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The playlist for Monday 24 June 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres:

 ~~ "The Crystal That Matches The Crystal In Tamalpais"  ~~

1- RL Burnside -- "Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down"
2 - Chris Thomas King -- "Why Blues"
3 - Deborah Coleman -- "The River Wild"
4 - Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara -- "Tonio Yima"
5 - Amos Lee -- "All My Friends"
6 - Boubacar Traoré -- "Sa Golo"
7 - Otis Taylor -- "Ten Million Slaves"

Station Break

8 - Martin Tranka and David Sylvian -- "Midnight Sun"
9 - David Gilmour -- "Then I Close My Eyes"
10 - Mari Boine -- "I Come From The Other Side"
11 - Sweet 75 -- "Cantos De Pilon"
12 - Okay Temiz -- "Dokuz Seki"
13 - Majid Bekkas -- "Bala Moussa"
14 - Geoffrey Oryema -- "Lubanga"

Station Break

15 - Susana Baca -- "Panalivio"
16 - Virginia Rodriguez -- "Lua Lua Lua Lua"
17 - Zap Mama -- "Rafiki"
18 - Les Nubians -- "Liberte"
19 - Richard Bona -- "Ekwa Mwato"
20 - Milladoiro -- "Alala das Marianas"

Station Break

21 - Olga Roman -- "Esta Boca Es Mia"
22 - Camaron De La Isla -- "La Calle De Los Lunares"
23 - Antonio Infantino and Tarantolati di Tricarico -- "Titinch Titanch"
24 - Gypsy Devils Orchestra -- "Ave Maria"
25 - Enteli -- "Polska"
26 - Marisa Monte -- "Tres Letrinhas"
27 - Tom Ze -- "Augusta, Angelica e Consulacao"

Station Break

28 - Abdullah Ibrahim -- "Mountain in the Night"
29 - Gigi D'Agostino -- "Gin Lemon"
30 - Varttina and Hector Zazou -- "Annukka Suaren Neito"
31 - Dead Can Dance -- "The Host of Seraphim"
32 - This Mortal Coil -- "Strength of Strings"

Station Break

33 - Igor Stravinsky -- "Elegy for Solo Viola"
34 - Shpongle -- "The Dorset Perception"
35 - Soledad Bravo -- "La Guerrillera"
36 - Cyro Baptista and the Banquet of the Spirits -- "Noia"
37 - Loop Guru -- "Karma Marga"
38 - Miles Davis  -- "In a Silent Way (DJ Cam Remix)"
39 - Quantic -- "The 5th Exotic"

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


      In Tamalpais is a big crystal. An acquaintance told
me the story. A Miwok was giving his grandfather’s medicine
bag to the Kroeber Museum in Berkeley. He said this man
took him over the mountain Tamalpais, at a certain time
in the year. I believe it was about the time of the
Winter Solstice, because then the tides are really low.
They stopped and gathered a certain plant on the way over
the mountain. On their way to the Bolinas Beach clam patch,
where there is a big rock way out there.

                                                                            Go out to
the rock. Take out of the medicine bag the crystal
that matches the crystal in Tamalpais. And
                                              if your heart is not true
                                              if your heart is not true
when you tap the rock in the clam patch
                                                            a little piece of it will fly off
                                                   and strike you in the heart
                          and strike you dead.

And that’s the first story I ever heard about Bolinas.

-- Joanne Kyger
"The Crystal in Tamalpais"


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 Swartz



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


Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 08:45 PM PDT.

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

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Listen to The After Show and The Justice Department on Netroots Radio

    by justiceputnam on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 08:45:11 PM PDT

  •  Very quiet in here tonight. n/t (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eric Nelson, justiceputnam

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 10:10:28 PM PDT

  •  Bolinas (2+ / 0-)
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    justiceputnam, Eric Nelson

    I knew a guy in the North (SF) Bay who was the top connection in the late '80s / early '90s for both psychedelic powders (and liquid LSD) an "Atlantean" crystals. He was a brilliant 12-string guitar player, especially on turn-of-the-70s Grateful Dead tunes. He'd been bamboozling people for several years with tales of an antigravity machine he as building, but when I met him he got all hopped up on lasers he was putting together with the Atlantean crystals. It created a laser show that "resonated with the MDMA molecule" to project its audience (if they could match the resonance with their soul's elevated frequency) beyond spacetime into a fractal semicontinuum where anything was possible, and everything was probable.

    It was fun for a while. But eventually the speed and cocaine proved strongest. Last I heard of him was he'd barricaded himself and his German masseuse wife (who he'd smuggled through US immigration so she couldn't escape him) into their Bolinas bungalow. Behind some kind of resonant minefield he'd buried in the beach nearby. While he obsessively dissassembled and reassembled his shotgun in the dark. Because those crystals were all that kept the invading alien UFO hordes back outside our orbit. And even he had stopped believing the crystals did anything by then.

    Last I heard, until a few years later I ran into him, clean shaven and corporate dressed, at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. He told me Chrysler had licensed the laser projector for R&D holograms. I guess the crystals didn't stop the invasion.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 10:20:12 PM PDT

  •  Muir Beach, Bolinas, I once had the good fortune.. (0+ / 0-) work with an expert boatright named Babe Lamberdine. He worked with an boat electrician (I can't place his name now) and old friend (they were buddies in the merchant marines) to make a perfect sloop called the Elizabeth Muir.
    It was a Sparkman Stevens design. Beautiful. And an exact make og the blue prints. Took him 12 years.  rare man that can stick to a project that long witout taking short cuts,farming it out or just quitting.

     He lived and built it in Bolinas

    Babes wifes name was Elizabeth

    He has since died, but I learned so much about the fine craftmeship needed when putting together not just the structure of a wooden boat but so many tricks in joinery for gallies and such.

    Also crystal radio. My Granfather helped me build my first one..

    All of this is OT but thank you very much for the Diary. links to net roots radio, lovely pictures and the memories it brings.

    Thx justiceputnam

    P.S. I was just wondering if you happened to know Babe also. From the picture you took I thought maybe this was your stomping ground.

    He was a quiet man but most everyone with a wooden boat in the bay area and at the various yacht clubs (Saint Francis marina  Saulsalito, Tiburon etc.) knew him or heard of him and loved his work and admired him.

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