April/May, 2018 – Vol. 10, No. 4

Jocelyn Pettit Band

The Past Concert featured the Jocelyn Petti Band March 9. This issue features two articles: PNW Folklore Society Director Stepping Down, by  Stewart Hendrickson; and  James Stevens – Paul Bunyan and the Frozen Logger, by Stewart Hendrickson. Upcoming Concerts at the Couth Buzzard will feature Heidi Muller and Bob Webb on Friday, April 13, and a special concert with Claudia Schmidt on Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 pm (we are taking reservations now – email or phone 206-367-0475 (leave a message)). Every 2nd Saturday at the Couth Buzzard from noon – 1:30 pm, Stew’s Folk Music Corner will feature tunes, songs, and community singing. The Events page lists some great concerts through the next few months. Keep tuned and revisit the NW HOOT as new articles may appear along with a new video of the week. We are still looking for more writers for the NW HOOT (send us your ideas and articles). Donations – Help support the Pacific NW Folklore Society. Donations of any amount are welcome – for $20 or more we will send you a free CD: “Songs of the Pacific Northwest“, or “Paddy Graber – The Craic Was Great“. Send a check to Pacific NW Folklore Society, 11720 1st Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98177. Thank you.

PNW Folklore Society Director Stepping Down, Stewart Hendrickson

Over ten years ago Bob Nelson, Don Firth and I revived the old Pacific NW Folklore Society (founded in 1953) to preserve and present the more traditional folk music and folklore of this region. Since then Don Firth has passed away, and Bob Nelson has had to bow out for health reasons. For the past few years I have been running the Society single-handedly. Although I have managed so far, I’m not sure how much longer I can continue alone – I’m 80 years old. Continue reading “PNW Folklore Society Director Stepping Down, Stewart Hendrickson”

James Stevens – Paul Bunyan and the Frozen Logger, by Stewart Hendrickson

The CD, Songs of the Pacific Northwest, has songs contributed by sixteen regional musicians. Since logging played a big part in our history it is not surprising that a number of these songs are about logging. One of the most well-known logging songs is The Frozen Logger. It was written in 1929 by James Stevens, who lived in Seattle during his later years. Who was this guy and what other things did he do? How did Paul Bunyan fit into this? Continue reading “James Stevens – Paul Bunyan and the Frozen Logger, by Stewart Hendrickson”

The Power of Music, by Bob Nelson

It was just about seven years ago that Judy and I started to participate in a musical event that has changed our lives forever. This was not just a performance, but was a series of events that lasted for over four years! The events started when our good friend, who also happened to our personal physician, was diagnosed with A.L.S., which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. At this time, there is no known cure. Continue reading “The Power of Music, by Bob Nelson”

The Power of Song – The Endless Mile, by Bruce Baker

sketch by Peter Wieben

The Endless Mile is a song written by Julie Snow – “Here came a wanderer, a woman with no name, she said ‘I only have one question, am I crazy or sane.’” I enjoy singing this song, but this morning it was different. Continue reading “The Power of Song – The Endless Mile, by Bruce Baker”

You’d Have To Be Crazy, by Peter Wieben

sketch by Peter Wieben

You’d Have TO Be Crazy
Homelessness in Seattle
by Peter Wieben
reprinted with permission, June 13, 2016, The Awl

Seattle has a strikingly visible population of homeless people. One out of three of them are mentally ill, which is strikingly visible too. Lately though, rents are skyrocketing, and people are being priced out of their neighborhoods.  Read the whole article