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Archive for April 21st, 2012


THE GREAT CUBAN ENCOUNTER OF 1977 : CHAPTER 1

PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER’S VALIANT ATTEMPT TO RE-OPEN CUBA WITH JAZZ MUSICIANS

PRE-RAMBLE

It’s early May 1977. my first wife and I are going through a divorce. My kids, Jeanne, 10, and Russell, 7, and I have just returned from a weekend mountain-top Bluegrass Festival in Amcram, NY. We attempted sleep up there as well. That is to say we brought sleeping bags with us. We left the Amcram Mountain early Sunday spurred by my daughter’s remark that the Sunday Sunrise Service was not to her liking, “Daddy,” she opined, “I like yesterday’s music better.” (Bill Monroe, et al. ) Seems the whiney c&w service was an experiment for the Festival; definitely not bluegrass. I must admit I was real proud of her at that moment. Her daddy’s lobes?

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