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    Jailhouse Blues - The Sun Magazine

    I've been doing this for awhile.


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    Intelligent and insightful - an all-round well-done and beautiful interview on a fraught context. Thanks for sharing! (The quotation derives from Terence, by the way ...)

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    Thank you! I've found the source of the quote several times, but since I never read old Greek, or Roman poetry, plays, it never sticks!

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    Just beautiful. Thank you!

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    Great interview. Keep up the good work!
    Best regards, k

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    Henry, that was an amazing article! Your life story needs to be shared with the world. If you ever decided to write a book, I'd be honored to purchase the first copy.

    Oh, and I need guitar lessons too, but ain't going to prison to get them.

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    Thanks, Henry. An excellent interview.

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    A great interview Henry. I feel that I got to know you better. Thanks. Prison reform needs to be on the top of every politician's agenda.

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    You're a good man Henry for being there for the incarcerated.
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    Wow! Great work and really thoughtful observations, Henry.

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot.


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    Good work Henry.

    "The Sun" is an excellent literary magazine and well worth the cost of subscription.

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    Amazing interview - thanks for posting

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    It's a noble undertaking to say the least Henry.

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    I played a gig in Sing Sing prison one time. It was set up by an agency that performed services
    for prisoners around job training,help keeping families together, education, etc. The liaison was
    an amazing gospel singer/ex prisoner who was highly dedicated to being a humanizing supportive
    force for his brothers still serving time and for their re-entry back on the outside.

    We rehearsed one day with a prison "house band" to work up a few collective numbers.
    The hour long security check was a bit unnerving, being patted down, taking our wire bags etc.
    apart to scrutinize every item being brought in. To say that music was important in the lives of
    these incarcerated instrumentalists would be a huge understatement. It was a central link to their
    humanity, maintaining a positive focus and keeping sane. Our rehearsal was interrupted by a line
    up call.

    The following week, the audience energy was off the charts. We played well but that aside there
    was another element at play here. My guess, it having something to do with the stark contrast to
    much of their daily existence behind bars. The gospel singer joined us on our closing song about
    strength in unity, and completely tore the house down improvising lyrics and melodies on an
    extended vamp, in that gospel way that can make a believer out of even an agnostic like myself.

    For me, a memorable and informative one off experience.
    They are very lucky to have you as a guitar instructor, both for the strong musical skills that you
    bring but as well as for your attitude. Thanks for sharing the interview.

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    Thank Bako. Playing on the yard has various levels of success. I've played where the auditorium (church mostly) is packed and they're very engaged and appreciative. Other times, mostly when it's actually on the YARD, it's really miss more than hit. Guys are playing chess, checkers, basketball, football, backgammon or talking like they always do, with only about 15-20 guys gathered listening to the music. Funny. Having someone perform whose either a fellow inmate or who is known to them personally makes a huge difference, I've found.


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    Very cool! A very well done piece.
    Jeff Matz, Jazz Guitar:
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    Quote Originally Posted by bako View Post
    They are very lucky to have you as a guitar instructor, both for the strong musical skills that you
    bring but as well as for your attitude. Thanks for sharing the interview.
    Hear, hear!

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    Thanks for sharing that Henry - a great read, and very moving in parts, that's really good work you're doing there.
    Spiderman needs no fancy suit or gadgets plus he's a jazz guitar fan

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    Terrific article, Henry. Thanks for sharing that. Of course, I hear about your teaching efforts directly from one of your students, who also happens to be one of my clients. (Your letter to the judge regarding his resentencing was included in the appellate record in his case, so I asked him how he knew you. I suspect he's also mentioned me to you.)

    Keep up the good work, and say hi to Larry G. for me when you see him next!
    Jeff

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    Oh my. I can think of two people. But one who is a legal eagle in Sac. Must be him. I'm no longer there so I don't see him any more. Small frigging world.


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    Yup, that's our guy. Knows almost as much criminal law as I do, though I had to spend three years in law school and 30 years in the courts to get there! Sorry he doesn't get to hang out with you any more; I wasn't aware you weren't at CSP Sacto any more.

    I communicate with him regularly, so I'll mention our communication here, and will print out your interview article to send him. I get to send stuff via "legal mail," so avoid the prison mail room censors.

    Best regards.
    Jeff

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    Yes. That would be fantastic. I miss him.


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    He'll be pleased to hear that. I'll make sure to let him know, and will send along the article in the next day or two.
    Jeff

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    Sun Magazine article about me teaching in prisons.-prism-jpg

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    That’s some great work you do. My hat goes off to you.

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    Hi Henry, that was a fantastic read and as a (high school Science ) teacher gave me a lot to think about. Thanks.

    Hopefully you can play in the UK sometime - let us all know if and when, cheers, Simon

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    Thank you very much! I lived in the UK as a child. It's been some years since I've been back, but I do intend to do so, and do some playing as well!

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    Great that you're doing this. If there's a population in the world that needs music...

    I'd like to support you. How do I purchase a CD?

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    Just read through it. You are a good man, Henry. Your concern for these men and understanding of how they got there comes through loud and clear. There's a reason they stay in touch when and if they get out. You make the world a better place...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fasstrack View Post
    Great that you're doing this. If there's a population in the world that needs music...

    I'd like to support you. How do I purchase a CD?
    Wow. Thank you very much! That would be very much appreciated. The easiest thing is my store. Or iTunes/Amazon. But if you want a hard copy actual physical CD, my store. Store | Henry Robinett

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    You're my new hero!

    Hope you don't mind that I put a link to the article on FB. The world needs to know about people like you---and the unspeakable treatment of the men 'inside'---who mostly just lost their footing and fell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fasstrack View Post
    You're my new hero!

    Hope you don't mind that I put a link to the article on FB. The world needs to know about people like you---and the unspeakable treatment of the men 'inside'---who mostly just lost their footing and fell...
    Thank you very much. You put it well.

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    No, YOU put it well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryrobinett View Post
    Jailhouse Blues - The Sun Magazine

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    Fascinating. Thanks for sharing this.

    John