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U. Utah Phillips

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Track List: Starlight On The Rails: A Songbook

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When I met Bruce, both my wife and I felt we were in a special presence. He had an air about him that just made us want to see more. His stories were great, his message was special. We really do miss him.
tsagiglalal
-I met Utah at Expo '74 in Spokane WA where he was a consistent presence for the full six months. I was a volunteer. He would perform a few times a day along with other people. Utah was the stand-out and the performer that most people really responded to. I learned a lot about the Wobblies, inequality and the really important things in life from him. He showed me the three true values...pra c t i c a l , aesthetic and funk. If not one of these, get rid of it. I miss him...a lot.
I knew Utah in Salt Lake City. He and Rosalie Sorrels influenced me greatly. After my divorce in 1968 I took my backpack & my guitar & hit the road. I sang all over Europe & the far east. I am glad to connected with Utah's music again on Pandora.
What an apt statement there at the end of his bio...."what I need is friends". Where are the larger than life folk legends, like Utah Phillips, Kate Wolf and Woody Guthrie, of yesteryear? It seems we live in such a jaded age. Choosing a simple life where our decisions are based on what we love is still the most important thing. To express this in song is such a gift.
choperini117 0
Love "Bridges" on The Past Didn't Go Anywhere. Want to listen over and over until I absorb the meaning of every word. So much in there. Love his voice, too.
One of my long-time favorite singer/songw r i t e r s . One of my favorite songs from him is "I remember lovin' you". Priscilla Herdman wrote verses from the woman's perspective and they recorded it together on one of her albums.
A wonderful song writer, who wrote tunes like Rock Salt and Nails, Starlight on the Rails and Phoebe Snow, a great story teller and an astute observer of politics and lif, Utah Phillips was a true American, in the very best sense of the word.
Pandora continues to amaze me. I've been introduced to artists, such as Mr. Phillips, that I may have never had the pleasure to here. Thank you, Pandora. As soon as my budget allows...I'l l be upgrading with great anticipation ! ! !
Paraphrasing rebel Jungian analyst James Hillman "we need odd ladies and peculiar gentlemen in our lives so we can figure out who we are." When everyone looks and acts like everyone else it is difficult to figure out what really matters to us. Utah pushed us to think about what really matters. In addition he was one of the great singing storytellers of the last century. Get your hands on anything by him that you can... if you're reading this you'll probably like it and he'll make you think about
I've seen U. Utah Phillips many times and always enjoyed both his wonderfully soft yet strong voice as well of his great stories. He and the reknowned artist Jacob Lawrence were special guests at our union's 25th anniversity (Our union was SEIU Local 535, a California-w i d e local representing Social workers, nurses and other human service workers.) The current Internationa l President unfortunatel merged our union along with nine others into a new local he could control.
The song ," Stupid's song" is so true.
Here's a great example of what Pandora's all about. I grew up in the '60s...sang folk music till the wee hours and still once heard about Mr. Phillips.

I have to wonder if he, like many other folk singers, didn't live with a certain amount of despair daily. Only a small, VERY small handful of people ever took protest songs seriously enough to change their lifestyle. Certainly none of the warmakers did or do now. Sing all you like but let's have no illusions that you're making a difference.
Utah Phillips is sorely missed. With Studs Terkel gone, we have lost two of the great observers of the human condition. But our loss is the gain of a better place....
One can only hope that his powerful song "Enola Gay" would be required listening for those planning military operations.
He was the epitome of the one man and a guitar with something worth while and humane to say.
Utah passed away this May - one of the great humans of our time -

He once said "that folk music is free music by the people - for the people. By definition there is no Republican folk music."

He would often start concerts by asking any body with a job to raise their hands. After a long pause he would wryly laugh "suckers!" and going into a ramblin hobo song.

He believed you have to f*** with people - we take ourselves too seriously.
aramwest
I don't know much about what you call class, but the upper and middle can all kiss my a**!
I have met Utah on a couple of occasions and he has always been a jovial and enjoyable man. Long live Utah and the Wobblies.
A. Westergreen

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