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Deckman NW HOOT-new issue, PNW Folklore Society (14) RE: NW HOOT-new issue, PNW Folklore Society 27 May 15

Stew ... I have to agree with you that we have clearly come a very long way in eight years. I hesitate to say "we", as you have done most of the work, as well you know. To remember the many concerts, jams, attempted new venues (some successful and some not)is enough to make me tired, all over again. As you so well point out, it is time for others to step forward and seize the reigns.

In this most recent issue of The Hoot I was delighted with Laurie Riley's article "Music Changes the Brain." She says some things that I've witnessed many times. Years ago I was fortunate to be able to hang out with some excellant classical musicians. These were professional musicians who spent most of their working and learning lives completly submerged in the wonderful world of music. Beyond the exciting musical results, I always enjoyed the spin-offs in the way of word games, various languages spoken, puns, you name it. I well remember one eighteen hour road trip we took where we kept ourselves awake and well playing the old verbal word game of "Botacelli" (sp?) Only musicians with fertile and alive minds can come up with that kind of thinking. Quite marvelous.

I was also pleased that you included the review of Anita's wonderful CD, "The Coffee Tales." Her musical contributions alone are enough by themselves, but when you add those marvelous tales of growing up in an Italian family in the fourties and fifties is the folk process at it's best. She has told me that her intial motivation to document these stories was to share them with her son Jesse.

As for any future writing I might do. I 'dunno? Writing does not come easy to me, and by and large I do not enjoy it. Everyone seems to think that the end results are adequate, but those results come at a cost. I'm sure that many writers on MudCat who read this will agree.

Again Stew ... thank you for what you do ... bob(deckman)nelson

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