Murphy's Place

Dan Murphy
Updated 1-Apr-2022
When all the demonstrations have ended
And the reasons have vanished into space
And you can't seem to recall what you defended
Won't you come visit my place.

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Radio Radio Online! The Outpost Radio Network continues to grow and now includes stations featuring Christmas music, music of the pipe organ, and classic jazz. It started in 2010 with The Acoustic Outpost where I play urban folk and acoustic music 24/7. This continues the style of music from my shows on WCAS, WATD, and New Hampshire Public Radio. Closely related is Bob Dylan Tracks, a station playing exclusively the songs of Bob Dylan as performed by Bob and others. I did my first all-Dylan show in 1968, and a series called "Dylan Days" on WATD. Started in late 2010 is 57 Chevy Radio playing good 'ol Rock and Roll from the 60s and late 50s and named for that icon of the era, the 1957 Chevy. That remains my most popular station. Daily listening hours grew into the thousands within a couple years and has remained there since. It seems old R&R still has some fans, even if you can't find it on commerical radio any more. For oldies from a later time, there is Feel Good Rock, oldies from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. These stations can be heard any hour of the day, anywhere in the world! Each station website shows tracks currently playing and upcoming show information.

And for anyone who remembers WCAS, we have a WCAS history page. If you have any old WCAS stories or recollections, send them along. Going back further, here's a page for WTBS Nite Owl in the 60s and 70s. For even more ancient history, check out Downhome Radio, an article originally published in April 1995 about a couple of kids who were doing bootleg radio in the late 1950's.
My BLOG. A look out the virtual window at the passing parade. Used to be, I delivered these on the radio (WMBR, 88.1 FM, Cambridge/Boston and elsewhere) and then put the text here on the web. Years later, that got called "blogging". Whatever. Click here for the latest rants. All of those old commentaries, plus MP3 downloads, can be found here.
woody with guitar The Spirit of Woody Guthrie. On several occasions since 2003, I have provided the music for a words-and-music presentation on the life and songs of Woody Guthrie. Everyone knows "This Land Is Your Land" and maybe a few of Woody's other old ballads, but we found many others, including "spiritual" songs that are hidden gems! See them on youtube or download mp3s:
Youtube MP3
This Train Is Bound for Glory This Train Is Bound for Glory
This Train Is Bound for Glory (slow)
Jesus Christ Jesus Christ
Holy Ground Holy Ground
This Morning I Am Born Again This Morning I Am Born Again
God's Promise God's Promise
Heaven Heaven
This Land Is Your Land - The Whole Story This Land Is Your Land (song only)
This Train Is Bound for Glory (finale)
Survivorland Restaurant
Youtube Videos: It started when I pulled an old video out of my files to try out youtube. This first one was made the time I auditioned for the Survivor TV show. OK, one of the times. It's called Survivorland Restaurant, and any similarity to any other song you might have ever heard is, well, not surprising. Watch here. And digging even futher back in the archives, what did I find but the music video version of The Outpost, signature song on my 1997 CD. Watch here. Then came a new video of an old song, a little gem called "Think of Me As Music" by Ric Masten. Watch. Many more as noted elsewhere. See the whole list here.
The Outpost and other Odd Places. "The Outpost" and 12 other odd and varied songs, featuring "The White House Un-American Activities Rag", aka the Watergate Story. Yes, that was more than 4 decades ago, but the story keeps being rerun in various forms every few years. Then too, there is "Danforth", aka J. Danforth Quayle. The song should be irrelevant, but some of the people running for office now make Dan Quayle sound like a Harvard scholar.
Music: And speaking of The Outpost, songs are slowly accumulating for another CD release. Check 'em out here.
A set of tunes recorded on the organ at the UU Church of Nashua, NH.
More Songs. Hymn for a Green Tomorrow.
The Doormat Singers. In the mid 1960s, there emerged around MIT's Cambridge campus a couple of guys doing stupid songs about student life. They went by the name of the Doormat Singers. For some unfathomable reason, I have had several inquiries about the Doormat Singers recently, so I've collected all the junk I can find and put it here. In June, 2010, a most improbable event occurred - a Doormat Singers reunion concert. Details here. Checkout even more info courtesy of Daniel P. B. Smith who had the very first Doormat Singers page.

Other varied things to peruse:
TECO. TECO is the name of a text editor that I created on the DEC PDP-1 computer in 1962-63. It was subsequently ported to many other machines, and it was the original text engine for EMACS. I don't have a bunch of TECO lore here at present, but there is lots to be found on the web. I particularly enjoyed Tom Almy's page. TECO support is alive and well! Get the latest distribution here on GitHub. It includes versions of TECO that run on Windows! Imagine that. Some other interesting quotes are here.
The October-December 2009 issue of the IEEE Annals of Computing History included an article by me entitled "The Beginnings of TECO".
TOPS-20 is a nifty operating system which I helped to create. It was originally known as TENEX, and my article in the January-March 2015 issue of the IEEE Annals of Computing History recounts the whole history. Visit TENEX and TOPS-20 Papers for more history, photos, and technical papers.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua. I've occasionally delivered a sermon or homily here, including
Imagine -- John Lennon
The Human Awareness Institute Producers of workshops on Sex, Love, and Intimacy. Stan Dale, the founder of the Human Awareness Institute and a dear friend, passed away on June 8, 2007 leaving behind an unmatched legacy of love and many thousands of people whose lives have been touched by Stan and the workshops he created. For me, there is no better way to remember Stan than by listening to his voice and his heart through the recordings on this page dedicated to him.