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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2005
Skypilot Ian has completed a CD and is anxious for the other skypilots to check it out. Here's the blurb:
Death Valley Pizza's brand of arabicountryfunkNroll is a studio five piece band built to showcase the songwriting of Ian Zalewski. He enlisted the talents of Billy Lee Lewis, (ex-of Tommy Castro Band), on drums and Bruce Kaphan on pedal steel guitar. Bruce has played with the Black Crowes, Jewel and also scoring Bob Dylan's movie "Masked and Anonymous."
The CD has rock, blues, toe tappers and cowboy prayers.
The touring line up will change but with
Paul Castellanos on violin Ian will be playing various West coast shows this summer.
...But i just got home from Arizona and i popped in
your CD. Sounds great...good arrangements, vocals are
cool, drums etc...great sounding CD...
I could hear some of the songs on a movie soundtrack.
Good luck with it...Cougar" (Estrada of Los Lobos)
To get the CD, go to:
http://www.deathvalleypizza.com MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005
Someone asked me once what I made of Kesey transitioning on the Marine Corp birthday?
I asked him was it Kesey who said there are no coincidences or was that Yogi Berra? Then I told him I don't know what to make of it except it makes it easy to remember and also the next day is veteran's day.
A hymn to the Marines?
I musta mis-read that one
I thought it was homage
to the ancient marine, er,
something like that.
somethin' about Monte Zuma
and the Halls in Tripoli
oh those daggone rednecks
and their casinos, they are everywhere
so what's with the Calapooyas
they don't have one on Lake Dexter?
One time were going down to his swamp to split some wood. We arrived at the pile we'd bucked up the day before. Kesey used a wedge and sledge. I was a maul man. He set the wedge and pecked at it with his sledge until the round of wood split down the middle.
I set a round up and lifted the maul high over my head and brought it down hard enough to split the round with one whack.
He said, "You know, you'd save a lot of energy using a wedge and sledge instead of that maul."
"Yeah, but it would take twice as long."
"Twice as long as what? You're not going any faster than I am."
"You kidding me? There's no way you can split wood with a wedge and sledge faster than I can with a maul."
"You want to bet?"
"Does a fox suck eggs? Name your wager and make it easy on yourself."
"I'll go twenty bucks for twenty minutes."
He nodded and we set in. I grabbed those rounds and started whacking for all I was worth. I could hear him hitting at a steady beat. This was going to be a cinch. After a while I had to take off my sweat shirt. His forehead wasn't even damp.
"That's it," I said. "Time's up."
He stepped back and surveyed the pile. "Well," he said. "I guess you hornswoggled me this time."
You bet I had. It wasn't even close. We'd split that whole pile and he hadn't done piddling.
The flush of victory lasted about two minutes. It took me that long to realize I'd been hornswoggled. He didn't rub it in though. We took the twenty bucks to Jim's Landing and drank gin and tonics.
Next day I made a phone call.
"Hello, is this the Sheriff's Office?"
"Yes. What can I do for you?"
"I'm calling to report Ken Kesey is hiding marijuana inside his firewood!"
"Thank you very much for the call, sir, we'll look into it."
The next day, the Sheriff's Deputies descend on Kesey's woodpile.
They bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana.
They sneer at Kesey and leave.
The phone rings at Kesey's house.
"Hey, Kesey. Did the Sheriffs come?"
"Did they chop your firewood?"
"Happy Birthday, buddy!"
-- Ken Babbs
"Celtic farmers were careful to leave a bowl of clean water, new milk or beer outside each night for the 'Good People.' Elves, Brownies, Manx Bugganes and Scottish Trows were notoriously spiteful creatures. If neglected, they exacted revenge by casting an evil eye on the herd, bringing bitter milk, or no milk at all."
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005
Riding mower went crazy. won't turn to the left, just to the right. is this the trend of america? I won't have any of it and have torn the mower apart. Rasstification of the entire nation fixed the mower but left out a spacer and now every once in a while the steering gear slips out of its housing and the mower takes off in its own direction straight into the pear tree, clunk. dreams of home runs, throwing out the runner, kissing the girl with ice cream on her lips, ah sweet bird of youth. I was tired of hitting my head while mowing is the repeated refrain from the seat of the machine back in the fields toiling and the shops open for the machines oiling the bald guy when he died didn't have an heir he could call his own.
