Have you noticed gas prices are rising through the roof? I am very happy to announce that I have a solution to the energy crisis, revealed in this month’s award-winning song. Plus an added bonus… a rare cameo of me as the joker to encourage the summer to come. Welcome to my kitchen!
Tom at the Lizard Lounge ~ Photo: David Maccaferri
Margo and I have some great news to share. Our second grandchild, Andrew Hsu arrived last month. Everyone is in great shape. I think I feel another song coming on.
This Month’s Music
The New Old Cow Puncher
Lyrics: © 2010 Genny Haley and new words by Tom Smith
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I am excited to share that this month’s song won the songwriting challenge at the Old Groton Inn Open Mic last month, hosted by my talented friend Gayle Picard. A panel of independent experts named “The New Old Cow Puncher” the best original environmental song (that was sung at the open mic that night). My first songwriting award! I was speechless when I received the handsome solid (simulated) gold trophy.
Recently we have seen a very steep rise in the price of gasoline. One day while I filled my gas tank, I found myself singing a song I hadn’t sung in a very long time. It was Genny Haley’s “Old Cowpuncher”, a parody of the traditional song “The Texas Rangers” (also “The Buffalo Skinners”). This happened to come at a time when I was working on a “Green Committee” at my school. We were trying to come up with ways to reduce our carbon footprint. A lot of good work came out of that committee. For example, we got parents to stop idling their cars at carpool line, to join together for carpools, to use local produce in our cafeteria, and much more. But the coincidence of the sticker shock at the gas station along with remembering Genny Haley’s parody was too much to ignore. So I rewrote Genny’s parody to show a way we can recycle a common greenhouse gas. By the way, I have tried and failed to share my song with Genny Haley. If anyone out there can give me her contact information, please send me an e-mail.
There have been scholarly articles written about the effect of bovine flatulence. For example, this article posted on the Global Warming Is Real web site discusses how we might be able to reduce the methane belching and farting by modifying the cows’ diet. I say, capture the methane and put it to good use!
I see by the calendar that it is the first week of May. So I leave you with a brief cameo appearance I made at my school’s May Day celebration a few years ago.
Summer is a’coming,
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I am taking some time away from live shows in May and June as I work to make progress on my upcoming studio album.
May 7, Saturday, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Nashua, NH My friend Jane Fallon and I will share the evening, each doing a 45 minute set to benefit the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.
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Featured Non-Profit: Catalog Canceling Challenge
I am so proud of the fourth graders at the school where I work. Led by their teacher Ted Wells, they have launched a national effort to cancel unwanted catalogs and make a positive impact on our environment. “Join a movement of over 8,200 children in 22 states who have canceled 56,897 unwanted sales catalogs to save trees, water, energy, and our climate. Scout troops have canceled 100s. Schools have canceled 1,000s! Best of all, this activity empowers children to know they can make a difference.”
You can join in the fun and good work too. Better yet, if you know about a school or scout troop that would like to help, please send them to www.CatalogCancelingChallenge.com.