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Sitting At The Kitchen Table

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SharonA 20 Aug 08 - 10:48 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 20 Aug 08 - 11:08 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 20 Aug 08 - 04:01 PM
SharonA 20 Aug 08 - 04:02 PM
Amos 20 Aug 08 - 04:18 PM
SharonA 21 Aug 08 - 12:44 AM
Jayto 21 Aug 08 - 12:55 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 21 Aug 08 - 09:59 AM
Amos 21 Aug 08 - 11:06 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 21 Aug 08 - 11:17 AM
billybob 21 Aug 08 - 11:42 AM
Amos 21 Aug 08 - 11:46 AM
Waddon Pete 21 Aug 08 - 11:54 AM
billybob 21 Aug 08 - 12:26 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 22 Aug 08 - 05:15 PM
Tootler 22 Aug 08 - 06:41 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 22 Aug 08 - 08:06 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 22 Aug 08 - 10:41 PM
GUEST,frogprince 23 Aug 08 - 08:07 AM
GUEST,frogprince 23 Aug 08 - 08:53 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 23 Aug 08 - 11:25 AM
GUEST,frogprince 23 Aug 08 - 03:24 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 23 Aug 08 - 06:40 PM
Waddon Pete 24 Aug 08 - 07:32 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 24 Aug 08 - 08:59 AM
Amos 24 Aug 08 - 12:26 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 24 Aug 08 - 03:15 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 26 Aug 08 - 12:34 PM
jimmyt 26 Aug 08 - 03:59 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 26 Aug 08 - 04:08 PM
Rapparee 26 Aug 08 - 04:09 PM
Big Al Whittle 26 Aug 08 - 04:34 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 26 Aug 08 - 05:02 PM
Amos 26 Aug 08 - 07:25 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 26 Aug 08 - 07:59 PM
Jayto 26 Aug 08 - 09:58 PM
Ron Davies 26 Aug 08 - 10:04 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 26 Aug 08 - 10:19 PM
Jayto 27 Aug 08 - 10:39 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 27 Aug 08 - 11:17 AM
Nick 27 Aug 08 - 12:40 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 27 Aug 08 - 02:27 PM
Nick 27 Aug 08 - 03:07 PM
billybob 28 Aug 08 - 11:34 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 28 Aug 08 - 02:19 PM
Jeanie 28 Aug 08 - 05:20 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 28 Aug 08 - 09:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: SharonA
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 10:48 AM

When/how did this thread move above the line? It used to have a BS heading. Whahappind?


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 11:08 AM

Hey, Sharon:

I guess the moderators thought that there was enough music in here to move it up. I had nothing to do with it. It really is BS (but not b.s.) but has the distinction of not being about politics, or religion (except very peripherally.)

Its good to see you. Make sure you drop in for a cuppa. I just ground a fresh pot of Kona coffee, grown in Hawaii. I like tea, too, and on these hot summer days, peach iced tea is the liquid of choice.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 04:01 PM

Hey, Wendy:

Sounds like you and Billy Bob had a great 60th birthday celebration. That is a special one. It made me think of my Mother, who died a couple years ago (but not before she enjoyed her 99th birthday celebration.) She celebrated at least a whole week. She knew how to do things right.

Sorry, Pete: not enough yet to make jam. I'd probably be more tempted to make a gallon of black raspberry wine if I had enough. At the rate the bushes are growing, that may still be possible in the future if I want to sacrifice a whole corner of my house...

And what a hoot that you and Wendy could reminisce about crossing paths many years ago...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: SharonA
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 04:02 PM

Thanks for the welcome, Jerry. No time to sit at the table just now; I've got a gig to run off to! Maybe when I get back, I'll burn a bit of the midnight oil and raid the fridge with you. Save that last piece of chocolate cake for me! :-)


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Amos
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 04:18 PM

Hiya, Jerry. Got a bottle of GUnness around?

We're throwing an interstate party for BBW's sister's 60th. People coming into SoCal from all over--their Mom from Arizona, a surprise friend from Colorado, a childhood buddy from Ohio, and a neice from San Jose all gravitating to a big country house where some friends are throwing the do. It's making for a very hectic week with all these comings and goings. On top of it all, we rented out a bedroom lately to a nice gal from my company, and her husband just flew into ttown from Fort Bragg and they're throwing another little party Friday.

