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Joshua Tree Association of Musicians and Songwriters

A division of New Moon Records

PO Box 203

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Gig reports and editorial comments for the week Mar 22-29, 2005


Hey, hey, hey-

Here’s an exchange that might be of interest to younger musicians:

Dear New-Moon-Records:

I am in an emerging band that is loooking for a record deal. The name of my band is Either Way It Sux. Just about a week ago one of your signed artists ,Unherd, came to my high school, Twentynine Palms High School, and i figured I would try and get in contact with you. Our style of music is rock, and that's what we love to do. I hope to hear a reply from you soon.

Thanks, Marcus K. Buckles

Marcus, thanks for writing to me. I also love to rock, and have done it most of my life. I am glad you enjoyed Unherd, it is the first rock band I have produced for years. The band’s songwriting impressed me, as well as their serious approach to their music. Their rock is expressive, but not self-indulgent (at least for rock). They are working hard and their EP has sold locally in the 300-400 units range. All the money from it (my share, as well as theirs) is put into a fund to finance equipment and their next record, which will be a full length CD. Either I, or the band, probably won’t see any profit from the recordings for several years; the records, though, will expand the band’s ability to play bigger gigs for better and bigger audiences. When they get so big that their records are getting interest out of our area, I will sign them to a major label for distribution. That way we will be able to keep artistic control, not to mention get a bigger slice of the money pie if it is a large one.

I won’t be working with another rock band for an indefinite time. As a producer, I like to stay focused on the artist I am working with and not diffuse the energy and creativity. I can give you some pointers on getting’ your band goin’, though:

1) Record labels don’t develop artists anymore. You (the artist) are expected to come into the deal complete with performing experience, successful regional records, and your own following and fan support. The record companies now just basically manufacture and distribute CDs. They don’t even promote you very much unless your record gets a lot of regional interest- which depends on your fan base. The only thing a record company can do better than you is get records in stores and on the radio in markets you haven’t played in. Signing a deal with a label is not the Holy Grail, in fact, it is more often the kiss of death.

2) Develop your fan base at home. There is no time like when you are living with your folks to put together your band. Try different things. Play as often as possible. If you don’t make a living (you won’t make a living at music around here), you still have a place to sleep. Once you move out on your own, things change. The guys that were happy to hang out and practice all day now have apartments and cars and girlfriends to finance, and the work schedules that go with it. It will never be as easy again as it is right now. Don’t waste it.

3) Have fun with it, don’t take yourself too seriously, but be serious about the art. Work on your chops and insist that your bandmates do also. Write about stuff you care about, not stuff that you think people will think is cool. Don’t worry about what other bands do or write about, but listen to them and try to understand why folks like them. A lot of rock bands have an image of being wiped-out dopers and losers; don’t kid yourself, any band that makes it has hard-working people in it. An image is just an image. Reality is something else; if you don’t pay the dues, you won’t succeed. Work hard and put your heart in your music. Tell the truth with it!

Let me know (email) when you are playing, and I’ll try to come out and hear you sometime. If you’d like to send recordings of your stuff, I’d be happy to listen to them and give you honest comments. If you want them back, send them with an envelope with return postage. Address: New Moon Records, PO Box 203, JTCA 92252.


Steve Lester

Dat’s all for now…

Da prez

PS:if you are interested, check out the Jams Political Supplement (attached).

Also, quite a bunch of great attachments:

-Congress's Midnight Frenzy (appearances are everything)

-Dr Meyers Sermon’

-predictions 2005’ (this is a cut to the bone observation of exactly what’s going on)

-to compare’ (Al M sent me this sample of Hunter Thompson’s raw genius)


***gig reports***


Water Canyon Coffee Company

Music now Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat…

Yucca Valley at 55844 29 Palms Highway. 760 365 7771

…This Week….

