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Weekend Economists Ask: "What Were They Thinking?" March 16-18, 2012 [View all]

I first heard Christine Lavin's songs in New Hampshire. My voice teacher was enamored of her witty doggerel. She didn't have much of a voice, but she used it to the max. What she has is a sharp-to-the-point-of-cutting way with words.

"What Was I Thinking" (the first time I heard it) was about the perils of blind dates. I remember one telling chorus to the verse relating the dinner date: "What was I thinking? I'm taking up drinking, and thinking of ending my life!"



Now that both Christine (and I) have reached "grandmother age", she's turned the tune to political ends:



For a continuous looping of some of her hits, go to Chistine Lavin radio:

http://www.last.fm/listen/artist/Christine%2BLavin/similarartists

Christine Lavin (born January 2, 1952) is a New York City-based singer-songwriter and promoter of contemporary folk music. She has recorded numerous solo albums, and has also recorded with other female folk artists under the name Four Bitchin' Babes. She has also put together several compilation albums of contemporary folk artists, including her latest JUST ONE ANGEL, 22 singer/songwriters singing Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year's songs including actor Jeff Daniels, Grammy-winners Janis Ian and Julie Gold, and the Guitar Man Of Central Park David Ippolito.

She is known for her sense of humor, which is expressed in both her music and her onstage performances. Many of her songs alternate between emotional reflections on romance and outright comedy. Two of her more famous songs include "Sensitive New Age Guys" and "Bald Headed Men."

One of Lavin's songs, "Regretting What I Said to You When You Called Me 11:00 On a Friday Morning to Tell Me that at 1:00 Friday Afternoon You're Gonna Leave Your Office, Go Downstairs, Hail a Cab to Go Out to the Airport to Catch a Plane to Go Skiing in the Alps for Two Weeks, Not that I Wanted to Go With You, I Wasn't Able to Leave Town, I'm Not a Very Good Skier, I Couldn't Expect You to Pay My Way, But After Going Out With You for Three Years I DON'T Like Surprises!! Subtitled: A Musical Apology" is notable for having the longest known song title. It is the eighth song on her 1984 album Future Fossils, and is 3:04 (3 minutes and 4 seconds) long.

In her youth, Lavin was a cheerleader in Peekskill, New York, and she still has impressive baton-twirling skills; she often ends a concert by twirling a glow-in-the-dark baton with the house lights turned off as she leaves the stage.

Lavin worked at Caffe Lena in Saratoga, New York, until Dave Van Ronk convinced her to move to New York City and make a career as a singer-songwriter. She followed his advice and accepted his offer of guitar lessons. She has lived in the City ever since.

Lavin was the original host of "Sunday Breakfast" on WFUV in New York City.

Lavin was a founding member of the Four Bitchin' Babes when they were formed in 1990.

In recent years Lavin has been known to host knitting circles before her shows, inviting any knitters, hookers (people who crochet), or other crafters to join her.---http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Lavin

Her official website can be found at: http://www.christinelavin.com/index.php?page=home

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