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In praise of Tom Paxton

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Wesley S 03 Apr 00 - 01:55 PM
Bert 03 Apr 00 - 01:56 PM
bobby's girl 03 Apr 00 - 02:19 PM
Jack The Lad 03 Apr 00 - 04:33 PM
JedMarum 03 Apr 00 - 05:06 PM
Wesley S 03 Apr 00 - 05:33 PM
BlueJay 03 Apr 00 - 05:49 PM
bflat 03 Apr 00 - 06:07 PM
GUEST,Jim Morley 03 Apr 00 - 06:17 PM
The Shambles 03 Apr 00 - 06:26 PM
DonMeixner 03 Apr 00 - 06:45 PM
Lanfranc 03 Apr 00 - 07:10 PM
canoer 03 Apr 00 - 07:29 PM
Little Neophyte 03 Apr 00 - 09:21 PM
rangeroger 03 Apr 00 - 11:34 PM
Mark Cohen 04 Apr 00 - 02:23 AM
Mark Cohen 04 Apr 00 - 02:29 AM
Wesley S 04 Apr 00 - 09:11 AM
Mike Regenstreif 04 Apr 00 - 09:20 AM
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Subject: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 01:55 PM

I hope you don't mind if I gush a little bit. But last Saturday night was able to see one of my musical heros - Tom Paxton - in concert for the first time. I've been listening to his records since the 60's but this was the first chance I've had to hear him live. I'm always impressed when I hear a man or woman alone on stage using just a guitar to entertain an audience. We had about 2 hours worth of one excellent song after another. His songs were funny, warm, moving and inspiring. He had tons of stage presence and was nice enough to take time for all of us that wanted to talk afterward. On the way home I thought of at least a dozen more songs he could have sung that he just didn't have enough time to get around to. We're lucky to live in a world that has singers of his caliber. And I wish more of them would come down south. Next time he comes to your town don't miss him.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Bert
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 01:56 PM

You're right on there Wesley. I went to a couple of his workshops a while ago. He's a great guy.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: bobby's girl
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 02:19 PM

I've been lucky enough to see Tom perform live several times, mostly in the seventies. He has never failed to produce a brilliant performance, producing layghter and tears in equal measure - a brilliant artist.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Jack The Lad
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 04:33 PM

Tom was our guest at Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival in Israel- he was all of the above and more. He and his wife Midge are a couple of "mentches"(real gentlefolk and great people)It was a pleasure to have their company for a few days. Jack The Lad


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: JedMarum
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 05:06 PM

I couldn't agree more, Wesley, I am a Tom Paxton fan too! Where was the show?


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 05:33 PM

It was right here in wind swept Ft Worth at the Trinity Episcopal Church across from TCU. Good crowd { about 300 } good acoustics, and a good opening act too. They are looking for other local folks to open for other shows they have coming up. They have a concert once a month. You need to send them a tape. Let me know if you want the address.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: BlueJay
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 05:49 PM

Wesley- Hear Hear! I just ran across, (and bought), a Best of Tom Paxton CD, "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound". What a delight- 26 of his best songs, many in live versions that I've never heard. His influence is everywhere in music. For a long time, I suffered the delusion that John Denver had written "Forest Lawn". A few years ago I found a copy of the song. Imagine my delight and relief to discover that Paxton had actually written the song! I've never had your good fortune to see the man live, but this thread is particularly timely to me as I just got this wonderful, (or should I say "Marvelous"), CD. Thanks, Jay


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: bflat
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 06:07 PM

Yes! Yes, he is clearly one of the most prolific songwriters with a treasure chest of jewels. I've seen him live four times. I believe his best performances occur when he alone occupies the stage. Some of my favorites are: Getting Up Early; Rambling Boy and his collorations with Ms. Graham-White. Don't you just love his short shelf life humorous ditties? A very underrated warm and mellow voice. Most folks talk about his songs but his singing and guitar playing is superb.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: GUEST,Jim Morley
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 06:17 PM

Couldn't agree more with the posts so far. I saw him first in the early 70's at the time of his 'Complete Tom Paxton' Live LP, in Sheffield (England) City Hall, playing to a packed crowd. I saw him again (still in Sheffield) a few years later, in a much smaller venue where he took the time to talk to individuals after the show, a real gentleman.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: The Shambles
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 06:26 PM

One of my very best memories is seeing Tom Paxton at the Isle of Wight rock festival, in the early 70s. It was magic. One man and one guitar held about 300,000, mainly rock fans, in the palm of his hand. Great bloke.

Nice to say nice things about people while they are still with us, rather than waiting until they are dead. Give us all a chance to see what we have been missing before it is too late.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: DonMeixner
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 06:45 PM

I saw Tom Paxton every October from 1966 to 1970 at The Regents Theatre in Syracuse NY. Tom had a connection at The University so he was onstage prior to the Penn State game every year it seemed. I saw him perform everytime a new LP came out from Ain't That News - #6.

