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Getaway Memories 2006

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GUEST,Jill Rogoff 23 Nov 06 - 09:00 AM
Amos 18 Nov 06 - 07:43 PM
SussexCarole 18 Nov 06 - 05:19 PM
Tinker 18 Nov 06 - 05:12 PM
jacqui.c 18 Nov 06 - 04:28 PM
Micca 18 Nov 06 - 10:03 AM
jacqui.c 18 Nov 06 - 07:53 AM
Joe Offer 18 Nov 06 - 02:41 AM
Amos 18 Nov 06 - 12:16 AM
Linda Goodman Zebooker 17 Nov 06 - 11:54 PM
Tinker 17 Nov 06 - 11:43 PM
Dan Schatz 17 Nov 06 - 09:52 PM
Dan Schatz 17 Nov 06 - 09:46 PM
Amos 17 Nov 06 - 07:16 PM
Tinker 17 Nov 06 - 06:14 PM
Tinker 17 Nov 06 - 06:04 PM
Bill D 14 Nov 06 - 10:28 AM
Snuffy 14 Nov 06 - 08:48 AM
Barry Finn 14 Nov 06 - 02:06 AM
Joe Offer 14 Nov 06 - 01:46 AM
Susan A-R 13 Nov 06 - 10:45 PM
Gorgeous Gary 13 Nov 06 - 09:46 PM
Tinker 13 Nov 06 - 08:46 PM
Linda Goodman Zebooker 13 Nov 06 - 06:50 PM
Crane Driver 12 Nov 06 - 06:02 PM
Big Mick 12 Nov 06 - 01:20 PM
Amos 12 Nov 06 - 12:49 PM
SINSULL 12 Nov 06 - 12:40 PM
Bill D 12 Nov 06 - 12:19 PM
SussexCarole 12 Nov 06 - 12:14 PM
Lonesome EJ 10 Nov 06 - 07:57 PM
Lonesome EJ 10 Nov 06 - 07:35 PM
Barry Finn 10 Nov 06 - 06:08 PM
Tinker 10 Nov 06 - 05:28 PM
Bill D 10 Nov 06 - 04:33 PM
Big Mick 10 Nov 06 - 04:24 PM
Joe Offer 10 Nov 06 - 04:16 PM
georgeward 10 Nov 06 - 02:44 PM
GUEST,KT 10 Nov 06 - 02:27 PM
Amos 10 Nov 06 - 02:26 PM
Ferrara 10 Nov 06 - 02:15 PM
Ferrara 10 Nov 06 - 01:35 PM
Joe Offer 10 Nov 06 - 01:34 PM
Big Mick 10 Nov 06 - 01:22 PM
Lonesome EJ 10 Nov 06 - 01:18 PM
Ferrara 10 Nov 06 - 12:18 PM
Charlie Baum 10 Nov 06 - 01:36 AM
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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: GUEST,Jill Rogoff
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 09:00 AM

Just want to say 'hi' to everyone I met at the 2006 Getaway. It was a great experience, and I loved every minute of it. Pity I didn't know about the late-night jams, or I'd have happily joined in.

Special thanks to Charlie, Dean and Rita for facilitating my participation (don't try to say that quickly when you've just eaten a box of crackers)... I really appreciated your warm welcome, and was glad I didn't goof up too badly leading my first-ever sessions.

I particularly loved:

the Copper family session -- haven't sung those songs for years;
Lisa Null's beautiful, pure singing;
the Shape Note singing (wow!);
Joe Newberry's exquisite banjo playing;
Dan Schatz's amazing technique on autoharp (I didn't know it could sound like that!);
Sylvia Herold's singing of the new version of The Two Sisters; Micca's wonderful parodies...
and meeting so many friendly folks who are as immersed in music and words as I have been all my life. Made me feel normal! :-) Actually, it just made me feel at home.

I hope I'll be able to return next year -- am working on it.

Have a gentle winter, everyone.

Jill


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Amos
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 07:43 PM

So do I, dear heart, and I cite Micca's safe return home as a case in point. Good thing he didn't have to drive the plane. :D (He knows I love his furry ass and am just taking the mickey....)


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: SussexCarole
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:19 PM

Welcome back Micca. So they didn't get to keep you there after all!


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Tinker
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:12 PM

Amos

I believe in the power of miracles.


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: jacqui.c
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 04:28 PM

Glad to hear you got home OK. Take care of yourself my dear friend.


