Marching with Chatty Cathy

Photo courtesy The Inlander weekly newspaper.

THE WOMEN’S PERSISTENCE MARCH in Spokane last Sunday was another unexpected success: An estimated 6,000 participants, remarkable for a mid-sized “island” surrounded by an ocean of rural red. Great speakers, great music and a great opportunity to spread the word on the Chatty Cathy 2.0 music satire. Unlike our current congressional princess, Chatty Cathy is being well received. In just a few days, she’s garnered over 300 views on YouTube—an impressive 20% return on the flyers handed out. And on Facebook, she already has over 2,500 views and 60 shares. For Spokane, that’s viral!

Friend Rick Biggerstaff after handing out the first Chatty Cathy flyer at the Women’s March.

IT’S HEARTENING to see the response, inspiring the hope that Ms. McMorris Rodgers’ disingenuous, faux-approachable “Cathy” brand is morphing into a more authentic “Chatty Cathy” mindless repeater of blatantly dishonest talking-points. If facts don’t matter, if video evidence to the contrary doesn’t matter, maybe satire will.

For those who have not yet seen the video…

Thanks for all your support. Maybe now I can get back to my own, more authentic Songs for Seekers!

Chatty Cathy 2.0

THOSE WHO believe religion and politics aren’t connected don’t understand either — Gandhi

CHATTY CATHY 2.0 is outside the scope of my “spiritual” brand, but in keeping with our times. My congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is a Republican cipher: she speaks of kindness and votes cruelty; she speaks of community and votes to destroy it; she speaks of her child with Down Syndrome and votes to take healthcare away from other children with chronic disabilities. Is she really that clueless, which makes her incompetent, or is she aware of her duplicity, which makes her evil? I don’t know. Either way, she has to go.

Her handlers have spent a fortune branding her as “Cathy,” an approachable, “I-could-be-your-next-door-neighbor” persona. That is an utter fabrication; she is a Republican princess who lives in a fantasy castle constructed entirely of platitudes. So this music video sets out to reframe her more accurately as Chatty Cathy 2.0, a mindless congressional dolly who will say whatever she’s told to say by her paymasters.

I recorded the Spokane Raging Grannies in my upstairs studio and set about making a video to share with the 5th congressional district where I live. After a few production missteps, I came up with the idea of using dolls to tell the story, including an actual 1960s Chatty Cathy doll with a new hairdo to match Ms. McMorris Rodgers.

I offer these versions free of charge. It’s my patriotic duty.

What I ask in return is to please share these links.

WE MAY NOT have money, but we do have each other. Together we are far more powerful than the oligarchs, their money and their media empires. Humor unites. Let’s come together and get this done.

Slip Away Lyric and Chords

CD-SQ-SlipAwayFOR MUSICIANS, here is a basic version of Slip Away along with a PDF file of the words and chords. I recorded this using a classical guitar for backup, but obviously it can be accompanied by any guitar, harp, piano or similar instrument—or simply sung a cappella.

This is an MP3 file. If you’d like a CD-quality track, click HERE.

Words and chords to SLIP AWAY.

I hope you find this helpful.


The Story Behind the Song

CD-SQ-SlipAwaySLIP AWAY represents a fundamental turning point in my life. Before my mother’s death, I was working as an advertising creative director who was beyond burned out—and had been for years. I was so burned out, I had no inspiration left to imagine what might come next.

Then, my mother was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. I wrote this song for her, but something always came up when I wanted to play it. Then, I was with her the day she died and was able to sing it as a round, over and over, as she lay in coma. The impact on both of us was profoundly transcendent. That experience led me to hospice. In hospice I discovered chaplaincy. And in chaplaincy, I discovered a calling to work with the dying and their families, which I followed up to my retirement in 2015.

LINK to download a FREE Slip Away MP3 file

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