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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
Born in Illinois, I grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. I am married, for the 2nd time now, to Butch & got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me grandmother 25 times over & great-grandmother to over 20!. After many years working in industry, I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication, & was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 & returned to school & got my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore & genealogy - & add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/author/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play many folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I write the "Aunty Jeff" column for the Informer, newsletter of the Jefferson County NY Gen. Soc. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega & Sara Cochran as Genealogy Journeys® where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that: genaandjean.blogspot.com. More on our podcasts: genjourneys.podbean.com. More about my own projects: Circlemending.org.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Singalong with Circlemending: Time

It's spring! If you live in the parts of the country where Daylight Savings Time returns every spring, then last night (unless you forgot), you made the clock spring forward and lost an hour of sleep. But you will be rewarded with an extra hour of daylight every evening for the next few months. I love this time of year! I love the extra hour of daylight at night because, as most people who know me are well aware, I am NOT a morning person! TIME is a commodity that I do not take lightly and I wish my TIME to be spent without artificial light as much as possible (I love to open the curtains, and windows if weather permits, and let the sun shine in to brighten the whole house). So this is the TIME of year that I celebrate. I may have suggested this topic in the past, but for today's Singalong, I propose the songs about TIME that have been meaningful to you. Whether or not the song mentions TIME with that exact word or it just references the concept, share your TIME-related song, an MP3 or YouTube version of it.

I can think of so many, that it is hard to choose. Yesterday I blogged about Phil Ochs and the movie about his life, so I think a Phil Ochs song would be most appropriate here. One of my favorites is "When I'm Gone" (link is to Allison Crowe version):

Oh, there's no place in this world where I'll belong, When I'm gone;
And I won't know the right from the wrong, When I'm gone;
And you won't find me singing on this song, When I'm gone;
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here.

Good words of wisdom for us all, don't you think?


  1. Hands down favorite for me has always been Old Devil Time written by Pete Seeger:


    Old devil time, I'm goin' to fool you now!
    Old devil time, you'd like to bring me down!
    When I'm feeling low, my lovers gather 'round
    And help me rise to fight you one more time!

    Old devil fear, you with your icy hands,
    Old devil fear, you'd like to freeze me cold!
    When I'm sore afraid, my lovers gather 'round
    And help me rise to fight you one more time!

    Old devil pain, you often pinned me down,
    You thought I'd cry, and beg you for the end
    But at that very time, my lovers gather 'round
    And help me rise to fight you one more time!

    Old devil hate, I knew you long ago,
    Then I found out the poison in your breath.
    Now when we hear your lies, my lovers gather 'round
    And help me rise to fight you one more time!

    No storm nor fire can ever beat us down,
    No wind that blows but carries us further on.
    And you who fear, oh lovers, gather 'round
    And we can rise and sing it one more time!

    Words and Music by Pete Seeger (1969)
    (c) 1969, 1970 by Fall River Music, Inc. & Sigma Productions, Inc.

  2. Hi Jean,

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  3. Thank you Polly. That is very kind. I shall follow through!
    Thomas, that is also one of my favorites. I learned it as a kid and now, at almost 60, it has new meaning!


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