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Micca
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 10:03 AM

Amos, can I use you as a Reference when I do job applications?
I am home, about 1 hour ago and am drinking tea and stroking a small, snuggly, cat who has a backlog of hugs that need making up


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: jacqui.c
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 07:53 AM

I totally agree with your description of Micca Amos. Couldn't have put it better myself.


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 02:41 AM

Hey, Micca took me into Southwark Cathedral and introduced me to a priest he knew there, and everything....
Micca may be a pagan, but he's not a pagan exclusivist. He's friends with everybody.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Amos
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 12:16 AM

Tink:

Proceed with due caution. The man is a complete reprobate, a miscreant, an ineluctable force for delinquency, past repair,destroyed, hopeless, impossible, incorrigible, irrecoverable, irredeemable, unrecoverable, and a cureless, demeritorious, depraved, disgraceful, erring, piacular, reprehensible, unholy, incurable unregenerate to boot, past all expiation.

This is why he is so well loved.

A


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 11:54 PM

Wonderful to hear the titles, thanks! I did come to the Getaway with the words to "Goober Peas" ready, but never found quite the right moment all weekend to strike it up. All the best!


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Tinker
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 11:43 PM

Amos, Micca and I met with the head of the Worship Committee. Micca's helping us plan a Pilgrimage to London in 2008.


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 09:52 PM

Linda, the "Deeper Down" song about well digging is called "Song of Artesian Water." It's a Banjo Patterson song with a tune written by Cathie O'Sullivan (and subsequently folk processed almost to the point of being food processed). I'm hoping to put it out on CD within the next year, if all goes well.

The other song is called "Applesauce" and it's by Jan Harmon. Nick Apollonio and Kristin Tescher recorded it on their More Maine Coast Music album.

What those two songs have in common (other than lots of syllables) is that they are enormously fun to sing.

Dan Schatz


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 09:46 PM

It really was a wonderful Getaway - if I have a regret it is that I spent so much time making and listening to music that I didn't have enough time for socializing. But it's hard to call that a regret.

The camp, as others have said, is a wonderful site, and I think having heat improves the quality of the music. It at least improved the quality of mine, as I reveled in playing my instruments with fingers that weren't frozen.

The music was really excellent. I hesitate to list my favorites because I know I'll leave folks out, but here's a few. Joe Newberry's banjo workshop was a particular highlight, along with listening to Jill Rogoff, John Roberts, Julia Friend, Lisa Null, Colleen Cleveland, George Stephens and Mary LaMarca and others. The Saturday night concert was quite good, with a lovely new song from Mick Lane (sentimental mode) and the aforementioned cowboy hysterics featuring Mick Lane (high horse mode). Some people I wish I'd heard more (or at all), but you do have to make choices.

It was also a treat to meet so many new folks, including Erin Kelly and Mairi Quodomine, Joe Newberry, Jill Rogoff and others.

And thank you to all who congratulated us, asked about the coming baby (due in April) and especially to Jacqui Morse, who presented us with our very first baby blanket!

All in all, one of the best Getaways ever.

Dan Schatz


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 07:16 PM

Hmmmm---did you take Micca to church with you? Congrats on the de-puzzling, I knew you could do it! :D


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Tinker
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 06:14 PM

And I have to say my Getaway time is now officially over as I dropped Micca off at the train this afternoon on his was back to Dulles and then across the pond.

Bubba was extremely torn. He had adopted Micca as his slavish ear scratcher and was highly tempted to follow him back to London. Amtrack seem reluctant to let him tag along so he condesended to stay here with me. We had a grand time poking into every odd little shop in town (there are many here) and finally getting buzzed up to a rock shop on a second floor rear where we happliy explored until we burnt both our fingers and our wallets.

Micca will now confirm that Montclair actually does have a true Brit shop with real every day items for the homesick expat.


Oh and Barry, as I was clearing up the church after padgaent practice I reached down and found a blackvelvet spagetti strapped scrap on the kneeler at the altar rail --- really those fantasies were not actually suppose to play out in my church !!!!! I giggled for the rest of the night.

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Tinker
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 06:04 PM

Lonesome EJ let me know I actually figured out his five roomates in 102. Although it seems lacking that he himself does not have a verse in the song.... He of the Cardinal blanket waving as a flag and the bottle of Knob HIll under his pillow. There has to be a verse in there somewhere.