**Tuesday Jazz and Blues 6 to 8 PM**

the Fuzz Balls (local really cool and laid back blues guys)

**Thursday Night Songwriting, Poetry and Rhythm Club 7 to 9 PM **

Musical guest(s): Kevin Stetz (This is the official kickoff to ‘Kevin Stetz Week)

Spoken Word- rick rutherford

“spoken words are what most people remember best” Garrison Keiller

**Friday 7 to 9 PM**

Kevin Stetz (introducing his new CD)

**Saturday Brunch 11AM to 1PM**

Callan ( guitar instrumentals)

**Saturday Night 8 to 10PM**

Bingo (one of the area’s best singer-songwriters)


Pappy’s Upcoming Shows:

3/25: The Rojer Arnold Band & Steve Poltz 7:30
3/28: Kevin Stetz birthday and CD release, see blurb below**

4/1: The Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash

4/2: Mike Stinson

4/3 Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion CD release party w/ Tim Easton

4/8 Michael Dart & The Flatlanders

4/9 I See Hawks in LA

4/16 The Blasters!

4/22 Honky Tonk Freestyle, Outlaw Country from Zachariah and The Lobos Riders & their few friends

4/23 Juke Logan's CD Release Party! "The Truth Will Rock You!"

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is at 53688 Pioneertown Rd. in Pioneertown (4 miles North of Highway 62 on Pioneertown Rd). For information call! (760) 365-5956.


Saturday, April 9: Sun Runner Showcase: Holdstock & MacLeod. 7 p.m. A special evening of traditional British, Scottish and sea music by internationally renowned Northern California duo, Dick Holdstock and Allan MacLeod. $10. Hi-Desert Playhouse (See ‘announcements’ below for more details)


**Kevin Stetz Week- Celebrating his new CD release

Kevin's High Desert Blast Off Tour Includes the following appearances:

Thursday, March 24, 7pm, Water Canyon SPRC,

Friday, March 25, 7pm, Water Canyon

Saturday, March 26, 8pm, Beatnik Cafe



What: Kevin Stetz CD release and 21st Birthday Party! Where: Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown, California When: Monday, March 28 6pm-? Who: Kevin Stetz & friends Wooden Nickel (Sue Bradley,Tal Hurley & Ted Quinn) plus special guests Miles Of Music artists Nels Andrews & Cathy Rivers (from Albuquerque,NM)


Frday, April 1, 9pm, Peacenik at the Beatnik



Radio 60 upcoming schedule

March 25, at Patti's in Cathedral City, 35-756 Date Palm Drive, 760-770-7335 –

March 26, at Tumbleweed Junction, 58-581 Hwy #371, Suite A, Anza, Ca., 92539, 951-763-0011.


thanks for the correction regarding kevin stetz' cd release at pappys on monday march 28. can you mention that the sibleys are my guests on peacenik at the beatnik friday march 25 9pm?? thanks again, ted


JAMS Announcements


(There are more details on many of the announcements in the attached JAMS pr)


Sun Runner Showcase featuring: Holdstock & MacLeod in Concert

7 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2005 $10 admission - now get your tickets online at! Hi-Desert Playhouse 61231 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree

(760) 366-3777

Tickets available through Hi-Desert Playhouse box office, Rock-It-Man CDs, 56318 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, The Sun Runner, 6455-C Mesquite Avenue, Twentynine Palms and

The Sun Runner Desert Arts & Entertainment Magazine, based in Twentynine Palms, California, is launching its eleventh year as the voice of the hi-desert arts community with a Sun Runner Showcase concert, featuring Holdstock & MacLeod. Dick Holdstock and Allan MacLeod are an internationally renowned musical duo from Northern California who perform traditional British, Scottish and sea music. Holdstock and MacLeod have performed and recorded together for more than 25 years, captivating audiences from coast to coast. The Sun Runner Showcase on Saturday, April 9, provides an opportunity to enjoy the music of Holdstock & MacLeod in an intimate concert setting. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available, and Dick and Allan will sign copies of their CDs after the performance. Don't miss this rare Southern California appearance of Holdstock & MacLeod at the Hi-Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. Shanghai Brown & friends open the concert.

