I began putting together tonight's show before news of the Boston Bombing. It affected me mightily, so mightily that the only response is to hold on to Love. So I am loving those I have lost in time and love those who live here now.

Sometimes, we need a place to escape the cacophony, the screams and the dying. Sometimes we need to say a little prayer and hold those dear to us close. Sometimes we just need to chill.

I hope tonight's music and this diary eases just a little, the anguish from the terrible tragedies of this Beautiful life.

-- Justice Putnam
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Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

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The playlist for Monday 15 April 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "You'll Be Dead Again Tomorrow" ~~

1 - Breathe Owl Breathe -- "Dragon"
2 - Blood Orange -- "Sutphin Boulevard"
3 - Cider Sky -- "Shooting Stars"
4 - The Wooden Birds -- "The Other One"
5 - Nouvelle Vague -- "Two For The Road"
6 - Zero 7 -- "Monday Night"
7 - Oneohtrix Point Never -- "Replica"

Station Break

8 - The Dave Brubeck Quartet -- "Bluette"
9 - Chet Baker -- "Laura"
10 - Matthew Herbert -- "Just Once"
11 - Lucky Dragons - "Open Melody"
12 - New Trolls -- "A Land To Live And A Land To Die" "

Station Break

13 - Bernard Butler and Edwyn Collins -- "Message For JoJo"
14 - Brian Eno -- "Baby's On Fire"
15 - Savage Republic -- "Andelusia"
16 - The Calm Blue Sea -- "We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight"
17 - Explosions In The Sky -- "Your Hand In Mine"
19 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Traveler's Prayer"

Station Break

20 - Micatone -- "Nomad Sinners Lounge"
21 - We Like Cats -- "Meow Hear Me Roar"
22 - Boozoo Bayou -- "Nights over Manaus"
23 - Hidden Orchestra -- "Strange"
24 - Club des Belugas -- "Next Order Please"

Station Break

25 - Lill Babs -- "Lat Honom Ga"
26 - Roma Amor -- "A Cosa Pensi"
27 - Florian Mona -- "Tourne"
28 - Private Domain -- "Amor"
29 - Russian Red -- "Just Like a Wall"
30 - Joan Baez -- "Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 Aria"
31 - Anna Caram -- "Agua de Beber"

Station Break

32 - Ennio Morricone -- "Malena"
33 - Bernard Herrmann -- "Taxi Driver Theme"
34 - Lemongrass -- "Bonjour"
35 - Les Hommes -- "Intraspettro"
36 - AKmusique -- "Ocean Drive 707"
37 - William Orbit -- Montok Point"

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(12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


I was asleep while you were dying.
It’s as if you slipped through some rift, a hollow
I make between my slumber and my waking,

the Erebus I keep you in, still trying
not to let go. You’ll be dead again tomorrow,
but in dreams you live. So I try taking

you back into morning. Sleep-heavy, turning,
my eyes open, I find you do not follow.
Again and again, this constant forsaking.


Again and again, this constant forsaking:
my eyes open, I find you do not follow.
You back into morning, sleep-heavy, turning.

But in dreams you live. So I try taking,
not to let go. You’ll be dead again tomorrow.
The Erebus I keep you in—still, trying—

I make between my slumber and my waking.
It’s as if you slipped through some rift, a hollow.
I was asleep while you were dying.

-- Natasha Trethewey


Voices and Soul appears on Black Kos Tuesday's Chile; poetry chosen and critiqued by Black Kos Poetry Editor Justice Putnam.


(Cut Stones and Arch St Ceneri, France / copyright Justice Putnam)


Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.    -- JP


(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


(Can you help folks in need heat their homes and cook their food on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. Navajo has an important diary posted with all the particulars. Even a small amount can work towards building the minimum.

Could you please help?)


So that explains it... !

Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam


... Or does it?

(Holy Bible and 3 in 1 Oil Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)


I took another small sip of water as the next questioner rose, this time by the stacks of French novels. She was cute; red hair, tall, maybe 5'9" or 5'10", well proportioned. Had to be another doctoral student in Comparative Literature at Cal; so even at 24 or 25, was too young for my wandering eye.

"You stated," she stated determinedly, "and I quote; 'Comedy, Poetry and Fiction are only effective and only become Art if there is a Truth behind the humor, the verse and the lie.'"

"Yes," I uttered to fill the small silence.

"In your writing; in your humor, verse and lies, are you telling a Truth about yourself?" she asked, "or are you telling a Truth about the Culture and Society as a whole?"

"Yes," I answered.

--Justice Putnam
"Conversations With The Audience"



(Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)


"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

 -- Horace

"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley


Rest in Peace Aaron Schwartz



(Morning Fog And Surf, Muir Beach, California / copyright Justice Putnam)


Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots Radio.com on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 08:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by Black Kos community, Netroots Radio, and LatinoKos.

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