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I wrote the lyrics to this song after hearing of a racist mass-shooter in Chicago in the summer of 1999. Later that year, Elia Arce and I traveled to her home in Costa Rica and while I was playing the song for her friends, she was translating the lyrics into Spanish, When we returned to Joshua Tree, I told Fred about the experience and he recorded her overdub and added some radio transmission noise and a harmony of his own. This version played over the sound system as the audience entered the theatre for Elia's performance, "Unchanging Evidence of Identity."


from Deserted Sessions - Rancho de la Luna - 1995​-​2004, released April 25, 2018
Tolerancia (Ted Quinn -Tony Mason) Translation: Elia Arce - Originally released as Dig Your Own Cactus on the album, "Design"


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Ted aka Teddy Quinn, a singer, songwriter, artist, activist, journalist in Joshua Tree, California, helped foster the burgeoning Hi Desert Music community at places like Beatnik Cafe, Joshua Tree Saloon, Pappy & Harriets, Radio Free Joshua Tree & Rancho de la Luna, since the early 90s, helping to define the sound associated with this Bohemian outpost in the Mojave. TBA: An autobiodocart film! ... more

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