For more information, please contact Steve "Shanghai" Brown, The Sun Runner, (760) 367-6410 or

Sponsored by The KX96 Hot Country, Sun Runner, Hi-Desert Publishing, Hi-Desert Playhouse, Rock-It-Man CDs and the Joshua Tree Beatnik Cafe.


LOCAL BANDS NEEDED TO PLAY CHARITY EVENT Is your band available on Saturday, April 16th and willing to play 1 hour for free for a fundraiser? April is National Donate Life Month dedicated to increasing the awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation. For the first time, California is starting an online registration for organ and tissue donation. However, funds are needed to keep the registry running. Currently over 18,000 Californians are awaiting an organ donation. OneLegacy is a local non-profit organization that helps match donors to recipients and provides community education. OneLegacy and three other California donor organizations are responsible for funding the registry. On Saturday, April 16th OneLegacy will join other community businesses in sponsoring a fundraiser at The Stumps Bar and Grill in 29 Palms with all proceeds going to the donor registry. The event will run from 3-8 PM with a car wash and cookout outside and live music, food and drinks inside. If your band is able to participate, please call Betsy at 898-2591.


Celebrate Earth Day in Yucca Valley with three top local bands

The Town of Yucca Valley’s Hi-Desert Nature Museum presents the Third Annual Conservation Fair and Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The annual event will draw over 1,200 attendees. The celebration takes place at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at the Yucca Valley Community Center. This year the event will feature three top local bands; Condor, Golden Hill Ramblers, and Vibration Army. The environmental celebration features local artists, conservation groups, landscaping information, and demonstrations. There is fun for the whole family including free face painting, free hot air balloon rides, food and refreshments, and free t-shirts and special projects for children. Current event information can be found at under Earth day 2005.


The Wizard of Oz runs until April 3rd at the Hi Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree. For performance days and times and to secure tickets call the box office on 366-3777.


Z107-7 Radio hosts the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council's local arts calendar 2 times a week, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:20. Hosted by local artist Kit Brooks. *see eligibility requirements below

Z107-7 present 2 hours each week of local musicians every Saturday from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Hosted by Mindee J. Local musicians are featured in this 2 hour show that includes interviews and some live performances.

(I hope all local musicians appreciate a radio station that is programmed right here, and doesn’t get it’s content off a satellight. This is a disappearing breed and a valuable resource, please support it.)


*ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS for the art announcements on the “MBCAC Z107-7 FM radio art calendar announcements by Kit Brooks”:

“Individual(s) requesting Z107-7 FM radio to announce an art event in the allocated time slot from the MBCAC weekly art calendar on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:20am, must be a current Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Member. The location of the art event must be located at a not-for-profit business, and/or solely be an art gallery that does not sell food. Submitted Art Events that take place at a for-profit business will not be announced on Z107-7, unless the business is strictly an art gallery or strictly a non-profit organization.”


May 13-15! More Artists Added to JT Music Festival

the John Butler Trio, Hamsa Lila, Ken Will Morton & Ganga Giri join the following artists:

the Frequinox (fea. members of Galactic, 20th Congress, Greyboy Allstars, Motherbug & the Headhunters), Zilla (fea. Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident), African Showboyz of Ghana, Papa Mali, Signal Path, Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra, Victoria Williams, Thamusemeant, Aphrodesia, Tim Easton, Shamans Dream World Groove Ensemble, Spoonfed Tribe, Ted Quinn, Taarkastra, Spoonshine, Audio Angel & DJ Truth, Jamie Janover & Friends, and Mojow & the Vibration Army !

Magical locale. Outrageously talented eclectic lineup. Kids of all ages dancing under the stars in the shadows of the National Park.


