In Memory Of The CATFATHER.

June 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Those of you who have been reading my ramblings since the old 360 days will have noticed that no matter where I host the blog at I have always had the same profile picture all these years. The picture of a regal looking Maine Coon Cat. THE CATFATHER so named by his caretaker Deb Leonard because all the animals in his neighborhood knew who was the boss. Dog , cat or anything else you didn’t mess with the Catfather:) I loved hearing Deb talk about this cat from the first time she told me about him and he just looked so cool and dignified. So I borrowed a picture of him and have been using it ever since, something she has been kind enough to allow these years. Deb and the Catfather were on my list of friends I wanted to visit someday. Regretfully I will not get to visit the great Cat whenever I get around to visiting Deb as she recently informed me of his passing.  Farewell buddy hope you are chasing the mice across the sky. In memory one cool cat:)


“A man said to the universe,
‘Sir, I exist!’
‘Excellent,’ replied the universe,
‘I’ve been looking for someone to take care of my cats.” 
― Henry N. BeardPoetry for Cats: The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse


Black cat, black cat, smiles and lies,
hiding behind your black cat eyes.
Sneaking glances and proud prances,
ears erect, you are foolishly wise.

Black cat, black cat, tail a twitch,
you snap it like a long black switch.
Indifferent poses and upturned noses,
nails kneading, you are a witch.

Black cat, black cat, treacherous grin,
Jumping, prowling, you go for a spin.
Tensely tiffed and mildly miffed,
niftly napping, you always win.

Black cat, black cat, calling meow,
I can pet you when you allow.
Pleasantly purring, just barely stirring,
nuzzling nearer, I’ll forgive you somehow.

Copyright Larry Franz  



History Lessons In Music.

June 6, 2013 § 1 Comment

On Bruce Springsteen’s “Live 1975-1985”  album ( a fantastic album by the way) he mentions a book by  “Joe Klein”  about Woody Guthrie and that “This land Is Your Land” was written “as an angry song as an answer to Irving Berlin who had just written God Bless America”. Now this didn’t make any sense to me at the time as I didn’t recall anyone else stating this before neither in school or since I had graduated. I chalked it up to just being an opinion that Klein and Springsteen shared and only thought about it whenever I was listening to the album, as this was a frequent occurrence though I eventually did a little internet search but never found anything that really substantiated this claim and regretfully I never got around to checking out the book in question either.

Fast Forward a decade or so and I am at work and I ask the girl I am working with what she is listening to which turned out to be “The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band” another band I am very fond of so I downloaded one of their Greatest Hits albums to my phone on break and was listening to it when  it played  “Working Man- Nowhere to Go”. A song about a farmer who looses his farm and in general about many working people who lost their jobs and how it affected them. Toward the end of the song the farmer says these lines”Singing a song by Woody Guthrie This land is your land; it ain’t my land I’m a workin’ man, with nowhere to go”. This reminded me of the Springsteen quote and seemed more inline with the idea that Springsteen had mentioned. So I did a search on the quote from “Workin Man…” and ran across this article from the last inauguration ceremony on the  “ website. So it turns out that like many things over the course of history “This land is your land” was edited to make it more friendly to the masses and less of a critique of the problems in our country. Gives the song a whole new feel and flavor. So my quest for the truth about this song started with a taping of one Springsteen concert and  ended with the taping of another Springsteen concert just a a few:) years later. History through music. What a concept, But Hey Bruce, you know all of this would have been a heck of a lot easier if you had simply played the full song all those years ago:)

Today’s Trivia Question.

What was Woody Guthrie s nickname?

Peace out everyone.

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