The Ballad o' 102

In the Central Lodge
where I was housed
There was a Brave Lad dwellin'
and he would rise
Deep in the night
and put the heat on "Grillin'"

BARRY FINN

another Lad that dwelled therein
a Celtic boy and darin'
and he were known
throughout the Camp
for the Cardinal hat he was a-wearin'

BIG MICK

a third dear boy
a troubador
with his Martin was a-willin
and he were forced
to wear a horse
so the Bourbon he was swillin'

AMOS

another hailed
from Canaday
beneath his bunk was a-crawlin'
we saw him hide
and there abide
when for his fair wife he was a-bawlin'

CET

and lastly he
who bunked under me
from this Lad songs came a-pourin'
a kindly friend and gentleman
though he shook the rack wi' snorin'

JOE OFFER

Through joy and care
we dwell-ed there
and passed the partin' beaker
for the hours were gold
but truth be told
that the Room smelled like a Sneaker


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Nov 06 - 10:28 AM

102 was nothing special...except for achieving "critical mass" and thus, a certain degree of immortality based on reports of the various components.


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Snuffy
Date: 14 Nov 06 - 08:48 AM

'You asked me once,' said O'Brien, 'what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.' George Orwell, 1984

EXCEPT FOR WHAT'S IN ROOM 102


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Barry Finn
Date: 14 Nov 06 - 02:06 AM

What's all the fuss about the inmates of #102/

Barry


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Nov 06 - 01:46 AM

So, Tinker, give us your guess as to the inmates of Cell 102, and we'll tell you if you're right. LEJ gave you some pretty darn good hints.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Susan A-R
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 10:45 PM

Just got back home to the computer after a week of visiting family in the DC area, and so am posting late. It was a great one for me this year. Lots of amazing songs (I may have even gotten some of them on my little tune sucker) Lots of new wonderful people, and friends from previous Getaways, a chance to play a real range of stuff I don't normally do, Old timey, jazz, hearing George Ward and John Roberts and Joe Newbury and even getting my traditional "last fiddle in the sun" with David the glorious harper. My only regret is that I didn't stay on until Monday. Next year it'll be the whole nine yards!

Great to see and hear Mary, Barry, Annie, Janie, Jim Bunch (please don't get so much stuff that I don't fit in your car next year) Big Mick, Mmario (glad you liked the bathroom music), Jacqui, Joe, Edmond (I am in Montpelier, let me know when you and Charmion are coming through next time) and so many more. What a joy!

Thank You to all of you who make this happen so that those of us from far away can just come, sing, play and be part of the tribe.

Susan


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 09:46 PM

And one more latecomer...

I had an absolutely wonderful time! Since I'm too lazy to cut, paste, and re-write, I'll simply leave a pointer to my LiveJournal comments. Then add a few more highlights:

-- Getting to hear CraneDriver & SussexCarole in the Friday Night open sing and Saturday concert. Picked up both CD's, largely thanks to "Lifeboat Horses" and "Shirley's Little Sunburnt Spot", respectively.

-- Getting to hear Micca do the Gladiator Song. (Even if it's still earworming me over a week later....)

-- Chatting with Judy Goddard and family, Art & Jenn Brooks, Joe Offer, Micca, John & Sandy LaPrelle and many others

-- Concerts by Jill Rogoff, Dan Schatz, Micca and John Roberts

And probably several more things I'm forgetting. Meanwhile, I owe Big Mick a song, so maybe I should actually go work on it! *grin*

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Tinker
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 08:46 PM

So when are we getting the definative posting of the inmates of 102 ??


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 13 Nov 06 - 06:50 PM

Whew, just in time! - this thread was getting ready to drop off the page. I'm a late-comer with my comments, but they are nonetheless heartfelt.

At first I was really homesick for Ramblewood - the only "home" I have ever had for the Getaway. But West River really grew on me. It is really (probably more) beautiful in its own way. And the welcoming fire in the fireplace!

It was great to see Rita and Lisa Null and others looking rested and refreshed all weekend and going to everything, even at 4 AM - since they didn't have to deal with the constant mountaineering and cold-weather issues.

I did find the dining hall comparatively cramped-feeling, and very hot on Saturday. I spent much of the Saturday night concert sticking my nose in the crack of the doors trying to breathe some cooler air, and was headachy, groggy and couldn't hold a tune till about 3 AM, when I finally perked up. But next year sounds like it will be greatly improved in that regard, with a new dining hall and us learning how to work the heating system better. My poor old flamingo was a-droopin' (I couldn't get the hang of operating the battery pack) and I'd felt about the same. But the skit, now of course an honored tradition, was as hysterical to participate in as last year. You will note that I held my reins in the correct, learned-at-day-camp-position at all times.

