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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2019 personal letter of congratulations to Michael.  Click here!

"Miles is Chicago's best kept secret...one of the leading lights of contemporary instrumental music." 
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MM & Ella Jenkins

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth, with celebrations all over the country of people coming out to share his great music and his great ideas.   Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago had a great evening that featured founder Frank Hamilton who learned to play harmonica from Woody, as well as the legendary children's performer Ella Jenkins.  I'm happy to say that I'm friends with both of them, and we caught this picture on that evening.  Ella also like to play the harmonica, and we were able to run off a good version of the Cuckoo back stage at one point.   And Frank Hamilton shared the fact that Woody suggested that when you play blues on the harmonica, that you hold it upside down with the low notes on the right instead of the left.  I never heard that before.    

When it was my turn I drew a connection between Woody Guthrie and Walt Whitman.  

"Afoot and lighthearted, I take to the open road,
healthy and free, the long brown path stretching before me
whereever I choose....."   Walt Whitman

Woody picked up on that by saying, "this land is your land" etc....

But I was quite happy to share these thoughts from Woody about politicians:

"The politicians don't pay enough attention to singing.   They pay attention to their own way of singing, but they don't listen to the songs of the people enough...don't know what the people think, what the people want, what the people do, where the people come from, where they people go, and what they wish and hope for.  For these reasons most politicians are plumb off track.  They got a whole system of life and living, eating, drinking, celebrating, poker playing, exercise as well as book reading, going to meetings, shaking hands etc. That system of living and that way of doing things ain’t no more like the people's way than nothing."    Woody Guthrie 

 

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