CLA Radio 03/06/15: Women


Songs about the fair sex, on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday, 03/06/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern.

Spotify set list here.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

Set list:

Tammy Wynette: I Don’t Wanna Play House
Fairport Convention: Come All Ye
Alison Krauss & Union Station: Restless
Billie Holiday & Artie Shaw: Any Old Time
Gillian Welch: Look At Miss Ohio
Etta James: I’d Rather Go Blind
Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams
The Andrews Sisters: Proper Cup Of Coffee
Bessie Smith: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
Emmylou Harris: Boulder To Birmingham
Linda Ronstadt: My Blue Tears
Tedeschi Trucks Band: Bound for Glory
Aretha Franklin: Son Of A Preacher Man
Dusty Springfield: You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Carrie Rodriguez: Get Back In Love
The Staple Singers: I’ll Take You There
Iris DeMent: Go On Ahead and Go Home
Julie Miller: I Still Cry
Kate Wolf: I Had A Good Father And Mother
Lynn Morris: Mama’s Hand
Loretta Lynn: Fist City
Angaleena Presley: Drunk
Kitty Wells: It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Mary Gauthier: Your Sister Cried
Lee Ann Womack & Buddy Miller: Meds
Lucinda Williams: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Amy Winehouse: Valerie
Ella Fitgerald: Gone With The Wind
Julie Roberts: Break Down Here
Lee Ann Womack: When I Come Around
Natalie Merchant: Kind & Generous
Patty Griffin (with Emmylou Harris): Little Fire

Transparency for thee, not for me

The New York Times dropped this bombshell yesterday:

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

Hillary Clinton? Ms Transparency?

During the Hillarycare debate, it was the closed character of the work of her task force that gave the impression that she was trying to pull a fast one.

During the Whitewater investigation that dragged on for years—and led directly to the discovery of Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky—there was intense debate within the Clinton White House over whether the Clintons shouldn’t just produce all of the available documents, prove there wasn’t a lot there, and be done with it.

Hillary Clinton, though, was adamant that officials should do no such thing, and should instead give up nothing without a fight.

The impression that she had something to hide—even when she may not have—was cemented when her Whitewater billing records from her old practice, the Rose Law Firm, mysteriously went missing for two years, then turned up in a reading room in the third-floor residence at the White House.

Well, maybe not so transparent.

ABC News notes that State Department spokesperson Marie “Harf said no classified business was conducted on Clinton’s email.”

Oh? How then was classified material transmitted? Pneumatic tubes?

Et tu, Vox?

Perhaps even more stunning is that the Obama White House, whose top officials were presumably exchanging frequent emails with Clinton, apparently did not insist she adopt an official email account. At some point during Obama’s first year, there must have been at least one senior official who dealt with the political fallout of Karl Rove using a personal address, then turned around and fired off an email to the personal address that Hillary Clinton used exclusively. That this continued for four years is baffling.

Baffling perhaps, but not without a preceding pattern of same.

Some of my Twitter ranting today:

From Salon, believe it or not: “As secretary of state, Clinton talked a good game about transparency, but she deliberately undermined it.”

Interesting how MSM is fishing around for excuses for Hillary’s ongoing violation of Federal law, but can’t seem to come up with anything.

Hillary email story is not just another scandal. I don’t think we quite appreciate how damaging it is, or are adequately capitalizing on it.

This is why we lose. We focus on emotionally-satisfying (the speech) and largely ignore strategy (capitalizing on Hillary ignoring the law).

Think this through. If Hillary isn’t the Dem nominee, it gives GOP base more latitude in picking a Republican nominee. Epic game changer.

The means are at hand to take down Hillary and all but ensure that we take the WH. But go ahead and bitch and moan about Boehner.

And any conservative talk show host who doesn’t spend the majority of today’s show talking about the email story is part of the problem.

And we have a big problem. Because this story is dying on the vine. Sometimes I think we want to lose. Either that, or we’ve acquired a kind of angry learned helplessness where the MSM is concerned–and oddly enough, they won’t defend her, for the most part.




Another outstanding piece by Shelby Steele

The always-remarkable Shelby Steele nails it again. Be sure to read the whole thing.

Conservatism as Counterculture:

But post-1960s liberalism won a certain moral hegemony over the culture by establishing dissociation as the über human value — the value that arbitrates the importance and relevance of all other values. Even those timeless, conventional values that people in earlier times never thought to challenge now come under the purview of dissociation….

When we look at American exceptionalism through the lens of dissociation, that exceptionalism is transformed into garden-variety white supremacy. Dissociation sees this exceptionalism as proof of America’s evil character. It ignores two or three millennia of profound cultural evolution in the West, and it attributes the exceptionalism that results from that evolution to little more than a will to dominate, oppress, and exploit people of color. So in this new and facile liberalism, American exceptionalism and white supremacy become nearly interchangeable….

When you win the culture, you win the extraordinary power to say what things mean — you get to declare the angle of vision that assigns the “correct” meaning….

This connection of conservatism to America’s hypocritical past is the American Left’s greatest source of authority. However trenchant conservatism may be on the issues, however time-tested and profound its principles, this liberalism always works to smother conservatism’s insights with the poetic truth that conservatism is mere cover for America’s evil. This ability to taint conservatism — its principles, policies, and personalities — with America’s past shames has been, for the Left, a seemingly endless font of power.