What was the purpose of the porpoise?
to pass his piss test
where did Vincent's van go?
to the lost ear rodeo.
in for a pound cake in for a penny whistle
vee must bee model students or vee vill be harshly treated for behavior is the model for following, bleet bleet bleet . . . but as the old saw ripped: don't break the cool. Don't bug the fuzz.
understand the power of this education,
restore the goal of universal literacy
Oh , have you two had brunch ?
Neigh. we put on the feedbag any old time
SKYPILOTS, GET THESE HOT NEW ITEMS
YOUR PURCHASES WILL PAY FOR THE DSL LINE
May day, may day, no, not the first day of May, the call for help, the old Capn putting out the call, he's got the DSL line but now he's got to come up with the gelt, the gold, the shekels to pay the freight. And here's how:
ANNOUNCING! BRAND SPANKING NEW CD
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 a mystery number I found on a cassette I had. Anyone knows whom it's by, give me a holler.
ORDER YOURS NOW
Email me with your order and I will send you the CD
and then you send me a five spot.
FOR AN MP3 SOUND SAMPLE
OF HODGE PODGE
A CD that is made up of songs meant to tickle your listening sensibilities.
$5 Skypilotclub members
Email me your order and I will send you the CD
and then you send me a five spot.
I was listening to your mish mash CD on the way to a job in London. The journey ended at the same moment one of the tracks did (one with you and Kesey in jamming in the barn.) I pulled off the headphones and stepped onto the platform. Strange things were happening, although it was a really busy, hectic commuter time of day, everyone around me seemed to be moving in slow motion but I wasn't. I wasn't fast, I was almost gliding. The weird ambience was compounded with the sound of the baggage truck that makes a noise like the red alert sound in the original Star Trek. After a minute it all faded back to normality and the day continued as normal.
I'm writing just to say WOW,thanks for providing the catalyst for such a fantastic moment.
Onwards & upwards
Skypilot no. 115
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AND HOW TO ORDER
AIRSHIP OF FOOLS SHHHH, IT'S A SECRET CLICK ON AIRSHIP AIRSHIP OF FOOLS
When St. Chrysostom lastingly defined the Fool in the third century as "he who gets slapped," the slapping had already been going on for some time. Dialogues from ancient Greece and Rome show professional buffoons like 'Philip the laughter-maker' topping philosophers who should know better, like Socrates. The best slapschtick was collected, and jest-books of routines and one-liners -- literal 'best hits' -- were treasured reading for the Fools on the banquet circuit. ...
-- from off the web somewhere
MP3 SOUND FILES
OF AIRSHIP OF FOOLS
Four senior boys in my wife's high school English class skipped out one day and she was preparing a suitable punishment for they missed out a class in which they were reading Kesey's novel, Sometimes A Great Notion. Then when she found out where they went she relented and gave them a pass.
To see where they went, click on:
Here's Tooske, the Dutch TV interviewer.
For an account of the interview, click on:
For all the news about Tooske
and the TV crew got
us in Dutch go to:
Many of you probably remember, that Wavy Gravy used to be a Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor. A number of flavors
were discontinued, but now there is a move on to resurrect one of them. Wavy Gravy is on that list.
For many years royalties from the sales of Wavy Gravy ice cream supported the Camp Winnarainbow Scholarship Fund. This made a big difference as it was possible to bring more kids to camp who could not otherwise afford to go.
Between now and April 30 we get to vote on which flavor to bring back. You can vote for Wavy Gravy every day. Then, if Wavy
is in the top 10 chosen flavors, we vote again for our favorite of the top 10 picks between May 1 and May 31.
Wavy is the top spot so far. The link will get you directly to the voting page:
At the moment, Wavy is in the lead, but is followed very closely by From Russia With Buzz.
(Report submitted by BrokeTrailerQueen and Pilot Dobbs)
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Simon, who loves those frenchie cooked snails, painted S's all over his car so when he drove by people could say, "Look at that S car go?" It was such a hit he got a job delivering the snails and people said, "Look at that escargot cargo car go."
He's got some great stuff he's selling. If you are interested in checking out what he's got, click on: SIMON
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