ALL of corporate media and the elitist and protectionist agenda that determines what we see.


Corporate Media Deny Their Own Existence, Despite Driving Biden's Primary Victory

Election Focus 2020If someone were to tell you that major and influential business sectors like the fossil fuel and health insurance industries simply don’t exist, or imply that major corporations like ExxonMobil and Cigna don’t try to manipulate public opinion and advance a political agenda in order to protect and maximize their profits, you might find it hard to contain your laughter.

But looking at corporate media’s coverage of corporate media, one gets the sense that anyone who dares to suggest that media corporations like Comcast-owned MSNBCAT&T-owned CNN or News Corp–owned Fox News have their own commercial interests—which incentivize them to push pro-corporate politics—are kooky “conspiracy theorists.”

That’s really strange. After all, there are plenty of reports from corporate media discussing how major oil and health insurance companies spend fortunes to propagandize Americans into believing that a single-payer healthcare system would be disastrous, or that the climate crisis really isn’t that serious, despite all evidence to the contrary (FAIR.org1/24/201/31/20). There are whistleblowers like former Cigna PR executive Wendell Potter who revealed how he, along with other paid corporate propagandists, cultivated “contacts and relationships among journalists and other media gatekeepers,” and learned from the tobacco industry’s “groundbreaking work in stealth PR” in order to develop talking points and advance a political agenda to protect industry profits.

So why exactly should we trust for-profit media outlets to be impartial and have their news coverage untainted by their own business interests?

Throughout the 2020 election cycle, FAIR (7/17/198/21/191/30/20, 4/7/20) has documented how corporate media have been trying to play kingmaker by aggressively pushing centrist and right-wing Democratic presidential candidates like Joe Biden onto the electorate, while assailing progressives like Bernie Sanders as “unelectable.” Now that Sanders has dropped out of the race, it’s worth examining the role propagandistic and hostile media coverage played throughout the primary in determining the outcome.

Common Dreams: Socialists for Biden and the Power of Corporate Media
Jeff Cohen (Common Dreams3/16/20): "The media barrage on electability has proved...persuasive to many Democrats—apparently convincing them that Biden can defeat Donald Trump while Sanders is a huge risk."
Analyzing the paradoxical phenomenon of the sizable “Socialists for Biden” voting bloc, FAIR’s founder Jeff Cohen (Common Dreams3/16/20) noted that although continuous exit polls confirm that most voters agree with Sanders ideologically, many nevertheless voted for Biden, because they perceived him to be a more “electable” candidate against Donald Trump.

Although several people have debunked the myth of “low” youth voter turnout in this election cycle (FAIR.org2/26/20Films for Action3/5/20Atlantic3/17/20), it’s true that older voters turned out in massive numbers to support Biden. On Twitter (3/14/20), journalist Malaika Jabali attributed the “generational divide” in voting behavior to an “information divide,” and argued that many older voters don’t suffer from a lack of information, so much as too much information from different sources compared to younger voters.

That influential media outlets like CNNMSNBCNPR, the New York Times and Washington Post continue to exercise a formidable class-control function on behalf of their owners and advertisers seems to be borne out by data confirming Jabali’s analysis.

Pew Research (12/10/18) found that although social media has become a more popular source for news,  television still retains supremacy, with 49% of US adults receiving news most often from TV. Whereas young adults aged 18 to 29 receive 36% of their news from social media and 16% from TV, older voters aged 50–64 receive 65% of their news from TV and only 14% from social media, and voters older than 65 receive a whopping 81% of their news from TV and a mere 8% from social media.

Pew: Television dominates as news source for older Americans
The age groups that got much of their news from television and print newspapers and little from social media were the best groups for Biden—and the worst groups for Sanders (Pew, 12/10/18).
Pew (9/26/19) also documented a striking partisan divide on Americans' trust in the media, with 69% of Democrats having a “great” or “fair” amount of trust in the media, compared to only 15% of Republicans.
Other media studies of cable news like CNN and MSNBC confirmed their pivotal role as an anti-Sanders attack machine (FAIR.org1/30/20). According to the Norman Lear Center (5/19), self-identified liberals watch MSNBC at three times the rate of moderates and ten times the rate of conservative viewers. Branko Marcetic (In These Times11/13/19) documented that MSNBC’s August–September 2019 coverage of the Democratic primary not only emphasized electability over policy issues, but also talked about Biden three times as often as Sanders, who had fewer negative mentions (11%) compared to Sanders (21%). Another survey by In These Times (3/9/20) of CNN’s coverage of the 24 hours after Sanders and Biden’s massive wins in Nevada and South Carolina found that Sanders received three times more negative coverage than Biden, despite winning by similar margins.

Given Sanders’ massive advantages over Biden when it came to campaign staff and volunteers, organizational and online presence, ad buys as well as money in Super Tuesday states, it’s clear that the media blitz following Biden’s South Carolina win played a decisive role in propelling him to victory in states he didn’t even campaign in (New York Times2/26/20). 

Yet, in what is truly a collective galaxy-brain level take, corporate media appeared to deny their own existence and how the profit motive compromised their coverage throughout the primary.

WaPo: Bernie Sanders says the ‘corporate media’ wants you to think he’s done. Oh yeah?
Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple (10/24/19) puts scare quotes around "corporate media"—like they're a figment of Bernie Sanders' imagination.
Whenever corporate media discuss themselves, they frequently use scare quotes around the term “corporate media” (e.g., Washington Post10/24/19Politico8/13/19), as if the term is referring to a nonexistent entity or a figment of their audience’s imagination. This is in stark contrast to their alarmist attitude towards foreign state media outlets like RT and Xinhua, which are frequently referred to as “propaganda” and “state media”—no quotation marks required (New York Times3/8/172/18/20).

Yet when they weren’t suggesting they were imaginary, corporate media were also fully capable on occasion of discussing their enormous impact on the race. Vanity Fair’s “Joe Biden, Revenant, Was an Irresistible Media Story—and It Helped Win Him Super Tuesday” (3/5/20) described how Biden campaign aides were gloating to CNN about riding their “earned-media tsunami” to victory in Super Tuesday—referring to coverage that wasn’t paid for following Biden’s South Carolina win—and estimated to be worth at least $72 million during those crucial days.

Despite noting that Sanders actually had more free coverage ($156 million) during this time period from the same “‘corporate media’” which had “written him off” earlier, Vanity Fair argued that media narratives trump any other factor (including money), with Sanders’ narrative being largely negative in contrast to Biden’s:
In recent days Biden has basked in mostly positive coverage, with TV pundits citing his South Carolina victory in arriving at a consensus narrative: Biden, despite poor showings in all of the early-primary states, is the comeback candidate peaking at the perfect moment.... Following Biden’s Saturday blowout, the media narrative shifted from Sanders being the momentum candidate to questions about whether his campaign was constrained by a ceiling due to his poor South Carolina performance, particularly with black voters, the most consistent Democratic voting bloc.
Corporate media frequently noted how Sanders has been their most frequent critic when he was on the campaign trail, and even when they grudgingly admitted its validity at times, they treated Sanders’ media criticism as an ideological perspective on the media, rather an uncontroversial description. Politico (8/13/19) wrote that “Sanders has long accused the ‘corporate media’ of putting the interests of the elite above those of the majority of Americans.” Vanity Fair (2/18/20) wrote: “Sanders has long contended that the agenda of ‘corporate media’ doesn’t necessarily reflect the people’s needs, and his 2020 campaign has doubled as a rolling media criticism shop.”

The New York Times (3/5/20) also gaslit readers by attributing critique of the “‘corporate media,’” and MSNBC’s hosts for pushing an “‘establishment’” perspective, merely to Sanders and the “activist left,” as if their critique were only a sectarian complaint.

