Time Capsule 1969:
*PIF and The Delaware Water Gap

It’s been a LONG time since I dug into that Epic Memoir I started working on like two years ago… based on the journals I started during my senior year in high school and first year of college – 1969 and ’70.

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But this morning I spent a little time re-learning a Phil Ochs song that I first learned… well, just a little over 50 years ago.  I know because I wrote down all all the chords and lyrics in a spiral note book.  And the date above “Power and Glory” is July 18, 1967.  I probably haven’t played the song since 1968, but I played it today.

And I think that inspired me to open the file for “Time Capsule” for the first time in a long while.

I’m still not entirely certain what this project is supposed to be.   I vacillate between concepts: Is it a book? The concept seems dated.  Could it be some kind of web-based, multi-media, interactive…. something or other?  That might actually might be interesting: availing myself more fully to all the stuff that is readily available via YouTube, etc.  Or could it a “one man show” in which I read and recite passages from the text and (finally!) get to  and perform the songs of the era that I still remember how to play and sing?

Maybe it’s all three.

But it ain’t gonna be much or anything if I don’t actually work on it.

So today I worked on it.  I opened the Scrivener file ad landed on a chapter I’d already written about my first experiences with the demon weed.  So I posted that as a new “chapter” called

*PIF and The Delaware Water Gap 

And if you’re wondering, here’s a recording of the Phil Ochs song that got me started.  It struck me as a useful reminder of what we’re actually trying to save while the institutions around us are crumbling…



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Paul Schatzkin