But I did get to write a song for my sis in law which should make her happy.

THere. It's a moosic thread. :D

A


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: SharonA
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 12:44 AM

Ahhhh, now I have a chance to pull up a chair and have a chat before trundling off to bed. Got any decaf? No? Okay, just a glass of milk then, thanks, and whatever leftovers are in the fridge. Oh man, I'm too late for that chocolate cake... but ooh, hey, I could finish off those last coupla chicken drumsticks. They didn't have any decent food at the coffeehouse where I just played, and I skipped dinner. Mmmm, that baked potato ought to reheat in the microwave just fine.

Yup, played at yet another nearly-empty coffeehouse for nothing but compliments. Sure it's gratifying to watch people smile at my performance, and their words are all very nice, but I can't eat words unless they're my own. The one -- one! -- friend who actually came out specifically to hear me wanted to hear my political songs, but I didn't think that was the place for 'em. I promised I'd sing 'em for him when I go to his gig next week in the city, where there's a circle afterward.

He told me he started drinking again, after years on the wagon, because he went on a cruise with his folks. Too much temptation there to resist. He said the drinking feels like coming home. *shiver* I'm worried about him; with his health problems and the meds he takes, he shouldn't be touching the stuff.

Oh well, at least he won't be tempted to drink at the big songwriters' club fest this Saturday; we organizers had a bit of a problem with a different club member at a recent song-critique meeting who had one or two too many, so we're getting serious about enforcing our no-alcohol policy for all our events. No smoking either, but no one seems to have a problem with that rule, thank goodness!

After that I'll be going to the seashore (or, as we say around here, "going down the shore") for a couple of days to visit my brother and his girlfriend again. They rent a house on Long Beach Island every summer, and they invite as many people down as they can. Problem is it's a tiny cabin that barely sleeps the hosts, much less the guests, so it becomes more of a depot as friends and family come and go on a tight arrival-and-departure schedule. I've already come and gone a couple of times this year. It's not a very relaxing arrangement but, hey, the price is right! Gotta tell ya, the first time I visited and had to stay in a room next to where my straight-as-an-arrow bro shared a bed with a woman he wasn't married to, I couldn't sleep a wink! :-D

Speaking of sleep, it's time to throw out my chicken bones, turn off the kitchen light, and go get ready for bed. Thanks for hanging out with me and listening to me babble on. Nice PJ's, by the way. Good night!


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jayto
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 12:55 AM

Just stopping by to say hey. I'm not sure what to say here besides BAD day ready to sleep but can't insomnia is battling the Woodford Reserve and I can't believe it is winning. Some of Ky's finest Woodford Reserve but it is no match for insomnia lol. Cya


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 09:59 AM

"Wake up, wake up you sleepy head
Get up, get up, get out of bed
Cheer up, cheer up, the sun is red
Live, love, laugh and be happy"

'Mornin, Jay. Nothing is more irritating than a cheerful voice when you have to drag yourself out of bed.

The sunshine does help, though.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Amos
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 11:06 AM

Zippidy-doo-dah, Jerry!!

Waking up may be an irritating process, but I believe it beats NOT waking up!!



A


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 11:17 AM

You're right there, Amos.

"And the darkest hour is just before dawn."

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: billybob
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 11:42 AM

Hi Jerry,
yes how funny that Pete and I should meet up in your kitchen. It was in the 1970's and he ran a folk club in Croydon, I was taken there by someone I used to sing with, Dave Bryant( who introduced me to mudcat and, sadly ,is no longer with us.)It was a really great club, I do not know if it is till running? Pete used to entertain at childrens parties and he did my son's birthday one year with these fantastic shadow puppets.Christopher and Samantha loved the Tiny Tim Song;

I had a little brother
his name was Tiny Tim
We put him in the bath tub
to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water
and ate up all the soap
he died last night
with a bubble in his throat.

In came the Doctor
in came the nurse
In came the lady with the alligater purse ......