The Washington Post’s media critic Erik Wemple (10/24/19) mocked Sanders’ critique of the “‘corporate media,’” implying that Sanders hasn’t “done enough research” to “tease out tendencies,” despite writing that “attacking the ‘corporate media’ is good politics for Sanders, and his critiques sometimes land with heft and reason.” Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan (2/12/20) glancingly acknowledged media hostility towards Sanders when she observed that Sanders kept dissing “what he calls the corporate media,” and that his “ardent followers bond with him and with one another by despising the mainstream media, often enough with good reason”—yet she failed to explain this hostility in structural terms regarding media ownership and commercial interests. In the Post’s “Bernie Sanders’s Bogus Media Beef,” Aaron Blake (8/14/19) cited executive editor Marty Baron dismissing Sanders’ claims as a “conspiracy theory,” while the Post’s Paul Waldman (8/14/19) dismissed Sanders’ media criticism as “something in common with pretty much every candidate,” and breathtakingly asserted that “ideological bias is usually the least important.”

Waldman’s assessment isn’t shared by FAIR (Extra!10/89), or by Politico’s founding editor John Harris (11/7/19), who admitted that “the pervasive force shaping coverage of Washington and elections is what might be thought of as centrist bias, flowing from reporters and sources alike.”

CNN: Bernie Sanders should know better than this ridiculous attack on The Washington Post
Sanders' "ridiculous" claim, according to Chris Cillizza (CNN8/13/19), is that the owner of a media outlet has an impact on its viewpoint.
Another approach to dismissing structural media criticism has been to portray Sanders and Trump’s media criticisms as equally wacky conspiracy theories (FAIR.org1/24/20). CNN’s Chris Cillizza (8/13/19) asserted that Sanders’ critique of the Jeff Bezos–owned Washington Post’s coverage is “absolutely no different than what Trump does.” Politico’s John Harris (2/13/20) bemoaned the “dilution of mainstream media’s institutional power” and pined for the days where editors at “major news institutions possessed enormous power” to “summon sustained national attention on subjects they deemed important” with their story selection and framing, while denouncing Sanders for following the “Trump precedent” in “taking flight from public accountability.”

When corporate media didn’t dismiss their bias against him, they sunnily described how Sanders didn’t seem to need fairer coverage from corporate media—and cable news in particular—because nonprofit media outlets, with considerably less resources and reach, are increasingly picking up the slack. Citing the “formidable” influence of “alternative media,” the Los Angeles Times (12/12/19) argued that “coverage in what Sanders likes to disparage as the ‘corporate media’ may matter less to him than to any of his rivals because of the benefit he derives from a surging alternative media ecosystem.” The New Republic (2/12/202/28/20) acknowledged MSNBC’s hostile posture towards Sanders, yet also failed to explain that bias in terms of corporate interests, while arguing that Sanders’ campaign strategy of relying on an alternative media infrastructure to run “against the ‘corporate media’” and “withstand attacks from mainstream networks” has “worked wonders.”

Strikingly, in all these reports, corporate media either misrepresented Sanders’ proposed solutions to corporate media bias or omitted them altogether. Vermont journalist Paul Heintz (Washington Post2/26/19), for example, chided Sanders for not understanding what a “free press” does, and claimed that Sanders’ remedy for corporate media is merely “uncritical, stenographic coverage of his agenda.”

CJR: Bernie Sanders on his plan for journalism
Bernie Sanders (CJR8/26/19): "One reason we do not have enough real journalism in America right now is because many outlets are being gutted by the same forces of greed that are pillaging our economy."
In fact, Sanders’ op-ed in the Columbia Journalism Review (8/26/19) echoed many of FAIR’s criticisms of corporate media and proposed solutions:
Today, after decades of consolidation and deregulation, just a small handful of companies control almost everything you watch, read and download. Given that reality, we should not want even more of the free press to be put under the control of a handful of corporations and “benevolent” billionaires who can use their media empires to punish their critics and shield themselves from scrutiny.... 
In my administration, we are going to institute an immediate moratorium on approving mergers of major media corporations until we can better understand the true effect these transactions have on our democracy.... We must also explore new ways to empower media organizations to collectively bargain with these tech monopolies, and we should consider taxing targeted ads and using the revenue to fund nonprofit civic-minded media.
Setting aside the interlocking commercial interests mass media corporations share with other industries and advertisers funding their coverage (FAIR.org8/1/17), just as one can expect the healthcare and fossil fuel industries to launch propaganda campaigns to protect their profits (Intercept11/20/18Guardian10/23/19), one can reliably predict these same media corporations to oppose any political agenda that harms their own profitability. Given Sanders’ opposition to future mergers and corporate consolidation of mass media giants, proposals to wield antitrust legislation against Google and Facebook, and levying new taxes to fund nonprofit media outlets, is it any surprise that for-profit news sources opposed his candidacy? (Politico8/28/19)

Perhaps future media criticism might sound less “conspiratorial” if we simply referred to outlets like MSNBC as “Comcast,” CNN as “AT&T” and the Washington Post as “Jeff Bezos” instead. When one understands corporate media as an industry in themselves, decisions to have a centrist bias to maximize profits by appealing to liberals and conservatives alike, or creating “information silos” to sell the news as a commodity to target demographics, make a lot more sense. And when we understand the news industry as a top-down institution, beholden to stockholders like all other corporations, we can stop blaming journalists for bad coverage, and start blaming executives like Les Moonves and Tony Maddox for doing things like gifting billions of dollars in free coverage for Trump (FAIR.org3/31/204/13/20).

Then maybe claiming that corporate media outlets like MSNBC and CNN are hostile to left-wing political agendas will be considered just as obvious as saying that ExxonMobil and Cigna are opposed to climate action and universal healthcare.

Featured image [first one in the story]: New York Times (2/26/20) depiction of Joe Biden addressing reporters (photo: Brittainy Newman).

The foregoing is republished in full. Click to view the article on FAIR's website


CYBER-LIVE, music and events direct to your glowing screen

Chronologically by day and start time, following...


This weekend -- part of 
EIGHT DAYS OF JAZZ FEST -- a major FESTIVAL in virtual form, as an "all-time best" re-creation...
Apr 23-26 and Apr 30-May 3:
9 am-5 pm Pacific -- 
 a radio version of this year's cancelled
  "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival."
*  The broadcast streams daily, the same hours as it would have from the actual festival site.
*  TUNE-IN at:
*  In addition to the Jazz Fest broadcast, WWOZ will also air the rare “Fire Benefit” performance that took place in 1974 and features Professor Longhair, the Wild Magnolias, and Dr. John. Interviews and audio highlights will be included as part of the broadcast to maintain the feeling of the festival. 
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Sat & Sun, Apr 25 & 26, CYBER FESTIVAL
Grand Park’s "Our L.A. Voices – a Spring Pop-up Arts+Culture Fest"
Grand Park’s annual weekend-long spring arts experience is going virtual.
Grand Park's Our L.A. Voices
Grand Park's Our L.A. Voices takes place online this weekend, April 25-26, 2020.
Follow Grand Park on Instagram and Facebook or keep track with the link below for a weekend full of 
music, photography, film, a cooking demonstration, poetry/spoken word, workshops and visual art by L.A. artists.


Cyber events running all-weekend-long are above... Saturday-only events are in this section...