I remember the power of Goodman and Schwerner and Cheney, because I lived through those years. The Willing Concript was special to me because i had a brother who was effected by the draft at that time. My turn came when Jimmy Newman hit the stands. Paxton along with Phil Ochs where my heroes at the time and in many ways still are. Powerful voices of reason in a time when it was in such short supply. Saddly not heard by enough people then.

Happily, Tom is still there to remind us where the road lays. But Oh, I miss Phil. If he could have held on a few years more, what he might have written.

Don


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Lanfranc
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 07:10 PM

As one of the few British singers who still includes a considerable number of Paxton songs in my repertoire, I can only echo everything said above. For some reason there is a view that he is now a bit passe, but he never will be for me. His songs always go down well with the audiences I play to, many of whom are surprised when I introduce songs as his, they often think they're traditional or written by John Denver or even Bob Dylan!

I was lucky enough to meet Tom several times. One night down the Troubadour in London in 1970 he even borrowed my guitar - I was young and impressed and tongue tied, but he put me at my ease.

A nice guy and one of the best and most consistent songwriters ever. Long may he live!


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: canoer
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 07:29 PM

Amen, Don.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 09:21 PM

Did Tom Paxton ever write his autobiography? Or is there a good book or website on Tom Paxton?

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: rangeroger
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 11:34 PM

Little Neo, There is a song book called "Tom Paxton, Ramblin'Boy and other songs",where he gives some background info on his songs.
It was published by Oak Publications in 1965.(found it in my box next to Pete Seeger and Jerry Silverman).May be out of print now but here are the #s.
ISBN:0-8256-0007-3
Lib of Cong.Catalog Card #: 65-26580.
It's a very good book.
rr


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 02:23 AM

When I was a junior in high school I carried a copy of "What Did You Learn In School Today?" folded up in my wallet. (A copy of the page from his book, not the record.) I heard Tom at the Main Point near Philadelphia in 1970. He sang a song I don't think I've ever heard since. I think it was called "Icarus." The chorus went something like: "Can't go home, I'll make 'em cry/Mama's boy, he flew too high/Mama's boy, he'll never learn/He flew too high, his wings got burned" Anybody know the song? Also, does anyone know who Tom's song "Uncle Jack" was written about? He mentioned it at the concert but I guess I wasn't listening.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 02:29 AM

Oh, I did look in the DT, and Tom's song isn't there. But there is a song called "Icarus" by someone named Ann Lister, and it looks like a helluva song. What a place this Mudcat is, eh?

Mark


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Wesley S
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 09:11 AM

Little Neo - Tom did say the other night that he had a larger songbook in the works that he hoped to have out this year. I have the smaller book mentioned above and got him to sign it that night. I don't know anything about a website for him - maybe someone else has - or will start one.

For those of you who remember the song " Jennifer's Rabbit " - Tom told us that his daughter Jennifer made him a grandfather for the second time just a few days earlier. He had a real gleam in his eye and said that's what it's all about.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Mike Regenstreif
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 09:20 AM

Tom recorded his "Icarus" (different from the Anne Lister and Paul Winter songs of the same name) on "How Come the Sun," an LP from the early-1970s on Reprise that's been out-of-print for many years.

In 1969, when I was 15 and in high school, I went to a folk concert in a big gym at McGill University in Montreal that was billed as a blanket concert. Most of the people sat on blankets on the gym floor. There was one long bench at the back of the gym. Being there alone, I sat on the bench.

The first half of the concert was a series of short sets by the cream of local performers: Penny Lang, Bruce Murdoch, Jesse Winchester and a couple of others. The singing MC was Tex König.

Sitting next to me on the bench was man of about 30. We struck up a conversation, and he made some good suggestions to me about folk music performers and records I might enjoy. At the intermission, he said his goodbye and left.

To start the second half, Tex came on stage and introduced "the man we'd all been waiting for...TOM PAXTON!" and, to my surprise, out comes this guy I'd been talking to all night.

Tom, to say the least, was wonderful that night. And it was that concert, more than any other that set me on the path that continues to this day.

Years later, when I was running a folk club in Montreal, Tom did annual concerts there and we became friends. A friendship, I'm pleased to say, that still endures.

And Tom remains one of my very favorite performers and songwriters.

Mike Regenstreif


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Grab
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 10:48 AM

Anyone know if he's doing anything in Britain anytime soon?


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 11:02 AM

Fans,If you were to recommend one of his currently available recordings as a good showcase(preferably without too many "childrens songs") which would you recommend?
RtS (One step at a time. I went into a record store on Saturday and bought nothing. SHE who says I'm a compulsive record buyer bought 3 CDs and a cassette!)


