KMUN Day of the Velvet Voice playlist 20 January 2014, May we never forget the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

10:00PM Pete Seeger & Brother Kirk “The Ballad of Martin Luther King” from Pete Seeger & Brother Kirk Visit Sesame Street (1974) on Childrens Records of America

10:05PM The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds “Capricorn - The Uncapricious Climber” composed by Mort Garson from The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds (1967) on elektra

10:09PM Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity “A Word About Colour” composed by Julie Driscoll from Streetnoise Volume 1 (1969) on Marmalade

10:11PM Donovan “Young Girl Blues” composed by Donovan Leitch from Donovan In Concert (1968) on Epic

10:18PM Trees “Epitaph” composed by Trees from The Garden of Jane Delawney (1970) on CBS

10:22PM The Saffron Sect “Wilds of the North” from Phosphorous Flash on Fig Records

10:25PM John and Rosy Goacher “Brimbledon Fair” from Begone Dull Care! (1977) on Yorkshire Rose

10:29PM Steeleye Span “Cold, Haily, Windy Night” from Please to See the King (1971) on Big Tree Records

10:35PM Midwinter “The Skater” from The Waters of Sweet Sorrow (1973) on Kissing Spell (

10:39PM Marc Johnson “A Long Song” from Years (1972) on Vanguard

10:45PM December's Children “Jane's Song (The Slow One)” from December's Children (1970) on Mainstream Records

10:48PM The Throb “Black” from Black (7", Single) (1966) on Parlophone

10:52PM Seemon & Marijke “Everybody's Dancing” from Son of America (1971) on A&M Records

10:59PM Micah Blue Smaldone “a winter's truce” from Hither and Thither (2005) on Tequila Sunrise

11:02PM Dawnwind “Widow With A Husband” from Looking Back on the Future (1976) on Sunbeam Records

11:05PM Sixto Rodriguez “I'll Slip Away” from I'll Slip Away / You'd Like To Admit It (7") (1967) on Impact Records

11:08PM Melih, Faruk, Serdar, Saygun “Gurbet Acısı” composed by Massimo Raschilla from Hava Narghile, Turkish Rock Music 1966 to 1975 (2001) on Bacchus Archives

11:11PM The Attack “Strange House” from Final Daze (The Attack) (2001) on Angel Air Records

11:06PM Buried Civilizations “As Cold as the Clay” from Tunnels To Other Chambers (2004) on 267 Lattajjaa, Jewelled Antler

11:09PM The Flying Eyes “WINTER” from Bad Blood & Winter (2009) on Fuego

11:15PM Feathers “January Thaw” from Flashing on Love (2006) on Unreleased

11:21PM June Tabor “The Month of January” from Abyssinians (1984) on Shanachie Entertainment (

11:26PM Tickawinda “Cold and Raw” from Rosemary Lane (1979) on Kissing Spell (

11:29PM John's Children “It'S Been A Long Time” from Black And White (2009) on Acid Jazz Records

11:33PM 17 Pygmies “Moment in Ceylon” from Jedda by the Sea + Hatikva (1984) on LTM Recordings

11:36PM Bülent Ortaçgil “Herşey Sevgiyle Başlar” from Benimle Oynar Misin (1974) on 1 Numara

11:40PM Leonard Cohen “Winter Lady” composed by Leonard Cohen from Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) on Columbia 

11:43PM Geysir “Thoughts” from Hljomsveitin (1974) on Thorns

11:47PM Oliver “Freezing Cold Like an Iceberg” from Standing Stone (1995) on Wooden Hill 
( — Originally recorded in 1974

11:52PM Adam Hurst “DELUSION” composed by Adam Hurst from NightFall (2013) on ASH records ( —

Reading excerpt:

During the run-up to a benefit show at Carnegie Hall in January of 1961, civil rights activist Martin Luther King sent the following supportive letter of thanks to Sammy Davis, Jr., as a result of his active role in its preparations. At the time Davis was looking to star in an anticipated - but ultimately shelved - Broadway production of Oscar Brown's musical, Kicks & Co., and King was clearly excited by the prospect.