Sat, April 25th performances


Sat, Apr 25:
performs as "Pickathon Presents A Concert A Day"
*  WATCH at:


Sat, Apr 25:
9 am Pacific -- 

The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" on YouTube as a Sing-A-Long

Yellow Submarine
The Beatles will release their animated film “Yellow Submarine” worldwide as a live Sing-A-Long, exclusively on YouTube as a one-time-only event on Saturday, April 25th at 9 am PST. This Sing-A-Long version includes song lyrics at the bottom of the screen for you to belt out your favorite tunes. 
*  Tune-in: 


Sat, Apr 25:
10 am-1 pm Pacific -- 

Citizens' Climate Lobby celebrates a Virtual Earth Day with a talk by climate scientist Katherine Heyhoe, followed by actions you can take to help deal with climate change, including your choice of FOUR breakout sessions. This is a Zoom meeting.  If you haven't done a Zoom session yet, here's a great chance to try it out with something that matters. Click here ahead of time to register and see what it's about.  


Sat, Apr 25, FESTIVAL:
10 am-noon Pacific -- 

An Artists Uprising
1-3 pm Eastern Time
Streaming on YouTube Live

Join BETTY & friends Nona HendryxGloria Steinem, The B-52’s Kate Pierson & Monica NationV (formerly Eve Ensler)John FugelsangMartha RedboneEmily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, Tuck & Patti, Skip The NeedleDan Zanes, Sweet Honey in the Rock and more.
THIS MOMENT RALLY will share actions and ideas we can do together for a healthy, inclusive new American Dream.


Sat, Apr 25:
11 am-4 pm Pacific --
J.P. HARRIS, DAVID SICKMEN (Hackensaw Boys), JAKE La BOTZ, JOE TROOP (Che Apalache), ALLISON de GROOT, & WESTERN CENTURIES, are all in the lineup of the "FREE DIRT RECORDS REVUE"

*  WATCH at:

Sat, Apr 25:
12:30 pm Pacific --
plays "Chapter 3, The Alibi"
*  WATCH at:

1:30 pm-the rest of the day, Pacific -- 

"THE UNIVERSE IN VERSE" — an annual celebration of science through poetry, art, and live music, hosted by Maria Popova with astrophysicist Janna Levin — is ordinarily a ticketed charitable event, with all proceeds benefiting a chosen ecological or scientific-humanistic nonprofit each year. 


*  This unique year, it's a livestream offered for free. But producers and participating artists want you to know that "making the show exist, and beaming it to you, had significant costs, paid out of (shallow, personal, non-profit) pocket."

TUNE-IN at Brain Pickings, at:

*  NOTE: For various artistic, legal, and technical reasons, the livestream will not be available in its entirety for later viewing — just as a physical gathering only exists for as long as we are gathered — but individual readings will be released incrementally on Brain Pickings. (Sign up for the newsletter to ensure you don’t miss them.) 


Sat, Apr 25, BENEFIT:
2 pm-6 pm Pacific -- 
"All Together Now Telethon" live on several websites from Los Angeles, CA, is an online concert event helping the City of Los Angeles during the coronavirus pandemic. "The concert is set to be a major and significant relief effort addressing the needs of all Angelenos as we collectively navigate these unprecedented and challenging times," says L.A. City Councilmember John Lee. The City, in partnership with Rock Cellar Productions and the Get Together Foundation, will present ALL TOGETHER NOW!

"All Together Now!" goes out free through "Alert the Globe" (, and other streaming services. 

The online concert features an array of talented singers, songwriters, musicians, actors, authors, comedians, and celebrities of all sorts “coming together” to perform and send positive messages to the City of Angels and the world.

The growing list of artists participating in this event include 
Jeff Bridges, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Rick Springfield, Mindi Abair, Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), Melissa Manchester, Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship), Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Ellis Hall, Tim Allen, Bobcat Goldthwait, Mike Love (The Beach Boys), Lisa Loeb, Steve Lukather (Toto), Vonda Shepard, Peter Beckett (Player), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Alan Parsons Live Project, and Jesse Colin Young and dozens more. The list continues to grow and producers just added Sheila E this week.

Even the support team will make you say wow: Waddy Wachtel (Stevie Nicks), Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen), Gregg Bissonette (Ringo's & everyone else's drummer) Bunny Brunel (Herbie Hancock), Jeff Chonis (Ringo Starr), Rob Shanahan (Ringo Star, Paul McCartney), Kaylene Peoples (, Lisa Roy (Grammy Awards), and recording engineer extraordinaire Csaba Petocz, are just a few on the team with Alert The Globe and the eSoundLink Company.

☆ 100% of the proceeds go to the City of Los Angeles COVID 19 Fund and the links to donate will apoear during the show. 

Feel free to copy and share this write-up -- globally -- as you see fit and remember to tune in.


Sat, Apr 25:
4 pm Pacific -- 
P3 Theatre Company brings A (Quarantined) Lady, A One-Man (Virtual) Cabaret
Starring P3 Theatre Company Executive Director and Founder, Jon Peterson.
"Have you ever noticed that all the best show-stopping numbers are sung by the show’s leading ladies? In this cabaret extravaganza, Jon Peterson explores these smashing tunes through the eyes of a (quarantined) man. Move over, Patti. Have a seat, Bernadette. Pipe down, Ethel. This theatre is no lady!"
*  TIX to watch on your screen, $20, here


Tough choices for 5 pm...

Sat, Apr 25:
5 pm Pacific --
’s Quarantine Concert #4"
*  WATCH at:

Sat, Apr 25:
5 pm Pacific -- 

Loudon Wainright IIIlongtime extraordinary songwriter and singer, does a live show, titled “Songs I Wish I’d Written” performing for the "Folk Music Society" in Berkeley, CA at the world famous Freight and Salvage, and you can watch it here

*  Loudon will be singing songs by Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Jesse Winchester, Merle Haggard, Tom Lehrer, Hank Williams, and maybe more, hopefully finding an excuse to slip-in one of his own. 

*  Scroll down that same page just a bit and you can hear other "virus era" shows from the past month, including one that features more "graduates of both the Berkeley and the Pasadena Folk Music Societys," Laurie Lewis, and Peter Rowan, plus an Alice Gerrard interview, and more.


Sat, Apr 25, benefit:
5 pm Pacific -- 
You're Still Farming & We're Still Singing virtual concert
Performers Announced for Virtual Benefit Concert Saturday, April 25th.

Free, Donation-Based Virtual Concert Benefits Texas FFA Foundation
FORT WORTH, Texas – Billy Bob’s Texas and Cavender’s have partnered together to present “You’re Still Farming & We’re Still Singing” – a free, donation-only virtual concert benefitting the Texas FFA Foundation – on Saturday, April 25 at 7 PM Central.

Performances by
Aaron Watson - Casey Donahew - Cleto Cordero - Cody Johnson - Jack Ingram - Josh Abbott - Kevin Fowler - Koe Wetzel - Mike Ryan - Neal McCoy – Parker McCollum - Pat Green - Randy Rogers - Tracy Byrd - Wade Bowen - William Clark Green
Streaming on Billy Bob’s Texas Facebook Page

The virtual benefit concert will be the second for Billy Bob’s Texas. The club celebrated 39 years on April 1, but instead of a concert at the 100,000 square foot honky tonk, the concert was streamed online in order to uphold the Tarrant County stay-at-home declaration intended to limit the spread of COVD-19.

"This opportunity to continue to involve our yearlong Billy Bob's Partners in a virtual concert for an organization that is benefitting kids in this western and agricultural industry is wonderful. It is such a creative way for this tight-knit group to all stay connected and supportive as a community during this time apart," said Katherine Kolstad Laramore, Corporate Partnerships at Billy Bob's Texas.

“The agriculture industry is as important as ever as it continues to fuel and feed America. The FFA is shaping the leaders of tomorrow and we at Cavender’s have pledged to lift them up. We have a 55-year history of supporting the communities where we have stores and this is a unique opportunity to support the future leaders of the great state of Texas,” said Jennifer Green, Public Relations and Special Events at Cavender’s. "We are very excited to be part of this event. We love to support Texas country music and the FFA. There really couldn't be a better combination for Cavender's," said Clay Cavender.

