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Thread #63765   Message #1045643
Posted By: GUEST,Ron Davies
31-Oct-03 - 11:58 PM
Thread Name: Getaway 2003 Memories
Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
No question in my mind--this Getaway was by far the best I've ever been to. Last year was great too, especially with Rick Fielding--as has been said, he was really missed --still would especially love to hear again his song about going to school.

But this year--as I was just saying to Bill Day, the incredible array of stars in the firmament, stars we had never seen before, was stunning. Elizabeth LaPrelle--the perfect keening mountain voice, Alaska Mike, joining the pantheon of Gordon Bok, Utah Phillips, Eric Bogle (and others) with so many well-crafted songs recently written (say in the last 40 years) but solidly "in the tradition", and of course the incomparable Shellbacks, individually, and in small groups,(just loved all the music hall songs,for instance, especially the ones I didn't know) as well as the massed group. As I said elsewhere, the only thing that can compare is the Middle Bar at Sidmouth, which is in fact where I met AlanWW.

And to have our own US leaders( i.e song-leaders)also, like Barry and Mick, was just the perfect complement. Particularly in the after-hours sessions, the cross-pollination was just wonderful. Mudcat contributors have revitalized the FSGW Getaway to an incredible extent. It is so great to hear songs we don't sing much or at all here or other versions of those we do. And we all, coming from so many different places and backgrounds, seem to really appreciate each other's contributions. I suppose it must be since we all have such a passion for music.   

And even definitely unplanned events (certain to go into the lore of the group. and which people without access to Mudcat would likely miss entirely,) like Jeri's stump incident, add yet another dimension. I am really impressed with the quality of the "stump-workshop" contributions---actually I think the one Jeri did herself is definitely one of the best, but they're all damn good.

The only other thing I wanted to say was a small correction of the "Cicada Serenade" as posted. I'm sure the Pheremones would want their first posting on Mudcat to be as accurate as possible. The posting was exactly as I sent it to Clayton, except one line (of course I can't make claims to 100% accuracy--I just transcribed it off a tape I borrowed.) But the last lines are:

So eat your cicadas with every snack
Cause they can also help you say "no" to crack