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Old buddy, Steve Parish, asked me if I'd join him onstage prior to the Moonalice concert at the WOW Hall in Eugene this past August, swap a few stories, fill in some time before the band came on. Steve is a former roadie with the Grateful Dead, also Jerry Garcia's equipment guy, I've known him for years. We told some lies, got some laughs, "Are you going to read a poem?" he asked me. "It's actually a rap," I said, and got him to make splurts and splots to give me the beat. When we were done, Moonalice came on and their first song was "Someone To Love," and it is on the disc, too. Nicolas LaIanoco did the recording. 21 minutes.
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INTRO TO THE NRPS AT THE WOW HALL 18 minutes of the finest up to the moment pinnacle of P-S artistry. ALL NEW SOUNDTRACK Thanks to friend, Nick, who recorded the show, Iwas able to improve the sound. $5 TO ORDER EMAIL ME AND I
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The CD is a live recording of the Oregon Repertory Theater players doing all the parts. Music is by Richard Crandall and Arzinia Richardson. Sound effects and mastering by David Harper and Cliff Nagler at Reel to Reel Sound in Eugene, Oregon.
The CD liner notes.
The radio play is an adaptation of a novel by frontier poet Joaquin Miller entitled, "Unwritten History." Miller spent time among the Shasta Indians in the late 1800s. and the book is a fictional account of Miller's life as a young man in the gold mining fields of northern California. My brother John came across the novel when he was researching the Modoc Indians for a film.
It was Miller's story, not his writing style, that drew John to "Unwritten History." He found Miller's style "interesting for its quaintness," and says Joaquin was probably the best- known poet in the United States during the 1870s. "He was one of those melodramatic purple-prose poets."
We wanted it to be a made-for-TV movie, and still do, if we can sell it. Our friend and actor, Phil Dietz, convinced us it would make a great radio play. Rewriting the screenplay meant I had to go through and change everything that would be done visually into dialog. That wasn't too hard. It just meant I had to rewrite the whole damn thing. Phil recruited other actors from the ORT to play the parts in a live version of the radio play, and we audio taped the whole thing.
We enjoyed the collaboration, but neither my brother nor I expect to write another radio script. My thing now is to not to seek works but completion. John plans to stick to novels and sooner or later get something published.
-- Ken Babbs
Phil Dietz plays Hal. The other actors are:
Bill Geislinger: the young Joaquin Miller
Michael Caddigan: Boston Sandy
Michael Handler: the Doctor
David Lunney: the Judge
Doug Shroeder: the Butcher
Arzinia Richardson: Spades
Phil Miller: Lucky Pete
Ken Horning: Klamat
Carolanne Young: Paquita
Andy Traister: Chief Nunkin (Bearclaw) and One Ear
Ken Babbs: narrator, the old Joaquin
Musical director: Arzinia Richardson
Musicians: Richard Crandal and Eric Papenon
Engineered by: Cliff Nagler and Hap Heidrich
at Reel to Reel Studio in Eugene, Oregon
Show host and sound effects: David Harper
74 minutes, stereo
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1 ragged 05:32
2 skypilotsong 02:24
3 throughnite 04:09
4 st kesey 07:26
5 dgans clip 01:54
6 airship1 02:03
7 airship2 03:06
8 airship3 03:06
9 airship4 02:02
10 airship5 03:59
11 anonymous 04:38
12 african brass 13:03
13 cassady comes 03:05
14 she nah her 05:50
total time: 62:52
Ragged is done with the Dave Nelson band at Saginaw, Oregon.
A raucous Skypilot song.
Through the Night with Ray Charles.
Saint Kesey Eugene City Center Blues done with the band, Woodknot, live in Lowell, Oregon.
Dgans clip is by David Gans in San Francisco.
The Airship bits are from KRVM radio in Eugene, Oregon, the show hosted by Ed Kashin.
Anonymous, another great Ray Charles number.
African Brass by John Coltrane and his quartet.
Cassady Comes from prankster tape of 1964.
She Nah Her is probably trumpeteer Clark Terry with the Oscar Peterson trio, circa 1964.
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Ragged---I've heard about Dave Nelson forever but you have to tell me from where? Did he play with Garcia--old timey music??
Yes, David Nelson and Garcia were old friends and Jerry got David to join in on Old and In the Way, I think, and then New Riders of the Purple Sage.
I'm confused on St. Kesey--is that you or Kesey singing?
That's me singing and Kesey coming in talking to the students hipping them to where it's at.
Like the KRVN stuff--when was it recorded? I know it's recent because of the April Fools stuff on the website.
yes, this year and the stuff on the website was from that interview.
Cap'n--the trombone is the perfect instrument for you--how'd you come to it?
I've played the tromone since sixth grade, gave it up for a while then picked it up again.
Cassady Comes. You've been holding out on us, Cap'n. Who would have thought you had this particular conversation taped????
