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 on: August 28, 2016, 10:31:28 am 
Started by williehagfan1 - Last post by williehagfan1
Thank you so much for responding to my question! I appreciate it. Man, you sure did get lucky. I guess it was your timing. It's been 6 months waiting for me at this point. I guess all I can do is hope. I know he's been busy.

 on: August 26, 2016, 07:34:04 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
This is BIG NEWS – with more to come on Monday!

Before his 2007 concert in Toledo, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer John Mellencamp made a chance visit to the Tent City – Project Connect event downtown and was impressed with how “the community comes together to give compassion to those who need compassion.” He was impressed enough that he invited all of the Tent City guests to his show that night; 60 went.

One returned after the show and said to Tent City founder Ken Leslie, “Ken, John talked to us from the stage. I guess I really do matter.” From this, 1Matters was born.

What had been a local project grew to become a regional 501(c)3 non-profit, which Mellencamp has continued to support. now creates and funds new programs that return people to financial and domestic autonomy, including street papers in three cities, a program addressing rural homelessness, and most recently a national program, Veterans Matter, which has already housed over 1,100 veterans in 12 states.

This fall, before his concert at the Stranahan on Oct. 21, Mellencamp will return to Tent City, this time as the Honorary Mayor and Grand Marshal to kick off Tent City and the Veterans Matter Walk to End Veteran Homelessness.

“John has made it a lifelong mission to use his celebrity not just to draw attention, but to provide his time, capacity and resources to countless organizations which care for others, such as Farm Aid. The goal here in Toledo is to bring the national spotlight to Toledo’s compassion and our urgent mission to house 2,000 more veterans nationwide this year,” Leslie said.Mellencamp quote

Leslie said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer’s support draws more than just attention.

“In part because of John’s long-term engagement with us, Jordan Reses Supply Co. out of Ann Arbor just made a national commitment of $300,000 for housing veterans and funding the start-up of our new employment program to hire the vets after they are housed.”

Prior to the public events in Toledo, Mellencamp will meet privately with some of the people housed by the organization’s programs.

“John probably does as much quiet support as he does public support,” Leslie said. “Yes, he does PSAs and raises funds for us, but the happiest I have seen him is on the road when we take him to a shelter and he meets the people there. In one shelter cafeteria with over 50 people, alone without staff, John went table to table extending his hand and greeting every single person with, ‘Hi, I’m John, what is your name?’ Everyone was really moved by that.”

To help the group raise additional funds, Mellencamp will also invite the highest Veterans Matter Walk fundraiser and a guest to his show that evening with a meet-and-greet immediately following. The singer is donating an additional ticket package to support the Oct. 19 fundraiser hosted by his long-time tour manager and 1Matters board member Harry Sandler. Sandler will be presenting an October-long show of his photography, “Images of a Photographic Journey,” at the Toledo School for the Arts Porter Gallery.

About Tent City

Started in 1990 by Ken Leslie, formerly homeless himself, Toledo’s Tent City – Project Connect has focused the region’s compassion on restoring the unhoused to financial and domestic autonomy. In addition to housing and employment, the weekend-long Tent City delivers a complete medical center, critical documents including IDs and birth certificates, dental services, clothing, haircuts, food and entertainment.

About Veterans Matter

Veterans Matter was started to house 35 local veterans as the result of one of the “blitzes” Leslie conducts with the VA’s homeless outreach teams. Leslie created Veterans Matter to provide deposits directly to landlords to eliminate the last barrier preventing homeless veterans from crossing the threshold into VA-supported, long-term voucher-assisted housing. This partnership gives Veterans Matter a 100 percent success rate housing veterans in the VA’s long-term housing program that has a 91 percent success rate keeping them housed.

