We are so proud to introduce you to our collaborator on the parody lyrics for “Vote Him Away (The Liar Tweets Tonight).” Her name is Ede Morris, and she is a Raging Granny of Mendocino.
Ede says, “The Mendocino Raging Grannies are part of an International Movement standing up for future generations and challenging corporate power. We are homegrown Grannies who use humor and harmony to sound off on Social Justice and Environmental issues.” Roy has done a number of shows with “gaggles” of Raging Grannies all over the country. The activist message in their song parodies is undeniable, not to mention super-charming.
Here is Ede's story in her own words:
“I started singing in church at the age of 6. There was always a piano in the house, but I picked up the guitar in high school to sing with an all girl folk group called "The Mad Hatters." My mother dragged me to the County Fair the summer of 1965 to see The New Christy Minstrels.
“As we were leaving the fair, we met the group hanging out in their tent and an exchange of songs took place. A year and a half later, I got the call to audition for the group and I was on the road singing with them 2 days later. I stuck with them long enough to record two albums, do a number of major TV shows and tour Japan, New Zealand and much of the US. Then I quit to hang out in N Y and sing with my sister Lynn Kellogg.
“Three years living in Manhattan was enough for me to realize I needed to get back to the country. In 1968 "Hair" opened on Broadway with my sister Lynn in one of the lead roles.
“I became an ‘instant’ hippie and was soon heading for California with the Flower Children. San Luis Obispo was where I landed, 6 miles from a nuclear power plant in its construction and licensing phase. I had a husband and child and I knew this plant named Diablo needed to be stopped. We became part of a greater effort to stop Diablo from going online and I wound up writing my first song "Must Never Be." It actually was KPFA's most requested song of 1978.
“In 1979 my family (which now consisted of 2 small children and a husband) moved to Mendocino County to be far from nuclear power plants. I continued my musical anti-nuclear crusade and became a non-violence trainer as well.
“The Mendocino Raging Grannies came into my life at the perfect time. Each time a crisis arrived, we had a song for it and we became regulars at the B of Supes and Planning Commission meetings. We formed around a performance at the Anderson Valley Grange Variety Show singing a song about Dr Bronner's Soap and it's physical effects on “hoo hoos." We sang the heck out of that song.”
Here’s video proof:
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-- Roy and Melanie