I hope it had a happy ending!!Anyway Christopher sings it to his son Reuben, and Samantha sings it to her daughter Scarlett.
Pete, Christopher is the manager of the Fisher Theatre in Bungay, Suffolk. Did I hear that you are living in East Anglia now? Billy and I are in Frinton on Sea, on the Essex coast.You must still be involved with folk music, what are you doing?
Just made some more coffee, nice and hot, and a key lime pie is in the fridge!
Wendy


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Amos
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 11:46 AM

SOmetimes it appears that the darkest hour is when a long and beautiful summer afternoon falls into the wrong hands; but I'm just being grumpy. :D


A


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 11:54 AM

Hello Jerry,

Perhaps there is some-one who can exlain how a drink at night time keeps you awake, whereas if one has a glass or two at lunch time its nap city for the rest of the afternoon?

It occurs to me that we are eating you out of house and home, Jerry. Perhaps we should invite Big Mick over... he might bring a casserole or two :0)(and I guess he needs the company of good folks just now.)

Yes, Wendy, the club is still going....give it a google! The song does have a happy ending by the way...

In came the Doctor, in came the nurse, in came the lady with the alligator purse.
"It's mumps!" said the Doctor, "Measles!" said the nurse, "Chicken Pox!" said the lady with the alligator purse.
Then out went the Doctor, out went the nurse and out went the lady with the alligator purse.
Then my little brother, he got up off the floor and said, "There's nothing wrong with me any more!"

Thanks for remembering!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: billybob
Date: 21 Aug 08 - 12:26 PM

Thanks so much Pete, I just spoke to Samantha and she could not believe that the riddle of the last verse had been solved! two little babies will have a much happier bathtime this evening!
wendy


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 22 Aug 08 - 05:15 PM

Ahh, it feels gooood to sit down with a mug of coffee and a piece of cinnamon toast... Been a home-going day today.

This morning, my wife Ruth, her daughter (and mine now, too, and I got all fancied up and drove down to Norwalk, to go to a wake and a funeral. More accurate, a wake and a home-going. I have never met the man who was being celebrated, but he had been my wife's friend of many years, before I met her, and our daughter new him and his family. It was a rousing celebration, with a lot of music. I mean, a lot. Forget hymnals. Folks know the songs, and everyone just sings. But, the most moving part of the celebration was when one of the deceased's sons got up to offer his reflections about his father.
He talked with great love, and humor, and then he read something. The funeral home has a website, where people can leave messages and memories. The son read one that had been posted by someone he didn't know. It was a long letter of loving praise for the father by someone who had known him since he (the someone) was three years old. As he recounted in the message he'd posted, his own father was rarely around and didn't like the little boy, but the man whos home-going it was has befriended the little three year old boy and had been a better father to him than most boys have. He'd come to all of his birthday parties, taught him sports, and was always there for him. The message was in praise of fatherhood, and the little boy, now grown up and a father, wanted to praise the man for teaching him how to be a good father. What was touching was that the deceased's son had no idea who the man was who'd posted the message. At first that seemed odd that he wouldn't have heard of that little boy, many years ago. When he reads the name at the end of the message, he asked if the man was there, to stand up. A young man, probably in his early twenties stood up, fileld with modesty. There was probably a thirty year difference between him and the man's son, which is why they had been unaware of each other. The whole congregation rose to their feet, and there was hardly a dry eye in the church. That moment defined a man's life.

After the home-going, we went to see a relative of my wife's, who is a baptist minister. He's been in a nursing home with his wife for the last year or so, but more recently he's been hospitalized. When we came in, he didn't recognize us at first. My daughter is a minister, so I thought that she'd be the first one he'd recognize. He's a relative of my wife's and even though she's seen him countless times, nothing registered until my wife and our daughter
told him who they were. I'd met him two or three times, and I think he's heard me sing with my group, but he drew a blank when I told him who I was. As we talked, his mind slipped in and out, but one thing he kept repeating. When my wife or daughter asked him when he was going home, he said, "I'm going home tomorrow." He is in no shape to be released, because he's on oxygen and intervenous feeding.
But he's in fine shape for going home.

I expect we'll be going to another home-going, one of these days.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Tootler
Date: 22 Aug 08 - 06:41 PM

That's sad Jerry.

My mother in her last days did not really recognise much of the family. She knew how to tweak my father's conscience which worried us greatly, but when we went to visit just before she died she sort of knew who I was, but did not really recognise my wife who she referred to as "that woman" (they never really got on) and she didn't know who my daughter was. From what my father says, she didn't really recognise the younger of my two sisters and her daughter when they went to visit.