 on: August 26, 2016, 01:26:10 pm 
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
" the dark we promise, Lord, I'll never do this again..."
I just had, as someone I know says, "...the nerve..." to
kind of "...make myself at home on this site..." isn't to
demean anyone or make demands of the Community, but as I
recover from serious eye surgery, bein' head facing the ground
for forty five minutes an hour, I have time to listen. And I play "Plain Spoken" a freaking lot, and Ive come to l.u.v. it more.
The song "Sometimes there's God" is so, so good. I never enjoyed that
like now. " pray for witness you can rise above..." like crazy, and
as I put it myself, ask forgiveness...(a little redemption). And the people
who slave to make their American lives worth living ... who I used to
smile about and make haha...well, haha, the laugh's on me.
But you know? THAT is getting clearer...and just like a child can learn colors or numbers, we can get used to learning and knowing...a month ago I was flyin' around downtown and counting gratuities...and now I'm
largely homebound, back in my old halfway house. My gifts, though, are good,
4 sure, and I can't wait to get back to my independent schedule. And to
all the younger fans of John Mellencamp's, blah, blah, blah, like you "... broke a leg...!" Healing is good...and yoohoo!!! Like what??!

 on: August 25, 2016, 07:39:51 pm 
Started by hoss13820 - Last post by hoss13820
 Is the new record on course for a late 2016 release, or do we have to wait until 2017?

 on: August 25, 2016, 02:39:42 pm 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by MrSickboy50
Heh, you should've told me before- I just had to go through this same crap several months ago. I don't even want to get into it. There's billions of fake accounts out there. Ignore it! This probably won't be the first time you'll get a message from weirdos like them.

 on: August 25, 2016, 02:36:04 pm 
Started by sheilafarmer - Last post by MrSickboy50
I KNEW this was going to happen. Hahah... I swear I can see into the future  Grin Roll Eyes
The reason why I knew it wasn't meant to be was because it seems like John is rushing into his relationships too much and too fast. That's my own personal opinion, but also I don't see how they're compatible at all. She's a big city girl, he's a small town guy. He should date small town girls. Now I do like Christie (she was born only a couple miles down the road from me in Monroe, MI) and of course I love John, but I don't see them really being anything more than friends. In my opinion, Elaine was the best girl he ever dated/married for him. She had the perfect energy for him and he even admitted she kept him level-heated at times. I still don't understand why they divorced. Was it so bad that they just couldn't work it out or were they lazy?

 on: August 25, 2016, 02:30:18 pm 
Started by racketeer - Last post by MrSickboy50
Correct me if I'm wrong, but John doesn't do the parts you're referring to on guitar usually. He has other guitarists. Usually a rhythm and lead guitarist, occasionally they switch parts. And it depends on the song and such, as you know he doesn't play guitar on every song. Being a guitarist myself it sounds like he does a lot of the rhythm stuff, especially on his newer albums. In fact I know he is because he plays solo a lot. I don't ever recall seeing him play a big guitar solo lol- so the guitar on "Play Guitar" is probably Mike Wanchic or a guest or something. If you have the album or CD it will usually tell you who plays on each song. Nonethless John is still great at what he does!

 on: August 25, 2016, 02:22:28 pm 
Started by las65 - Last post by MrSickboy50
I don't like his music lol. First song I heard I was kinda disgusted. He's not horrible but I definitely would not want to sit and listen to him for a while lol. And interesting he's related to John; 'cause I asked somebody a long time ago and they said they weren't related. Hmmm!

 on: August 21, 2016, 03:41:51 am 
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
John Mellencamp's compendium, about "The Words and The Music" came
out in somethin' like 2004. I loved "Walk Tall", with its "... grace, mercy
and forgiveness..." to help your man "...walk tall...and I have since
become a poet more so than a songwriter.
In my last post, I referred to " separatists", actually thinking about words
as compared to words combined with matching "make it perfectly clear!"...  and to add a little more to this silliness, the instruments too! Duh!! I'm smart. Hey...
And ONE more hint as I put my " Dirty Red Bandana " out in a "free-4 all"
for all to see...
"Make pretend" it's all okay
 & "come on down to some dam cafe"... as long as the quarter moon shines tonight, " wreck ur stockings in some jukebox dive! "

 on: August 20, 2016, 08:46:27 am 
Started by las65 - Last post by las65
Thank you! :-)

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