Transcript follows.


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ebenezer Baptist Church
407 Auburn Avenue, N. E.
Atlanta, Georgia

Murray 8-7263

December 20, 1960

Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sherry-Netherland Hotel
5th Avenue at 59th Street
New York 22, New York

Dear Sammy:

I have been meaning to write you for quite some time. A sojourn in jail and a trip to Nigeria among other tasks have kept be behind.

When I solicited your help for our struggle almost two months ago, I did not expect so creative and fulsome a response. All of us are inspired by your wonderful support and the Committee is busily engaged in the preparations for January 27th. I hope I can convey our appreciation to you with the warmth which we feel it.

In the midst of one of my usual crowded sojourns in New York, I had the opportunity to hear the play, "Kicks and Co." by Oscar Brown at the invitation of the Nemiroffs, at whose home I have previsouly been a guest. I learned of your interest in it and I am deeply pleased.

To my knowledge, rarely has there come upon the American scene a work which so perceptively mirrors the conflict of soul, the moral choices that confront our people, both Negro and white, in these fateful times. And yet a work which is at the same time, so light of touch, entertaining--and thereby all the more persuasive.

Art can move and alter people in subtle ways because, like love, it speaks through and to the heart. This young man's work will, in its own special way, affect the conscience of vast numbers with the moral force and vigor of our young people. And coming as it does from a source so eminently influential as yourself, it will be both an inspiration and a sustenance to us all.

In that context, let me share with you again my appreciation for the motives and the wisdom that have led you to it.

Very sincerely yours,

(Signed, 'Martin')

Martin Luther King, Jr.


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They killed a Great Spirit, and I can only hope to meet her in another form one day

TREEMORIAM: Fallen Cedar November 2013

cedar treemoriam

This December issue marks the introduction of a new segment in HIPFiSH. Throughout the life path we spend most of our time developing relationships – their beginnings, transformations, endings. Relationships to other; whether it is to fellow human, to our work, to spirituality, where we live, to animals, to nature, all exercise and deepen the human journey.
And so to this concept, in ensuing issues we honor relationship to tree, as unique a relationship as any. One that has inspired poems, paintings, songs, in addition to what the tree has bestowed to human survival and culture, in its infinite manifestations. The tree, one of earth’s most generous gifts to humankind, to say nothing of its tremendous function on the planet.
Whether loss to blow down, development, trunk rot, in or out of personal control, TREE- MORIAM pays homage to the end of the rooted friend. If you would like to share a tree memoriam, or just let us know of a tree/s demise, please contact
- Dinah Urell

We thank Astoria resident Jessamyn Grace for sharing this personal story:

As a glorious November morning began to unravel in dappled sunlight I abruptly awoke to the baneful sound of chainsaws. I ran downstairs and collapsed, sobbing upon realizing that my neighbor was dismantling my favorite cedar tree. It was over 100 years old, a wise and knowing guardian outside my window. The eagles took rest upon it, the owls surveyed the land atop of it, and the mirthful crows protected it. None of them have since come to visit.

cedar down
I recognize the misguided temptation to blame, but I must add that my neighbors are kind people and I don’t criticize them at all – they cut down the tree to build a fort for their children. My relationship with the cedar was my own and I cannot expect others to share this sentiment – in fact, some may find it comical or bizarre. When I moved to Astoria 7 years ago I didn’t know anyone, and it was a couple of years before I made any close friends. I tell you in earnest that this cedar was my companion – I would sit for hours in her majestic shadow as I watched the boats go by. I feared for her during our coastal storms – breathing a sigh of gratitude when she made it through. We survived so much together – she mirrored my experience here and we thrived on the silence that is Astoria.

