A Note From Ellis


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3D"Ellis





A Note From Ellis



Hello everyone,



Like everyone in the world this week I am disheartened by the horrible tragedy that took place at Virginia Tech=2E And like many of us, I wish there was something more I could do to help prevent these kinds of horrendous  events from taking place=2E We have potential in this country to create a society where senseless violence is a rarity rather than a common occurrence=2E



A recent CNN statistic states an alarming discrepancy between Great Britain's murder rate from handgun violence and that of the United States=2E England's murder rate from handguns is 0=2E1 per million, whereas the United States is 41 per million=2E There's some obvious room for improvement here in the United States=2E



This week in Virginia, a crossroads of psychological, societal, and gun issues all came together in one violent day=2E The problems obviously go deeper than just our guns=2E But guns are the necessary place to start=2E



Virginia has some of the most liberal laws in the country regarding gun control=2E  I'm hoping these will be addressed in the next few weeks in our state legislature; If you are a resident of Virginia please contact your representative or Governor's office demanding change in the laws governing gun availability=2E As a parent with two kids in Virginia, I'm concerned for their safety as they prepare to enter the state's public schools=2E Be outraged=2E Write them and let them know you want change=2E

Here is the link for you to contact Governor Tim Kaine http://www=2Egovernor=2Evirginia=2Egov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor=2Ecfm



The media and entertainment industry's unbridled lust for money through the glamorization of violence must be addressed through some sort of conscious consumer ban on so called art that crosses the line in depicting violence=2E Nobody can stop them but us=2E



The first amendment guarantees them the right to free speech to create any kind of garbage we want, we can also smoke cigarettes=2E But there are restrictions on them=2E Heavier taxes=2E Advertising restrictions=2E All because the government has recognized their danger to those exposed to them=2E



Why don't we have advertisement restrictions on these movies, music and TV shows that show a flagrant use of violence? Make people pay a higher ticket to see them? A warning label has become like a tag demarking cool content=2E Let's tax it=2E Use the tax proceeds for anti-violence counseling in schools=2E



Clearly someone intent on creating this much damage wouldn't let something like a law hold back his intention=2E But restrictions on the kind of automatic handguns Cho purchased may have decreased the number of people killed and wounded=2E



The restrictions on guns in Great Britain and here in the US in states like Massachusetts have resulted in significant statistical improvements in handgun fatalities=2E



I have written a song, "Autobiography of a Pistol" that addresses gun issues and accountability that I am offering as a free download at www=2EMyspace=2Ecom/ellispaul=2E  Please spread the song among friends as a vehicle for dialogue and change=2E Please leave comments on the board there=2E



This month I am also finishing a group of songs for a children's album called "The Dragonfly Races"=2E Many of the songs are focused around creating change towards a more peaceful world=2E It seems ridiculous to me that people could think the word "peace" has become trite when scores of people are being killed every day in Iraq in numbers that make that awful day in Virginia seem small=2E  We are sending messages to our children in this country that violence is an acceptable form of communication=2E



It's clearly time to (once again) create art that carries a message of peace that leads us away from this crazy, dangerous crossroad where our way of life has stalled=2E



Thanks for your tremendous support out there on the road,

Take care,

Ellis





EVENTS:



April 2007


Wednesday, April 18th 6:00 PM

WUWF Public Radio

Sandestin FL

website

Call 850-474-2787 for more details




Friday, April 20th 8:00 PM

Cafe Eleven

St=2E Augustine FL 32080

website

Call 904-460-9311 for more details

With special guest Antje Duvekot

Antje Duvekot web site




Saturday, April 21st 8:00 PM

Octagon Arts Center

Clearwater FL

Call 727-531-7704 for more details

With special guest Antje Duvekot!

Antje Duvekot web site




Sunday, April 22nd 8:00 PM

The Third Place Pub and Cafe

Eustis FL 32726

website

Call 352-385-0449 for more details

With Special Guest Antje Duvekot

www=2Eantjeduvekot=2Ecom




Friday, April 27th 7:30 PM

Four Sheep Concerts

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Seattle WA 98106

website

Call 206-932-0804 for more details



Greg Klyma opens!