There's a whole shit and kaboodle of those bus tapes and they should all be put on CD
-- Skypilots Sandy and Cliff
Just some thoughts as they came. Ya gots your humor, ya gots your history, you gots your sensibilities...when you get your copy of Hodge Podge you gots to be Skypiloting. "Ragged"...It's the voices, warm, ya can hear the smiles, relax into it. Cap'n got the Bone sliden along the Oregon Trail, doin that Saginaw rag. "Skypilot"...are you strapped in? Buckle up baby, we're takin off. "Through the Night" The organ, that voice, those backround singers. Yea man it's King Charles shining Rays through a blue night. "Saint Kesey" The saint Kesey is infirm is he. It's loose fitten, colors red yellow and black. Thats energy talkin in that voice. God bless him God bless him. He did, He did! "Clips" Neils voice, a muse, snippits and clips colage but don't collide. "Airship 1-5" It's a wonderful website, skypilotclub oh yes it is, and it's a wonderful voice, both the Cap'ns and Garcias. Ole Jerry singing he went to see the captain, guitar now, sparkling. High beautiful voice. Did I hear Blimp? Did I hear Ipod? Spirit spirit share it share it. There is still room for love. Gotta tell ya club members, Cap'n Babbs gotta voice that needs hearing. "Anonymous" Yea, its gotta beat to move your feet, smooth jive keeping it alive. Another living mystery. "John Coltrane" track 12...How good is this? How good is this? Well the spirits are about to speak. Are they friendly spirits? Friendly? Just listen. " Cassidy" The perfect forshawdow. This is a pocket filled with diamonds. Hear it faint, there, in the background, "Love Potion # Nine". Cash and check, cash and check. Cowboy neil deciding to take the wheel. "She nah her" He makes it sound easy and I think you know what he means. If it remains a mystery thats just all right with me. "Hodge Podge" may be over, but this smile remains. Cap'n you done good! Thanks for the gem. #43 Sparks
listening to senor kesey invite cassady stay,
imbibe drops of reason and drive the getaway bus
is like having like having footage of wright brothers
at kitty hawk... no...
it's like having an 8 track of Hannibal's troops ask,
"Have you thought about elephants?
like having a viewmaster series of... of . . .
nope... it's not that at all...
it's like listening to cultural architects,
(of the only successful revolution in the last
millenium that never fired a shot and still won),
infuckingcredible it exhists...
-- Death Valley Pizza Man
It's a mishmash, this first burn, stuff I've had on my hard drive for a long time.
There's soundtracks from the Furtherbus in Madhattan in '64. Two practice sessions in the bus barn in the past couple years. Background music sounds from all over the place. With Kesey, Babbs, Cassady, Pranksters and many others. A final music track from one of my son Eli's bands called Fragile Thunder.
-- Capn Skyp
16 tracks. 50:37 minutes. Stereo.
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"FortA July 03" CD by Ken Babbs
Here's a dynamite CD containing live music and two completely original works of art by the Skypilots: Sheng Fui and Figaro de la Goof. It was recorded on the fly at the Fourth of July Barbecue and Birthday party this year. Gotta hear it to believe it. It's worth it.
-- Capn of the Skydisk
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"Well capn ya done it, from the encouraging words on the opening to the very last refrain the Forta July cd is a must! It is the best example to point at and say," that is the purpose of music!" I could close my eyes and be there it was so much fun to listen to as laugh out loud no care feelings rush out the speakers. I
--Skypilot John Taby Shamokin pa.
A great CD. Thanks for that. "Figaro" is inspired lunacy. I liked that cut the best. Great raps and groove. The sound quality was impressive, and an a capella version of "Down the Road?" I wasn't expecting that.
I love the whatchamacallit last track on Forta July, one of your finest yet. It acts like one of those water vibrator things that causes dried ink to loosen and fall off old pens. Frees up the mind.
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The Forta July CD is a hit as can be deduced from the following review sent in (Decoder might be needed):
...but hearin' dem is bleavin' dem.
Trippin' out omnibus on de bus off de bus buzzin bus
busted bus bus with big bazooms and luminous plumes
they're coming to take me away ha ha!!!!
Oh! thrrrreee heee heee yes, my capn you drove my
words Everything is where it needs to beeeeee and yes
that does mean you don't have to clean your room and
yes I said yes and yes in thought and yes in deed it's
just a seed it's just a tree it's just some firewood
just an old pot belly with an old fashioned love song
just a young girl on the back of a bus goosed by the
rooster who drives as he roosts in the rusty bus seat
like living meat in the ghostly mist and the wrist
watch says oh three were born onna forta July born to
be wild as hickory trees and squirrels and nuts and a
vote for fun and Mountain Girl knows when a salmon is done.
That harmonica is hot and blues won't cool it.
-- Airy Acerola Berry
1 spangled*** 01:05***mangled by the Skypilots
2 salmon ****00:42***fired up on the bbq
3 happy bday *02:07***just whose birthday?
4 walker intro *02:00**bluesman roasted
5 statesboro*** 04:59**Walker T. Ryan magnifico
6 corrina *****05:16**Walker T. again
7 bdaysimon **00:26** Talking about the helper
8 angel from *04:50***Lovely voice and guitar
9 feng shui ***12:35***Cornerpost of the disc!!
10 down road *05:37***John Swan and help
11 patriot ****00:36***Secrets extracted
12 who love **02:42***Swan and Walker asking
13 hey ******00:17***make hay on the fourth
14 sugaree *** 03:40***Shake it shake it, Swan
15 figaro ****10:25***El Grando Finale, BOOM!
The Skypilots are Capn Skyp, Phil Dietz, Eli
Babbs, George Walker, John Swan, Simon
Babbs, Walker T. Ryan, Andy Gutoski,
Lisa Ball, Brian Chevalier, Dave Rogers.
Swan sings Happy Birthday and Surgaree.
Walker T does Statesboro Blues and
Corrina and Whole Lotta Love.
Rachel and Cindy do Angel from Montgomery
Skypilots mangle the Star Spangled Banner
and do Feng Shui and Figaro de la
Goof. Brian and Andy on harp.
Odds and ends are pickup sounds from
During the day.
Skypilots, the artists formerly known as Various Artists
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