Art Announcement from High Desert Living Arts Center:

High Desert Living Arts Center is holding it's 2nd Annual Chuckwalla Music & Arts Festival and are seeking artists who would like a booth to display, and sell their art. Chuckwalla is a fundraiser for our kid's art programs and will be held on April 22 & 23 from 4pm-12 on Friday and from 2pm-12 on Saturday, at Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown. Vending will only go till 10pm both days. The fee for vending is $25 for both days and is a 10X10 space. We have limited space this year and the spaces will be given on a first come first serve basis. If anyone would like more info, or and application, please email Ronda at<>, or call me at

363-1137. Look forward to seeing everyone there. Tickets are presale $2 per day or $3 at the door.

More info regarding Chuckwalla coming very soon.


Ronda Mueller


Artist Gathering
Hi Steve, I have scheduled our May gathering for Sunday, May 1st at the Integratron. The party will last from 4-6PM. I am looking for someone to volunteer to play music and thought maybe you would be interested or would know someone who is? Thanks, Jeff Hafler



(jeff, I will put something together for it unless you have someone else )


Greetings MBCAC Members who are interested in displaying their art in YV on April 23!

The Town of Yucca Valley is hosting its third annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 23rd from 9:00 til 3:00 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The event features local conservation and natural resource agency's, local landscapers, master composters, face painting, food, live music, live dance demonstrations, live radio broadcast, and for the first time this year balloon rides!!! The previous years the event has had between 600 and 700 attendees. (See JAMS PR for more details)


Hi Steve,

A new nonprofit organization, Skys the Limit, is working on a really cool project to build an observatory in Twentynine Palms.

The group is holding a fundraiser, the first ever Cactus Flower Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23 (Earth Day weekend) at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms.

There will be a multitude of activities, including live music. They're looking for a variety of musical acts to perform at the event (obviously there's no pay involved since it's a fundraiser for the observatory project). They could also use someone to handle the sound, etc.

If anyone is interested, they can contact Jerri Hagman, chairwoman of the Skys

the Limit committee, at her business Homestead Inn Bed and Breakfast,

760-367-0030 or her toll free number: 877-367-0030.

For more information, check out the organization's new Web site,

CALL FOR ART and Music at the Cactus Flower Festival!

When: April 23, 2005, 11am to 7pm

Where: Luckie Park, 29 Palms (outside)

Why: Fund raiser for the Observatory to be built in 29 Palms, at the north entrance to the JTNParkl

Sponsored by: Sky's The Limit

Contact: JERRI HAGMAN of the Homestead Inn at 367-0030 if you are an artist interested in selling your art or doing your music outside at Luckie Park on April 23 as a fund raiser for the Observatory, to be built adjacent to the north entrance of JTNP


The Morongo Valley Trail Riders Association is sponsoring Western Days on May 14 & 15, 2005 at Covington Park in Morongo Valley. We will have arts & crafts, food, games, a parade, music and dancing. Artists and food vendors are invited to set up a booth for the weekend. Our flyer is attached. Please feel free to contact Karen Lowe at (760) 363-7888 for more information. Vendor applications gladly sent out upon request.


Comics on Patrol return to Theater 29 in Twentynine Palms on April Fools Weekend

Theatre 29 is hosting another "Comedy Night" on April 2, 2005. The proceeds benefit our all-volunteer, non-profit theater, Thank you for your continued support.

For details and flyer:


April 23, 2005 - JT Chamber of Commerce Annual Turtle Days Street Fair - "Earth Day" Celebration. Great live music, Gifts, Food, Kids' activities. (760) 366-3723. Location: Park Blvd, Joshua Tree. Vendors welcome - call for application and information. Waste Management will bring containers for Recycling for the community. There will be alternative fuel vehicles displayed, oil recycling station, and lots of arts/crafts vendors. FREE.



Theatre 29's production of "the Apple Tree" completes its run with evening performances this Friday and Saturday, March 25th and 26th.