Saturday, April 28th 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Mississippi Studios

Portland OR 97227

website

Call 503-288-3895 for more details



Jim Brunberg opens=2E








Sunday, April 29th 7:30 PM

Sam Bond's Garage

Eugene OR 97402

website

Call 541-343-2635 for more details




May 2007


Thursday, May 3rd 8:00 PM

The Makor

New York NY 10023

website

Call 212-601-1000 for more details




Friday, May 4th 8:00 PM

South Shore Folk Music Club

The Beal House

Kingston MA

website

Call 781-871-1052 for more details




Saturday, May 5th 8:00 PM

Night Eagle Cafe

Binghamton NY

website

Call 607-217-7334  for more details



Note that The Night Eagle Cafe has moved to a new location in Binghamton!








Sunday, May 6th 3:00 PM

Concerts in the Studio

Freehold NJ 07728

website

Call 732-462-4828 for more details




Thursday, May 10th 7:30 PM

Blue Rock Studios

Wimberley TX 78676

website

Call 512-847-7440 for more details




Friday, May 11th 8:00 PM

Cactus Cafe

Austin TX 78701

Call (512) 475-6515 for more details



The Cactus Cafe is located in the Texas Union Building on the UT-Austin campus=2E

LINK: Cactus Cafe website






Saturday, May 12th 7:00 PM

Urban Campfires - San Antonio House Concerts

Lion's Field Adult Center

San Antonio TX 78212

Call 210-821-1058 for more details



Shows held at the Lion's Field Adult Center

2809 Broadway (Corner of Broadway and Mulberry)

San Antonio, TX=2E 78209




Click HERE for Urban Campfires website=2E



Click HERE for directions=2E






Sunday, May 13th 7:00 PM

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

Houston TX

website

Call 713-528-5999 for more details




Thursday, May 17th 8:00 PM

Freight & Salvage

Berkeley CA 94702

website

Call 510-548-1761 for more details




Saturday, May 19th 8:00 PM

Sutter Creek Theatre

Sutter Creek CA 95685

website

Call 866-463-8659 for more details




Thursday, May 24th 8:00 PM

Baldwin's Station

Sykesville MD 21784

website

Call 410-795-1041 for more details




Friday, May 25th 7:30 PM

Railway Cafe

North Adams MA 01247

website

Call 413-664-6393 for more details




Saturday, May 26th

Private Show

Saratoga Springs NY 12866




June 2007


Friday, June 1st 7:30 PM

Brennan Coffeehouse Series

Jersey City NJ

website

Call 201-459-2070 for more details




Saturday, June 2nd

PRIVATE SHOW




Thursday, June 7th 7:00 PM

Ginkgo Coffeehouse

St=2E Paul MN 55104

website

Call 651-645-2647 for more details




Friday, June 8th 7:00 PM

High Noon Saloon

Madison WI 53711

website

Call 608-268-1122 for more details

With Lucy Kaplansky




Saturday, June 9th 7:00 PM

Old Town School of Folk Music

Chicago IL 60601

website

Call 773-728-6000 for more details




Wednesday, June 13th 8:00 PM

The Landing Lights

Valdez AK 99686

Call 907-835-2786 for more details

With Special Guest Antje Duvekot

www=2Eantjeduvekot=2Ecom



$20 adults/$15 Military/$10 Students and Seniors




Thursday, June 14th 7:30 PM

Homer Theatre

Homer AK 99603

website

Call 907-235-1921 for more details

With Special Guest Antje Duvekot

www=2Eantjeduvekot=2Ecom




Saturday, June 16th

Alaska's Midnight Sun Songwriters Camp

Palmer AK

website




Saturday, June 16th 8:00 PM

Vagabond Blues

Palmer AK

website

Call 907-263-2787 for more details




Sunday, June 17th

Alaska's Midnight Sun Songwriters Camp

Palmer AK

website



more events






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