On an earlier visit, we had gone out for a meal and while we were waiting to order, my mother had a moment of lucidity and said something like "I am being a dreadful trouble to you all". It was very upsetting and the rest of the evening was somewhat sombre.

When my mother died my wife really came up trumps. She drove practically the length of England home, organised some food for the funeral tea and came back with it two days later. She was a real star.

The actual funeral was a fairly low key affair and we just had a brief graveside ceremony. We had one hymn, "The Lord's my Shepherd" sung to Brother James's air accompanied by the vicar on flute and myself playing harmony on a tenor recorder. My Father organised a church service later, but I was not there as I had to go home as I was due back at work.

My Mother had Alzheimer's disease, which is the cruelest of diseases. I would not wish it on anyone. It takes away your personality and your dignity.

Geoff


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 22 Aug 08 - 08:06 PM

That's a sad story, Geoff:

The reverend we visited in the hospital has a wonderful sense of humor, and even though he was hard to understand at times, he had stretches where he was very funny, and had all of us laughing. One of the beautiful things that he said was "I'm not afriad of where I'm going." That was very comforting. In her final weeks, My Mother
was excited about going home. She knew where she was going too, and although she loved all of us dearly, she was ready to go.

For many years, my wife and I have visited terminally ill people, and we've had enough beautiful experiences that it has taken some of the mystery out of death. "Oh death, where is thy sting?"

We spent today with old man death, but it wasn't depressing. He must hate all the joyful singing...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 22 Aug 08 - 10:41 PM

You're right though about Alzheimer's, Geoff: It's hardest on the rest of the family. The wife of my closest friend Joe who sings bass for the Gospel Messengers has Alzheimers. It almost literally killed Joe. She's been in a home for the last couple of years, and Joe hasn't missed a day, going to see her. She rarely speaks now, and her eyes are closed 95% of the time. Her body is still here, but the essence of who she was is gone, or so deeply buried that she can't be reached anymore.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: GUEST,frogprince
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 08:07 AM

Hi, y'all; can you reach a cup of coffee over to this corner that's on Martha's Vineyard this week? We had some local blackberries with ice cream last evening


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: GUEST,frogprince
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 08:53 AM

Got detoured there a bit when a batch of the sister-in-laws good french toast called urgently. Folks here are inclined to take us to the flea market this morn, and the local fair is on. Just so we get out to the nearby beach before too long. We're talking about the beach that the Travel Channel has anointed as the best strolling beach in the U.S. It really is a long, lovely expanse.      
                               Dean


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 11:25 AM

Sounds like a great beach, Dan!

Most mornings, Ruth and I go for a 3 & 1/2 mile river walk here in Derby, Connecticut. It's a wonderful way to start the day. Even though the riverwalk is "downtown", that doesn't convey the reality of the walk. Derby is only 11,000 people, and the "downtown" is only four blocks long. We've seen everything from deer and fox to otter on our walk, and there are beaver too (we haven't seen them yet, but a friend of ours took some photos of them with a telephoto lense. Turkey Buzzards are an every day occurrence, along with hawks and a whole variety of birds. I guess the riverwalk is Derby's "beach."

Yesterday I picked up a used copy of Bird (speaking of birds,) the CLint Eastwood directed movie about Charlie Parker. It's been a long time since I watched it, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again.

Which brings up another subject. Other than Art Thieme (who loves what used to be called "Modern" jazz, Leadfingers (who loves New orleans traditional jazz,) and Elmer Fudd, I don't know any other mudcatters who like jazz. Most don't even tolerate it. I'd guess that the majority of Catters don't like rock and roll they claim that it killed folk music.) Not many are likely to enjoy reggae, either.
Here's my observation: Folk music is structured, not generally complex harmonically, and values tradition. In folk music, other than dance music, the story is more important than the rhythm or the beat. Jazz is improvisational, generally far more complex harmonically and other than New Orleans revivalist stuff, rejects tradition. Rhythm is very important in jazz, and can be very complex. In rock and roll, the backbeating rhythm drives the music
and "tradition" is left to Oldies acts. Not many people can enjoy such basically different forms of music. I happen to love it all, as well as reggae for its beat and message. Nobody ever told me that I shouldn't of.