The enthusiastic performances and the wonderful directing of Catherine Stanton make this an evening of entertainment you don't want to miss.

"The Apple Tree" was written by Jerome Coopersmith, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, with music and lyrics by Harnick and Bock, the songwriting team of "Fiddler On The Roof" and "She Loves Me" fame. It is a unique blend of three one-act musicals about men, women and a little thing called temptation. The first act, "The Diary Of Adam And Eve," is a quirky, touching spin on the tale of the world's first couple, adapted from Mark Twain's "Extracts From Adam's Diary." The second act, "The Lady Or The Tiger?," explores the fickleness of love in a rock and roll fable set in a mythical barbarian kingdom. Finally, "Passionella" is based on Jules Feiffer's offbeat Cinderella-story about a chimney sweep whose dreams of being a "glamorous movie star" nearly sabotage her one chance for true love. Witty, tuneful and utterly charming, these fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek musical miniatures are filled with the warmth and humanity.

It is recommended that you make reservations for all of Theatre 29 performances you wish to see. Reservations are available by calling the Box Office at (760) 367-6563. The John Calveri Theatre, home of Theatre 29, is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd around the corner from Barr Lumber in Twentynine Palms.

Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $7 for seniors, Military with I.D. and DAN Members and $6 for students. Reserved seats not claimed 10 minutes prior to curtain time will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Don't forget $1 Student Rush is available FIVE minutes prior to curtain (open seating only) with student I.D. Certain Restrictions apply.


Janet Braley invites you to visit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley to view her exhibition of dynamic ceramic sculpture. View the attachment for a sample of Janet's ceramic sculpture. The museum is located at 58116 Hwy 62, 369.7212, where the YV Community Center and City Hall buildings are located. Janet Braley's ceramic sculptures will be on display until April 24th, enjoy the exhibit!

Another delightful exhibition: Chuck Caplinger is on exhibit at the 29 Palms Inn until March 27. Visit Chuck's portrait paintings at the Inn's dining room at 73950 Inn Ave, 29 Palms, 760-367-3505. Interested in exhibiting at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum or the 29 Palms Inn? Contact MBCAC Exhibition Director, Cathy Allen, to schedule your exhibit.




Nanci Sorin Collyer has brought the innovative Voice of the Winner technique of vocal training for singers, actors and public speakers to the Coachella Valley. A recent transplant to the desert, Nanci taught the technique for many years in New York City. Developed by her late husband, Broadway singer/actor David Sorin Collyer, the technique often bestows immediate and dramatic improvement in vocal quality and projection. Students of the technique include such notables as Michael Bolton, Liza Minnelli, Melissa Manchester and Bette Midler among many others.

David Collyer developed the technique in the 1960’s following a formidable career on Broadway. By combining yoga principals with medical and artistic ones he was able to create “controlled relaxation” in his students, which ultimately led to the Voice of the Winner technique. His new method was so successful that Mr. Collyer was able to successfully apply it in speech therapy at The New York Hospital and Cornell Medical Center.

A successful performer herself, Nanci’s career has ranged from the concert stage to sold-out cabaret shows on the east coast where she appeared at such notable venues as New York City’s Eighty-Eight’s Cabaret Club and Judy’s Chelsea, New York. She took her most recent cabaret show to the Gardenia in Los Angeles. New York Back Stage critic Roy Sander wrote, “She combines two qualities . . . stylish elegance and a spirit of fun.” Last Fall, Nanci was nominated for a Desert Theatre League award for her performance in Joslyn Players production of Sondheim’s Putting it Together.

Nanci offers private training and occasional workshops in the Voice of the Winner technique. For more information call 760-771-6751.



The Eclectic Film Series begins Wednesday at 7 PM at the Rock Garden Cafe in Palm Springs. This series features classic cinema accompanied by a Mini-Lecture for each program. The audience is invited to ask questions at the conclusion of each screening.

