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Premiered at FilKONtario!

Friends, I'd like to talk to you about elitism.

Around the world, there are professional organizations such as the A.M.A., the B.M.A., and the C.M.A. -- respectively, the American, British, and Canadian Medical Associations. The Bundesärztekammer, or B.Ä.K.; that is, the German Medical Association. These, and other groups around the world, work to restrict terms such as "Medical Doctor" and "Doctor of Medicine" to those privileged few who not only have the means to attend medical school, but also are lucky enough to graduate.

But friends, you don't have to meekly accept this situation. You can push back. You have the power in your hands... and in your keyboards.

Do It To Yourself
(© Joel Polowin, 2019; TTO: "Do It Yourself" by Bill Sutton)

I went to see my doctor, and she told me with alarm
The surgery I wanted would just do me awful harm
So I turned to my computer, and I learned without regret
That you can be a doctor with the stuff that's on the net

    A.M.A., B.M.A., C.M.A., and W.H.O.
    B.Ä.K. and M.S.F. and others you may know
    The medical monopoly, they want you to forget
    That you can be a doctor with the stuff that's on the net

The first step is diagnosis, diagnosis is a breeze
'Cause Doctor Google helps identifying your disease
You just type in ev'ry symptom you might be concerned about
Then click "I'm Feeling Lucky", and you've got what it spits out

You might be wanting bloodwork, though getting it's a pain
There's lots of information lurking there inside your veins
So go log in to FaceBook, and click the links therefrom:
There's experts standing by to help at MeetRealVamps.com

And then there's medications, you can buy them all on-line
And in practically no time, they'll have you feeling fine
Read through all the testimonials and what they say to do
'Cause if they worked for someone else, they must be good for you

Another thing a doctor needs is radiology
For that you'll need a source of radioactivity
Kijiji and Freecycle let you get your hands on some:
A bunch of dying smoke detectors' americium

If you want to do some surgery, you need make no mistake
With Doctor YouTube there to show you ev'ry move to make
Start out with warts and hangnails, then get a cordless drill
'Cause autotrepanation's good for showing off your skill [bzzzzz!]

Last you'll need to have diplomas before you can be done
From sev-er-al pres-tig-ious on-line in-sti-tu-ti-ons
With a bunch of them up on your wall and more upon your shelf
You've ev'rything you need to be in practise for yourself

A few notes...


Second: As of this writing, there is no "MeetRealVamps.com". "MeetRealVampires", though, yes.

Third: Smoke detectors and their americium are not the most effective/efficient really stupidly dangerous way to get your hands on radioactive material. A good candidate for that questionable distinction might involve "FiestaWare". I will leave the details to the interested student, and strictly disavow any responsibility.

Fourth: Trepanation, or trepanning, refers to drilling a hole in someone's skull -- a necessary part of many forms of brain surgery, treatment of hydrocephalus, not to mention demon eviction. Autotrepanation (AKA autotrephanation) is the process of drilling one's own skull. Bzzzzz! And yes, there have been YouTube videos.
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I. and I are scheduled for a concert at FilKONtario, the first event on Friday evening.  The portable keyboard that she uses is adequate for basic practising but not very good: 5 octaves, no pedals, and no touch sensitivity (the strength which a key is struck with doesn't affect its volume).  Will anyone be there with a better keyboard that we might use?

We could also use an accompanist on keyboard for one of I.'s songs, so that she could play violin.
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Two more of my songs from my old tape Shrink Wrap Blues are now up on SoundCloud:
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Tuesday April 23 at 7:00 pm we will be live on the air on KHOI, Ames Community Radio! You can come be in the audience, or listen on the web! khoifm.org
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All full length CDs are $10.00 postage paid. You can get our entire catalog for $60.00. Prices go back to the usual on Monday (no fooling!)

Paypal can be sent to cheshiremoonband at gmail

You can also get this at the Demicon Lite show in Des Moines today!

You can hear our music at https://cheshiremoon.bandcamp.com/
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We got hit by more medical bills for one of my kids. Nothing scary, just expensive.

So we are having a sale of Cheshire Moon stuff.