Howz everybody else feel about this. (pass them bagels, will you?)

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: GUEST,frogprince
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 03:24 PM

To me, modern jazz tends to sound like people tuning up; sometimes like people tuning up while professing to be playing some established popular song. I like New Orleans jazz enough that we sat in for an enjoyable couple of sets at Preservation Hall, the February before Katrina. Some of the band were older than mud, but they hadn't lost their chops.
                              Dean


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Aug 08 - 06:40 PM

I always wanted to make it down to New Orleans, Dean. Now I'm not sure that it would be a good experience. I wonder if they provide a set of blinders for the tourists?

I've heard the Preservation Hall Jazz Band up here. I like the old traditional New Orleans jazz, but couldn't get too wound up about PHJB. They played all the safe, familiar stuff and din't take any chances. The audience ate them up, but they were pretty safe, too.

A night to take a walk on the mild side...

To each his zone.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 24 Aug 08 - 07:32 AM

Hello,

We have some good walks by the rivers here too. Always very restful and plenty to see and enjoy.

Musical taste is a funny thing. To what extent does it depend on what has been handed down to us through our genes and how much does it depend on what we hear when we are growing up?

In the 50's and early 60's children in UK schools were steeped in folk music through the BBC Singing Programmes. Jazz was easily accessible on the TV. Nowadays there is encouragement to play "pop" and study Rap. IMHO it takes quite a strong musical personality to play "outside the box" and explore folk, blues, jazz and classical music.   

What do you reckon?

Any of that Key Lime pie left?

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 24 Aug 08 - 08:59 AM

Hey, Pete:

Exposure to a particular form of music is certainly part of the equation. Most people form their musical tastes, based on what was popular during their teenager to mid-twenties years. Music then becomes a permanent "oldies" program. Much of the music that I like wasn't popular at that stage in my life. I heard a little bit of jazz on the top 40 (Brubeck's Take Five, and Swinging Shepherd Blues by Johnny Tate being examples.) But that was two or three songs. I never heard reggae, and at the time mostly hated country music (which I like much more now... or at least did in the 70's and 80's, long after I was a teenager.)

Mostly, I've always had a curiosity for music, and my two closest friends shared my adventuresome nature. If there was music I didn't like, I didn't come to the conclusion that it was crap. I figured that there must be something there that I couldn't hear. And so I learned more about the music. In college, me and my buddies went to opera (which I never acq


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Amos
Date: 24 Aug 08 - 12:26 PM

Music, in one respect, is much like math. It comes in a wide variety of forms and languages, and its inherent fascination is never-ending. It unfolds perpetualy, like the ocean.


A


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 24 Aug 08 - 03:15 PM

When I was typing my last post, I inadvertently posted it, mid-sentence. I was rushing to head out the door, and didn't even realize it was posted until just now, when we got back home.

I guess my attitude in life has been that if I don't like something, I wonder what's wrong with me, not it. That attitude has stood me in a good stead, because I came to like a lot of foods, music, and literature that I might never have come to appreciate, if I'd rejected stuff out of hand.

I mean, I even came to like liverwurst. That was as hard too do as learning to like opera.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 12:34 PM

These days, I'm sitting here at this computer putting together proposal packages for my book to submit to literary agencies. Man, this is time consuming. And not a lot of fun. This is new to me, but it's getting old mighty fast. :-) So far, I haven't had a single rejection. I've just gotten a few letters graciously declining my enquiry and wishing me well.

Thank God that no one is rejecting me!

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: jimmyt
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 03:59 PM

Jazz is a rare bird! I cut my teeth playing in a dixieland group when I was but 13 years old. I have to say that the west coast jazz leaves me wondering what the idea is, though. Jerry, Jayne and I and Bil Sims a great jazz guitar player have just about got "Goodmorning Heartache," the great old Billie Holliday song worked up! It is a bear to get the chord progression but we pretty much got it last evening. I will try to burn it off for you! She sounds fantastic, although I may be a bit prejudiced!


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 04:08 PM

Hey, jimmy:

Always good to hear from you. I know that you like traditional jazz, as does leadfingers (and me, too.) If folkies like jazz at all it is traditional jazz, it being so ... traditional. It's not much of a stretch, musically from blues. West Coast jazz is so ... NOT traditional. :-)

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 04:09 PM

Hey, Jerry! Just thought I drop around and say "Hi!"