The Songwroter Motherlode

Here’s a fairly comprehensive list of links to songs I’ve done (written by me unless otherwise indicated–a few are just songs I participated in).

The writing and performing quality ranges from not entirely bad, to completely godawful and please make it stop.

Some of the better songs are in boldface. I was never much of a performer, so most of these are all about the writing, and getting the writing in a tangible form before it slipped my mind; many are merely sketch demos for songs that were never developed further. Cheaper than therapy was my motto.

Suggested palate cleanser afterward: “Cry If You Want,” by The Who.

The primary collaborator, when there were collaborators, was Lisa Sears. I’ll try to flesh out descriptions over time to give credit to additional contributors where necessary. Additional personnel included Terry Roland, Neil Kaposy, C. Alan Davis, Alan W. Davis, Andy K., and Paul Kaposy.

Most of these songs and song sketches were recorded on an Aardvark 24/96 Direct Pro sound card. Most of the rest were recorded on an AKAI analog board (the one with proprietary tape formats that look like VCR cartridges). Most were recorded between 1999 and 2005, give or take.

This page will be updated.

Don’t say I didn’t try to warn you.

All songs are the property of Michael Patrick Tracy except where otherwise indicated.


A Little Like George Jones (co-written by T. Roland)

A Voice So Bright

Alcohol Prison Blues

All I Ever Hear

All I Want Is You

Back In Your Heart


Bush’s Fault (lyrics primarily by @deadvoter)

Cant Complain


Consider the Alternative

Conversational Landmines

Desert Lope

Did What I Could Do

Didn’t Have You


Dogtown Live

Don’t Want To Think About You At All



Empty Words

Empty Words II

Falling Down

Fiddlin’ While Rome Burns

Fix Me

Fix Me II

Fly Away

Get Drunk and Yodel


Hard Times (S. Foster)

Harder To Say Goodbye

Hasten Thee Behind Me

Heart Of Darkness

Heart Of Darkness Live

Hell No I’m Not Bitter

Here’s Your Hat

Hey, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (J. Lennon)

High and Lonesome

How Do I Get Through Today

I Can’t Help Us

I Don’t Dream Of You

I Don’t Know What You Mean By Love

I Don’t Like Things Up My Butt

I Don’t Like Things Up My Butt Old LoFi Version

I Forgot To Keep Missing You

I Needed You

I Try Not To Miss You Too Bad

I Wanna Get Drunk

I Wouldn’t Be Here If It Wasn’t For You (T. Roland)

If I Was a Celebrity

It Ain’t About You

Ive Fallen and I Cant Get Up

Jesus Please Help Me Forgive My Ex-Wife


Kentucky Is Killing Me

Kentucky Straight Heartache

Kill Me Now

Let Her Love Me Once Again

Let’s Discuss It Tonight

Let’s Not and Say We Didn’t

Life’s a Bitch and So Are You


Little Things

Louder Than Words

Lovesick Fool

Manage Your Expectations


Move On

My Smile May Be Returning

My Soon-To-Be-Ex Longs For Texas

Nana Brown

Never Coming Back

No Matter How Much I Miss You

Not Gonna Drink Over You

Nothing Stays the Same (a Wally Rivas song, I’m on bass)

One Teardrop At a Time

Pigs Don’t Usually Fly

Please Dont Worry

Poor Me Blues

Recovery Road

Return of the Grievous Angel (G. Parsons)

Runaway Train

Santa Fe Skies (spoken word by T. Roland)

Santa Please Bring Me a Divorce For Xmas

Saved – Since She Left

Saturn’s Rings (For Justine Kaposy) (by T. Roland and P. Kaposy, I’m on bass)

So Damn Blue

Steve Goodman Variations – Call Me

Stupitopia: Introduction (Andy K.), Main Theme

Take Back This Pain

Talking To the Wind

Tennessee Angel

That Little Voice

That’s Why I Love LA

The Better I Feel

The Undertow of Love

These Things Shouldn’t Happen

Things We Would Rather Not Know

Three o Clock

Til Something Better Comes Along

Trying To Forget You Is Just a Big Waste of Time

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Walk With Me

Way Beyond Blue

Way Beyond Blue demo version

What Did You Learn

What the F*** Chuck (title inspiration by Neil Kaposy)

Whatever It Is It Ain’t Country

Whirlwind (a Wally Rivas song, I’m on bass)

Words – Queen of the Blues

Wyle E Coyote Blues

see also: reverbnation site

see also: Midnight Rounders

Depression Is Funny

Not ha-ha funny.

Well kinda.

OK, it really is hilarious.

Think of a worse disease (I’m not asserting the disease model, so calm down, Sparky) than one that (potentially) causes one to kill oneself, independent of the physiological effects of the disease itself.

That’s some funny shit right there.

Depression is many things to many people. But the one commonality is that, at some point, this becomes  the internal theme:

As the poet said, blah blah woof woof.


Technical note

Please note that files (including audio mash-ups) residing on the server will be deleted shortly. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Update: 2/26/15: Possible alt host for the files in the works.



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