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The playlist for Monday 27 May 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "You Wept For Them All" ~~

1 - The Doors -- "Horse Latitudes"
2 - The Be Good Tanyas -- "Ship Out on the Sea"
3 - Andrews Sisters -- "Hula Ba Luau"
4 - Creedence Clearwater Revival -- "Run Through The Jungle"
5 - Dengue Fever -- "Sleepwalking Through The Mekong"
6 - Buffy Sainte Marie -- "Universal Soldier"
7 - Cake - "War Pigs"
8 - Eric Burdon and The Animals -- "Sky Pilot"
9 - Tom Waits -- "A Soldier's Things"
10 - Buffalo Springfield -- "I Am A Child."

Station Break

11 - Moody Blues -- "Gypsy"
12 - Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra -- "Corner"
13 - Nina Simone -- "Don´t Explain"
14 - Erik Satie -- "Trois Gymnopedies"
15 - Thomas Siffling Trio -- "Jazz Is Like Ginger"

Station Break

16 - The Sound Defects -- "Angels"
17 - The Charmels -- "Dear Uncle Sam"
18 - Herbie Mann -- "Coming Home Baby"
19 - Jamiroquai -- "Everyday"
20 - Surfer Blood -- "Voyager Reprise"
21 - Terakaft -- "Tenere Wer Tat Zinchegh"

Station Break

22 - Shout Out Louds -- "Hard Rain"
23 - Zero 7 -- "Give It  Away"
24 - Chet Baker -- "Laura"
25 - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble -- "Balicky Bon"
26 - Bjork -- "New World"
27 - Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard -- "Now We Are Free"

Station Break

28 - Pete Seeger -- "From Way Up Here"
29 - Phil Ochs -- "When I'm Gone"
30 - Victor Jara -- "Yo No Canto Por Cantar"
31 - Paco Ibanez -- "Los Versos Mas Tristres"
32 - Simon and Garfunkel -- "America"
33 - Cisco Houston -- "Saint James Infirmary"
34 - Mario Biondi -- "Winter in America"

Station Break

35 - Iron and Wine - "Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car"
36 - Daughter -- "Candles"
37 - Russian Red -- "Just Like a Wall"
38 - Blood Orange -- "Sutphin Boulevard"
39 - Cider Sky -- "Shooting Stars"
40 - The Wooden Birds -- "The Other One"
41 - Micatone -- "Nomad Sinners Lounge"

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

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A Windy Day In Normandy

Your floral-print dress
A breeze across fields
Of Sunflower and Lavender

You told me the story
Of the tragedy of
Your family

Your grandfather on
His mailman bicycle
The delivery of
Resistance correspondence

The fear of discovery

(The inevitable retaliation
Against the village

An Uncle hung
In the Square
A few weeks short
Of the liberation)

I watched your tears
As you prayed near
The soldier multitude of
White crosses and
The occasional
Star of David

Here and there even
An alabaster Crescent Moon

You wept for them all
As the tournesol
Faced West

Your dress clung in folds

And your red hair
Framed the History
Of your familial grief

(Saint Ceneri, France, 1994)

© 2005 Justice Putnam
and Mechanisches Strophe-Verlagswesen

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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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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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(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?)

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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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"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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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 27, 2013 at 08:45 PM PDT.

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

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