As usual, I loved all the workshops and concertizing. Special, special highlights were (in no particular order) the Copper Family workshop, Dan Schatz's concert, especially the song, "Deeper Down" about well-digging and a song in a later workshop about apples, and the chance to play Gutbucketeer's tuned-ten-tin-can drum for half an hour in the jugband workshop. Not quite jamming, but as close as I'm likely to get!

Surprises this year were the workshops I didn't plan to go to, but which I dropped into for a minute and couldn't bear to leave- like one of the guitar workshops, learning about upbeats and downbeats--it explained a lot. Also, going to my Peace cabin for a shower or changing coats and finding that hey! Dan Schatz or Lisa Null are sitting in your "living room" and doing really remarkable stuff! I've never actually gotten to Lisa Null's Vocal Clinic before and I learned SO much.

Also delightful was meeting new-to-me people; Carl Zebooker, John Roberts and the Shivers and Brookses, and getting to sit down and talk over several days with lots of people I'd said "Hi" to many times before but never had had a real conversation with. Maybe the new setting fostered that kind of interraction, or maybe I was still in my 40th Reunion mode and more open to just talking to anybody whether I "knew" them or not.

Sunday night's sing in the Registration area! Wow! To see Barry Finn bellowing away again at full voice- a real lift to the heart! And then the quieter sing in the fireplace room until about 5 AM (couldn't quite stay up till dawn). That sing will keep me warm all winter.

I missed a lot of folks that couldn't come this year, including Ebbie, and Theresa Tooley, my inspiriation from last year. So many thanks to the Program Committee and everybody who worked so hard and so creatively to put this together. Till next time…….


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Crane Driver
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 06:02 PM

Our Getaway spanned a whole week so our memories stretch beyond West River Camp. It'll take weeks to get it all sorted, but this is a brief summary of it all.

Bill & Rita put us up (put up with us?) from the Thursday night when we arrived tired and bedraggled from fighting our way through US Immigration (the Global War on Tourism?) until after the Getaway. Wonderful people, with an amazing house the size of an aircraft hanger (but much cosier).

We arrived at West River with Bill and his craft goods, and then it was hugs with all our friends as they turned up. Suddenly the last Getaway seemed like only yesterday. The Friday evening sing was a great foretaste of what was to come - remembering the voices and songs from our previous visits.

West River is a wonderful venue with heated cabins, comfy beds, picturesque waterside location, great venues for workshops and sings without losing the charm of Ramblewood.

The Workshops were so varied it was difficult to work out how to be in two or more places at the same time. That cloning workshop is a good idea, but we'd probably never fit it in.

Saturday night's concert - we did our Kipling song (Do you like Kipling? Don't know, I've never Kipled) and Carole yet again allowed herself to be costumed by Sinsull (thankfully customs didn't look into the luggage on the way home, as we bought two costumes for our local folk club Christmas party)! - Will we ever learn? Probably not.

Sunday night! Wow! We had a really superb time - first another great concert, then tremendous chorus songs in the auction room and finally a quieter sing into the early hours.

Monday was a relatively quiet day but we had out first chance to visit an American eat all you want Chinese buffet with Bill & Rita. The words "I'm full" still echo in our ears amidst Rita's & Carole's uncontrollable giggles.

Tuesday night Bill & Rita took us to the shanty sing at Wheaton where we were given a very friendly welcome, met Getaway friends again and had a great time. Andrew was delighted when two of the locals sang one of his songs.

We flew up to Boston on Wednesday & were hosted by Mary Sinsull and the Maine-iacs. Thanks again for wonderful hospitality.

Thursday we were given a tour of Portland by Charley Noble & Judy B. Then that night Sinsull hosted a party for us. It was our first meeting with Seamus the mad Labrador, who showed an unexpected talent for the kazoo and an inexplicable passion for Micca, but the photos can be suppressed for a fee.

Then, far too soon, it was time to go home. We must do this again! So many thank you's to all our friends xxxx

Andrew & Carole


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Big Mick
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 01:20 PM

Two nights in a row, Amos, old buddy. I noticed one night I came in and the four part harmony was going, and you had a flashlight and were busy transcribing it. Sounded to me like a class of beginning Uilleann Pipers.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Amos
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 12:49 PM

LOL LEJ -- seems I'm not the only one who had too much fun at the Getaway!!!

I am really glad you preserved appearances during your temporary interruption on that jug run.

