Tag Archive: Tom Paxton

Listening to David Wilcox’s Musical Medicine leads to Toms Rush and Paxton!!

David Wilcox

Over the last week or so I’ve been listening to blaze David Wilcox’s new album and  promise at some point I will write about the whole album! So far I have used a song from the album “Single Candle” in a post about the assassination of Martin Luther King and tonight I’ll write about David Wilcox’s Musical Medicine. If you visit David’s website you will find a page titled Musical Medicine. On the page you’ll find a listing of 121 of David’s 600 plus songs divided up into categories like: heartbreak, Forgiveness, and working through conflict songs, and one topic that caught my attention; To appreciate your beautiful quirky self.One of the three songs that are included in that category is “Leave it Like it Is” From David’s album “How Did You Find Me Here”…..

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The Children of Tom Paxton and Jerry Jeff Walker in Song!

Tom Paxton's - Jennfier''s Rabbit for his daughter!

Songs about their Children from Tom Paxton and Jerry Jeff Walker

I’ve written before that I’ve been listening to the music of both Tom Paxton and Jerry Jeff Walker. During that time my four children have grown, two are now married with one presenting us with a new grandson, and another is going to give us another grandchild in September. I’ve also listened to Tom Paxton’s two daughters, Jennifer and Kate and Jerry Jeff”s children Django and Jessie, grow up in song. Boy I feel old!

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Today in Music – Oct 31, 1937 – Tom Paxton was born – Happy Birthday, Tom!!

Tom Paxton

Tom PaxtonSo another year has gone by and today we celebrate.the 76th birthday of Tom Paxton, and this year is the 44th year that Tom’s music has been a part of the soundtrack of my life! To tell you how ingrained Tom’s music is in my head, I can’t meet a woman named Jennifer without Tom’s “Jennifer’s Rabbit” popping into my head! (You can watch a cover of the song as performed by the University of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Chapel Choir from a Concert, October 11, 2009. Solo: Benjamin Miller here)  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tom and his music here’s some background information from Allmusic:

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Sunday Folk Flashback – Tom Paxton – Outward Bound

Outward Bound

Outward Bound So this morning I finally finished the move of my iTunes library from my desktop to the laptop. As a result, I took the iPod with me when I went to Wawa. Lately I’ve been re-recording some old albums and Tom Paxton’s 1966 release Outward Bound is one of them, so I decided to give it another listen. The album is pure early Paxton with some good anti-war songs like “My Son John”, social satire “Talking Pop Art”, and love songs “One Time and One Time Only”. In his review at AllMusic Richie Unterberger writes:

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Evening Music from Tom Paxton – Remembering the Srebenica Massacre

From Aljazeera:  Bosnia mourns victims of Srebrenica massacre

On the 17th anniversary of Europe’s worst massacre since World War II, thousands of people from around Bosnia and the world are gathering in the town of Srebrenica to attend a funeral for 520 newly identified victims.

The remains of the victims, exhumed from several mass graves around Srebrenica and recently identified using DNA analysis, will be laid to rest on Wednesday in the town now synonymous with genocide…..

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Morning Musings: A Lifetime of songs from Tom Paxton and Jerry Jeff Walker

So yesterday afternoon I was leaving to go to work at Target and I was in a bad mood. I had worked Saturday from 6:00 am to 1:30 at one job and then came home, then went to Target from 4:30 to 11:15! When I finally got home, our next-door neighbors were having a party that lasted well past midnight! Anyway I was in a bad mood, so I wanted to listen to some music that would better my mood, hum some Modern Man, Steve Goodman, Tom Paxton…. I settled on Jerry Jeff and went for his collection of songs titled Gypsy Songman. The opening track is the title track,  that track and I go back 40 years plus and it got me to thinking. Many of the artist and songs I listen to are caught in time. Their music was made and then they left us either through death like Jimi Hendrix,  Jim Morrision, Stevie Ray Vaughan or band demise like The Beatles or Cream. Well two of the constants in my musical life over the last forty years have been Tom and Jerry Jeff and well they gotten older and things have changed and they still write songs about it. Listening to “Gypsy Songman” the line rang out “little Django runs around, Jesse acts like a clown” A few songs later comes one of my favorite Jerry Jeff songs “She Knows Her Daddy Sings” Jerry Jeff’s song to Jesse about his life on the road. [audio:http://www.memyselfmusicandmysteries.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/19-Track-19.mp3|titles=19 Track 19] Well Jesse and Django are all grown up now and Django has his own recording career now and Jesse got married. Jerry Jeff wrote about that and it’s on the album Moon Child   [audio:http://www.memyselfmusicandmysteries.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-This-Wedding-Day.mp3|titles=05 This Wedding Day] Now Tom Paxton has stuck one family song in my head so that any time I meet a person named Jennifer the lyrics from his song to his first daughter Jennifer pops into my head: Several years later when his second daughter Kate was born he was forced to write her song “Kate”! Well like Jesse and Django have grown up and have their own children and several years ago Tom wrote this song for them. [audio:http://www.memyselfmusicandmysteries.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Tom_Paxton_Comedians__Angels_12_Jennifer_And_Kate.mp3|titles=Tom_Paxton_Comedians__Angels_12_Jennifer_And_Kate] What a touching song for both his wife Midge and his daughters. Yes my life has changed over the last forty years and Jerry Jeff and Tom Paxton touched me with their music back then and they still touch me with their music now, as son Peter(25) is approaching his second wedding anniversary, son Andrew (30) makes plans for his wedding in November, little Elizabeth (21) enters her senior year at William and Mary and is just as woderful as her mother and I know she’ll be as great as mother as my wife, and the old man Nick (32) well he just keeps on rolling on making his own music!  Tim Grimm has an album out now title Thank You Tom Paxton and I’ll add Jerry Jeff’s name! It’s been a great ride and I hope it keeps going!!

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Forgotten Music – Tom Paxton – Wearing The Time


The other day when I was listening and looking for Buffett music I came across a cassette tape of Tom Paxton’s 1994 release on Sugar Hill Wearing The Time and for the last few days it’s been sitting on the computer desk. Well this morning I looked at the tracks and realized that the album had a lot of good tracks so I put it in the tape player and gave it a listen! The neat thing about this cassette is that along with the great music Tom wrote a little blurb about each song. So here’s what he wrote about some of the tracks on the album.

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