All Full Length CDs - $10.00 each (Normally $15.00 each, two for $25.00)

The entire catalog - $60.00 (Normally $85.00)
Ways Of Wind And Water
Crowes & Consequences
The Midnight Contingent
The Midnight Contingent - Acoustic
52 Songs Project
The Summer Singles
The Summer EP (Out Of Print, the last are in this deal)
The Winter EP

This applies to North America and Europe. Mike Whitaker has a bunch of our CDs (the stuff that didn't arrive until after we left England).

Prices include postage!

Payments via Paypal to cheshiremoonband at gmail dot com.

If you don't have our CDs, or are missing a couple, this is a great time to get caught up, and to help us out in a messy time.

Thank you so much

Lizzie & Eric

(and if you have everything, or can't afford CDs at the moment, please share this)
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Because I am a twit, and forgot to mention it on the show.
SJ Tucker, Ginger Doss, Renee Janski, Lynda Millard, Ronda Jean together live on Concert Window tonight!
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After two years of litigation, a U.S. district court has ruled in favor of "Oh, the Places You'll Boldly Go!", published by ComicMix. The estate of Theodore Giesel (Dr. Seuss) had sued, claiming copyright infringement. ComicMix held it was a fair use parody.

The 2 Live Crew decision, which covered similar ground, led to a lot of false claims that anyone was now free to produce any kind of parody. Neither decision says that. The court ruled that ComicMix "is a highly transformative work that takes no more from the Dr. Seuss books than necessary for its purposes." "Transformative" means that it does something different from the original. Taking no more than necessary was also a basis for the 2 Live Crew decision.

There's no reason to overstate the scope of the ruling. This is a big win for parody mashups just as it is.
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The Pasadena Folk Music Society, along with the Pasadena Public Library, presents a very different kind of show in 8 days, Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 AM at the Pasadena Central Library and the program is free! Cambalache is a unique Los Angeles-based group that you just don't get many opportunities to hear. We learned of them at last year's FolkRoots Festival (this year's festival is coming up on April 13!) and we felt that it was time that we present some music from south of the border. The group is led by Cesar Castro (vocals and requinto), who grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, and became fascinated with son jarocho music, the mix of African, Spanish, and the indigenous culture of the Caribbean. You may not be all that familiar with son jarocho music, but this show is a perfect opportunity to find out about it. Cesar is joined by his wife, Xiochi Flores (vocals, jarana), who does a bit of dancing, Chuy Sandoval (jarana, electric guitar), and Juan Perez (electric upright bass). The music is joyous and fun, mostly traditional, with a few originals. Get a taste of their music from a performance of La Iguana at the Ford Theater, with the common call and response heard in son jarocho. Get a look at Xiochi's dancing from this show up in San Francisco. She'll probably have the kids and some of the adults up and dancing a bit. They sing in Spanish, but tell you about the music in English.

This will be a family show, perfect for kids and adults. Cesar is a luthier, and he'll likely talk about the instruments a bit, and you will also learn about the music. We are able to make this a free show with a generous gift from the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival folks. In their spirit of encouraging musicianship for all ages, we wanted to especially appeal to the youth, and we hope to have a good representation of parents with children, but we're confident that there will be room for people of all ages. Tell your friends! Bring some kids! This show will give you a strong appreciation for the music and the rich heritage of Mexico.
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Whoops, forgot to include the upcoming Pasadena performances until they already went, here's a list of upcoming stops on the Tannahill Weavers' North American tour I just received.  Not in Pasadena this time, but they may well turn up in the area of someone out there.  If so, go see them!

This RT^&* thingie keeps eating my cuts.  Here's the list by itself.  I hope.

12 Sep 2019 : ST CLOUD MN : Granite City Folk
13 Sep 2019 : MINNEAPOLIS MN : Cedar Cultural Center
14 Sep 2019 : THREE LAKES WI : Three Lakes Center for the Arts

18 Sep 2019 : SOQUEL CA : Monterey Celtic

19 Sep 2019: WINTERS CA : Palms Playhouse
20 Sep 2019 : SEBASTOPOL CA : Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
21 Sep 2019 : AUBURN CA : Placer Arts
22 Sep 2019 : BERKELEY CA : Freight and Salvage
26 Sep 2019 : CANADA : VANCOUVER BC : Rogue Folk Club
27 Sep 2019 : CANADA : QUALICUM BC : Celtic Series
28 Sep 2019 : CANADA : VICTORIA BC : Celtic Series
29 Sep 2019 : PORT ANGELES WA : Juan de Fuca Music Series
01 Oct 2019 : ANN ARBOR MI : The Ark (with Old Blind Dogs)
03 Oct 2019 : SAULT STE MARIE WI : Superior State University
05 Oct 2019 : INDIANAPOLIS IN : Indy Folk Series