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: BlueJay
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 01:31 PM

RTS- I'd buy it all if I had the money. Look at my reply to this thread above for my most recent purchase. It does have kid's songs, but only a couple: Zoo and Marvelous Toy. But it also has Forest lawn, Talking Vietnam Potluck Blues, What Did you Learn In School Today?, Jimmy Newman, Jennifer's Rabbit, Willing conscript, and many others. It does not include the aforementioned Icarus, which I have not yet heard. To me, an absolutely delightful album, and my grandson thinks so , too. Jay


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: canoer
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 04:08 PM

Besides, Marvelous Toy is IMHO a real gem anyway.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Tig
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 04:24 PM

I'll never forget sharing breakfast with Tom at Redcar Folk Festival a few years back when my Katy was younger and much taken with him. Between us we decided that Katy's must all start from the same mould (try the song Katy written for his daughter)! He's a smashing fella and a superb songwriter who I'd go to see at any given opportunity.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 05:15 PM

Roger - you're looking for one perfect Tom Paxton CD? Check out The Best of Tom Paxton: I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound (click). This is the first I've seen on the new Rhino/Elektra Traditions label. It's high time somebody came out with reissues from the Elektra folk catalog. I hope they come out with may more like this one. 26 great songs on this reissue - WOW!
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Peter T.
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 05:25 PM

I agree with Joe (in all senses, come on Rhino/Electra!). I bought it a couple of months ago, and it is never far from the CD player. yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Lanfranc
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 05:45 PM

I wonder if his ears are burning!

Why is there no site for Tom Paxton? Everybody else seems to have one. If I only had time!

It's good to find that there are still enthusiasts out there.

As to him coming to Britain, I have a vague memory that he was due to come this year, but there was some problem - I'll dig back a couple of months in the magazines and things. If I find anything positive, I'll post it.

"Thank you for the honour of your company"


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: GUEST,Marian Fripp
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 05:45 PM

Please - does anyone know if he is coming to England? I saw him several times in the 70's at Bournemouth and he was brilliant. All on his own you could hear a pin drop. How can you choose a song and say that is your favourite - I can't. Just as I decide I remember another one and then another and then another. They're all so good. Oh please, please if anyone knows him ask him to come back to Bournemouth - or anywhere in the UK.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Mike Regenstreif
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 05:59 PM

Back in January or February, I had an e-mail from Tom who was then on tour in England. So, I think those of you over there who are asking may have missed him recently.

Earlier today I told Tom about this thread. Maybe he'll check in.

Mike Regenstreif


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 06:25 PM

Well, Mike in that case........
Hi Tom,
It's me Little Neo.
I would love to know when your new songbook is going to be published.
Have you notice, you got a lot of admires around here?
As for me, I am new to folk music and would like to have a better understanding of who my forefathers are.
Many thanks for your grand contributions.

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 10:16 PM

Great story Mike!

Like others here, its hard NOT to be a Tom Paxton fan. Its not been mentioned specifically but its obvious from the postings, the breadth and diversity of his work amazes me. AND, he has written some real classics from ballads to humor to political songs. Simply amazing.

I've only been able to see him once, but it was memorable!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 05 Apr 00 - 03:53 AM

Thanks to all for the recommendations, duly noted for next trip to record shop!
RtS


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: BlueJay
Date: 05 Apr 00 - 01:27 PM

I love threads like this, 'nuff said. Forgive me, I just want to bring it back up and see what else surfaces. Joe Offer, that is the same CD I bought, and in the words of Victor Hugo's publisher: !


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 12:48 AM

Still wondering if anybody knows who "Uncle Jack" was written about. It's on Tom Paxton 6, with some other gems. For those who don't know the song, it's about a boy who has been living with his Uncle Jack, an artist, but is being removed from this home. As I recall, Tom said that the prototype of Uncle Jack was blacklisted during the McCarthy reign of terror. "Uncle Jack, they hate you so, you fought to keep me here I know, and now we must accept it and I'll try..." It's a powerful song.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: JedMarum
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 02:16 AM

Wesley - yes, I'd like the address, please (music@jedmarum.com). I'd like to find out more about playing out that way. I just booked another night at Poor David's Pub (June 8). Do you ever get out that way? It's a great place, I've enjoyed playing there and have always enjoyed the other acts I've played with there, too.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: kendall
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 06:05 PM

What always amazes me is his ability to write so many kinds of songs...unlike some other song writers, his dont all sound alike. For instance, The Marvelous Toy on one end, then On The Road From Shrebenitsa (sic) the tape is in the car so dont know how to spell it. From light and funny to downright sad and very moving.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: The Shambles
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 06:50 PM

Message from Tom Paxton


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 07 Apr 00 - 02:28 AM

I've been privileged to hear Tom perform several times at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, and even got a chance to speak with him very briefly after one of his "Story Songs" performances there. As Wesley said, way back up there, one of my heroes. Tom, we missed you in 1999--come back soon.

