Autumn Book Series 2013
  • The Still Point of the Turning World
    The Still Point of the Turning World
    by Emily Rapp

    October

  • Lift
    Lift
    by Kelly Corrigan

    November

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Friday
Apr182014

A Coal Miner's Daughter

Wednesday
Apr162014

A Voice of Liberation

When I was young the movie Coal Miner's Daughter left and indelible mark on my understanding of life for women and my sense of righteousness.  Growing up we listened to many kinds of music and as country people, folk and country music were on the list.  The song is an autobiographical account of her life in Appalachia (see lyrics below) but the movie moved on from there to show not the fairy tale of a simple country upbringing but the gritty growing up in a world where she was on the bottom rung and climbed her way up with babies in tow. Poor, a child bride, subject to a difficult life, but able to pull herself up, I was inspired as a woman and an artist at age 10. I danced and sang with a twang to that tune and wished I too could be born a cole miner's daughter. To start with love and care and mix in moxie, determination and hard work was all she needed to overcome adversity and become a queen of country. 


 

 

Coal Miner's Daugther

Well, I was born a coal miner's daughter
In a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler
We were poor but we had love
That's the one thing that daddy made sure of
He shoveled coal to make a poor man's dollar

My daddy worked all night in the Van Leer coal mine
And all day long in the field a' hoeing corn
Momma rocked the babies at night and read the Bible by the coal oil light
And everything would start all over come break of morn'

Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner's pay
Mommy scrubbed our clothes on a washboard every day
Well, I seen her fingers bleed, to complain there was no need,
She'd smile in mommy's understanding way

In the summertime we didn't have shoes to wear
But in the wintertime we'd all get a brand new pair
From a mail order catalog, money made from selling a hog
Daddy always managed to get the money somewhere

Yeah, I'm proud to be a coal miner's daughter
I remember well the well where I drew water
The work we done was hard, at night we'd sleep 'cause we were tired
I never thought of ever leaving Butcher Holler

Well, a lot of things have changed since way back then
And it's so good to be back home again
Not much left but the floors, nothing lives here anymore
Except the memories of a coal miner's daughter

Songwriters
Loretta Lynn

Published by
SURE FIRE MUSIC CO., INC.



 

Monday
Apr142014

Inspiration from the Global Village: Loretta Lynn Happy Birthday

Medal of Freedom recipientI loved being outside. We'd hold lightning bugs in our fingers and pretend they were diamond rings.
Loretta Lynn

Wednesday
Apr092014

The Blues are Brewin'

The Blues Are Brewin' Lyrics

When the moon's kinda dreamy, starry eyed and dreamy
And nights are luscious and long
If you're kinda lonely, and all by you're only
Then nothin' but the blues are brewin', the blues are brewin'

When the wind through the window blows across your pillow
And tells you sleepin' is wrong
If love goes a thirsting till you feel like bursting
Then nothing but the blues are brewin', the blues are brewin'

Suppose you want somebody but you ain't got nobody
You only get a gleam in your eye
Till somebody's found you and puts their lovin' arms around you
You got the feelin' you want to die

But when the Lord up above you, sends someone to love you
The blues are something you loose
You're so busy doing the things that you're doing
That love ain't got no time for brewin' the blues

But when the Lord up above you, sends someone to love you
The blues are something you loose
You're so busy doing the things that you're doing
That love ain't got no time for brewin' the blues, the blues

Songwriters
Louis Alter;Eddie De Lange

Published by
SCARSDALE MUSIC CORP.



 

 

Monday
Apr072014

Inspiration from the Global Village: Happy Birthday Billie Holiday

I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.

 

--Billie Holiday