The concert is free to enjoy, but donations will be accepted to help provide scholarships and leadership development opportunities for students and agricultural science teachers.

“Texas is blessed with three vital and renewable resources: youth, agriculture, and leadership,” said Aaron Alejandro, Executive Director, Texas FFA Foundation. “Our program empowers the dreams of our members today, ensuring they are dynamic influencers in the future. Together we will help our students be resilient today, so they will be stronger leaders tomorrow. Your support is helping make Texas a better place to live, work, and raise our families.”

The Texas FFA Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Charitable Contributions to the Texas FFA Foundation are deductible for federal tax purposes.

About Billy Bob's Texas:
Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Billy Bob’s Texas opened in 1981 and has since become known worldwide as The World’s Largest Honkytonk. This iconic entertainment venue hosts over ½ million guests and 300 live music events annually. Boasting over 100,000 square feet, with a capacity of 6000 fun-loving folks, Billy Bob’s contains a restaurant, private event spaces, and even real bull riding inside the Texas-sized venue.

Sat, Apr 25:
6 pm Pacific --
presents "An Evening of Songs Performed at Home,"
featuring special performances by Eric and Colin Jacobsen
*  WATCH at:

Sat, Apr 25:
8 pm Pacific -- 

Red Hen Press Poetry Hour

Sat, APR 25 at 8 PM (PT)

Find us on Facebook* or visit to tune in live 
Lift your spirits with another enlightening evening of poetry and discussion, moderated by award-winning writer Sandra Tsing Loh. This week, enjoy live readings from poets Ellen BassDexter L. Booth and sam sax, plus a lively combination of poetry and music from Keith Flynn.

*To view the livestream via The Broad Stage Facebook page, scroll down to “Posts” to see the live video. If you do not see it, refresh and try again. Message us on Facebook if you have trouble finding it so we can help.


Sunday, April 26


THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"The possession of arbitrary power has always, the world over, tended irresistibly to destroy humane sensibility, magnanimity, and truth."

~ Frederick Law Olmsted
(born April 26, 1822, died 1903). The father of American landscape architecture, he may have more to do with the way America looks than anyone else. Beginning in 1857 with the design of Central Park in New York City, he created designs for thousands of landscapes, including many of the world's most important parks.

Remembering a birthday, today, April 26th

We turn to Garrison Keillor, who had this to say about our honoree:
Today is the birthday of the man who once wrote, “I feel I am strange to all but the birds of America”: ornithologist and artist John James Audubon (books by this author), born in Les Cayes in what is now Haiti (1785). Audubon grew up in France, and when he was 18 years old, his father managed to get him a false passport to escape the Napoleonic Wars, and he headed to America. Fascinated by all the new American birds he saw, he began to study them more closely. He found some Eastern Phoebes nesting in a cave. He had read that they returned to the same spot to nest every year, and he wanted to test that idea. For days, he sat in the cave with them and read a book, until they were used to him and let him approach. He tied string to their legs to identify them, and sure enough, the next year the same birds were back in the cave. It is the first known incident of banding birds.
Audubon fell in love with a woman named Lucy Bakewell. Her father objected to Audubon’s lack of career goals and insisted that he find a solid trade before marriage. So, he opened a general store in Kentucky on the Ohio River, and soon after, John and Lucy were married. Audubon was a terrible business owner, and eventually he realized that his best chance for success lay in his birds after all. Lucy took on the main breadwinner duties by teaching children in their home, while her husband traveled all over the continent collecting specimens for his masterpiece, Birds of America (1838). The book was two feet wide and three feet tall, with 435 life-sized hand-colored plates of birds. It was extraordinarily expensive to print, and was financed by advance orders as well as commissioned paintings, exhibitions, and any furs that Audubon was able to trap and sell on his excursions. But it was a success. One reviewer wrote: “All anxieties and fears which overshadowed his work in its beginning had passed away. The prophecies of kind but overprudent friends, who did not understand his self-sustaining energy, had proved untrue; the malicious hope of his enemies, for even the gentle lover of nature has enemies, had been disappointed; he had secured a commanding place in the respect and gratitude of men.”

Sun, April 26th performances

Cyber events running all-weekend-long are two sections above... Sunday-only events are in this section...


Sun, Apr 26:
performs on "Pickathon Presents A Concert A Day"
*  WATCH at:


Sun, Apr 26:
Three online events, same musical duo
10:30 am; 1 pm; 4 pm, all Pacific --
* 10:30 am PACIFIC
Join us for the virtual service at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation. "Join Rev. Linda and Emma’s Revolution for a Sunday of singing and dancing spirits. Music can give voice to feelings that are hard to express otherwise. Let’s join together (virtually, of course) to reflect, sing, laugh, and dance."
Attend via Zoom or phone (dial 253-215-8782).
* 1 pm PACIFIC:  This week of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, they'll feature "Bound for Freedom" for their Sunday "Learn An Emma's Revolution", with a verse shouting out Greta Thunberg, Tokata Iron Eyes, and all youth climate activists. "Thanks to Ben Kramarz, who we met through Pete & Toshi Seeger's environmental project, the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, for requesting the new verse in connection with teaching the song in his music class."  Join in on Zoom or watch on their Facebook page. "We'll post the session video to our YouTube channel, afterwards, too," they add. The Zoom invite is below and no reservations are required. Lyrics (and lyrics with chord) will be available for you to download, here, shortly.
*  4-5:30 pm Pacific --
"We are honored to be participating in A Call to Worship to #FreeThemAllOrganizer Lucy Duncan writes: 'We are coming together for our brothers, sisters, and kin behind walls in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. This interfaith worship welcomes all our voices in chorus with the words of invited speakers, calling out to all those in prisons, jails and detention centers. Let our spirits reach them, our unity protect them, and our work liberate them.' 
* With Rev. Winnie Varghese, priest on the Strategic Clergy team at Trinity Church Wall Street, blogger for Patheos; author of Church Meets World; and editor of What We Shall Become.
Rabbi Brant Rosen, congregational rabbi for Tzedek Chicago, an anti-Zionist temple
Rev. Petero Sabune, Africa Partnership Officer for the Episcopal Church and pastor and former chaplain at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
Chaplin Rev. Edward Muller, founder of the Exodus Group in the 1970s, which offers opportunities for study and discussion to those serving lengthy sentences
Siwatu Salama-Ra, environmental and racial justice organizer from Detroit who was wrongfully incarcerated for self-defense when she was in her third trimester of pregnancy
Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson, Unitarian Universalist Minister
Steve Tamari, Palestinian Quaker
Music by Emma’s Revolution and Elena La Fulana
*  Zoom info: 

Meeting ID: 727 437 517
Password: 877185

Sun, Apr 26:
12:30 pm Pacific  --
MARINA V does the Sunday edition of her three-shows-a-week cyber series.

She tells us, "Tune in even for a moment, say hi and I'll give you a virtual hug :)"

Sundays at 12:30 pm US Pacific (8:30pm GMT+1)
Tuesdays at 7 pm US Pacific (Weds GMT+11 at 1pm)
Thursdays at 8:30 pm US Pacific (Fridays GMT+11 at 2:30pm)

(Request a song at link/requestMVsong)

"These shows have been a HUGE steadying and uplifting force in my life (and a reason to dress up and put a little bit of makeup since the birth of Baby V last May) :) Definitely even more so these days."

"Would love to see you.
and.... the new album IN V MINOR is now streaming everywhere!"

