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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Day 57 : Ned Stark of the South! Blasphemy!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 54: My Mother Goose Sends an Abe


Speaking of Moms, my lovely Momma sent me this in a text message the other day. She's adorable.  By the looks of it, she clipped it out of the newspaper, glued it to black paper and then put it on her bulletin board in her Abraham Lincoln themed office/library/writing labratory...I wonder where I get this weirdness from?


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day 53: The Return of Abe A Day

My life has been quite the roller coaster lately.   In fact, I'm not even sure which side of Nevada I live on anymore.  It's been confusing to say the least.

If there are any people out there who keep up with this blog they will know quite well that this site has been down for the last month.  For the occasional visitor, I may still have time to enough to fix it and trick them into thinking that I've been a good girl 
(for once in my life) and kept up on the daily ambition this blog once had.  


It's not that I even haven't been keeping up with the collecting of Abes.  I have a grip to share with you, I just haven't been posting them like I should.

To begin with our return to the Abraham Lincoln zealot lifestyle, I give you my best friend Garett Grow's wonderful mother posing like the ham that she is with our boy, Abe.  


I bet you didn't even know that along with the all the responsibilities of POTUS, Lincoln had time to be an accomplished pirate captain.  
If Abe was anything, it was a hustler. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Day 46: My One True Love

Although I may pretend that I love Abe above all else, really it's this little dude I call my nephew, Levi.




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Day 42: Abe & His Hats






Mr. James as seen here on the right is obviously a member of the notorious Lincoln Fiend Club Gang Club Thing where I hear they make Abraham Lincoln's all day. What a weird house.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day 39: It Ends Now

Adding on to my Abe Corner is a calendar that a printing service sent to me for free. 


This is the cover, just a small reminder of what this year is, the year I finally finish this project!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Day 38: Lincoln the Blockhead

Another Abe courtesy of my Angel Mother who is always on the lookout for all things Lincoln.  This little guy is a wooden piece done by a local artisan in the Pennsylvania area. 

I have all my Abe stuff scattered throughout the house, but I've decided to build an Abe corner around my desk to give me inspirado.  It's also a good reason to concentrate all my Lincolns in one place.  


Did you really think I would ever say Lincoln was a blockhead? 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Day 36: Striking the ABE Chord


This Throwback Thursday edition of Abe A Day comes from the very first year these Lincoln shenanigans began back in 2011.  I was living with a roommate who had an amazing keyboard that was set up in the living room. I started watching YouTube tutorials and next thing I know I could play a couple of silly songs! Since then, I haven't lived without a keyboard in my house.  Can't say I ever got good at it, but I do enjoy tinkering around.  

Maybe one of my friends with more music theory knowledge will let me know if that's even a chord. I don't seem to remember it sounding all that pleasant.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Day 33: Crimson Ghost Wax Abe

One of more entertaining parts of this project is putting Abes where they don't belong or where you're not even sure you could make it work.  That's what we have here.  Two candles from the dollar store, sitting around collecting dust...until a higher purpose calls upon them to assume their true identity as the Crimson Ghost, or maybe his cousin that looks a lot like Abraham Lincoln.  




Grownups! 
The Crimson Ghost is  a character from an Old Movie that you probably saw when it was on its first theatre run.
  For us crazy kids, he's like the mascot of a band I just know you're going to love.  You should probably immediately watch this music video:



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Day 32: Slow Jamz for My Captain

Wake up, Wake up, it's the 1st of the Month! 
Of February!

 I love this silly month. No, it's not just because Lincoln turns 206 on the 12th, though it's a huge part. The second best thing about February is that it is the month of mixtapes! 

It's time to share music with all your loved ones, not just the ones you feel squishy about... (Plus, making mix CDs costs almost nothing except time and thoughtfulness).  
Tell your sister about French rappers and have an artist you love become her new obsession. It's a really nice feeling to introduce someone to their new favorite artist, or a song that connects, or just makes them smile.  Spread your knowledge, the smiles, and some love this month.  
  
If there is anything I love even close to Lincoln it's music (and then putting that music into weird lists)...whatever, It brings me joy. This here is a little playlist for My Captain from a page in one of my notebooks of music lists. All the songs mention him by name or have some tie to him.


1. Abraham Lincoln Was an Invader from Space by

Fredosphere

 I don't know anything about this Fredosphere, but if you believe him then you believe our past  Presidents were either Space Invaders, Robots, Immortals, amongst a host of other things.  I love this song.

2. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by

The Band

I never understood the Southern Sympathy thing the entire time growing up in Nevada it's not a topic that comes up often, or ever at all.  I was probably 23 or so when someone gave me a copy of The Last Waltz for Christmas and that music documentary changed my life.  One of the most haunting, tragic, beautiful songs is a little ditty called "The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down" written by a Canadian who saw a defeated sadness emanating from the people of the South to this day.  Just listen, they do a much better job at explaining.  

3. Civil War by Guns N' Roses

  Guns N' Roses don't usually take these kind of political stances, but when they do they really mean it. I love Slash's solo in this song.  Gets me everytime.


4. Broken Wings by Sage Francis



5. Abraham Lincoln: The Rap by GoRemy

"Born in 1809, Oh I'm lookin so fine, got

 all the ladies goin like, "Ohhh my Gawwwwwd!"



6. Dearly Departed by Shakey Graves  
This song was written on a Halloween morning and it's content reflects that energy.  A song of ghosts, vampires, and Civil War ties.  Mr. Shakey named this album 'And the War Came' which comes from Lincoln's 2nd inaugural.  That phrase in particular is dripping with a self-aware depression that knows the realities of War, but isn't running away. 
Lincoln was such a great orator.  Even though I am removed from him by 120ish years I can feel him in his writing...Both inaugurations were interesting pieces.  

7. Decatur, Or Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!

by Sufjan Stevens



 8. John Brown's Body 

by Various Artists , but Pete Seeger Does

 a Nice Version One of my favorite historical people of this time was an abolitionist by the name of John Brown.  Crazy hair and eyes, heart of gold.  You might remember his name from a little incident at Harper's Ferry?  
When Abraham Lincoln heard this song for the first time, supposedly, he wept.  


 9. Abraham Lincoln by Craig Martinson



10. Abraham, Martin & John (& Bobby)

by Marvin Gaye 

*You should always end your mix on a strong note. 
 If you have the audacity to give someone a Slow Jamz mix,
it must end with one of the following artists:Marvin Gaye, Sam Cook, Bill Withers, Al Green, Roy Orbison, Graham Parsons, etc.
***If you don't understand what that means in context then you are very much NOT  ready to mess with Slow Jamz yet.






What are your favorite songs about? 

 Mine usually are about Home or have the phrase 'Hold On' in them, to give you an example of what I'm talking about when I say I put songs into lists.  Like with like! Do positives AND negatives. I have a list for songs that cause me to wish I was chewing on tin foil instead...Nickleback and Akon have many spots on that list and I like to think a special place in Hell, as well, for all the torture I've been put through.