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The playlist for Monday 6 May 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Against The Walls Of Every Heart" ~~

1 - Son House -- "Death Letter Blues"
2 - John Lee Hooker -- "Graveyard Blues"
3 - Sam Lightnin' Hopkins -- "Cotton"
4 - Big Mama Thornton -- "Wade In The Water"
6 - Little Axe -- "Long Way to Go"
7 - Little Sister -- "Stanga"
8 - Dennis Brown -- "Man Next Door"
9 - Peter Tosh -- "Downpressor Man"

Station Break

10 - David Newman -- "Hard Times"
11 - Les McCann and Eddie Harris -- "Compared to What?"
12 - Hank Crawford -- "Whispering Grass"
13 - The Modern Jazz Quartet -- "The Golden Striker"
14 - Herbie Mann -- "Coming Home Baby"

Station Break

18 - Chris Thile & How To Grow A Band -- "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground"
19 - Over the Rhine -- "Born"
20 - Crooked Still -- "Wind and Rain"
21 - Amy Correia -- "Hold on"
22 - The Books -- "It Never Changes To Stop"
23 - Japancakes -- "Soft N EZ"
24 - Las Ondas Marteles -- "Alondra Perdida"

Station Break

25 - Rainstick Orchestra -- "Electric Counterpoint Fast"
26 - Lullatone -- "Wake Up Wake Up"
27 - Celso Fonseca -- "Noite E Meu Opio"
28 - Nouvelle Vague -- "I Melt With You"
29 - Ulrich Schnauss -- "Far Away Trains Passing By"
30 - MIDIval PunditZ -- "Electric Universe" "

Station Break

31 - Quantic -- The 5th Exotic"
32 - Rondo Brothers -- "Walk On Fire"
33 - Orlando Cachaito Lopez -- "Redencion"
34 - Andrea Echeverri -- "Aterciopelados Que Te Besen"
35 - Sound Tribe Sector 9 -- "Tokyo"
36 - Yo La Tengo -- "I Heard You Looking"

Station Break

37 - Susie Suh -- "Love Is On The Way"
38 - Marsen Jules -- "Fanes D'Automne"
39 - Sigur Ros -- "Flugufrelsarinn"
40 - Nickodemus and Andrea Montiero -- "Mystery of Life"
41 - Esbjorn Svensson Trio  -- "The Well-Wisher"

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


Either the world is coming together,
or else the world is falling apart —
     here — now — along these letters,
     against the walls of every heart.

Today, tomorrow, within its weather,
the end or beginning’s about to start —
     the world impossibly coming together
     or very possibly falling apart.

Now the lovers’ mouths are open —
maybe the miracle’s about to start:
      the world within us coming together,
      because all around us it’s falling apart.

Even as they speak, he wonders,
even as the fear departs:
     Is that the world coming together?
     Can they keep it from falling apart?

The image, gradually, is growing sharper;
now the sound is like a dart:
     It seemed their world was coming together,
     but in fact it was falling apart.

That’s the nightmare, that’s the terror,
that’s the Isaac of this art —
     which sees that the world might come together
      if only we’re willing to take it apart.

The dream, the lure, is the prayer’s answer,
which can’t be plotted on any chart —
    as we know the world that’s coming together
    without our knowing is falling apart.

-- Peter Cole
"Song of the Shattering Vessels"


Voices and Soulappears 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 May 06, 2013 at 08:45 PM PDT.

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

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