It's also available for free (with donation optional) at
~ Marina :) (and Nick, and Baby V)


Sun, Apr 26:
2 pm-2:45 pm Pacific -- 

Ken O'Malley Irish Music presents



Ken will present another live performance from his home on Sunday, April 26 starting 
at 2:PM PDT
(5:PM EDT and 10PM Ireland and UK)
He will be singing and playing Irish favorites including more songs and stories of Irish emigration.
Everyone is invited and the direct link is 

The show will last approximately 45 minutes (or a little more) and is free of charge. 

For those who would be interested in contributing to a virtual tip jar, you can use Venmo: @kenomalley (4 digit code 1062) or PayPal: 


Sun, Apr 26:
2 pm Pacific --  (5 pm EDT, 9 pm GMT)
return for another fun livestream concert on Youtube
*  The co-leaders of the award-winning band HARD RAIN and performing hosts of the annual "DYLANFEST" always delight and excite.
*  A portion of the proceeds from their cyber shows go to the Midnight Mission. Renee reports, "We’ve raised over $1500 for them so far with your help."
*  TIP them by sending funds to PayPal ( or Venmo, ( 

You can also donate at:
Catch-up on their livestream shows you may have missed -- here are the links:
  •  Wed, Apr 22:
  •  Sun, Apr 19:
  •  Wed, Apr 15:
*  Brand new interview with Andy & Renee on "San Pedro: The Podcast," with Interviewer Mike Stark:
*  Check out the duo's own "Talkin' Bob Dylan" Podcasts. There are 21 Episodes with music and interesting discussion, all available at:


Sun, Apr 26:
5 pm Pacific --
presents "Music From The Mountains"
*  WATCH at:


Sundays, every week, on TV:
8 pm-9 pm Pacific --
repeat of the previous night's live performance from the Opry stage in Nashville, performed without an audience for broadcast, via the "Circle TV" event network. Broadcast in L.A. on KDOC.


Tuesday, April 28 

The Blue Angels will fly over NYC at noon to salute health care workers, first responders and other essential workers.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"People don't alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it."

~ Terry Pratchett,
novelist (born April 28, 1948, died 2015)

Lockdown Lexicon

Inscrutababble: the chief characteristic of what the Covidiot-in-Chief says.

As for the convening of Covidiots, maskless beneath MAGA hats, demanding "liberation" of their libidos from sensible safety protocols? They constitute a Covfefe. (That word has needed a definition since the Orange Imbecile foisted it in a twitstorm.)

These were co-developed with Dale Wyant, whose "Dale-isms" have been legendary since cassette-tape antiquity.

Send your additions and we'll publish a catalogue.

Today is "Workers Memorial Day"

Every year in America on April 28th, "Workers Memorial Day" brings us together to remember the ultimate sacrifices working people make to achieve the American dream. Every single one of the working people who die every day from injury or occupational disease is a constant reminder of the dangers we face at the workplace.

This year, the theme is support for all those who must work through the dangers of the pandemic to allow the rest of us to stay safe at home.

Putting food on the table or earning a paycheck should never cost anyone their life.

But worker safety is not a priority for this administration. These past three and a half years, we have seen how this administration suspended important rules and reduced funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, says, "Workers Memorial Day is personal for us. Too many of us know someone who sacrificed everything on the job. My father and grandfather both died from black lung disease. They spent their careers working in the same mine I did. It was dangerous, but they were driven by the idea of providing a better life for their family."
"And during this pandemic, working people are dying of preventable deaths. From nurses and doctors to transportation and grocery workers, we have seen how this virus is taking the lives of hardworking people," he continues. "But the administration is prioritizing corporate giveaways, instead of protecting these critical workers who are out there to ensure that our country continues to move forward."

"This Workers Memorial Day, we remember those who sacrificed their lives doing the job they loved. In the midst of this global pandemic, we are being seen," says Trumka.

He concludes, "But appreciation is nothing without action. Until every worker is guaranteed the protection we need and the peace of mind we deserve, our job will endure."

The number of officially reported US COVID-19 cases exceeded one million on Tuesday, after going past three million worldwide. 

US deaths from COVID-19 stood at 57, 313 (since Feb 29th) as of 11:45 am Pacific on April 28th. In three months of pandemic, the number of dead Americans is rapidly overtaking the American death toll from two decades of the Vietnam War.

Official estimates that had predicted 60,000 dead Americans by August 1st were raised to 74,000 on April 27th, due to some states "re-opening their economies" in the absence of adequate testing and worker protections.

Tell Congress: Pass H.R. 6559 and Protect Front-Line Workers

Read and sign the petition here:

Added treat!

"Labor On" The Official Music Video, by Lissa Schneckenburger


Cyberian events Tuesday

Tue, Apr 28:
6 pm Pacific -- 
BOB MALONE, keyboard player for JOHN FOGERTY and accomplished solo & band composer-performer, plays "Malone at Home 5." 

*  "We're going to do another one... and by 'we' I mean me, the wife, and the cats" says Bob.
*  His talented spouse is singer-songwriter-guitarist KAREN HART, so this is quite special.
*  Many thanks to all of you who watched my StageIt show last Tuesday. The best part about that one was that my dad watched, and that he’s safe and sound and going strong at 85! 
*  Bob adds, "Feel free to send me your requests! I'll be dusting off some old ones, and debuting some new ones."
*  "The price, as always, is 'pay what you want.'"
*  Tickets are HERE.


This webinar is listed for informational purposes, without endorsement.

Tue, Apr 28:
6 pm Pacific -- 



Wednesday, April 29 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"I don't need time. What I need is a deadline."

~ Duke Ellington, jazz pianist, composer, and conductor (born April 29, 1899, died 1974)

"Missed it by THAT much..." ~ Maxwell Smart

Today's Close Encounter of the Asteroid Kind

Asteroid 1998 OR2 makes its closest approach to Earth today, April 29th. It's one of the 23,000 that have been discovered (mostly by NASA) that have elliptical or parabolic paths that come within or near Earth's orbit.

A half-hour show was done live by NASA on Monday, taking questions as well as demonstrating what the space agency uses to track things headed our way. It's a fun and informative watch on YouTube, at:

There's also an ongoing NASA website that tracks and reports all near-Earth objects (NEOs), including asteroids and comets that get close, at:

Leave-off the "/ca" for the larger site, and learn all about what they're tracking, how they determine where its going, and fast its going.

The "ca" at the end of the address doesn't mean California. It's the shorthand for "close approach."

When you explore the charts there, you need to know that "LD" refers to "Lunar Distances," each 240,000 miles. That's the yardstick for things that get close. They also use a term for things farther away but still within the solar system. That one is "AU," Astronomical Units, which uses the 93 million-mile distance of the Earth from the Sun as a measuring unit.

You can play with the table settings and options and see the strange orbits of asteroids and how and why things can eventually become pool shots with a planet.

The half-hour show also looks at the upcoming probe to Didymos, an asteroid making its way toward us that has its own moon(!), and the coming close encounter with Apothos, which will come near enough that we'll be able to look up and see it with the naked eye.

But no need to add 1988 OR2 to today's worries. It'll silently wiz safely by.

On this day...

"HAIR," the controversial musical that defined the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, opened today in 1968 at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, with folksinger BARRY McGUIRE in the lead role. Some of its songs became instant anthems of the anti-Vietnam War movement.

Model for our coming summer?
     Today in 2015, a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox set the all-time low attendance mark for Major League Baseball. Zero fans were in attendance for the game, as the stadium was officially closed to the public -- not due to a contagious virus, but due to the 2015 Baltimore protests.

Dead today, in 2020...