Lin


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: GUEST,graham,,,,,ayr,,,,,,,,,,,
Date: 07 Apr 00 - 05:14 PM

re all this tom paxton praise stuff; couldn't agree more with all the sentiments expressed,, first saw tom in glasgow c69 & 70 ish again glasgow 78/9 ish. next ayr & irvine, ayrshire in 90's. "every time" t'was the best. but early this year, back in jan in glasgow as the finale to celtic connections festival he was on stage with archie fisher, dick gaughan, brian mcneil & eric bogle all together (at least in 2nd half) and t'was really, really good....... imagine all those folk all together, what a treat etc etc.......... we await the next visitation in this part of the world ie south/west/central scotland,(if you hadn't already worked that out) bye, gc ayr


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 08 Apr 00 - 07:39 AM

G'day All,

I met Tom Paxton a few years back at the Illawarra Folk Festival, Jamberoo (New South Wales, Australia). He proved to be a warm and approachable person - as well as a great performer. I relation to Alan Francis' remark that British audiences consider him passé, his one (wry) complaint was that eveyone wanted him to sing all his old stuff they grew up with - instead of his interesting, current and modern latest songs!

I have a photograph I took of the final concert finale - with all the assembled performers on stage. Young Kate Fagan, of the local family group The Fagans, looks as if she is about to be swept up inrapture to the heavens ... standing on stage next to Tom Paxton!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: kendall
Date: 08 Apr 00 - 12:35 PM

Say ,Guest, in SW Scotland, do you know if Gaberlunzie still perform? Gordon set up a tour for me 10 years ago, but, I've lost track of them since.(By the way, Scotland is my second most favorite place in the world)


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Wesley S
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 11:36 AM

I thought I'd revive my old thread since Tom has a new CD out - his first one in many years. I know I'll be getting one soon. It's called "Comedians and Angels".


Tom Paxton


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 03:31 PM

And it has to be one of his best if not THE best.   CHeck my review of it at Bill Hahn

I also featured it a few times on TRADITIONS on WFDU.

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 04:02 PM

I'm always impressed with songwriters who can write songs that become even more meaningful as the years pass by. Tom is such a writer. His, "Whose Garden is this", strikes more chords now ( with talk of ecological disaster) than when it was written.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Slag
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 04:20 PM

I don't know, it just could be that a Tom Paxton song may be the last thing on my mind when I leave this world.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: topical tom
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 06:15 PM

My wife and I have been very fortunate to have seen Tom live several times at the Golem coffeehouse operated by Mike Regenstrief back in the 70's.We also saw him later at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival!What a marvellous singer-songwriter he is!From children's songs ("Don't Slay That Potatoe")to his short-shelf political-social comments ("One Million Lawters")he pens and sings all with great stage presence and sincerity. An entertainer to be seen if at all possible.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: open mike
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 03:52 AM

Tom has appeared several times recently at the kate Wolf memorial fest.
and he has had several "albums" recently, too. One with Anne Hills, and
otheres listed here: http://www.tompaxton.com/discography.html
He also wrote a wonderful tribute to the firefighters on 9-11. He writes topical songs with info about current events, he calls them short shelf life songs. here is his web site: www.tompaxton.com

I sing several of his songs: Last Thing on my Mind, Wonder Where I'm Bound, Ramblin' Boy, and one he does with Anne Hills "Follow That Road" and I would like to learn My Pony Knows The Way, Early Snow, and LInks in the Chain. A friend once asked me to help him learn Outward Bound for a memorial to his brother, whose ashes the family planned to sprinkle on teh sea from a boat as it was outward bound...


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Guldhamstern
Date: 28 Jun 08 - 07:52 PM

I first noticed who Tom was when i looked for the man who had wrote "I Give You The Morning". I bought The Things I notice Now on wich contains I Give You The Morning. But the song that really made that record was All Night Long. Two of the most beautiful song on the same album.

Then I heard a cover of Everytime on Patrick Sky:s debut, also a very beautiful song.

And that is my Paxton story so far. A short story with a couple of beautiful songs.


Notice that i don't have the english language in my blood.


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Jun 08 - 08:28 PM


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Subject: RE: In praise of Tom Paxton
From: Chris in Portland
Date: 28 Jun 08 - 08:56 PM

If you haven't heard it, I'd recommend the Best of Friends cd that Tom did with Ann Hills and Bob Gibson. Tom, of course, writes some of the most singable songs ever, but adding the harmonies here is really something special - and it's one of Gibson's best too.
Chris in Portland


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