IMPORTANT UDPATE ON DENIM JACKET GIVEAWAY
A denim jacket will be awarded at the Fathers Day Festival during the Saturday lunch break. The drawing will take place on the Vern's Stage. The winner need not be present. Each item submitted to Moldy will add to your chances of winning so get started emailing those news flashes to email@example.com.
Before jumping into today’s moldiness I’d like to share with you some rather remarkable news. Yours truly, the Mold Man, has been invited to participate in a fund-raising project that will benefit the CBA web site, generating revenue to be used for adding some welcome new features to the site, not to mention fixing some old and vexatious bugs in the system. And what, for me anyway, is remarkable about the invitation is that it came directly from the CBA’s web master, Rick Cornish. Now, some of you may have done a little reading between the lines over the past eight months and maybe picked up on some, shall we say, less than positive vibes between Cornish and me. Well, I’m happy to say that the tank-topped one and I are putting that all behind us to focus our energy and attention on an issue that’s bigger than the both of us.
In a nut shell, here’s the project...this year’s festival t-shirt features a banjo, held upside down in just such a way that the holder’s head is completely obscured by the banjo head. So the web team, plus my guys and gals from the Mold News Department, have volunteered to make up some buttons with the faces of various banjo players, which can be pinned onto the t-shirts, hence providing a face for the otherwise faceless picker on the design. The buttons will be available at the t-shirt booth to the right of the stage at GV for a donation. (I understand that the minimum donation amount is two bucks, but we’re hoping that some folks…like the people who come here to cbaontheweb.org everybody to drink their coffee and catch up on the world of bluegrass…will dig a little deeper for the cause.) For my part I’ll get to help decide which mugs will be laminated onto the buttons. My first pick? Al Capone.
To hear more about the hair-brained scheme click here.
CBA MILESTONE--Bill White, dressed in his blue and white pinstriped railroad overalls and engineers hat, takes the stage at the first annual Fathers Day Festival in 1976 and begins a twenty-one year run as the FDF’s official harmonica player. His last year, 1987, Bill shares the stage with the likes of The Osborne Brothers, the Del McCoury Band and the Weary. Click here.
Feeling old today? Need a littler perspective? The YouTube clip posted by the web team today might just do the. It’s an interview with 'Fiddling Bob Douglas' done by Garrison Keillor on the occasion of Bob’s 100th birthday. Actually, it’s a nearly one-hour documentary about the life of Douglas shows graphically and in song the power of the fiddle to keep folks from getting old. Click here.
Compelling as it may be, you’re just not going to find this the subject of any painkiller TV ads any time in the near future.--Imagine a middle-aged many sitting on a stool, dressed in black with an all-black background, looking unsmilingly into the camera and saying in a low, controlled monotone, “Yeah, I used to be afraid of death. Really bummed me out. But then a friend mentioned this new Tylenol regime…one in the morning and one just before bed. Good bye existential night sweats!” From the University of British Columbia we learn that…”Pain Reliever Eases 'Existential Dread: New research shows Tylenol may have the unseen psychological side-effect of easing existential dread. The findings suggest anxiety about finding meaning in life and feeling physical pain may be rooted in the same part of the brain. "When people feel overwhelmed with uncertainty in life or distressed by a lack of purpose, what they're feeling may actually be painful distress," said study researcher Daniel Randles, a doctoral student in psychology the University of British Columbia. ‘We think that Tylenol is blocking existential unease in the same way it prevents pain, because a similar neurological process is responsible for both types of distress,’ Randles wrote in an email to LiveScience.” Let’s just be thankful that the Big T wasn’t available when Camus, Sartre, Dostoyevsky and the rest of the existential novelists were creating their great works. Click here.
And if that wasn’t sobering enough--“At 77, hippie icon Wavy Gravy looks back at a lifetime of doing good. AS HE APPROACHES his 77th birthday, counterculture icon Wavy Gravy has one fervent hope: To stick around long enough to emcee the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. That will be in 2019, when he'll be 84. "It's not that long," he insists. "It's only seven years." At the original Woodstock, the mega 1969 rock festival that's become a touchstone of the peace and love generation, he was still known as Hugh Romney, his given name, changing it to Wavy Gravy after B.B. King called him that at a music festival later that same year. At Woodstock, the Hog Farm commune he co-founded handled security, calling themselves the Please Force ("will you please stand back from the stage." Click here.
That's it for this week. Enjoy your weekend, please, and meet me back here Monday morning.
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