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Videoing a Ballad of a Man Named Trump: Even Some Conservatives Are More’n a Might Aghast

Posted on September 9th, 2017   Comments


Vaughn Avery

Vaughn Avery

Come listen to my story ’bout a man named Trump / Poor billionaire, had to move into this dump / ‘Cuz one day he’d been shooting’ off his mouth / First thing you know / the county’s going’ south. 

Late in October of 2016, gita and I thought it would be fun to set new Trumpian words to the Beverly Hillbillies theme song. I don’t know how the idea escalated so quickly into shooting a video. But that’s what gita set about doing —her first— while I was tasked with finishing the satirical lyrics.

The video was shot at Vaughn Avery’s workshop in Montague. He very kindly allowed her to fill it with images of family, friends and heroes. A master mime and a fine percussionist, Vaughn, calling himself a “sacrificial Republican,” brought the video to life.

Becky Rose Dill

Becky Rose Dill

To keep the production on an even keel, gita brought our friend Becky Rose Dill in to smudge and bless the parodists and the premises. Becky actually can play accordion. Amidst gales of laughter. Gita videoed the stop motion sequences at Becky’s house.


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When You Find Out Who You Are: An Iconoclastic Loner of Acid Folk?

Posted on September 7th, 2017   Comments

Are you having a bad trip? Me too. Bummer. Did we drop acid? No. This is 2017: racism is back. A spirit of meanness is in the air. We are living in an ignorocracy led by a reality star who believes the US Constitution is an employee manual that he wrote and can rewrite as needed. […]

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What Did Bob Dylan Do to Deserve the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Posted on January 3rd, 2017   Comments

Guns-a-blazing, Bob Dylan kicked the door wide open to the notion that songs are poetry. After the smoke cleared, many of us innocent bystanders struggled for decades to argue that songs sung can be and are literature. Ineffectively, it seems. And some were arguing this before Dylan’s in-bursting outburst. And now our argument is recognized […]

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Slow Hand Healing: An Interim Report

Posted on July 8th, 2016   Comments

Anticipating that you might be wondering where I’ve gone or what I’m doing, I offer the following brief tales of surgical procedures, ongoing works in progress, leanings toward the olde country and physical manifestations. Meanwhile, a fairly comprehensive retrospective of my 40 years in music can be heard here:   Olde Leanings: The olde country […]

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IT’S A GRAND OLD ONION: The Autobiography of a Flag

Posted on January 6th, 2016   Comments

I may be the only folksinger with a flag. Flags aren’t very folk-singerish. I made mine several years ago: a conglomerate, mythopoeic emblem of sorts. You may have noticed it. A vexillological manifesto, it states that I’m from here and there and nowhere and thus it implies a love of freedom in all its aspects. Much […]

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Hip Ecstatic Frown tour: Prelude of a Clown

Posted on September 17th, 2015   Comments

HEF 1: IN WHICH the FOLKSINGER’S CLOTHES GET LOCKED in the LAUNDRY ROOM, the TOUR is ALMOST RUINED and HE MUST REHEARSE on the ROAD IN THE RAIN — March 14, 2015: Not everybody loves touring. I love its simplicity and its intimacy. You go from one place to the next, eat, look at passing scenery, perform, interact, sleep […]

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Posted on July 1st, 2015   Comments

Last night, I watched Austin to Boston on Netflix streaming. I watched with a slightly jaundiced eye. Netflix describes Austin to Boston as a documentary film about a tour gone wrong. Directed by James Marcus Haney, it is, however, a well-strategized well-made feature length promo video. Or is it? Couldn’t one say the same of […]

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