Category Archives: Songs and Stories

Art Opening and Pop-Up Cafe


An art exhibition JUM JIRAPAN
BOSSA NOVA Sidetracks Music – 310 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA. June 2 – 30, 2018 Art Opening & Pop Up Café – Saturday, June 2 from 2 to 5 PM
The event benefits Friends of Nelson

Inspired by Getz & Gilberto’s 1963 album and the album’s cover painting by Olga Albizu, Jum Jirapan is bringing you paintings with vibrant colors reflecting the birth era of Bossa Nova. With each painting named after a favorite song, Jum’s paintings evoke the spirit of summer, jazz music, sidewalk cafés, and her zest for life. Indulge in a fine afternoon at the opening on June 2 which features a pop up café with live music by Cool Lane and live painting by Jum. Enjoy coffee from Lone Light Coffee and light refreshments by local chefs while lounging on fun furniture from Pigment.  The event benefits Friends of Nelson.

‘The Girl From Ipanema’ (2018) Acrylic on wood

End of the Line: Episode 15, Two More Trees


Listen to the new End of the Line podcast, Episode 15, Two Trees pt 2 (Original air date: 4/6/18. Treesitters on top of Peters Mountain Stand have wondered if their action might be a spark to inspire pipeline fighters. Now others have answered their call, taking to the trees in the wetlands of Bent Mountain.

Use the links in the sidebar to the right to listen to this and earlier End of the Line podcasts.

End of the Line: Episode 14, Two Trees


Listen to the new End of the Line podcast, Episode 14, Two Trees (Original air date: 3/30/18).  Through wind storms, snow storms, two court hearings, and a temporary restraining order, the support for the treesitters at Peters Mountain Stand has only grown. Have they sparked something beyond just protecting these two trees?

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Hymn for Resolve

Painting and poem courtesy of Nancy Maxson

Hymn for resolve

Were you there
when they cut down those tall trees? Lord.

Did you see how they paid them
not to care? Lord.

Do they know what they have done:
‘just a job’; they’re glad they’re done

Oh, No. No. More struggle’s still to come.

Even the capitol rich
will get sick with a periodic itch

from the dis-ease of loving money
that cannot please

when they cannot drink and cannot breathe
they’ll know the glory of the trees.

But didn’t our hearts break when
they cut down all those trees? Lord.

End of the Line: Episode 11, Voice


End of the Line:  Episode 11, Voice.  Inside the State Water Control Board meetings for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, where many opponents thought a vote in favor of water certification was a foregone conclusion for both projects, a chorus of voices makes space for courage and power. Original air date: 12/15/17.

Have you missed previous episodes? Find links to all of them here.