Christmas in July … part two

This song was written for the traditional Christmas Eve service described in yesterday's Digest held at the community meetinghouse in West Brookfield, Vermont in 2012. The "service" is more of a kids' talent show than a religious event, but it's a lovely time to catch up with the neighbors and to feel good about where... Continue Reading →

A Year Ago

[We were in lockdown, unable to do much of anything. Then, on a humid July Saturday, we busted out from the Gilead and hopping in Sandy's Mini for what can only be described a crazed romp through the hinterlands. Well-l-l-l ... I suppose it could also be described as a quiet drive on the back... Continue Reading →

The Sacred Swimming Hole

[When I was growing up my local swimming hole was the Atlantic Ocean. Now, my local is Gilead Brook and you have to sit in it just get half your body wet.. SB SM] “Sacred” and “secret” are the only appropriate words for Vermont swimming holes. There aren’t that many days when you absolutely, positively... Continue Reading →

Freaks, Part 2

Tomorrow ... We're Taking Another Look at Portland, OR through the Eyes of SB Eamon "I photographed what was billed as the “Freak Show” at the Brockton Fair in 1973, at a time when the name “freaks” was still being used. Needless to say, it is now recognized as not only politically incorrect but also... Continue Reading →

Noel Paul Stookey … Solid Citizen

[Never expected to be posting something from Fox News, but this interview with Noel Paul Stookey steers well-clear of partisan politics. A tip of the hat to SB Jerry (Quakerbacks) for sending to us. It fits in nicely with our Tales of the Tunes theme this week. SB SM] Published on Fox News, May 10,... Continue Reading →

Wimoweh … the Epilogue

[The focus this week is how the creative work of Solomon Linda was exploited by numerous music industry sharks over many decades. Linda definitely performed the first version that was recorded, but does that mean he necessarily created it? Perhaps it was a traditional chant for hunter or ceremonial celebration. Several of Bob Dylan's best... Continue Reading →

Wimoweh … Follow the Money

[This is Part III of as series based on a story written by Rian Milan the appeared in the May 25, 2000 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. Editor's note: This is a much longer than usual post for Silverback Digest, and most people probably are not interested enough to read the whole piece. It appears... Continue Reading →

Wimoweh … Four Nice, Jewish Teenagers

[This is Part III of as series based on a story written by Rian Milan the appeared in the May 25, 2000 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. Editor's note: Could anyone have come up with a more appropriate band name for the group who had this mainstream pop music hit than "The Tokens?" SB SM]... Continue Reading →

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