Rash Nash at Random

Introductory Note: While waiting to hear back from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. Jose Quiroga of http://ptvla.org/ and about fifty other socially-concerned/environmentally-concerned citizens and organizations… I thought that I’d jot down a few random observations for Graham Nash’s kind consideration. It’s not as if we’re total strangers. I do appear in his Off the Record (http://www.toledoblade.com/Music-Theater-Dance/2002/12/22/Coffee-tabl e-book-by-Graham-Nash-pays-tribute-to-25-songwriters.html); I appear in two photographs with L. Russell Brown in that volume… though neither I nor our group (The Duals) are identified, inexplicably. Actually, what’s inexplicable is why I appear at all, given the luminaries Larry (the “L” in L. Russell) has come across over the years. THIS UNEDITED FIRST DRAFT IS WRITTEN EXCLUSIVELY FOR GRAHAM NASH… with the idea that even if he acted with excessive haste at the helm, he’d do a helluva better job for the Common Good ‘cross the board than any careerist we’ve ever had in The Golden State; “experts” in this and that realm are easy to come by, yes?

Rash Nash at Random
by Oxman

“Yeah, I can see him sitting in The Sacred Seat of Sacramento”the author’s son

“He should be very interested in what’s not happening with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.”
— the author’s TOSCA colleague

Just glanced at http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/apr/10/graham-nash-best-ph otograph, and I immediately thought of The Blazingly in Love Party as a possible name for the Howard Zinn-approved plan of action which I’ve been pushing in California for the last eight years. [I'll elaborate on that a bit below.]

“At the time, Joni and I were blazingly in love. Our relationship was heaven to me, and it was heartbreaking when it was over. She was an incredibly talented woman; I have no idea what she was doing with me.”

That grabbed me, in part, for another reason. If you look at the Joni Mitchell motif which runs through the previous post (written last night without a dash of a Nash thought in my head), you’ll see why the whole kit and kaboodle resonated so much. [Pause.] So much serendipity, yes?

That excerpt above from the article is followed by

“Sometimes in California it gets gloomy when the clouds roll in off the ocean.”

I sat with that awhile. Then I gravitated toward http://www.grahamnash.com/content/bio …where I couldn’t take my eyes off of

“As ever, Nash’s passionate voice continues to be heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and John Hall in 1979 remain seminal benefit events. In 2011, Nash was instrumental in bringing MUSE back to the forefront with a concert to benefit Japan disaster relief and groups promoting non-nuclear energy worldwide. In addition to CSN, the event at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Northern California featured Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, Tom Morello, the Doobie Brothers, Kitaro, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Jonathan Wilson. Also in 2011, Nash was part of the line-up for an all-star concert benefiting the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding in Tucson, Arizona. Graham Nash is currently on a 70-plus date tour with Crosby, Stills and Nash.”

Why? Well, sometimes it gets gloomy in California for reasons that have zero to do with the clouds or any atmospheric phenomenon. Everyone who’s paying attention can see that.

I mean, certainly the impact of Climate Change is already being felt. But… then there’s the daily horror of unjust incarceration and a lot of other issues which tear at the heart of anyone who cares about “peace, and social and environmental justice.”

Very seriously now, Graham, The Blazingly in Love Party, or The Black and Blues Party, or The Music Party — or whatever you might want to call it with your colleagues — could create a watershed in history in California blowing many many many many many of those gloomy clouds away. Starting with YOU sitting in the Sacred Seat of Sacramento — you, or someone of your choice (with the democratic input of others too, of course) — as per the sound bite delineation at http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1073. ACTUALLY, the reader might want to glance at http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1271 prior to looking at that first link given here; it’s something that was put together quickly for the Mayor-elect of Jackson, Mississippi recently. There are a few reasons why it might serve as a decent intro to that first link. You don’t have to dwell on it, just bounce off of it into the whole other shebang.

And speaking of bangs, the absolute best bang for your electoral buck has to be the TOSCA plan I’m advocating, whether it’s called The Music Party and has visceral melodic features as part of its campaigning spine or not. CERTAINLY, for the likes of Graham Nash, Bonnie, Jackson and anyone who has been hitting the road on behalf of The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) dynamic so regularly.

For as Head of the Regents of the University of California system, Graham Nash could UNILATERALLY AND VIRTUALLY OVERNIGHT have the greatest positive impact on OUR HORRID NUCLEAR MOMENTUM in the history of the country. In the history of the world, I’d say. No hyperbole here.


I think I’ll end abruptly on that very musical note. It should be easy for the reader to dance to, yes?

Just hold that note and think O BAILAN TODOS O NO BAILE NADIE.

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