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Marc Gunn, aka the Celtfather, offers:

"I want to make it as easy as possible for people to get to know my music. So I am setting two of my albums on Bandcamp to 100% free. There's no hitch, no need to sign up to a mailing list or pay anything. Just listen and download.

The two albums are: St Patrick's Day
https://magerecords.com/album/st-patricks-day and

Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers

Share the links. They will be good through St Patrick's Day. I want as many people as possible to hear them. I really appreciate your help. Thank you! Marc"

note: these are both lots of fun!
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The latest Becky Chambers book, _Record of a Spaceborn Few_, is 1.99 on amazon & bn.com. I don't know about elsewhere.

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One man's hands can't tear a prison down
Two men's hands can't tear a prison down
But if two and two and fifty make a million
We'll see that day come round
We'll see that day come round.
--Pete Seeger, One Man's Hands

5412 = 10000002
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Three Weird Sisters, Talis Kimberley-Fairbourn, Chris Conway, Lawrence Dean, Playing Rapunzel, Silke Kovar, Zander Nyrond, Mike Whitaker, Chantelle Smith, and Phoenix

It'll be out Wednesday morning!
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The Misbehaven Maidens, Efenwealt Wystle, Jen Midkiff, Margaret Middleton, Riverfolk, The Swedish Shortsnouts, Toyboat, Moldy Filters, and Sunnie Larson
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Patricia Wrede's 5 Lyra novels are on sale for 2.99!




I don't know about elsewhere.
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More from the Pasadena Folk Music Society (This isn't the whole of the newsletter - I recommend subscribing if you want to hear about other stuff going on in the area).


We'll soon slip into February, and the Folk Music Society has two shows in this short month. We start with Honey Whiskey Trio, three young women who have been turning heads with their harmonies, and dramatic body percussion and movements, on Saturday, February 2, at 8:00 PM in Beckman Institute Auditorium.

Courtney, Ann Louise, and Christina develop and arrange their own stirring harmonies and body percussion (hand clappin', finger snappin', leg slappin', and foot stompin') with synchronized movements. On some songs, they play guitar, mandolin, banjo, and shruti box (come find out what that is!). They create, arrange, and explore music from the front porches, music halls, and hymn books of early America, sharing it with adults, students, and life-long music lovers across the United States. Lisa Forkish, of the A Cappella Association wrote, "They always leave you sitting at the edge of your seat, waiting with bated breath for each new beautifully executed phrase." Hear them sing their namesake song, Sweet Honey Whiskey and hear a good sampling of what they do here. These women give their all with their singing, and they just might steal your heart in the process!


Tickets for this show are $20 for adults, and $5 for children and Caltech students. You can purchase tickets at the Caltech Ticket Office, 1200 E. California Blvd (southeast corner of Wilson Avenue and California Blvd) between 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. You can buy tickets in person without a service charge, or by phone with a service charge at (626) 395-4652. Outside of visiting the Ticket Office, this is the best deal if you want to buy them in advance, because a single service charge applies to all tickets purchased in the transaction, including for multiple shows. You can also buy them online (a service charge per ticket and a per-order charge are applied) here until the end of Thursday, January 31. And you can buy them at the door for cash or check (no credit cards at the door.)


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The new FilkCast has escaped and is out and about in the world! It's available on iTunes and Google Play!

My only question is, why do there seem to be no South American Filkers?

I have had listens on every other continent but South America. (minus Antarctica, they really don't have the bandwidth to DL it)

If anyone knows any filkers down that way, send them a link!

This week FilkCast features Brooke vs John, Seanan McGuire, Joe Giacoio, The Unusual Suspects, Tianna and the Cliffhangers, Erica Neely, and Karen Linsley!

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The Five Senses set [3 books] is 1.99!
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-five-senses-set-andre-norton/1127119442 and

I don't know about elsewhere.
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