Tink, Room 102 had many comings and going in the night so it may be a moving target to count heads. The residents had overlapping schedules. I recall Mick coming in to go to bed shortly before breakfast, one morning.

There were green Pater Nosters, and scarlet roars
Some humpy-backed sorrows and a lot of snores
There were mugs and jugs and wakey-wakes,
It's sad but it's true...
There was wild times happening in Room 102.


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 12:40 PM

Glad you are home safe, Carole. Did you leave a CD of photos for Judy and Charlie? I can't find them.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Bill D
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 12:19 PM

*big smile*...We'll be waiting, Carole! Glad you home safe.


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: SussexCarole
Date: 12 Nov 06 - 12:14 PM

Wonderful memeories... We're home and just surfaced after 16 hours catch up sleep! We'll post our memories when our brains stop going around with the baggage carousel.......


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 07:57 PM

I Lost the Lights

I lost the lights, Lord
I lost the lights
I'm driving along with no dashboard in sight
My tail-lights kaput
and a Drunk on my Right
Praise the Lord
I lost the lights!

The headlights are working
the pavement is bright
My buddies are laughing
No sorrow in sight
when a look in the rearview
Filled me with fright
Christ on a Crumpet
I saw the Lights!

License, registration
car rental shite
kid with the badge got me feelin uptight
breathin my whiskey breath
off to the right
Shout Hallelujah!
I switched on the lights

Now We've got the lights
Lord we're filled with Might!
Big Package Liquors up on the right
with a Jug fer the Folkies
We head back through the Night
Glory to Heaven!
We got the Light!


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 07:35 PM

Tinker

You're missing the main guy in the room!

LEJ


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Barry Finn
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 06:08 PM

Mick I'm glad you got to keep up with the big kids for at least 1 night anyway.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Tinker
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 05:28 PM

EJ I have to say the first one stumped me too, although I thought there were only 5 of you in the room. So if that remains unchanged I can figure it out by default, but if it upped to six I'm stumped.

tinker


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 04:33 PM

(psssttt..Dick G. cheats! I think he naps!)

Anyway, he has always outlasted us 'young' ones...*grumble*


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Big Mick
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 04:24 PM

Yeah, second that. Among all the fabulous memories, finally meeting George Ward ranks near the top. Funny you should say that, Joe. I found myself feeling like I knew him from someplace. He is damn near a deadringer for a very close friend of mine, but that ain't it.

Sitting and singing with John Roberts and Dick Greenhaus until 6:00 AM ranks right up there too.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 04:16 PM

George, it was a real pleasure to see you there - although I still swear I met you somewhere before.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: georgeward
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 02:44 PM

"it is only recorded in memories by the cloudy half-asleep midnight minds of a few of us."

As the best things always are (as you well know), Charlie. We can't build monuments to 'em, and if we try too hard to do that it diverts us far too much IMHO from our purpose in this life.

And didn't Crane Driver and Sussex Carole say that so much better than I just did - and just the right way and in just the right place - in that same session with Sean Mone's gem of a song:

    "...There's more friendship poured out in one bottle of stout than you'll find in statute or sermon."

That was my peak momen....well, a peak...well, one of.....Aw hell, It was all wonderful.

What a brilliant Getaway! Or is it "Getaways"? These threads always make clear that we live different ones and that somehow they all intersect. That's magic enough for me.

So here's one more "thank you!" to you FSGW magicians who put it all together.

- George


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: GUEST,KT
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 02:27 PM

Okay, LEJ, I wasn't there, but I've got all but verse #1 figured out. Great post, LEJ!


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Amos
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 02:26 PM

Well, LEJ is being kind, but the truth is that on the rare occasions when all the residents were in there asleep, the snoring sounded like a bloody four-way cross-fire in a firefight between mad ducks and badly-tuned tractor-trailer rigs having it out. So Joe doesn't need to carry ALL the blame! :D

A


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Ferrara
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 02:15 PM

Well Joe's post shoots holes in my theory about Verse #5.


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Ferrara
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 01:35 PM

LEJ, verses 2 and 4 are TOO easy! Will PM you with my theories about Verse 5 but I have no clue about 1 & 3. And yes, that last line is a killer. As Carole and I were rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably, Bill said, "You got that far, huh?"


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 01:34 PM

I was a little perturbed about the snoring crack....









