Hags at Bonneville Mill

Banner-Montage-Web_000The Hags perform this morning at Bonneville Mill from 9:30 to 11:00.

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A Philosphy for Aging

Kintsugi (金継ぎ?)  is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold.  The philosophy treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

Japanese Bowl blog-dsc_1598 by Peter Mayer is one of the songs the Winsome Hags will perform for the Edwardsburg Golden Agers on Wednesday, September 2. See how we shine with gold!

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In preparation for our Labor Day Concert at the Cass District Library, I’ve put together a powerpoint with over 200 images documenting the labor movement. Beginning with the labor shortage in Jamestown in 1607, through the years of slavery, the women’s movement, child labor, the International Workers of the World and on up to today. Hope you can come – Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30.lewis-hine-child-labor-5-537x402

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The Hags Celebrate Labor Day

Lin Pollard suggested the Hags do a Labor Day concert, celebrating the music and history of the labor movement. We thought it was a great idea, and so did the Cass District Library. We’re looking forward to performing on Sept. 3rd at 6:30. In the meantime, we are discovering amazing songs and histories. As you may know, the Women’s Suffrage movement was linked to the labor movement — women wanted equal rights! Still do!!! The song Bread and Roses is a marching song for the suffragettes. The photo is of Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested in 1914. pankhurst

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JuneteenthThe Winsome Hags are excited to be part of the Minority Coalition’s Juneteenth Celebration at the Calvin Township Hall this Friday, June 19, from 12 – 2 pm. Join us for soul food, music and a little history. All free!

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You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone

When it comes to Earth Day sentiments, Joni Mitchell’s refrain nailed it: Don’t it always seem to go/ that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone/ Pave paradise/ put up a parking lot. That’s why Big Yellow Taxi is considered the #1 Earth Day Song, and that’s why Taxi will be the Hags final number next Saturday the 16th at Lawless Park. In addition to Mother Earth, we want to pay homage to Joni, an inspiring songwriter, guitarist, musician and painter. Okay, she’s an awesome human being. Here’s something I found on Wikipedia that you might not know: While some of Mitchell’s most popular songs were written on piano, almost every song she composed on the guitar uses an open, or non-standard, tuning; she has written songs in some 50 tunings, playing what she has called “Joni’s weird chords”.

Young Joni

Joni Hag

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Happy Birth/Earth Day

Because the 21st was my birthday (which I share with Kate the Great) and the 22nd was Earth Day and the Hags will be the featured performers at the Eart Day Celebration at Lawless Park on May 16th. Earth Day
Last Saturday I went to a writer’s conference. One of the presenters was Keith Taylor, a poet who teaches at U of M. He’s an ex-Mennonite from Alberta, who told a very funny story about the Doukhobors, a religious sect that originated in Russia and emigrated to Alberta. When they wanted to protest something, they would take off their clothes and stand naked in public, which is how he saw a naked woman when he was 8 years old.
 Here’s some lyrics from a song (not sure who wrote it) called Garbage:
Mr Thompson starts his Cadillac and winds it up the freeway track
Leaving friends and neighbors in a hydrocarbon haze
He’s joined by lots of smaller cars all sending gasses to the stars
There to form a seething cloud that hangs for thirty days
While the sun licks down upon it with it’s ultraviolet tongues
Till it turns to smog and settles down and ends up in our lungs…
Cheery, huh? Well, we’re doing my sister Bessie’s beautiful song Swallows as a tonic.
It’s actually been snowing here for the past 30 minutes, but the daffodils haven’t dampened and the tulips are still closed tight. And now it’s gone.
And so am I. Till next time, hope to see you at Lawless!.
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