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The playlist for Monday 12 May 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "To Live On In Dry Amazement" ~~

1 - Black Keys -- "The Only One"
2 - R L Burnside -- "It's Bad You Know"
3 - Los Cenzontles, David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal -- "No Work"
4 - Russian Red -- "No Past Land"
5 - Dave Van Ronk -- "He Was A Friend Of Mine"
6 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- "Runaway"
7 - The Radio Dept -- "Strange Things Will Happen"

Station Break

8 - Buffalo Springfield --  "I Am A Child"
9  - Simon & Garfunkel -- "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her"
10- Gotan Project -- "Paris, Texas"
11 - Death Cab For Cutie -- "Transatlanticism"
12 - The Postal Service -- "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight"
13 - The Doors -- "You're Lost Little Girl"
14 - Blood Orange -- "Sutphin Boulevard"

Station Break

15 - Cider Sky -- "Shooting Stars"
16 - The Wooden Birds -- The Other One
17 - Micatone -- "Nomad Sinners Lounge"
18 - The Sound Defects -- "Angels"
19 - Nouvelle Vague -- "Aussi Belle Ou Une Balle"
20 - Montefiori Cocktail -- "Tequila Bum Bum"
21 - Martin Deny -- "Hypnotique"

Station Break

22 - Cara Dillon -- "Black Is The Color"
23 - Lila Downs -- "Mi Corazon me Recuerda"
24 - Compay Segundo -- "Juliancito"
25 - Astor Piazzolla -- "Invierno Porteno"
26 - Paco Ibanez -- "Los Versos Mas Tristres"
27 - Stan Getz -- "Samba De Una Nota"

Station Break

28 - Abdullah Chhadeh & Syriana -- "Ana Araby"
29 - Malouma -- "Yerab"
30 - Tinariwen -- "Le Chant des Fauves"
31 - Radio Tarifa -- "Sin Palabras"
32 - Dead Can Dance -- "Agape"

Station Break

33 - Mandrake & Ripper -- "War is Too Important"
34 - Flipper -- "Sex Bomb"
35 - Mission of Burma -- "Dead Pool"
36 - L7 -- "Pretend We're Dead"
37 - Television -- "Marquee Moon"

Who luvs ya, baby?

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

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Each day the job gets up
And rubs its eyes

We are going to live on in dry amazement

Workers push the granite bed under the avenue

Bed of the married
The re-          the pre-married

Making a form as forms become infinite

The scrapings       scraping

Graywhacke    chert

People wait for their bumpy little pizzas
Theories of theories in gravity voices

Melpomene goddess of tragedy bathes

Mostly the bride never the bridesmaid

Angel food in whole foods

Consider Tanguy whose lunar responses to childhood
Made everything a horizon

Those walking upside down don’t know what to think

The finch engineering itself to deep spring

Or you        life       tired of being cured

How many layers
Of giving up are there

One of it

Two of everything in the arc you save

-- Brenda Hillman
"Franciscan Complex"

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

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

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(Chateau de Valicourt Montmorancy, France / copyright Justice Putnam)

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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

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

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So that explains it... !

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Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam

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... Or does it?

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

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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"

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

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(Farm Road Olema, California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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"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

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(Lamp and Post Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)
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(House Ruins of Poet St Pol Roux Brittany, France / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Bless Me Father

words and music by
Justice Putnam

Bless me Father
For I have sinned

It’s been so long
Since my
Last Confession

Give me penance Father
I’m on bended knee
My heart is crying

No amount of Hail Mary’s
Or Acts of Contrition
Can Absolve me.

I gave my parents
A lot of grief
But that doesn’t compare
To my evil deed

Give me penance Father
I’m on bended knee
My heart is crying

One summer’s night
I stole a neighbor’s purse
But Father I’ve done
Something so much worse

Give me penance Father
I’m on bended knee
My heart is crying

Really Father I’ve tried
To live an honest life
And I know I haven’t
Really done things right

Give me penance Father
I’m on bended knee
My heart is crying

I’ve been known to carouse
Like a soldier will
But my sin
Is so much bigger still

Give me penance Father
I’m on bended knee
My heart is crying

Somewhere near
The Tigris River
Somewhere north
Old Baghdad

Lies an old woman
In widow’s shrouds

I shot her dead.

The Sarge said
It’s kill or be killed
But Father still
I shot her dead.

Bless me Father
For I have sinned

It’s been so long
Since my
Last Confession

Give me penance Father
I’m on bended knee
My heart is crying

No amount of Hail Mary’s
Or Acts of Contrition
Can Absolve me.

(San Francisco, California)

© 2007 by Justice Putnam
Fleur de Sel Musique
and Mechanisches-Strophe Verlagswesen

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Rest in Peace Aaron Schwartz

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

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Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots Radio.com on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:45 PM PDT.

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

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