Happy Birthday, Dear Celia

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

(Susquehanna PA > Rochester NY, Wednesday, January 17, 2007)-I woke up this morning with my baby daughter on my mind. It's 37 years since she was born on January 17, 1970, but she'll always be my beautiful baby girl. I was in prison when she was born and didn't get to be with her until I was released 35 years ago on December 13, 1971, just a month short of her second birthday. My baby girl has been having a hard time for the past couple of years and is now quite literally chilling in Detroit while she's trying to pull her life back together after the great New Orleans Flood of 2005.

Happy birthday, dear Celia, and many many happy returns from your old dad.

Dr. Dorothy and I got to chill in her house in Susquehanna PA for a couple days after our adventures in Johnson City, then drove in the bitter cold and occasional ice up to Rochester NY to begin three days of concentrated artistic activity there. Our facilitator was a great Rochester poet named John Roche, who was connected to me by my dear pal and publisher, Dennis Formento, of the Surregional Press down in New Orleans. In a long series of e-mails Roche and I agreed on four events for me in Rochester:

[1] A visit and discussion with his poetry class at the Rochester Institute of Technology,
[2] a poetry reading-cum-talk at a great bookstore called Writers & Books the same Wednesday night
[3] a performance in Norm Davis' poetry series at a traditional beatnik-type coffee house called daily Perks on Thursday evening, to be accompanied by Dr. Dorothy Goodman and a venerable Rochester creative ensemble called Dream Engine.
[4] A full-scale blues concert at RIT in a place called the RITzkeller on Friday night, backed by the killer blues ensemble known as Joe Fornieri and the Railsplitters.

There would be a reasonable sum of money collected from various state and university sources to serve as my honorarium, we would be the house guests of the legendary Sam and Barbara Abrams, we would meet a lot of new people and share our work with them, and we had our own rent-o-car to get around in, so it looked to be a very pleasant assignment to spend three days in Rochester, and it was indeed.

Strangely enough, everything went perfectly to plan: the audiences were plentiful, the music was superb, the venues were fully appropriate and the bread was there at the appointed times. Dorothy and I were treated quite regally by everyone involved and that's not at all hard to take, believe me.

I've got a recording of our show with Dream Engine and am anxiously awaiting aural evidence of the Railsplitters night at RIT, so I'll be playing some of that music on my radio show when I get back into production in Holland. Meanwhile, this Monday's podcast was episode #118 of the John Sinclair Radio Show, as follows:

John Sinclair Radio Show #118

Cannabis College, Amsterdam
Friday, November 24, 2006 @ 4:00-5:00 pm [CC-0606]

We closed Cannabis Cup Week at the Cannabis College with an all-star cast of grizzled veterans in an all-"live" show and Larry Hayden at the recording controls for the first time in our two-year history. Everything went beautifully, from the theme music provided by Walter Noon's guitar, the Opening Tokes of John Sinclair weed from the Dampkring, a tune from Walter, a conversation with Merll Truesdale of Columbia SC, a visit from Sidney Daniels of Ceres Seeds celebrating his Silver Cup victory, a song by Tim Pate and our collaboration on my poem Friday the 13th,  a talkl with Don E. Wirtshafter and SuperDude, and a conversation, a couple of tunes and closing theme music from Kenny Post.

Playlist #118

[01] Opening Music: Walter Noon: Theme Music
[02] John Sinclair Intro & Opening Tokes of John Sinclair Haze
[03] Walter Noon: Long Time Coming
[04] Conversation with Merll Truesdale & Kenny Post
[05] Conversation with Merll Truesdale re: Columbia SC
[06] John Sinclair Comments & Conversation with Sidney re: Ceres Seeds
[07] Tim Pate: My Daddy Was a Gambler
[08] John Sinclair & Tim Pate: Friday the 13th
[09] Conversation with Don E. Wirtshafter & SuperDude
[10] Conversation with Kenny Post
[11] Kenny Post: Energy Equals Eternal Delight
[12] Conversation with Kenny Post & Bob Dylan Impression
[13] Comments & Outro by John Sinclair with Closing Music by Kenny Post

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced, Engineered & Recorded by Larry Hayden
Edited, Mastered & Posted by Henk Botwinik
Executive Producer: Larry Hayden
Sponsored by Eat at Jo's at The Melkweg and SuperDude
Special thanks to Lorna Clay, Kristie Szalanski & the staff at the Cannabis College, Adam Brook, Kenny Post, Walter Noon, Tim Pate, Doc Rosen, Merll Truesdale, Sidney Daniels, and SuperDude.

(P) 2006 John Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.

Podcasted by www.RadioFreeAmsterdam.com @ January 15, 2006

-New Orleans
February 19, 2007


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frankjudge
frankjudge on

Fat Tuesday 07
Hi John & Dorothy,

John Roche notified us of your postings of your journey through the Northeast, including Rochester. We wish you'd still been in the area to attend the 5th annual the Poets Against the War & Occupation event we held on the 12th. Great turnout, great time had by all despite the anxiety King George continues to create. For details on PAW5, check out http://poetsgainstwar.freehostia.com).

Hope this finds you both well and ready to party in the Big Easy. Say hello to our mutual friend Danny Kerwick for me -- tell him to phone or email me!

All the best,

~Frank

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