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by Kristin Lems

Here are warm, witty, passionate, and inspiring songs to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable;" "a charmer in the most literal and least artificial sense of the word" - New Yorker.
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chicago Calypso
Kristin Lems
2:58 $0.99
2. The Three Madonnas (Judy and Joni and Joan)
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5:00 $0.99
3. Between 96 and 97
Kristin Lems
3:14 $0.99
4. Not Yet
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2:38 $0.99
5. For All Women in Struggle
Kristin Lems
4:06 $0.99
6. The Fifties Sound
Kristin Lems
3:31 $0.99
7. Talkin Gender Neutral Blues
Kristin Lems
1:49 $0.99
8. Marynell
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3:22 $0.99
9. Cuyahoga River
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3:37 $0.99
10. Women Walk More Determined
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3:49 $0.99
11. Mammary Glands
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2:57 $0.99
12. Farmer
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3:42 $0.99
13. I Wasn't Surprised
Kristin Lems
4:40 $0.99
14. Oh Mama!
Kristin Lems
2:01 $0.99
15. L'isle Joyeuse By Claude Debussy, Performed By C. Lems-Dw
Carol Lems-Dworkin
6:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Kristin Lems is a multitalented and versatile composer, songwriter, folksinger, and performing artist with 20 years of professional experience. Born to a acclaimed concert pianist mother and musical Dutch immigrant father, she was raised in Evanston, Illinois, and studied music from an early age. Her early talent in writing and academics won her numerous accolades and awards.

A child of the sixties, Kristin picked up the guitar, like so many others, and wholeheartedly joined the movement for a better world. With guitar in arms, she brought her stirring songs and engaging stage presence to demonstrations and events around the country, for the ERA, safe energy, peace, racial equality, and other pressing causes. She founded the National Women's Music Festival in 1974 and has remained active in promoting women's voices in music and women's rights.

Equally at home before vast crowds or in small living rooms, she has shared the stage with two First Ladies, Maya Angelou, Captain Jacques Cousteau, Gloria Steinem, Alan Alda, and many others. Musicians with whom she has appeared include Pete Seeger, Gil Scot-Heron, Country Joe McDonald, Holly Near, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Paul and Mary, Michele Shocked, the BoDeans, and Simon Townshend.

New Yorker magazine called Kristin "a charmer in the most literal and least artificial sense of the word." Gloria Steinem referred to her as "a one woman argument against the notion that the women's movement doesn't have a sense of humor." The Illinois Times said, "Kristin not only has a beautiful voice, clear, crisp and forceful, but she is a very creative and thoughtful lyricist." And of Kristin's performances, The Evansville Courier said, "the performance was simple yet substantive, humorous, yet poignant, and always energetic and warm."

Kristin is included in "The Best of Broadside," a 5-CD anthology on the Smithsonian/Folkways label, which was nominated for two Grammies in 2001. Her album on Flying Fish/Rounder, Born a Woman, was chosen for the Chicago Reader's Top Ten Folk/Country albums. Her songs have been recorded by a dozen other artists, including Butch Hancock, Voices, and others, and have been aired on Dr. Demento, Car Talk, and River City Folk. "Farmer," her tribute to American farm women, was written up in an Ann Landers column. Her songs appear in "Here's to the Women," "Rise up Singing," "Sing Out!" "Songs for Peace," "Songs for Earthlings, "Broadside," "Rounds Galore," the Wobblies' "Little Red Songbook," and other publications.

She has received several awards including the "Woman of Illinois Repute" Award of the Illinois Women's Agenda, the President's Award of Illinois NOW, the Humanist Heroine Award of the American Humanist Association, the Freethought Heroine Award of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and "Founder's Award" from the Women in the Arts Foundation for founding the National Women's Music Festival.

She also sings professionally in Persian at Persian and Afghan cultural gatherings, sings in French, Spanish and other languages, and performs for children and educators.



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Brett Bydairk

I bought a vinyl copy of this album years agofrom Ms. Lems after hearing \"Mammary Glands\" on Dr. Demento, and was pleasantly surprised at the rest of the songs. I finally decided to get a CD version since my turntable died, and was again surprised at how much I still enjoyed these songs.


Very good addition to folk library
A great variety of topic material. A river in flames, the implications of an "oldies" revival, racism, mother-daughter relationships, several manifesti on gender politics and more, Kristin Lems presents a solid album-full of folk songs. I thought her voice was a bit weak to carry the album, but I am in the minority of my family. My father has requested a copy for himself, and he hasn't bought a folk album since about 1966. Definitely worthwhile.

Gordon Schiff MD

Picture a river in Ohio catching on fire. Imagine what it would be like to candidly and nonchalantly talk about female breasts and poke fun at men and the media's "view" of them. Consider what it would be like to be a female farmer and lose your farm after your husband died because you're only a "farmer's wife." How about a fuller view of 50's to accompany those great oldies station tunes? Check out this re-issued 70's classic to hear a rich (musicically and lyrically) treatment of these and other neglected themes. Hardly a bad song on the album (tho would have preferred a couple of live bonus tracked to the ones that were added to this from the original record).