Say, it might have been a fiddle,
Or it could have been the wind.
But there seems to be a beat, now.
I can feel it in my feet, now.
Listen, here it comes again!

Grateful Dead's 'The Music Never Stopped'

So what's up this edition? Good question. I have no idea what's going on as I've been in the Pub having more of the truly wicked applejack that's been on tap for a few days now while still writing an appreciation of The Music Never Stopped -- Roots of the Grateful Dead which is a 1995 compilation album of songs, performed by the original artists, that the Dead covered on albums and performed live throughout their long, strange career. Look for it to run sometime this fall. Or not depending on my drinking, errr, research goes!

Ahhh. I see that the book staff decided to take this edition off so everything this time is musical in nature. Mind you finding any reviewers enthused to actually be more or less productive in late summer is a rather difficult task at best. Drinking? Yes! Feasting on the summer bounty? Of course! Making merry? Indeed! Working? You've got to be kidding! Hell, I've managed just three paragraphs on my aforementioned review in the past three weeks. And two of those were polishing existing material...

Picking the right album for the end of summer is like doing Jane Fonda's workout during a heatwave: you hope nobody catches you because even if you're good the exertion leaves you sweaty, tired, and looking pretty uncool.

But don't worry! We've got your well muscled back  covered while you head off to the gym and get ready for sweater season. This week we'll bring you a whole slew of music perfect for any spa routine. We got folksingers with a sound hotter than Richard Simmons in a sauna suit, blues cooler than a polar-dip, and enough cornball novelty hits from the borscht belt to feed a roomful of vegetarians.

Reviewer Gereg John Muller kicks off our aural workout with two albums from Maddy Prior and June Tabor. These voices, earthy from Prior and airy from Tabor, join together for Silly Sisters and No More to the Dance. While he won't go so far as to these name these albums the best, read here to learn why Muller decides these are two high-water marks.

In between sets, it's important to catch your breath and let your bod relax. David Kidney brings us an omnibus of blues albums. Check out his run down of The Bluesmasters featuring Mickey Thomas and their self-titled album. While you're there meet Rita Chiarelli, the Canadian Goddess of the Blues with her latest Sweet Paradise

By this time you should focus on your abs for a while and then come back to finish Kidney's review. As long as the sweat doesn't short out the computer, his take on Pine Top Perkins's and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith's release Joined at the Hip and both volumes of This Is the Blues will still be there.

Done with the gym? Great. Time to hit the streets for a jog. Over the next few miles you'll want to run past Susan Cowsill's Lighthouse. Make sure you head right for Trouble (from Jana Keeley). These albums represent a range of music from Canadian to Celtic and some excellent short stories disguised as songs. If it's too hot to run, you can read Kidney's review here.

Nothing feels better after a run than a nice dip. Dive into "Broken Bird & The Ghost River," from Alegrias by Howe Gelb and a Band of Gypsies here. Lifeguard Gary Whitehouse will guide you through the river of thirteen tracks on this album. Then go dry off and strike a pose in the mirror with Kris Kristofferson's Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends. As Whitehouse draws your attention to Kristofferson's sexually frank lyrics, long hair, and youthful insouciance, self-identification will get your ego to swell as much as your biceps.

Let's hit the yoga studio. Follow Kidney through his review of Paul Quarrington's The Songs as your soul realigns itself. The themes are universal and the music excellent. Nothing to get bent out of shape about. Pack up your mat with Kidney's review of the Portland, Maine band Roll and Go. Sea shanties may sound a bit twisted after yoga, but they'll refresh you quicker than an Atlantic wave in February.

Now that you got your swell on, it's time to hit the showers and then the town. Find a stall and let Kidney's review of Oliver Schroer's Freedom Row wash over you before slipping on some sleek duds and moving your feet to Lissa Schneckenburger's dance. Or, read them both right now, right here.

After burning all those calories, it's time for a meal. Kidney closes our cd reviews (and with it, this weak device), with a serving straight from the borscht belt to your belt. With four re-releases from Collectors' Choice, you'll not want to miss Allan Sherman for a chuckle with an old-fashion bite to it.

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Words and Music

Kage Baker reading her
The Empress of Mars
novella

A reading from Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle reading 'The Fifth Season', 'Marty and the Messenger', 'Mr. McCaslin', 'None But A Harper (Ibid.)', 'The Rock in the Park' and 'The Stickball Witch'

Excerpts from Peter S. Beagle's forthcoming novels, Here Be Dragons and Summerlong

Elizabeth Bear reads The Chains that You Refuse

Black 47's 'Liverpool Fantasy'

An excerpt from Paul Brandon's The Wild Reel novel

Tunes from Paul Brandon's old group, Rambling House and his new group, Sunas

Emma Bull and Will Shetterly's The War for The Oaks movie trailer

Nicholas Burbridge's 'Open House'

Cats Laughing's 'For It All'

Charles de Lint performing his 'Sam's Song'

Charles de Lint -- Some thoughts on his fiction

Gaelic Storm's 'Kiss Me'

Christopher Golden's 'The Deal'

The opening chapter of The Weaver and The Factory Maid, the first novel in Deborah Grabien's Haunted Ballad series.

An excerpt from Deborah Grabien's Rock & Roll Never Forgets -- A JP Kinkaid Mystery

'The Oak King March' (featuring Will Harmon and Zina Lee on fiddles and Pete Strickler on bouzouki), composed in honour of Peter S. Beagle

'The Winter Queen Reel' (played by Roger Landres), composed in honour of Jane Yolen

Chuck Lipsig on 'Star of Munster' variations

McDermott's 2 Hours' 'Fox on the Run'

Jennifer Stevenson's 'Solstice', plus a reading of 'Solstice' by Stevenson herself.

An excerpt from James Stoddard's 'The High House'

Tinker's Own performing 'The Tinker's Black Kettle', a jig by Charles de Lint from The Little Country

Vagabond Opera's 'Marlehe'

A Vasen tune for your enjoyment

Cathrynne Valente's 'The Surgeon's Wife'

Cathrynne Valente reading a selection titled 'The Tea Maid and The Tailor' from The Orphan's Tales Haunted Ballad

Robin Williamson's 'Five Denials on Merlin's Grave'

Interviews

Kage Baker

Peter S. Beagle

Steven Brust

Emma Bull and Emma Bull & Will Shetterly on the War for the Oaks screenplay

Tom Canty

Glen Cook

Ellen Datlow and Gavin Grant of YBFH

Charles de Lint in 1998 and 2006

Gardner Dozois

Brian, Wendy and Toby Froud

Neil Gaiman in 2004 and 2005

William Gibson

Christopher Golden

James Hetley

Michael Kaluta

Patricia McKillip

James Stoddard

Catherynne Valente

Gordon Van Gelder

Charles Vess

Terri Windling

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