Along with my thoughts I gathered her fallen branches in the yard, burying my face in the scent while the sap still ran in sorrowful recognition of its fate. I spent the day walking along the river so I wouldn’t have to be near when she fatally fell. I dreaded returning home, and I have yet to sit in my reading chair by the window knowing she will not be there. I phoned my parents as the sun began to set, my mother comforting me saying that ‘even though it will get better you will always miss your friend’. My mother understands me, understands that cedar’s roots are my roots in this place where the river meets the sea.

KMUN Day of the Velvet Voice playlist 6 January 2014 with Sea Dog DJ Haim Kenig, Happy Birthday to Sandy Denny & Syd Barrett

Endless gratitude for my partner in sound and Brethen of the West Coast, Haim Kenig, for keeping the DotVV sailing the wild sonic seas whilst I was in the desiccant desert.  May we pour the tea and splice the mainbrace soon.

1.The man in the Moon by Village
2.Floatin by George Bean
3.Telegraph Is Calling by Pawnshop
4.Aquamarine Ink by Saffron Sect
5.Sunlight Glide by Mandrake Paddle Steamer
6.No Silver Bird by Hooterville Trolley
7.I can see her face by Kippington Lodge
8.Mendle by Mr Fox
9.Le prince d'Orange by Gabriel & Marie Yacoub
10.Van dieman's land by Shirley Collins & Albion Country Band
11.Bad girl by Shirley Collins & Davy Graham
12.I lost something in the hills by Sibylle Baier
13.No Man's Land by Syd Barrett
14.See Emily Play by Pink Floyd
15.Flaming (live BBC) by Pink Floyd
16.Love by Virgin Sleep
17.Dream Of Dreams by Smoke
18.Matilda Mother (alt extended vers) by Pink Floyd
19.Emily by Fairfield Parlour
20.To Each His Own by FEATHERS
21.Time Will Tell by Spirogyra
22.Daughter by Espers
23.Genesis Hall by Fairport Convention - dedicated to House Rabbit Society Members everywhere!
24.The North Star Grassman & The Ravens by Sandy Denny
25.Tam Lin by Fairport Convention
26.Tell Me What You See In Me by Sandy Denny with The Strawbs
27.Farewell Farewell by Fairport Convention
28.Busy Bee ("Beeside" - demo!) by Tintern Abbey
29.No One by Legay

And the Happiest of Birthdays to Syd and Sandy- you left us with everything we needed, a treasure trove that only your souls could find, brought to light by gilded song.  

December, 1964. An 18-year-old aspiring musician called Roger writes an endearing illustrated letter to his girlfriend, Jenny Spires, in which he describes his band's first recording session. It was, in fact, the first of many, and before long both Roger and his band, The Tea Set, would become known by different names: he, as Syd Barrett; his band, Pink Floyd.

This letter was very kindly supplied by Essential Works, publishers of the recently released Barrett: The Definitive Visual Companion to the Life of Syd Barrett, a truly fantastic and highly recommended book full to the brim with previously unseen photographs, letters and artwork by the late frontman. Images used here with permission of Jenny Spires herself.

Transcript follows.

Dear Jen, you are a little dish.

I'll tell you everything that happened at the recording. We took all the gear into the studio which was lit by horrid white lights, and covered with wires and microphones. Rog had his amp behind a screen and Nicki was also screened off, and after a little bit of chat we tested everything for balance, and then recorded five numbers more or less straight off; but only the guitars and drums. We'r going to add all the singing and piano etc. next Wednesday. The tracks sound terrific so far, especially King Bee.


When I sing I have to stand in the middle of the studio with ear phones on, and everyone else watches from the other room, and I can't see them at all but they can all see me. Also I can only just hear what I'm singing.


I hope you got home alright Jen, and that you had a good time. You wouldn't have been able to come in to the recording and anyway it went on till after midnight, and would have been a whopping drag for you.

It was a nice thing to be which was tra tra la. (do not bother to interupt)

Do what you want Jen. I love you very much and want to hear from you and you are very pretty.

I am a bit fed up with everything today and I want to be in Cambridge or Greece but not in London where all I do is spend money and travel. The sun is shining though.

Love, Roger.

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