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John Davis and Family write:
My Dear Mr. Keillor,
I am responding to your invitation to write with comments. I'm not an opinionated person (all right, I am).
You may not be aware of it, but your Songs of the Cat have healing powers. The following is the text of a letter I tried to send your way. I suspect it did not get out of my electronic mailbox:
<<Okay, this is letter is too long.
I will simply list a few comments / questions for your consideration:
(1) Where is Leo Kottke these days? Simply irreplaceable. His MUDLARK album was one of only three I owned in college. ' (2) As mentioned above in the excerpt, Spike Jones' musical style would be welcome on PHC!
(3) On the contrary, America needs MORE political satire! Good satire (the Brits' BBC skits, Punch magazine, and TV's YES PRIME MINISTER come to mind as good examples). Americans really have no popular outlets for sharp political humor (witness the rise of Limbaugh [shudder] and incessant Clinton-bashing on the radio). I always look forward to hearing Bush and Dole impersonators on PHC.
(4) I may get an argument on this...but a little bit of Robin and Linda Williams and their gospel goes a long way...
(5) No, your show is not too "talky."
(6) I asked my young daughter a minute ago: " I'm writing Garrison Keillor. Would you like to say anything?"
"Well, he breathes in too much. That's all." She skipped away happily.
(7) Bravo for the "katsup" knockoff in which you guys imitate the guy who imitates your Midwestern voice.
And on and on. I've been a PHC guy since I built a porch while first listening back in 1985. I ruined a lot of lumber.
Thanks for bringing your satire, music, sense of civility to a vastly underutilized medium.
And--thanks again for SONGS OF THE CAT: they can transform our surly teen into a cuddly little kid again...for a while.
John Davis & Family
Dear Davises ----
Glad to hear that the kid got good care and awoke, thanks to something irritating about Songs of the Cat. I've often been good at putting kids to sleep and now I have one awakening to my credit.
Leo Kottke joins us this spring for a broadcast from Missouri. We're always happy to have him on ---- he's a great musician and a good guy. We should try to get him more often. As for Robin and Linda's gospel music ---- I think you're talking about the Hopeful Gospel Quartet in which I sing bass. You think there's too much of us? (sob) Well, we gospel singers are used to rejection.....
I am going to be more careful about my breathing in the future. GK
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Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).