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 04:34 PM

I started out playing in dixieland band also, when I was 15. Eddie Condon was my hero and I read and re-read his autobiography til it fell to pieces. I loved all those bits where he was touring all round America, and playing jazz for famous gangsters in Chicago - when he wasn't any older than I was at the time.

My favourite period nowadays though is Miles Davis - before he went into jazz funk and when all the instruments were acoustic. In truth I like most jazz. my favourite track of all time is Larry Adler and Django playing Lover Come Back to Me in Paris 1939. You can hear Django singing as he strums, waiting for his solo.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 05:02 PM

Hey, Wee:

Good to see you (and Rapaire, too.) I'll put you on the short list of people who like more contemporary jazz. I too ceased to enjoy Miles when he moved into jazz funk and became an icon.

Whatever.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Amos
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 07:25 PM

HEre ya go, Jerry: Tap your foot to this.... :)

Amos


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 07:59 PM

That is an absolutely fantastic clip, Amos! Thanks for posting it. Soul/gospel. What do you know about the group? I don't know anymore than the Obama connection.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jayto
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 09:58 PM

Hey Jerry just stopping in to say hey to everyone. I am holding my son (who is sound asleep) while I am typing this so excuse any mistakes. See ya'll the young un stirs hava to run lol oh well Hi lol


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ron Davies
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 10:04 PM

Great to see you back, Jerry!


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 10:19 PM

Good to see you too, Ron! Howz by you?

Hey, Jay: I remember the days... :-)

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jayto
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 10:39 AM

Hello Jerry just sitting here drinking my morning coffee. Actually about my 3rd cup of morning coffee lol. Busy day ahead but it is starting a little later. After I got my oldest son off to school me and my youngest son decided to sit in the swing and enjoy the morning. It is a beautiful morning here today cool and sunny. It is supposed to be up around 90 before the day is out but right now it is wonderful. Anyway, I just thought I would drop in and say hi. Hope you have a great day
cya
JT


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 11:17 AM

Hey, Jay and all:

My wife Ruth and I took our morning walk along the Housatonic River... a beautiful morning with a temperature in the 50's, and low humidity. The leaves are starting to turn color here, and there's a feeling of fall in the air.

Driving down to the river, we got caught in the first-day-of-school traffic. Just walking to our car in the driveway, we met a young couple with a baby in a stroller and two little girls with new, pink flowery backpacks, heading off to school. I remember those days well, when my sons first started out.

My first day of school was more dramatic than anyone should have to deal with. Besides having all that first-day-in-kindgeraten jitters, I had to deal with a tragic accident. We were having breakfast in the kitchen (aitting at our oil-cloth covered kitchen table) when we heard the screech of brakes and tires. We ran out in front of the house to see a car a couple of blocks away, driving as fast as it could, and lying dead in the street was my young dog puppy, Tipper. I'd always wanted a dog (all the five years of my life,) and Tipper was better than any friend I had. And there he was, dead in the street. We carried him up onto the front porch and then it was time to head off for my first day of kindergarten.

You never forget days like that.

Hopefull all the kids starting school have a lot happier time than I had, that morning.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Nick
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 12:40 PM

Very late coming to this thread - nice idea.

We have three tables in the house that are focal points - the kitchen table, the dining table (which we have spent HOURS at with friends) and the coffee table in the living room.

A bit like you, Jerry, I like jazz, rock, reggae, folk, classical and all sorts of stuff which I count myself as lucky - I'll expand sometime but thought I'd just say hello first.

Second thoughts - my wife and I had a friend visit at the weekend and one of the things we do round the table when some friends come is sing and play so here's a little offering to share with you (we were practicing so thought I'd record it on my little Zoom recorder) - Song - I hope you enjoy it :)


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 02:27 PM

Thanks for stopping by, nick. Don't be a stranger. Thanks too for posting the song. I really enjoyed listening to it, and it opens up new possibilities for the kitchen table. I have a Zoom H4 recorder but haven't gotten around to getting it to download into the computer. It would be fun to post links to songs on here. That's still too mysterious for my addled brain to figure out, but maybe some day. I sent off the last of my book proposals today and am cleaning my office. I've almost found my desk. Maybe I can get back to the Zoom H4 and see if I can get it fired up.