BATTLE OF THE MOVIE COMEDIANS #2 will be presented Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm. This 2 hour program will feature the short films of The Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, W.C. Fields, Ben Turpin & Laurel & Hardy. Introduced by film historian Christopher Perry.

Retro 60's night will be presented on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm with a screening of the 1965 teen flick PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND. Also on the bill is a technicolor short film that take the audience on a tour of the 1964 New York World's Fair. This program will be introduced by film historian Christopher Perry.









It appears that the monthly dances at the Joshua Tree Community Center are no longer in existence.

No more Salsa lessons are scheduled at Cora's in 29 Palms.

It's not all bad news. The East Coast Swing lessons that started last Friday at the Blue Skies Country Club in Yucca Valley are continuing but had to be moved to Saturday nights instead of Fridays. The lesson this Saturday, March 26th will be at 5 pm . After that the lessons will be at 7 pm every Saturday.

The country club will have dancing from 6-10pm in the clubhouse every Saturday, so you can take the dance lesson and then dance the night away in the lounge. Both the dance lessons and the dancing in the lounge are open to all ages.

The music is provided by Julius Preite who plays a number of instruments and provides excellent music for East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, cha cha, waltz, 2 step, or just about any other kind of partner dancing you can come up with. His music styles range from Big Band to 50's Rock n' Roll, Blues, Ballads and many other possibilities. Just ask him what you would like to hear.

If you want any more info about the Country Club, email me or call me at 760-365-0475.

The country club is in the process of improving their small dance floor with a new wax job that should be ready this Saturday.

Phat Cat Swinger will be performing in the future in Victorville, more info later.

There is a dance at the Elk's Club in Yucca Valley on Friday, April 8. This is mainly for line dancing. There is a charge to get in. That is pretty much all I know about it at this point.

That's all for now.

Regards, Christopher Perry


(for CD Baby users – from Derek Sivers)

Beware of emails that come through your CD Baby page, and sound something like this:

"I am a retailer located in London, i will love to Order for 80 copies of your Cds,please Kindly get back to me with the total cost excluding shippment,Cause i have my shipper intact,Please get back to me as soon as possible..I await your Urgent response." or "... highly interested in buying 60 COPIES OF YOUR CD, ... i will like this transaction to be fast due to the urgency involved in the need of it, concerning payment,money order or certified cashier cheque will be issue to you as my client in USA will be paying you"

I've had an alarming number of people forward me these, so whoever is doing it is visiting hundreds of CD Baby pages and trying to trick anyone they can.

More info, here:

Ordinarily I wouldn't clutter your email box with something that probably won't affect you, but I figured it'd be worth it if I could prevent even one person from being fooled by this.


Robert Hayes will host March’s artist party at the Living Arts Gallery in Old Town Yucca Valley on Friday the 25th, 5-7 pm. Wine and other refreshments will be served.

Robert started painting some 25 years ago, becoming a signature member of Watercolor West in 1983 and is currently also a member of San Diego Watercolor Society, Nevada Watercolor Society, 29 Palms Artists Guild and Chaparral Artists. He enjoys painting a wide variety of subjects – landscapes, old buildings, birds and animals with an occasional abstract thrown in. Robert possesses, by far, the best sense of humor of any of the Living Arts Gallery artists and this light-heartedness shows in his work! All art lovers are invited to attend.

High Desert Living Arts Gallery -- 55840 29 Palms Hwy., Old Town Yucca Valley, 760-369-5040.


