Harpin’ with th…Harper … The Rock Opera

THIEF!!!! AND … who are you calling a thief!

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Mmmmmmmmmmm … Contest … SO CAN u sing?

Mr. Music ... Tap tap tap …

Thank you to everyone who voted. Thank you Aviva.
Voting is over and we didn’t quite make the finalist list.
Best of luck to those who did.

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Art and music? http://www.onthecommons.org/magazine/arts-and-culture

Oh yes … Check this

And this

Media? Yes yes look there too …

Message Too

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http://musiccanada.com

“No good deed goes unpunished” is … Well not really original I agree. Can’t remember where I heard it first … any idea, George?
Here … This is where I heard it yet again … In an interesting film about a film … About lying … That is a bit of an eye-opener … The idea that one liar gets to set the bar in a society of truth-tellers. That somehow the liar is the normal one in a deviant society of truth-tellers.

Marshall said it
Yes he did so
I heard him say so
I did you know
Media is message
Said he to me
Media is message
Never did I read the book
That road of intentions
Otherwise I’d agree
But Marshall was off
On some wilder spree
Otherwise I would agree
Because the way it is
It seems to me
Is hardly just a simple
Message anymore
So please close
That cabinet door
Of suggestive messages
That’s no way
To reach the crossroads
Where wisdom meets anger
So make your choice
Education or propaganda
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You decide

http://aama.ca/media-literacy-resources

Partridge Game

Partridge

Partridge

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Quiz Game Name:Partridge
Background music:A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Instrumentalists:Bodhran, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and cellos

Description:
Just in time
Do I design
A gamer’s game
For X-Mas
Imagine dearie if you will
That I’m the witch on yonder hill
Snow White once encountered
What if you refuse that pill
That leaves you incoherant
What if instead
You leave that bed
Unmade and unattended
Would our world
Fall apart
If slaves demand
Fair treatment

Picture dearie
If you will
A birch tree sits
On every hill
On every branch
Of every tree
A pear to take
For free

Every pear
Might look like gold
But underneath the skin
Lies hidden value
Or maybe not
To find out
Please reach in
Don’t get caught
Pick and choose
My dearie do
I’ve prepared this
Just for you
If you will just
Pretend to be
A partridge in
A Birch tree

Winner’s Reward: Back-stage passes or VIP tickets to concerts.
Rules:For every piece of good fruit chosen, one dollar would be collected by a player’s choice of favourite artist and/or musician and/or writer. For every piece of wormy fruit chosen the TOS owner or advertiser would pay into the fund that pays out to artists and/or musicians. This is a win-win situation for the player who collects points. Player with most points wins rewards.

Name that Pear …
Good Fruit:Intellectual property rights and Fair Use
Wormy Fruit:Slave Labour and long long TOS

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The Blest Apostate

The Blest Apostate

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The Blest Apostate

She went to all the finer schools
Did you hear them say
Those priests and nuns
They taught her well
But look at her today
Apostate is what they say
Apostate what they call her
Who will no longer pray
Saviour please dear Saviour
Pray save us her witless wit
The Apostate though
She flicks her Bic
She’s had enough of it
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The Auld Bag

The Auld Bag

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The Auld Bag

You sit here and you tell us
You dare to sit and say
She will not keep still
You tell me that today
She rises up too early
When you want to sleep
She won’t take her happy pill
That gives her deepest sleep
She wants conversation
And to get up dancing too
Which all those other seniors
Would not dare to do
You strap her into bed
To keep her safe you say
But that wily little witch
You cannot make her stay
Hot P and vinegar
No matter
How hard you try
You canna keep her still.

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Manifesto

Manifesto

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Copyright 2014 MSO

http://musiccanada.com

YOU DON’T SAY!

The Creator’s Manifesto?

Stone tablets? More than two? Is that Fair?

Tell me George … Why would the Creator … After all this time … Issue a Manifesto?

Besides, who will even bother to read the MANIFESTO?

It is not as though it were written in stone … Was it, really?

Equity? What do I mean by equity?
Mafia? What does equity have to do with Mafia? I really don’t quite get that connection.

Oh! That is not what I mean by equity … No George I am not a member of any group called Equity.

No George … They do not represent me. You might say that I am my own woman. I am an independent artist George.
I follow a long long line …

Oh dear oh dear … Is that the tax-man again? Looking for money is s/he? My fodder warned me there would be days like this … Well George my fodder was not joking … He was dead serious … Well not that he was dead mind you but he was serious … Very very serious… Everything was pretty serious those days … Especiall when his business failed because he was charged all these unexpected … Dare I say HIDDEN TAXES? No Fodder was a good man … Not a business-man however. He was an artist. And as well-read as anyone who was neither a lawyer nor a politician.
Well it had to with small print. Maybe artists are not as interested in a lot of idle small print. They prefer the big picture.
My dad? What did he do? Well George that is a long long tale from which there is no return as some might sing it. Yes Fodder did like to sing too and tell stories.
I think Canadian Government hated artists and writers and story-tellers back then too. Yes George, I honestly believe that. I believed it then and I believe it now. Otherwise why would they make artists and writers pay a fee or else stand idly by allowing others to steal their work? Yes I do believe that too, George. Tell me how that is any different from Mafia!

Hmmmm … Then again Is it government? Isn’t it a bit silly to say government hates us? We are government … Or at least one of the things artist might tend to do is keepreminding people that we have rights … Whether we are a very significant part of government is another story.

And come to think of it why does a politician appear to be a more important part of that government than the rest of us, poor artists in particular? Is that really what we want in a democracy?

Grace Too

Grace Too
Beyond the walls
Through the gates
Where silent stand
Keepers of
Saint Lucia

Barbados

Caribbean

Jamaica

Canada

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Grace Too
No matter how bad it got
No matter how much hurt
No matter how much abuse
As long as she was able
That tiny pearl inside
To hold on to
There was Grace

Somehow somehow somehow
They who once told her
The world is your oyster
Forgot to teach her
Forgot to show her
How life really is
How in the end
When all else failed
There was Grace
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Art Happens

Prepare Ye
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Grace Too

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Again?
You again they said …

Fodder

Fodder fodder forgive me fodder
For those wires we could not solder
Said the sinner to the thief
Explain it all but make it brief
I know nought …
For I own nought …
Said the untrained worker-man
Noughty noughty boy
Say the Fodder
Compensation now is due.
Does he say that
Much so late
With nothing left
Upon the plate
Investment lost
From that precious dish
That passed by once
For service rendered
That passed by twice
To secure the loan
And then again a thousand more
Until the blood is dried
With one pound of flesh now fore
And who is fined is who keeps score
When no one reads
Or reports anymore
Author MSO

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I wonder whether every artist even has a miserable $35.00 to enter even one competition … Ok George … Ok so I’ll try to be more positive … But you tell me … If it comes down to feeding her child or entering a competition …
What do you think she will do?