December dinner/coffeehouse was fun!

December 6, 2008 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

PeaceSmiths stage, Dec 2008Another great-night, late-night at PeaceSmiths.

The dinner and coffeehouse went beautifully. Glowing and festive lighting and ambiance by Frank. Lots of yummy food, so much that there was even extra! David Hacker gave a warm speech about Susan Blake, with thoughts for the future of PeaceSmiths and the PeaceSmiths library/archives.

The music made things full of meaning: Magic moments; some singing-along; some songs about loss that resonated with our tribute to Susan Blake; and a new song about the death of Marcelo Lucero by Blacklisted and the Banned. A funny moment when Suzanne Ernst called from the stage, “I think you guys might know this one – I Ain’t Gonna Study War No More.”

Yup. We know that one!

Thanks to all the musicians who donated their time. Walter Sargent, singer-songwriter started things off with his personal and heartfelt songs. Suzanne Ernst basked us in the  spirit of peace and harmony with the earth. She played some of her own, and some uplifting covers.  Blacklisted & The Banned cranked things up, including a song scolding the politicians who stir up hatred about immigrants in Long Island. Also, an odd and funny one about “a–holes” (they sing the word), probably borrowed from their Defibrillators alter-ego. Jeff Curtis plays instrumentals that are so varied and compelling that you don’t realize they are instrumentals. David Bailey played with two friends (well, I heard one is his sister!) He was great, especially the upbeat song about a young man he sang at the end. Andy Greenhouse was great as usual. The song he wrote about “The Boys From Liverpool” is full of history and philosophy. It always makes people say, “He wrote that song?”

Thanks to all the people who brought food. We had a pretty good crowd, yet there was still plenty of chile, salad, yummy cornbread, and dessert to go around. Great vegetarian and vegan food. (Have you ever had vegan chocolate cake? If not, you should!)

Oh, and thanks to Sonny for organizing the music. And, to Anne, Matt and Kari for organizing the kitchen. John Phillips taped. And, board members past and present did the door and other logistics: Dori, Margie, and Judy. Board member Ahmad had a gig that night and still managed to drop in for a bit. I will not tell you what time that Frank and myself finally finished the cleaning up. But, Frank deserves a medal. (Or, at PeaceSmiths, would that be a sustainably harvested wood memento signifying accomplishment?)

Once again, I had no camera or video! Eek! So, please look for John Phillips video on the PeaceSmiths Public Access TV show. And, photos should turn up from Jean and Robert, Billy T., and others.

Looking forward to the January Coffeehouse. Music by George Mann, and more…

Photo above: Photo courtesy of Jean and Robert. Pictured are (right to left) Suzanne, Robert, Sonny, and the painted image of Susan Blake, created by Amityville artist Ron Thomson.


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