(the long-lost Wally I)

Stockholm Syndrome's Counter-Clock World has been nominated for a Jammy in the 'Song of the Year' category! The 5th Annual Jammys will be hosted by Phil Lesh and will take place April 26th, 2005 at The Theater @ Madison Square Garden. You can visit the following url to vote for Stockholm Syndrome's Counter-Clock World:

Stockholm Syndrome has also made a live track & the studio version of Counter-Clock World available on the website for download in honor of the Jammy nomination! To download these songs, visit the 'Media' page of the website:

Eric McFadden & Wally Ingram - &

Eric & Wally just finished the album "Alektraphobia" with guests including Les Claypool, Keb Mo, Pete Sears, Nels Cline (Wilco), Juan Nelson (Ben Harper), James Whiton and many more. It's a great album with 5 Grammy winners! Here are the upcoming tour dates in support of the new album:



JAMS Comments

Hi Steve-I really love your newsletter-always informative. Good news!!-a poem I wrote in Yucca Valley when I lived there-"La Contenta"(which I dedicated to you and Darlene) has been accepted with another of my poems for the local City College Anthology-I thank you for helping me find the inspirational up there in the hi desert even when things were going bad for me in my personal life-the Water Canyon group of cutthroats and pirates were and are a welcome, creative, humorous, and humane bunch to be around and bounce ideas off of-thanks again and I am coming up to get some stuff soon but will try to make a reading this month and keep coming up for although I lost some things in the hi desert I found some very valuable friends and the creative spark again.

Take it Easy

Jim Eret


Steve, here's a little taste of Hunter (Thompson) for anyone whose never read him:

(see ‘to compare’, attached)


hello Steve - - -

i put up some lovely pictures from the recent UK tour. take a look. i think you will like.

have a nice weekend.


Hi Steve, I'd intended to come over again last night, for, if nothing else, good conversation..oh, and to just let my nervous system settle into the ambience of a "newsroom".

I was wondering about that word 'elite' too. I have a small problem with it: the spelling. Why does it have an 'e' at the end of it? It seems like 'e's are forever getting tossed around like catsup on steaks (the Brits even add an 'e' onto 'shit' and Dan Quayle couldn't accept a third grader's spelling of 'potato' without tacking one on the end). I've heard that , years ago, monks, having nothing to do in the evenings, made up lots of the words that are in common use today. It's probably no coincidence that 'live' (which is pronounced two different ways) spells 'evil' backwards, if you add a 'd' to the end of it, spells 'lived' which becomes 'devil' backwards and, if you stir the word around a little and add an 's' to the end, you get 'Elvis' who is the King of what many have called, "The devil's music". .... But back to 'elite'. If it obeyed our rules of spelling it should be spelled 'eleet'. For some reason, by how it's spelled and by definition 'elite' gets to be a kind of snooty little word that is elite and doesn't reference anything but itself. Maybe fewer people would object to your using it if you preceded it with something like ,'down-home' and then used the 'eleet' spelling. Maybe you could go somewhere with 'eclectically eleet roundup'.

How about 'chautaugau'? Now there's a word that just won't leave you alone once you've said it. What we have here is a two dollar word that covers the same territory as 'elite' and implies elitism without rubbing your nose in it. It does the work even if it does roll out like a train station word and then bog down with 'a's and 'u's to point where it can't be pronounced right unless you're eating mashed potato(e)s.


The President Clears It All Up
Where the President explains the virtues of his Social Security plan, Tampa, FL, Feb. 4, 2005. This is the verbatim record:

Woman in audience: "I don't really understand. How is it the new [Social Security] plan is going to fix that problem?"

President Bush: "Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? "It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red."

(thanks, Sam, now I feel a lot better)


“…greenhouse gasses are rising so much faster than anticipated that the earth's climate is literally disintegrating before our eyes. Not only that, we are gobbling resources at a furious and completely unprecedented rate.

Of course, this is in part due to explosive economic growth in India and China, but it is also due to the fact that the United States, the world's number one polluter, has quit trying to save the planet at what is probably the most crucial moment in the past fifteen thousand years.

