A Few Choice Words:  Pat Wictor Newsletter, February 8, 2007

================== A Few Choice Words - February 9, 2007===========

                       By Pat Wictor

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Friendship--A Creative Force

Ears and Eyes: What I'm listening to and reading

     -Ben Harper, Os Guinness, and more

Upcoming Gigs & appearances

   full calendar: http://www.patwictor.com


Friendship--A Creative Force


I've been thinking a lot about friendship, and what it has to do with folk music.

For musicians, friendship is a huge creative and productive force in our lives.

And not just for musicians.  I just finished reading "Bowling Alone," by Robert Putnam.    The author argues that social capital, which is a social science-y term for the combined webs of social relationships each one of us weaves, is central not just to creative careers, but to the stability and productivity of society as a whole.  More face-to-face social activities means greater social capital:  more people who we know, trust, and can turn to for expertise, support, and counsel on big and small matters in life.

Putnam correlates a high degree of social capital with greater economic prosperity, better health, safer neighborhoods, higher educational achievement, and a well-functioning political system.

I'd also add--though I can't prove--that it's correlated with greater creativity, musical / artistic and otherwise.

Musicians' careers are built on social capital.  None of us would get anywhere without lots of people expressing support and care--not just for our music, but for us personally as well.  And creatively, most of us would improve very little without interacting with our musician friends, picking up musical tips, sharing ideas and knowledge.

Folk music is special in that friendships form between everyone involved in it--musicians, audience, presenters, radio DJs, journalists--and help keep it running.  Unlike other genres (where money and status often divide people), everyone's basically got the common goal of supporting the music, and it makes for an incredibly rich creative environment for performers to operate.

Friendship is front and center, the herald, midwife, and protector of our music, and the people who make it and enjoy it.  So, thanks to all of you, my friends.  Here's to friendship, and the good it does in our world.

Pick up a copy of "Bowling Alone," and let me know what you think. Also check out what other books I'm reading and what other musicians I recommend. Let's make some more social capital together.



Robert D. Putnam, "Bowling Alone:  The Collapse and Revival of American Community."

buy the book:  http://tinyurl.com/2zfo76


      Ears and Eyes (what I'm listening to and reading )


--- Music

Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama, "Live at the Apollo."

Listen and buy the cd:  http://tinyurl.com/27n44x

John Jackson, "Front Porch Blues."

Listen and buy the cd:    http://tinyurl.com/38s4bz

--- Books

Os Guinness, "The Dust of Death:  The Sixties Counterculture and How It Changed America Forever."

buy the book:  http://tinyurl.com/2sdhzq    

Thought-provoking and substantial, from a perspective very different from my own.

Steve Kowit, "In the Palm of Your Hand:  A Lively and Illuminating Guide for the Practicing Poet."

buy the book:    http://tinyurl.com/3xclpb


               Upcoming Pat Wictor Gigs & appearances

      full calendar and links: http://www.patwictor.com


February 9, Darlington Arts Center, Boothwyn, PA  duo show w/ Cheryl Prashker

February 10, Mozaic Room, Avon, MA   opening for Dave Rowe Trio

February 17, Hillside Cafe, Nutley, NJ    Kate Gaffney opens

February 18, University Cafe, Stony Brook, NY  w/ David Jacobs-Strain

February 22-25  National Folk Alliance Conference, Memphis, TN   Performance Alley  and "guerrilla" showcases, w/ Cheryl Prashker

March 9, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY   w/ Kate McDonnell

March 16, South Shore Folk Music Club, Kingston, MA

March 18, Acoustic Celebration, Ridgefield, CT

March 29, Uptown Concerts at Baldwin's Station, Sykesville, MD  w/ The Laws

March 30,  Outpost in the 'Burbs,  Montclair, NJ   Phil Ochs Song Night   w/ Kim & Reggie Harris, Magpie, and David Roth

March 31,  Stone Soup, Pawtucket, RI   Phil Ochs Song Night    w/ Kim & Reggie Harris, Magpie, and David Roth

April 1,  Carriage Barn, New Canaan, CT   Phil Ochs Song Night   w/ Kim & Reggie Harris, and Magpie

April 4, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY  w/ Kathleen Pemble, Patrick Fitzsimmons, and the Brindley Bros.

April 13, Good Coffeehouse, Brooklyn, NY  w/ Jud Caswell

April 14, Shenandoah Coffee House Series, Leesburg, VA   w/ Dulcie Taylor & Eleni Kelakos

April 18, Acoustic Long Island, St. James, NY

April 19, Godfrey Daniels,  Bethlehem, PA   w/ Jon Shain

April 19, Wildflower Cafe, Bethlehem, PA    w/ Jon Shain

April 20, Concerts at the Beach House, Lansdowne, PA   w/ Jon Shain

April 21,   22 Below,  New York, NY  w/ Jon Shain

April 22, The Burren, Somerville, MA   w/ Jon Shain & Danielle Miraglia  

April 27, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA  opening for Owen Plant

April 28, The Towne Crier, Pawling, NY    opening for Patty Larkin

  **FALCON RIDGE PREVIEW TOUR, May 6-20.  Dates still being confirmed.  Percussionist Cheryl Prashker accompanies me on this tour **

May 6, Watertown Barn Concert, Watertown, CT  w/ Red Molly and Ellis

May 11, Pioneer Arts Center (P.A.C.E.), Easthampton, MA  w/ Red Molly and Ellis

May 18, Outpost in the 'Burbs, Montclair, NJ  w/ Red Molly and Ellis

May 19, Common Ground Coffeehouse, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY  w/ Red Molly and Ellis

May 20, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA  w/ Red Molly and Ellis

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Until next time:  many thanks, and warm regards,

Pat Wictor


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