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The playlist for Monday 13 May 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "The Audacity of Rising" ~~

1 - Blood Sweat & Tears  -- "John The Baptist"
2 - Traffic -- "Forty Thousand Headmen"
3 - Jethro Tull -- "A New Day Yesterday"
4 - Procol Harum -- "Homburg"
5 - Moody Blues -- "Gypsy"
6 - King Crimson -- "In The Court Of The Crimson King"

Station Break

7 - The Clash -- "Charlie Don't Surf"
8 - Mono Men -- "Daylight"
9 - The Mercury Program -- "Tequesta"
10 - The Lipstick Killers -- "Hindu Gods Of Love"
11 - Daikaiju -- "The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls"
12 - 7 Negro -- "Surf & Roll"
13 - Los Straitjackets -- "Pacifica"
14 - The Bikini Lovers -- "No No No"

Station Break

15 - Hector Zazou -- "Que le Bongo est Beau"
16 - Karsh Kale -- "Milan"
17 - Kabul Work Shop -- "Trigana"
18 - Garanda -- "Sunda Javanese Gamelan"

Station Break

19 - The Cinematic Orchestra -- "Burn Out"
20 - Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra -- "El Machete"
21 - Temple of Sound -- "iZulu Li Ya Duma"
22 - Niyaz -- "Dilruba"

Station Break

23 - Otros Aires -- "Allerdings Otros Aires"
24 - Der Dritte Raum -- "Blautaut"
25 - Metropolitan Jazz Affair -- "Fourmi Rouge"
26 - Thomas Siffling Trio -- "Jazz Is Like Ginger"
27 - Chris Botti -- "La Belle Dame sans Regrets"
28 - Coralie Clément -- "Le Jazz et Le Gin"

Station Break

29 - Jazzanova -- "The Morning Side Of Love"
30 - Lyczacza -- "La La Love"
31 - Stacy Kent -- "Samba Saravah"
32 - Club Des Belugas -- "Get Shorter"
33 - De Phazz -- "Cut The Jazz"
34 - Emilie Simon -- "Dernier Lit"
35 - Yael Naim -- "Paris"

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


At once this dragnet of cousins
Whips its way into your presence saying
None of them among us. They are
Oracles on the court of midnight,
The tight filigree of a mind or your
Splashing around in, your pandemonium
Of copper graffiti inexpertly put up.
They make weapons of furled hands.
“We will walk, but our bones will carry
Ribbons of lead, or we will, like
Acrobats mill-headed in 3s (3 blades,
3 hips, 3 tongues), answer to what comes
Before, what comes before?” Eleousa,
Master of Dark Eyelids, eye opening
Like a fennel seed, you are generous
Or are you not, do you shore up and
Wink at the soul? What does the soul say
Other than “my divorce from . . .,” “tan
Holiday . . .,” “smoking crystal in teak rooms . . .”
But should have asked, “What do you
See?” The sun a sequence of fans, a bridge,
Only so exquisitely cabled as to make us
Still—shall we fall
Or travel between bridges
Among the robust, sane clouds,
A face cut from smoke, heat, and light?
The sun, dancing in a vial, the initial
Memory of what it was to be born—
Doberman of a sheer-white universe—
To school out—the audacity of rising
Without name or color to new rooms,
New youth, fruitful, born singularly
To precise moments not in epiphany
But duration—as under new weather
We become—in action, receive—our
Bodies uncasked like umbrellas under
The flamingo-red light of the racing day.

-- Robert Fernandez


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 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:45 PM PDT.

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