What is so terrifying is that this process of turning away from our own future emerges out of a bizarre death wish known as "the Rapture" that is afflicting a substantial enough proportion of the American population to affect the electoral process. “

(see attachment, ‘predictions 2005’)


“When you claim that the world can be divided up into the good guys and the evil-doers, slice up your own nation into those who are with you, or with the terrorists, and then launch a war which enriches your own friends and seizes control of the oil to which we are addicted, instead of helping us to kick the habit, you are doing something immoral.”

(see attached ‘Dr Meyers Sermon’)


(Racing to the media and trying to pander to their ‘fooled again Christian’ constituency, our lawmakers serve their evil master well- see Congress's Midnight Frenzy, in the JAMS political supplement)


Hey Steve, in case you or any of your JAMS peeps are interested, I'll be coming to town to sell all my junk out of storage on Sat/Sun 4/9 and 4/10. Possibly Friday 4/8 as well if anyone wants to come by when we're loading/unloading the stuff. May be a few guitars amps, practice amps, that sort of thing, but unsure since stuff has all been in there a few years.

Will be doing a multi-family yard sale thing with Rick and Brenda from Thee Ink Cup tattoo place and possibly a few other families by Park and 29 Palms Hwy in JT. Should be good stuff--it's everything from my whole house in JT--solid oak bookcases, about 500 CDs (may sell as a lot to higher offer), 36" crt television, 200cd changers, etc, etc.

Anyhow, hope everyone in JT/YV/29P/Etc. is well, and let me know if you need anything from NY. :)



Hi Steve, I don't know if you remember me, but you did the sound boards for us at Chuckwala last year. I'm Chris, the tall pony-tailed guitarist from "Gate to the Sun." It's funny because I had been wanting to talk to you for a while: I believe when I first moved here 2 years ago and I asked Scott of Action Auto who he knew out here musician-wise, and he gave me your #, but I never called before I lost it. Then we crossed paths at Chuckwala, and then Mike Nankervis (who was also in Gate to the Sun) went to a party of your's (for Darlene?), and then I read an op-ed piece of Darlene's in the Post about Bush I really liked. So today when I called the Water Canyon to see if they still had open mike, and the girl gave me your #, I was happy to realize it was you when I called your house (Darlene answered and gave me the web address, etc.). "Gate to the Sun" no longer plays, but I have been playing some improvisational music with a very talented bass player who plays a Fender P bass, while I play my Gibson 335-S. He is formerly of the low-desert group, "The Artificial Hip," who used to play regularly at the Village Pub. Anyhow, we'd like to play a coffee shop gig, so I wanted to drop you this e-mail. We have a good half hour of music on cd. Also, we'd really like to find a percussionist who is into this sort of thing, so if you know of anyone that would be great. I look forward to hearing back from you; if you want to talk on the phone the # is 365-8611. The e-mail is . Thanks, Chris Callon

(I remember ya Chris. I’m posting this to maybe help you find that percussionist)


Hi, I am assumming this was sent to us via Mike, sorry I don't remember your last name, who Mike Pedersen and I (Lydia Lemon) met at The Jetty on Tuesday night. He plays bass. Anyway, thank you for the news and we'll be sure to let our friends check it out. Mikenlyd


Hi Steve, I know you're swamped with life and JAMS and all, but when I read the recent political supplement and it started with Jim Wallis' WHAT JESUS WOULDN'T DO, I flashed onto a recent photo of a tee shirt that regularly initiates some interesting conversations with fellow humans. Just thought I'd share it with you.

(the shirt says “who would Jesus bomb?”)

I originally sent the shirt as a joke to Kelly up in the Bay Area but when she responded "It's great Dad, but where do I wear it without getting attacked?", I decided maybe I should get my own. Truth is, now that SUPERSTAR at Theatre 29 is long forgotten, I miss the backstage attention from my W.W.S.D. shirt and wearing this never fails to spark an interaction of some sort. By the way: Just in case I ever decide to run for office, that's a Camelback water bag I'm toking on and, yes, I swallowed.

Take care 'bra. Keep smilin' & keep up the good work.



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