Irrfan Khan, the Bollywood actor whose full name was Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan (1967–2020), was known for his roles in "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), the Hollywood films "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012), "Life of Pi" (2012), "Jurassic World" (2015), and "Inferno" (2016), and many British, Hindi, and Asian film roles. Knowledge about the circumstances of his death and surrounding events may change rapidly as more facts come to light, and initial news reports may be unreliable, so we choose not to present those.

Profiling two famous musicians born on this date

Let's turn to Garrison Keillor for what he has to say about each of them.

It’s the birthday of singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, born in the small farming community of Abbott, Texas (1933). He was raised by his grandparents and aunts during the Great Depression and he earned his keep picking cotton. His grandfather gave him his first guitar and music lessons. At night, Nelson wrote songs and performed at honky-tonks with names like the County Dump and the Bloody Bucket, where the performers had to be shielded by chicken wire from flying cans and bottles. In 1959, he wrote “Night Life,” a song that was eventually recorded by more than 70 artists and sold over 30 million copies. He only made a $150 from the song because he sold the copyright, but he used that money to buy a second-hand Buick, and he drove in that Buick to Nashville, hoping to become a country music star.

It's the birthday of Edward Kennedy Ellington, better known as Duke Ellington, born in Washington, D.C., in 1899. He took piano lessons as a boy, but skipped more of these than he attended, and it wasn't until he started hanging around a poolroom and hearing ragtime and stride piano, played by the likes of Turner Layton and Eubie Blake, that his passion was kindled.
He once said, "I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right."

Musicians and influential others born on April 29th...

Zubin Mehta, Indian bassist and conductor
Willie Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
Carnie Wilson, American singer-songwriter
Tommy James, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Tommy James & the Shondells)
Mark Kendall, American guitarist and songwriter
Duane Allen, American country singer
Javier Colon, American singer-songwriter and musician
April Stevens, American pop singer
Alfred Hui, Hong Kong singer
Younha, South Korean singer-songwriter and record producer
Christian Tetzlaff, German violinist
Klaus Voormann, German artist, bass player, and producer
Catherine Lara, French singer-songwriter and violinist
Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress
Uma Thurman, American actress
Eve Plumb, American artist (painter) and actress famous (to her chagrin) for saying "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian, actor, and producer
Daniel Day-Lewis, British-Irish actor
Kate Mulgrew, American actress
Nora Dunn, American actress and comedian

In memoriam to these musicians and influential others born April 29th...

Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter and poet (1933-2015)
Otis Rush, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (1935-2018)
Toots Thielemans, Belgian guitarist and harmonica player (1922-2016)
Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer and conductor (1929-2014)
Harold Shapero, American composer (1920-2013)
Celeste Holm, American actress and singer (1917-2012)
Carl Gardner, American singer (1928-2011)
Hugh Hopper, English bass guitarist (1945-2009)
Joy Clements, American soprano and actress (1932-2005)
Lonnie Donegan, Scottish-English singer-songwriter and guitarist (1931-2002)
Duke Ellington, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (1899-1974)
Tammi Terrell, American soul singer-songwriter (1945-1970)
Malcolm Sargent, English organist, composer, and conductor (1895-1967)
Thomas Beecham, English conductor (1879-1961)
William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation, builder of Hearst Castle, inspiration for the fictional "Citizen Kane" (1863-1951)
Joachim Andersen, Danish flautist, composer, conductor, and co-founder of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1847-1907)
Carl Millöcker, Austrian composer and conductor (1842-1899)
Sadok Barącz, Galician historian, folklorist, archivist, religious leader (1814-1892)
Esaias Reusner, German lute player and composer (1636-1679)

Wednesday music

Wed, Apr 29, on tv:
2 pm-4:10 pm Pacific
WILLIE NELSON day (for his birthday) on AXS TV, includes an hour of Willie and MERLE HAGGARD

Wed, Apr 29, on tv:
5 pm-6 pm Pacific,  repeats 8:05 pm-9:05 pm Pacific -- 
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What was the secret recipe to writing "Hotel California"? Find out on "The Big Interview" with Dan Rather TONIGHT on AXS TV.

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Click here for a sneak peek of Don Felder on The Big Interview.


Thursday, April 30th

...the last day of the month that Trump said would "see the virus just go away."

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"I learn that ten percent of all the world's species are parasitic insects. It is hard to believe. What if you were an inventor, and you made ten percent of your inventions in such a way that they could only work by harnessing, disfiguring, or totally destroying the other ninety percent?"
~ Annie Dillard, author (born April 30, 1945)

(with thanks to A.Word.A.Day)

On this day...

Two publishing milestones with profound cultural resonance

Anne Frank's diary (books by this authorwas first published in English on this date in 1952. What's now known as Diary of a Young Girl was first published in Dutch in 1947, under the title The Secret Annex (Het Achterhuis in Dutch). Frank died of typhus as an innocent child prisoner of the Nazi empire in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp about two weeks before the camps were liberated in 1945. 
Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities (books by this author) was first published in serial form on this date in 1859. It appeared in the first issue of a new weekly journal, All the Year Round, which Dickens founded himself.

 A Tale of Two Cities was on the front page of the first issue, and thanks to Dickens' popularity, it sold 125,000 copies. 
A Tale of Two Cities begins, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way ..."
Our thanks to Garrison Keillor for noting the anniversaries of both those events. And if Dickens' opening paragraph from 161 years ago does not resonate in our time, then we should all just give up and surrender to disposable pop pablum.

Here at the Guide, we begin our Thursday with roughly six hundred new emails and other new messages.  We imagine some of those bring word of live online performances happening today or this coming weekend (because The Daily Avalanche usually does).

We'll get to it and through to share what's in it, the best we can. So check back to see how all that is going...

Not music but cool...
Thu, Apr 30:
4 pm-5 pm Pacific -- 
"SAVING LIFE ON EARTH: GRIZZLY BEARS & WOLVERINES" is the latest in a series of webinars presented by the Arizona-based "Center for Biological Diversity."
*  Few animals embody wildness like grizzly bears and wolverines. They're fierce, mysterious — and in trouble.
Join in for this "Saving Life on Earth" discussion about their work to defend two of our most iconic carnivores: grizzly bears and wolverines. The presentation will include Center Senior Attorney Andrea Zaccardi and Endangered Species Program Director Noah Greenwald.
* The hour-long webinar is free, but you need to sign up.
*  Tierra Curry, the Center's Senior Scientist, says, "We're excited to bring these weekly Saving Life on Earth webinars to wherever you are. Just because we're almost all homebound doesn't mean that we can't dive into our passion for saving wildlife. Each week the Center will convene a small team of experts to discuss some of the more important topics of our times. This week's conversation will dive into the biology and significance of grizzly bears and wolverines and how you can join our campaigns to ensure they have the long-term protection they need to survive."

Thu, Apr 30:
5 pm Pacific --
Free All-Request Live-Streaming Concert
*  Live from Muriel's home with beautiful images on a big screen behind her. Register HERE now to watch LIVE and you will also receive a link to watch it later. Donations are welcome. More information and updates at:


Thu night / Fri early morning:
2 am-4 am Pacific --
"PYJAMA JAM" live from Australia.

*  On Facebook Live at:
*  Presented by "Happy Mag," the Aussie music e-zine.
*  Join in at 6 pm AEST for a special edition of "Pyjama Jam: Under the Covers." Each artist will perform one cover of their choosing plus a few originals... READ MORE if your device is infested with Facebook, HERE


Streaming LIVE THEATRE, FREE, April 29-May 3

Live from New York, nightly through Sunday

Richard Nelson’s new play, “What Do We Need to Talk About?” is being performed online, but live, restoring some of theater’s ephemerality. The production brings the return of the Apples, a theatre family.

Read the New York Times Theatre Section story:

Watch the video promo:

TIX (free) at:

The Apples in a scene from “Regular Singing” (2013). Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.