Usually, it's the woman I sleep with that gets the blame for that.
(Good thing she doesn't read Mudcat...)
[grin]

(I have to admit it's a great song, LEJ)


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Big Mick
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 01:22 PM

I absolutely love that bit of wordcraft, Ernie!! Especially the last line.......ROFLMAO!!


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 01:18 PM

Just curious as to whether anyone, outside of the denizens of the room, can identify the people described back in post #7 "The Ballad o' 102".


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Ferrara
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 12:18 PM

Yes! Sir Patrick Spens. What a wonderful evening that was.

Charlie, thank you for posting Sandy C's song and the link. Just read the whole web site about Giorgio Perlasca. Incredible. He went back to Italy and told no one what he had done, until some people he had rescued managed to locate him.

Rita F


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 01:36 AM

My indelible Getaway memory from this year may well come from a moment very laste on Sunday night/Monday morning, in the Retreat Center lounge. John Roberts was singing Nic Jones's version of Sir Patrick Spens accompanying himself on concertina. David Scheim played an elaborate counterpoint on his harp and George Ward was at the piano--three consummate musicians improvising what turned into an arrangement that was worthy of a professional recording. Instead, it is only recorded in memories by the cloudy half-asleep midnight minds of a few of us.


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 01:15 AM

Giorgio Perlasca
by Sandy Cash

Italy was far behind me even if I could be warned
Just a hot-head would-be soldier underage
And half-informed
I'd signed up for Franco's army
In the Spanish Civil War
Mousolini's thundering speeches
Like an anvil to my sword

But by the time I'd crawled home
Old enough to have some doubts
Il Duce took my native land
And sold it to the Krauts
The whole north of the country
Gone to pay the Devil's due
I took a job in Budapest to see the Blue Danube

They had gathered at the river
When into this place I came
From Giorgio to Jorge
I'd never be the same
Raised to rally to the truth I could not well deny
The death-defying logic found in living out a lie

There weren't many free states left in 1942
The work was hard but legal
And thank God I was no Jew
But when the country's jack-boot-licking
Leaders came for me
I dodged the labor camps
Inside the Spanish embassy

His Excellency took me in with little left to lose
He'd made himself a nuisance
With his sympathy for Jews
They'd seen him at the brickworks
And beside the eastbound trains
With freshly-printed papers
Showing family links to Spain

But just before the gendarmes
Strung him up for what he did
He vanished from the city
And resurfaced in Madrid
Forgotten in my hiding place
I haunted the halls through
Echoes of the rifles rising up from the Danube

They had chased them to the river
When into this place I came
From Giorgio to Jorge
I'd never be the same
Raised to rally to the truth I could not well deny
The death-defying logic found in living out a lie

An oaken desk a golden pen
And stamps that bore his name
The phone rang for a morning
Then fell silent once again
They'd laid their stores in well -
It would be a week or two
Before I had to weigh the risk
To starve or make a move

The shots along the riverbank
More frequent day by day
As I sat and watched his mirrors
Turn my olive skin to grey
They say that if the shoe fits
It should certainly be worn
The clothes he left all fit me
As if to the manner born

The day I stepped outside my thoughts
Went drifting back to Spain
A stranger in that fight and now
A stranger once again
A pen and paper soldier
I performed the work of war
As Don Jorge Perlasca - Spanish Ambassador

They had left them in the river
When into this place I came
And those along the riverbanks
Would never be the same
Raised to rally to the truth I could not well deny
The death-defying logic found in living out a lie
This story should be told until the Blue Danube runs dry
Of how Giorgio Perlasca dared to question: Why?

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More about Giorgio Perlasca at http://www.giorgioperlasca.it/inglese/intro.html


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 01:13 AM

Rita--
It's Margo Tepper-Schotz


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Subject: RE: Getaway Memories 2006
From: Ferrara
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 08:17 PM

Oh my Tinker, thank you for posting that song. Oh my.

We were blessed this year in having four wonderful Israeli visitors: Amiel Schotz and Margo (sorry Margo, don't remember your last name and my Getaway data is on the fried computer), Jill Rogoff and Sandy Cash. All of them contributed wonderful things to the program and the weekend. Wow.

First heard Jill early in the weekend when she sang a beautiful farewell she had written to one of her friends. Glorious voice too.

Sandy Cash sent chills down my spine and tears down my face with her song in the Sunday concert about "Jorge Pulanska," an Italian in Spain during WWII who posed as the Polish Ambassador to help over 3000 Jews escape from Spain. This song was doubly special to me because I have heard other stories of Italians helping Jews to escape from occupied France.

Rita F


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