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Faraway the Broom

January 12, 2018

STRAW, or FARAWAY the BROOM

Each of the children
was asked to gather
for a broom
a strand of straw.

Then the broom maker
clumped them together,
and tied them to a handle.
Voila a broom.

Pedlers with wagons
of clanging wares
bought the broom
to sell in town.

There a stepmother,
after tough bargaining,
got her a broom
that she carried home,

and forced into the hands
of a cinder girl,
a servant child
who cleaned out the ashes.

She loved her broom
and named it Faraway
because it came
from somewhere better.

One night she swept
the ashes they left
as they traipsed
to the castle ball.

The dust swirled
and turned to magic
that settled to the ground
with someone behind it!

A kind woman who
greeted the girl,
heard her story
and got an idea.

She dressed her up
and set her off
to the castle
in a coach and four.

Yes you know
that this dear girl
who lost that shoe,
married that Prince!

She took from her home
the one thing she loved,
her broom she clutched
in her now clean hands.

She swept out her room,
then the castle clean,
then the kingdom of
most wrong-doers.

And then spic and span,
as most things were,
she gathered to court
the broom maker who

brought all the children
that gathered the straw
for the celebrated broom
known as Faraway!

Picture of Cendrillon from contemporary prints.

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Beethoven Fix?

December 16, 2017

So if I have enough gaul to ‘fix” the art work of celebrated masters in painting, do I have enough to ‘fix’ the music of Beethoven on his birthday today 16th?
(Perhaps added to, or made my version, would be a better tem, but not as provocative.)

Fractured Beethoven (this piece was made and played by me. BTW this is not easy to play!)
http://web.archive.org/web/20060622075123/http://musea.digitalchainsaw.com:80/audio_files/fractured_beethoven.mp3

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

MAIN Website
tomhendricks.us

My Happy Birthday Song

November 24, 2017

Dear Musea Readers,

Just released a short short youtube video where I play my Birthday Song. See it here, and add your comments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udBT8n_WsAE

MY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG
There was some scandal and a lawsuit declaring that “Happy Birthday to You” was NOT in the public domain. Judge said it was. So for now it is. But never mind, I’ve written a birthday song, and I’m putting it in the public domain right from the start. That means anyone can use it for any reason they want.
Here are the lyrics. I’ve written two sets of lyrics. The first is the 2 verse version, the second is a shorter version. Choose whichever you like or any combination of lines you like. The music is only 4 notes in a row, C,D,E,F. so it should be in anyone’s range.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Full Version. (See Blog for Sheet Music to this.) 1.
Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
May all your wishes come true.
Happy Birthday, Dear Dear (Your Name).
Happy Birthday to you!
2.
Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
Blow out the candles, do!
Happy Birthday, Dear Dear (Your Name).
Happy Birthday to you!
====================
HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Simple Version.
1.
Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, Dear Dear (Your Name).
Happy Birthday to you!

For everything else see the BIG website at tomhendricks.us

Willie Griffin’s Song, “I Noticed” and video.

November 22, 2017

Recently I made and posted a new video on youtube that spotlights a song by Willie Griffin. It was released on my 12 By 12 record label (mid 80s). More about his song later. But first some background.

Willie Griffin is a sensation now for record collectors. There are two reasons why.
He wrote great songs, and when he recorded them, his guitar was waaaaay out of tune!.

That and the fact that he released so few records, make each one highly desirable. A 45 recorded by him, “I Love You”, went for $887.77 a year ago, with 17 bidders driving up the price.

With all this interest, I thought I’d share the song he put on one of my co-op record company albums. For each album, we had 12 musicians/groups who recorded 12 songs. Then we assembled all the recordings on one LP.

Each group paid 1/12 of the cost and got 1/12 of the records made – 500 copy limited release. That’s why the name 12 By 12.

The youtube video I made is for Griffin’s song and recording ‘”I NOTICED”. It, like his others on youtube, is a great song with that terrible out of tune guitar.

https://youtu.be/zEzkI-fIn70

Hear the song, see the cover, and decide for yourself, before all the rare copies are scooped up by collectors..

Then go hear his other songs on youtube:
“I Love You.”
“Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire.”

Tom Hendricks
(for everything else see my website tomhendricks.us )

Musea Reading Fund

September 28, 2017

Dear Musea Readers,

Just added $439 to the Musea Reading Fund store credit, for ANYONE to buy ANY classic anything bought at the Lucky Dog Book Chain in Dallas. (I have a couple of thousand in there, so use it up.)


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