Another reminder...

Also through May 3rd...

WWOZ’s Jazz Festing In Place: An On-Air Festival Runs Through May 3
WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans is planning to stream Jazz Festing In Place: An On-Air Festival, running 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on April 23–26 and April 30–May 3.

The dates coincide with the postponed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. And while the archival streaming music includes a few acts that were slated to…
 More, from New Orleans "OffBeat" magazine »


More ahead...  (we're adding more here, until a new edition)

Thanks to New Orleans-based "OffBeat" magazine, we have included many more live online streaming performances that come to us from the Big Easy.

Friday, May 1st

THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
~ Joseph Addison, writer (born May 1, 1672, died 1719)

(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day)

Friday only...


For all the artists who use it for music distribution, Bandcamp will forgo its share of sales for a 24-hour period that runs from Midnight last night to 11:59 pm Pacific time TONIGHT. The initiative will also repeat on June 5 and July 3, and will last the same hours (always Pacific time) on those days.

Artist DEBRA COWAN, who told us about it, has several fine and fun CDs of sea chanteys / maritime music. She says, "Another reason I love Bandcamp is that I am able to post individual tracks and make them available for free or with a pay-what-you can model. Take a look at what I've got over there. perhaps there is something you haven't heard yet!" Her Digital Downloads - Bandcamp page is:

Cyberian events today...


Fri, May 1:
11 am Pacific --
EMMA'S REVOLUTION  offers Songwriting for Everyone!
Ever wondered what your own songs would sound like? Ready to take your songwriting to a deeper level? Explore the craft of songwriting with warm-up and creativity exercises that will cultivate a playful relationship with words and melody and help you be open to your songs. "We guarantee you'll surprise yourself!" say the presenters. Email Sandy to reserve your spot

Fri, May 1:
11 am Pacific --
"Support essential workers from home"
says Emma Einhorn of MoveOn Civic Action. She writes:
[This] is May Day, which is an internationally recognized day of action meant to show solidarity among working people and marginalized communities across the globe. For millions of people, this means another month of struggling to pay rent, utilities, and expenses, and millions of essential workers continue to risk their lives to provide us with vital services. Republicans in Congress continue to prioritize aid to corporations, so we need to build pressure for them to provide real relief now.
Essential workers are enabling us to shelter in place by putting food on shelves, transporting health workers, ensuring we have clean water, working across our health care system to protect our health and safety, and caring for the elderly and critically ill. And yet, this administration feels more compelled to bail out cruise lines, airlines, and big businesses than the overworked and underpaid workers keeping millions of Americans afloat.
Essential workers must be given the compensation and job protections to reflect the importance of their work. We need an Essential Workers Bill of Rights as part of the next relief package passed by Congress. 
This Friday, can we count on you to show solidarity with essential workers by spreading the word and demanding your elected officials pass an Essential Worker Bill of Rights? Here are a few ways you can get involved:
  • Make a sign or poster and hang it outside your window. Let your neighbors know what an Essential Workers Bill of Rights means to you, and share it on social media with the hashtag #ProtectEssentialWorkers and #PeoplesBailout.
  • Share a picture or video of you and your family talking about what you want to see from an Essential Workers Bill of Rights. Don't forget to include the hashtags #ProtectEssentialWorkers and #PeoplesBailout, and demand action by tagging your representative (you can look them up here) and President Trump.
  • Boycott big businesses that are refusing to support workers, like Amazon, Target, and Whole Foods. Consider finding ways to support small businesses instead.
We're working alongside other partners, including People's Bailout, People's Action, the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Center for Popular Democracy, and the Hip Hop Caucus to flood social media with messages demanding immediate relief now. And be sure to check out the MoveOn Facebook Live page on Friday at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT for a livestream rally to get you in the May Day spirit!
Thanks for all you do.
–Emma, Justin, Arvin, Emily, and the rest of the team
Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your support, now more than ever. Will you stand with MoveOn?

Fri, May 1:
2 pm Pacific --
Artist in Residence KATHARINE ZAUN conducts her second FREE online Haiku class.
*  You can join the class with this link:
*  Her first session not only drew raves from those who attended, it was recognized by the Orange County Museum of Art.
*  And if you want to kill some time between now and her Haiku class, here is a website where some guy boiled each Shakespeare play down to a single Haiku:



Fri, May 1:
5-6 pm Pacific --
event (see 1st listing on Saturday for registration info to watch this).
*  This hour is the WELCOME SESSION
JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON play your favorite Scottish tunes - you can play along at home. Tech support available to help you get your Zoom video and audio working nicely.






Saturday, May 2nd


Fri & Sat, May 1 & 2:
with ALISDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS, and MANY other trad string music masters, who would have been teaching this week at the music camp at Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY.
*  This is an online "Scottish fiddle & cello workshop experience" with your hosts Alasdair & Natalie plus EMERALD RAE, DONAL SHEETS, and special guests JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON.
*  Alisdair says "We're taking it on-line! Or just come and hang out.
*  So we invite you, instrument (or dram!) in hand, to join us. Hope to see you there.
*  Here's a wee video explaining the idea...
*  We miss gathering with kindred spirits! It's been almost seven weeks since we played a concert together and we're as keen as ever to share the tunes and the arrangements and the sheer joy of making music together."
*  You CAN just tune-in and hang out! ♥️GIVE WHAT YOU CAN ♥️to support Ashokan and these amazing instructors. They suggest $50 PER HOUSEHOLD to register but are truly grateful for ANY AMOUNT.
*   FULL SCHEDULE WITH LINKS will be emailed to you w/ registration.
*   PARTICIPATE OR JUST WATCH one or more of the live workshops, jams, concerts, and chats.
Our listings contain the specific "Ashoken" events "translated" to Pacific time  in the Fri & Sat listings, but YOU NEED TO REGISTER to watch any of them.

Sat, May 2:
7 am-8:15 am Pacific --
event (see 1st listing on Saturday for registration info to watch this).
ALASDAIR FRASER takes you into the MacNittyGritty of creating your own Scottish sound and informing your tunes with energy and life. "We'll also learn a couple of tunes!"

Sat, May 2:
8:30 am-9:45 am Pacific --
Annual "ASHOKAN WORKSHOP" event (see 1st listing on Saturday for registration info to watch this).
NATALIE HAAS says "All instruments welcome - we will explore accompaniment and arrangement ideas for the two tunes that you learned with Alasdair" in the session just before this.

Sat, May 2:
10 am Pacific  --
Last weekend's Band Together Benefit online music festival featuring PJ MortonTank and the BangasJon ClearyStanton MooreIvan Neville and more does a rebroadcast. Tune in here.


Sat, May 2:
10:30 am-noon Pacific --
Annual "ASHOKAN WORKSHOP" event (see 1st listing on Saturday for registration info to watch this).
"MY LIFE IN MUSIC, DISCUSSION & Q&A" is "a relaxed and interactive chat with the teachers. Learn about their lives past and present and ask your own question!"

Sat, May 2:
12:15 pm-1:30 Pacific --
Annual "ASHOKAN WORKSHOP" event (see 1st listing on Saturday for registration info to watch this).
EMERALD RAE says "Get moving while you play! Learn how to reduce pain and express yourself with stretching, posture work, foot tapping and stage craft."

