Conspiracy of Goodness

with Larry Long & Tom Thibodeau

Mondays at 8:30AM

Larry Long is an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. He has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community and history makers. Author and historian Studs Terkel called Long “a true American Troubadour.” When Pete Seeger was told that Larry was often referred to as the Pete Seeger of Minnesota, Pete replied, “I would be honored to be called the Larry Long of New York.”

Through a curriculum called Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song, Larry has brought elders into schools for over thirty years to share their life stories with students. Over one-thousand of these life stories have been recorded and honored by Long with youth in song.

Now a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Larry has sung at major concerts and festivals throughout the United States and world.

Long is a recipient of the Bush Artists Fellowship, the Pope John XXIII Award, Leadership In Neighborhood Fellowship (St. Paul Companies), Sustainability Award, and In The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award for his work in forgotten communities.

www.larrylong.org

www.communitycelebration.org

 

Tom Thibodeau is the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University  in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where he has been teaching for 37 years. He is the founder of the Master of Arts degree in Servant Leadership at Viterbo, the only master’s degree in servant leadership in the country.

Tom speaks locally, regionally, nationally and internationally of the growing servant leadership movement. Thibodeau is featured in a Ted Talks on “The Positive Power of Servant Leadership’.

 Tom is a founding member of the Place of Grace Catholic Worker in LaCrosse where for the last twenty five years they have been serving, food, hospitality, and human dignity.

Thomas Thibodeau just received the 2021 Community Service Award from the City of Lacrosse. He’s the 153rd recipient of this award, an award not based on physical wealth but for that which one gives back to their community. As Tom often says, “Service is love made visible.”

www.tomttalks.com

Conspiracy of Goodness is merely one more extension of Tom and Larry’s shared work with hopes that it will help inspire and reinforce your love and commitment to others.

Recorded at Sound Strations Audio in La Crosse, Wisconsin by composer, producer, and engineer Brett Huus. Brett founded the studio in 1993 and is the recording rngineer for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and Professor of Recording Technology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  

www.soundstrations.com

Larry Long is an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. He has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community and history makers. Author and historian Studs Terkel called Long “a true American Troubadour.” When Pete Seeger was told that Larry was often referred to as the Pete Seeger of Minnesota, Pete replied, “I would be honored to be called the Larry Long of New York.”

Through a curriculum called Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song, Larry has brought elders into schools for over thirty years to share their life stories with students. Over one-thousand of these life stories have been recorded and honored by Long with youth in song.

Now a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Larry has sung at major concerts and festivals throughout the United States and world.

Long is a recipient of the Bush Artists Fellowship, the Pope John XXIII Award, Leadership In Neighborhood Fellowship (St. Paul Companies), Sustainability Award, and In The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award for his work in forgotten communities.

www.larrylong.org

www.communitycelebration.org

Tom Thibodeau is the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University  in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where he has been teaching for 37 years. He is the founder of the Master of Arts degree in Servant Leadership at Viterbo, the only master’s degree in servant leadership in the country.

Tom speaks locally, regionally, nationally and internationally of the growing servant leadership movement. Thibodeau is featured in a Ted Talks on “The Positive Power of Servant Leadership’.

Tom is a founding member of the Place of Grace Catholic Worker in LaCrosse where for the last twenty five years they have been serving, food, hospitality, and human dignity.

Thomas Thibodeau just received the 2021 Community Service Award from the City of Lacrosse. He’s the 153rd recipient of this award, an award not based on physical wealth but for that which one gives back to their community. As Tom often says, “Service is love made visible.”

www.tomttalks.com

Conspiracy of Goodness is merely one more extension of Tom and Larry’s shared work with hopes that it will help inspire and reinforce your love and commitment to others.

Recorded at Sound Strations Audio in La Crosse, Wisconsin by composer, producer, and engineer Brett Huus. Brett founded the studio in 1993 and is the recording rngineer for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and Professor of Recording Technology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  

www.soundstrations.com

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Celebrating the Poetry of Autumn

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In this episode of Conspiracy of Goodness Larry & Tom honor the writings of Carl Sandburg, John Claire, Emily Bronte, Jacques Prevert, and Mississippi River Poet, Bard, & Philosopher Eddie Allen. Featured songs: Going Home To The Driftless & No Jobs In Texas by Larry Long (BMI)

Honoring The Tree OF Life

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We chart our ancestry from the roots and limbs of our family tree.  We plant the placentas of our newborn into the ground to give nourishment to the roots of our children’s birth trees. As Suzanne Simard writes in her book ‘Finding the Mother Tree’, “The older trees are able to discern, which seedlings are their own kin. The old trees nurture the young ones and provide them food and water just as we do with our own children.”  As Oglala Lakota Elder Black Elk spoke, “. . . even in the slightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cottonwood tree; this we understand is its prayer to the Great Spirit, for not only men, but all things. . .”    Featured songs “Tree of Life” and “The Eyes of My Father” by Larry Long (BMI).

Giving Thanks

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Tom and Larry share stories and songs of gratitude to those who give so generously in times of need to others.  From those who grow, transport, cook and serve our food to those who teach our children the value of kindness and service to others in action, words, and deeds. Thank you for all you do and thank you for listening.  Featured songs:  I Thank You and I Give Thanks by Larry Long  (BMI).   

Honoring Peace

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Tom and Larry share stories and songs of peace in this episode of Conspiracy of Goodness.   From reciting the poetry of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn to traveling the length of the Volga and Mississippi Rivers on a Soviet-American Peace Cruise during those days of perestroika before singing on historic Arbat Street in Moscow with Kris Kristofferson.    Featured songs: Love Will Lay Hatred Down & Muscovite, Feel Alright by Larry Long (BMI)

Celebrating Stories of America

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Celebrating Stories of America  

In this episode Troubadour Larry Long and Servant Leader Tom Thibodeau share stories of Uncle Dale the Plumber,  the Hard Rock Inn along the eastern slopes of the High Sierra Mountain range, a Korean War veteran and tungsten miner’s dream to return home to Montana, and travels with Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott.    Featured songs by Larry Long include “Got To Have Money To Make Money” and “Back to Montana” from “Living In A Rich Man’s World” vinyl release on Waterfront Records.    

Celebrating Moments to Measure Time From

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Conspiracy of Goodness honors those special moments of a mother’s & father’s love through both good and hard times.  Featured songs: “Mother’s Song” by Larry Long with Ricky Peterson (Piano), Don’t Stand Still (CD), Cereus Records (BMI) & “My Mother Would Say” by Larry Long & St. Louis Park, Minnesota School Teachers; 

Celebrating Community Organizers

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Honoring the Place of Grace Catholic Worker House in La Crosse, Wisconsin and Food Fairs, where small family farmers sell home-grown produce directly to consumers in church parking lots. Featured songs: Food Fair & Dr. Massey by Larry Long (BMI).

Honoring Veterans of Foreign War

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Honoring World War II, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans in story and song. Featured songs: All Gave Some, Some Gave All & Oh Boy, What You Gonna Do Now by Larry Long (BMI).