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Portland Phil

GRTUD - I actually live in Eastern Washington which is a long way from Portland, but it is as close as Phil is getting here this time around. Most of Eastern Washington and Oregon are very dry, not quite what people think of about the NW. We get anywhere from 14 - 17 inches of rain a year. I live on what we call the Eastside which is east of the Cascades but I live on the Westside of the Rockies. I am actually more a Rocky Mountain person than a coast person. We have some flooding in the spring but our great concern here is fire during the dry months of July - September. I will have a grand adventure getting to Portland in the midst of winter.

The best spot around here to see band members is the Gorge near George, Washington in Central Washington. I have seen Phil and Friends, The Dead, and the Other Ones as well as many other great shows there. It overlooks the huge gorge of the Columbia River. It is time for some band members to play there again. Come on out if they do.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
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Evil Deficits

I simply must raise the price of my evil plans so I can afford to go places like Portland and meet folks like Hal, while seeing my beloved P + F.
On another "note" (ha ha), how's the weather in Portland, Hal? Looks like the NW got drenched this past week. I deliberately avoid the news 'cause I just can't take the emotional beatings any more but I was brushed by some some pictures that looked very scary.

"I tell you Max, I don't know why I ever leave this place. I've got all the company I need right here." - The Grinch

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The Crystal Ballroom -Portland_

Thank you Phil for listening and coming to the Northwest. Will see and hear you and Friends
on Jan. 28th. I ordered my tickets today. Anybody else here want to meet at or before the show?

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
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Great Poem

Thank you, Tony.

"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision." - Norman Mailer

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Time to Heal...

A Time for Healing...

I crossed the bridge into the city,
my mind again amazed at how pretty...

Those oddly flavored downtown streets,
walkin along, the same old Vans on my feet...

I scan the faces, for red curls, above the shoulders of the crowd,
then I realized, to do this, I'm not allowed...

Then I see my old friend,
and he says,"Hey NOW! come right in..."

Ahhh, the familiar history in my face,
the kind aura of this treasured place....

The house that Bay Art created,
a place where our feelings are truly inflated...

I stood inside the warm halls just gazing,
at these walls of artist that are so amazing...

My heart cried tears of joy,
I was so lucky to be here now to enjoy...

I soon got this relieving feeling,
as the music started, I was already healing...

With only love flowing through my veins,
the past was smudging away, as quickly as it came...

I no longer looked around for you,
for me, to be whole,
remembering,
only MY heart,
and love for myself,
can soothe MY soul...

I flowed like the ocean winds along the North Coast,
thanks to the sounds of our definitive and persistent host...

Oh, Thank you, Thank you Father Time,
for teaching my soul,
how to forgive,
and again how to live,

and Thank you again,
Gracious Mr. Phil,
for helping us,
to love, to grow,
and mostly,
for helping,
us all,
to Heal...

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Tony
11-28-2007
Back in Humboldt safely...
thank you again Phil and Friends for touching my soul with your art...
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Dogheads Beware!

(The following is for entertainment value only)
Phil's bands - vs - Ratdog:
John Molo would pulverize Jay Lane into a fine powder and snort him (Mickey too for that matter);
Who plays bass for the Dog? Need I say more?
Kimock was replaced by Phil, at least once;
Jeff will probably be in Phil's band, at one point or other;
Ditto for Kenny (and Bobby).
Sleep well Dogheads!

"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision." - Norman Mailer

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Jim Lauderdale

Wow! Thanks Hal and marye! "Heading for the Hills" is on my list. As painful as it was to do, I decided to close my NetFlix account and devote the money elsewhere (Phil's concerts & downloads, other CD's and Sirius Radio are the top priorities). I love Emmylou, especially as a special guest. She can really add a nice texture to vocals. Thanks again.

"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision." - Norman Mailer

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Jim Lauderdale

Really, do not miss this stuff. The most recent collection, Heading for the Hills, is the only one I've got, but there is not a bad track on it and the guest artistes (Emmylou Harris! Gillian Welch!) are to die for. Jim Lauderdale has a voice like an old shoe, but it works really well with Hunter's lyrics.

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Jim Lauderdale and Robert Hunter

Teamed up together for the CD Headed For The Hills, you can still get it. Hunter wrote the lyrics for all of the songs, I believe. Hunter also wrote lyrics to some of the songs for Zero.

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Hunter Is My Hero

I agree Hal. R. and I also had the great fortune to meet him several times, twice in Washington, D.C. at the old Cellar Door venue and once in Carlisle, PA. We (my best fiend and I) tried to get him to come to a party some friends were having nearby after his show in Carlisle - kind of embarrassing thinking back on my mentality, in those daze. He was so cool to us, though! Hunter says (as he was putting his guitar in the trunk of his car), "Well I'd love to come to your party but I've got to drive a bazillion miles and get this rental car back before they charge me another day..." We just stood there, in the parking space vacated by his car and saluted him as he drove away (we didn't know what to do, we were just kids then, really). I can't imagine what he must have been thinking, ha-ha. Those were "grateful daze", indeed.

Also, I'm not familiar with the Jim Lauderdale CD of which you speak. Could you elaborate please?

"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision." - Norman Mailer

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