Roosevelt’s Admonition

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself!” [Franklin D. Roosevelt]
“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz, my friends all drive Porsches I must make amends …” – a tribute to the great lyrics of Janis Joplin – recorded on the last day of her life, a capella …

Stretched limousine in Detroit, photo by Patti Fogarty, click on the picture to enter her flickr galleries or visit her blog at


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writer, photographer, guitarist

4 responses to “Roosevelt’s Admonition

  1. I love the connections you make here. I have always loved that song, but it is particularly sweet to see you and your daughter perform it together!


  2. What a lovely duo ! I enjoyed this very much! Z


  3. Another great tune well performed!


    • I just got a mail from a soundcloud user:
      “Your playing is lovely, of course, and I’m wondering if you have any exercises you particularly like or find useful?
      I think your playing stands out because of “feeling,” which as far as I know can’t really be taught. Modesty aside, I think I have feeling, but I do need to work on some fundamentals. Any help you could offer would be appreciated…”

      as I tried with “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child”: I like to have in my repertoire songs, which are related to my biography: I had no mother: she put me directly after birth into an orphanage. Gospel music helped me to get out of some emotional valleys. Then came the blues. It’s important to allow your mind to feel sad – better than to ignore; so blues helped me a lot to accept my own life line. Then I met some Gypsy swing guitarists: I was electrified by the rhythm. Then I had some friends: a Spanish Flamenco guitarist (Cristina Rico), a British singer of Ballads (Jim Richardson), a classical guitarist from Ukraine (Andrey Shilow), a German Gypsy swing enthusiast (Kai Heumann), a Belgian Banjo player (Catou), a polish rock guitarist (Janusz Zielinski). The last one, 30 years younger than me but already dead, he told me: focus on the melody, never play chords; you can forget the rhythm, allow yourself to hesitate: but never forget the melody line! I noticed, that all musicians put their instrument in the middle of their life, the guitar was a basic structure of their life style, of their communication patterns …


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