We actually spend our music making time in what we call our Great Room. There's more space, as our kithcen isn't enormous. I recorded my gospel quartet in that room, and it's a great place to sing. The acoustic are similar to a tile-walled Men's room. (Some of you ladies can comment on whether or not the acoustics are good in Ladies Rooms, too. I've never heard a comment about that.)

Nice to see so many folks dropping by.

Yeah, our musical tastes seem to overlap a lot, Nick.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Nick
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 03:07 PM

Sweet - I'll be back and share a story about the men's room in the pub we used to sing in

Off for an evenings music - keep the seats warm

:)


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: billybob
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 11:34 AM

I need a coffee so badly.I hate my computer, I have a trojen( whatever that is) so my son tells me.Yesterday he tried to talk me through removing it, he was in Lowestoft 70 miles away so for 7( honest..7!) hours we were on the telephone with me on the computer being instructed. We thought we had solved it but this morning I arrived in the salon and hay ho, disaster once more.Unfortunatly the clients records, appointments, staff details, wages, on line banking ,in fact the life of the salon is all inside this box of tricks.By 7.30 last night I was on the gin and tonic!Driven to drink!
One of my clients has offered to come in tomorrow and sort it out, I am going to barter her time in exchange for an aromatherapy.... mind you I could do with the aromatherapy myself!
So if you do not mind I will slip into this armchair and enjoy some conversation, wake me up if I nod off.
Wendy
Help yourselves to Key lime Pie, made it myself.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 02:19 PM

Put your feet up on the table, Wendy. You're among friends.

Computers are great when they work. When they get ornery, they are the spawn of the Devil. I have no idea how they really work. Have you tried burning candles in front of your screen? It didn't work for me, either.

Rats, somebody took the last piece of key lime pie!

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jeanie
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 05:20 PM

Halloo ! Sorry to hear about your computer, Wendy - hope you will soon be able to get it sorted out. My webmail system was down all day yesterday. They did, at least, put a little notice up on the screen saying that the system was being upgraded....but now that the so-called upgrade has happened, complete with "smileys" and all sorts of other stuff, it is working so slowly that I've started using an alternative address.

That was a lovely song from you Nick and your wife and friend. I'd never come across "esnips" before - that looks like a nice little site - Is it easy to load things onto it ? I'm going to look into these Zoom recorders, too....Ohh, the things you can learn from sitting at the kitchen table !

Talking of places to record that have good acoustics, Jerry & Co., when my father died some years ago, my daughter and I tried various places to record her playing the flute and my reading something to be played at his funeral. (We didn't know whether we could trust our emotions to be OK doing it on the day). The very best place of all (which we used) was sitting on the toilet seat in the bathroom, which, my father having the humour that he did, we felt totally happy doing without any fear of it being "irreverent" !

- jeanie


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 09:27 PM

Hey, Jeanie:

How great to see you. I think it's the tile what does it. Glad to hear that women make music in the Ladies Room, too. If you ever make it over here, our "Great Room" has a tile floor and windows on three sides. Not toilet seat, unfortunately, but it's more comfortable sitting on the cough. It's a great place to sing, and it's where I recorded the Gospel Messengers CD. There's something a little off-putting about doing a CD titled The Gospel Messengers Sing in the Toilet.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 11:22 PM

All right Jimmy... only two more posts until the odometer rolls over at 1,900. I'll be sitting the back seat, watching...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: GUEST,Singer's Knight
Date: 29 Aug 08 - 03:46 PM

A nice cup of coffee after a busy day helping our daughter....Mmmm lovely!

I don't often get to post. I'm more of a lurker! But I thought, "Isn't it always the way that the dreaded upgrade makes thinks worse rather than better?"


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 29 Aug 08 - 06:22 PM

OH, what the heck... it will be post 2,000 that will be the big one. Yeah, Knight, I find upgrades frightening. It seems like every time I start to feel comfortable with software, they want to upgrade it. More often than not, it doesn't work as well as the version I've become accustomed to. It's all part of the planned obscelesence of things. I mean, what if you bought a computer and the software you needed, and it last twenty years? Think of the economy. You want to take food out of hungry children's mouths?

Jerry


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