Sat, May 2:
1 pm-3 pm Pacific -- 

May 2 Vermont Big SingAlong!
Moore Smiley's live stream series continues this Saturday 5/2 from 4-6pm EDT. 
Might you tune in?
SIX featured artists with close ties to Vermont will connect with Moira live on Instagram one-by-one "to bring a song/chorus/text to teach you, and lead us together in moments of singing & listening from home."
This week's featured artists are:
  • Stefan Amidon & Zara Bode
  • Dave Richardson
  • Katie Trautz
  • Nate Gusakov
  • Zack Dupont
  • and... Moira Smiley
Share photos/videos of your SingAlong set up by tagging her (@moirasmiley) or use #vtbigsingalong for a little surprise :)

"I am collecting donations 
through PayPal here to support our featured artists, whose livelihoods (like mine) have been quelled by COVID-19 for the next few months. Please tune in, add your voices to ours, and contribute if you can!" ~ Moira



Sat, May 2:
1:45 pm-3 pm Pacific --
event (see 1st listing on Saturday for registration info to watch this).
DONAL SHEETS says "Delve into the basics of backup! All Instruments welcome, learn about adding interesting counter parts, chords and rythms to tunes."


Sat, May 2:
4 pm-5:30 pm Pacific --
event (see 1st listing on Saturday for registration info to watch this).
CLOSING CONCERT & JAM. Enjoy a tune or two from each of the staff live from their living rooms followed by a play-along jam session.



Sat, May 2:
5:30 pm Pacific --
live from NYC
*  He says, "I'm trying out my new sound system tonight. Wish me luck!"
*  "See you soon on my Facebook homepage."

Sat, May 2:
6:30 pm Pacific --
brings a concert by the duo, 
*  Billed as "a powerful & and prayerful" experience to the comfort of your own home. All are welcome.
*  Click to join at:
*  HEART MEDICINE is the singing duo of ANNMARIE SOUL and KAREN SEVA, blending original songs, mantra and native tribal chants. Together their voices blend in harmonic frequencies creating angelic overtones inviting the listener into a deep musical meditation journey.
*  Their music is a combination of sacred songs and melodies inspired by nature and spirit, interwoven with healing mantras celebrating many traditions. Both celestial and earthly, each song is a gift from the muse of spirit, channeled and lovingly crafted - opening a doorway to the unseen, requesting our presence in a dance with the divine, inviting us into love, and calling our hearts home.
*  This concert is brought to you as part of the "Global Unity Fest" - a festival uniting artists the world over to uplift and inspire.


Sunday, May 3rd



Sun, May 3:
Noon Pacific --
plays a facebook live concert at:
*  Buddy tells us, "I've been spending a fair bit of time at my dining room table, looking out the window there. Just outside is a bird feeder with a little yellow top on it.
     "Sometimes a squirrel on it too! But after I chase him off (he's kind of a hoarder) I've been seeing lots of other wondrous creatures. We take them for granted sometimes but birds still seem to me like little miracles with feathers.
     "My favorite is the Carolina Wren. Deep russet brown and carmel colored with a jaunty tail and a white eyebrow, small but always curious (and unintimidated - I saw one chasing a Blue Jay the other day), he sings like Caruso lighting up the back of the hall.
     "He's full of personality but they all are, really. A female Grosbeak showed up the other day being followed around by three males. She got there first and repelled all comers, dandies though they may be with their rose red hearts on their chests. 'I'll deal with you later boys, but right now I'm eating!' It's kind of amazing to me, the things you notice when you have time to just look for awhile.
     "I'm not exactly Caruso (or even a Carolina Wren) but I'll be appearing in a window near you on Sunday. A digital window, that is.
     "Normally on the first Sunday in May, I'd be up in Chicago celebrating the birthday of my friend Ethel. She's turning 103 this time!
     "So I'll be singing a few in her honor including a Tom Dundee song (we both miss him a lot) and 'The Kid.' She gave me a gentle scolding after a show one time when I left it out of the set. 'Always play the hit, kid.' You got it, Ethel!
     "So open up a window for me Sunday, I'm gonna sing for you!"








Monday, May 4th



BENEFIT from New Orleans & elsewhere, via Cyberia





Tuesday, May 5th









Thanks for joining us here at the Acoustic Americana Music Guide!

CHECK BACK HERE for more events, added until a new edition takes over... the basic url always takes you to our latest word.

With a few fine exceptions... most artists are not giving much notice (hint-hint, swift kick in the ass!) before they suddenly decide to do a cyber show. We have been keeping up the best we can...

"One does what one can." ~ The phrase everybody hears from our editor.



We have lots of MUSIC NEWS
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight, 
and strings tuned.

Find a comfortable spot by the 

wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to 
grab the cards for solitaire, since you 
can't have somebody over for a round 
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
Direct from Cyberia.

On to the necessary boilerplate...

Boilerplate? What "boilerplate"? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox? How do you add water so it won't blow-up?

Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff? ...obviously some dumbass...

Alright already, it's right down there...



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The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell. The cyber porch'll be here anytime you come back from the road.

We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)

Til we catch ya again on the flip side 
in this new decade...
as Buford the Wonder Dog looks on 
and in our best Kathy Baker
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"



Here's a reprint of important info from one of our February editions:


(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too) 

Compiled from medical and emergency responder databases and interview comments. Copy and paste into your phone / post / print / share.

•  Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.

•  Get the flu vaccine -- ordinary flu will likely mimic Coronavirus, so avoid being ostracized and quarantined.

•  Wash your hands, a lot: scrub for 20 seconds and wash them often.

•  Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.

•  Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.

•  Keep your hands away from your face -- touching your nostrils, eyes, or mouth brings-in every germ your hands picked-up.

•  Get a little bottle of hand sanitizer on a miniature carabiner. Clip it to your belt loop or purse strap and use it frequently. (Be sure you snap the lid shut, or it'll drain all over your clothes.) You can refill it from the pump bottle by the sink.

• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.

• Stay home if you're sick -- even if you don't get paid, DON'T be the "Typhoid Mary" that brings a pandemic of this or ANYTHING contagious. If you're "taking one for the team," make it the big team -- ALL of us.

•  Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.

•  Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.

•  Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.

•  Keep track of where Coronavirus and other flus are headed, the latest ways to avoid contagion, and what symptoms go with what disease, by putting the CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL in your favorites:

•  Call your doctor or public health officials if you become symptomatic, and DON'T "just go" to the doctor or urgent care or ER; everybody else in the waiting room does not have what you have, and vice-versa.

•  Wear a mask when you go to the doctor (remember, everybody else in the waiting room does not have what you have, and vice-versa) -- the check-in counter will give you a surgical mask if you ask, or maybe even tell you it's mandatory. 

•  Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.

•  Get proper nutrition and plenty of sleep to support your immune system. THAT is THE best way to stay healthy.

•   REALLY IMPORTANT: Think about what you routinely ignore:

   ~  your phone or tablet, which you constantly handle while you're touching everything else in the big, wide world, then keep handling when you're eating (keep your devices disinfected).

   ~  the Kleenex or cloth hankie you pull out of your pocket -- this time your nose or eye gets the side your dirty finger got last time (yeah, duh!)

   ~  door handles & knobs, especially "pull-to-exit" on the restroom door, and all door handles you grab or push.

   ~  gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.

   ~  restaurant menus, salt and pepper shakers, ketchup and mustard and hot sauce bottles that every unwashed hand touches. Same goes for bins of packaged condiments at fast foodies  or convenience store / gas stations (Use 'em, then use your hand sanitizer.)

   ~  lunch buffet serving spoons, spatulas, tongs that every unwashed hand uses in the food bins (your freshly-washed hands just got contaminated). And if sneeze guard glass panes aren't at the right height or aren't clean, demand a refund and leave.

   ~ coins in change and money, in general -- coins and folding money are germ transit systems. (Back to your little bottle of hand sanitizer.)

   ~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).

   ~  bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage. 

   ~  remember to think and act consciously. There is an acute need to be mindful of others, so neither be paranoid reactive nor obliviously ignorant. There was great advice in the old cop show at the end of every briefing: "Be careful out there."

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