Monday, October 24, 2011

Music Muse Monday WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT


Music Muse
2011
Union Square 
USA


On this date in 1929--a Thursday,
The U.S. Stock Market Crashed
The day became known as "Black Thursday."
Around 13 million stocks were sold off in one day.
By the next Tuesday, the market had lost almost
26 billion dollars.
Banks failed,individual investors lost their savings, 
the Great Depression began in America.
NOBODY KNOWS YOU
WHEN YOU'RE DOWN & OUT
Big Joe Williams

Today, the homeless of New York City are ubiquitous.
Despite the efforts of the powers that be to keep
streets clear, clean, smoke and debris free
for tourists and land owners,
they are everywhere, in almost every neighborhood.
They are poets, parents, sons and daughters,
the unemployed, veterans of all our wars,
who have been unfortunate enough
to fall through the cracks in the American Dream.
Why?
In a Country where air rights are bought and sold,
where everything adds up on a fluid bottom line,
some folks just don't figure into the equation,
That's why.

Bessie Smith

 ABOUT THE GREAT DEPRESSION
John Hodgman's PBS documentary, "Hobo Matters", If not the most celebrated episode of The American Experience, certainly the most astounding, not only for the number of facts packed into this short episode, but also for the fact that PBS actually produced
and dared to air it.  Unfortunately, this 
chronicle of the Great Depression, and the Hobo Wars,
was quickly erased from history
by the powerful 'Hobo Queen',
for it revealed too many secrets
about the hobo world.

"Tristram Shandy"
"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" is a novel by Laurence Sterne. It was published in nine volumes,
the first two appearing in 1759,
and seven others following
over the next 10 years.

Odetta

  2010 AN UPDATE
Interview with Curbside Jimmy explains how he gets by
riding the rails on a grant from the government.
Included, are banjo playingand singing parts of 
"Moan" and "Wreck of The Old 97".
Jimmy expresses sympathy for rich people
who are losing everything they have in this economic depression.

Otis Redding

All You Need Is Love
Clean Air and Water
A bit of Shelter
And
Soup In The Pot

John Lennon







2 comments:

deanna7trees said...

I wondered where you were today. It's almost tomorrow.

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

Took a surprise train trip out of town for an overnight of good air, good food and good friends. I'm back, much renewed and tucking into bed any minute for a good sleep. Rain is on the way again, if you can believe it.