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   Jim Terr occupies a unique place in citizen activism.
In both his brilliant satire work, and his more serious essays and outreach,
he has a peculiar gift for focusing on the people who need to be reached
and who might be reached, instead of just “preaching to the converted.” 
       His is a unique and valuable gift of populism and simplicity,
perhaps a result of his small-town upbringing.

His work is wise, hard-hitting, unusually effective, and deserves the support
of everyone who wishes for a more humane world.
Especially in these particularly divisive times,
Jim has a gift for bridging the “divide.”   
    --  Thom Hartmann, radio host and author


Interview 12-17-16 on KUNM-FM about songwriting...

Recent radio interview about my various activities (6 min.)

feature film nearing completion Fall 2017 (left or right click)



     Las Vegas, NM has been the locale for so many films and
TV shows for decades that some degree of
“jadedness” has reportedly set in among residents
asked to participate as background “extras” and in
other ways.
     But local video producer Jim Terr reports no lack of
support for his feature-length film, “A Chicken in
Every Garage,” currently nearing completion with
the recent shooting of the opening scene at Charlie’s
     The film title is a melding of two famous Depression
era slogans, “A Chicken in Every Pot” and “A Car in
Every Garage.” The film is based on Terr’s run in the
US Presidential Pre-Primary in Arizona in 2012. (Terr
reports that he got 59 votes, “not the worst showing of
all the candidates”), and that he participated mainly with
the making of the current film in mind.
     The film has evolved to include themes of mystery,
psychology, and much music -- including by local
performers – and also includes many local scenes
and scenery. Terr currently has a campaign
on www.GoFundMe.com for completion funding –
urgent, he says, since the movie pokes fun at Donald
Trump and needs to be released before the November 8
election. The film also includes elements of his
“Romaine Fielding at the Plaza Hotel” series of stories
and videos, featured at www.TentaclesFilm.com .
    The opening scene shot at Charlie’s Spic N Span
starred Santa Fe film union head Jon Hendry as a
psychiatrist speaking to a local civic club about the
story’s main character, who has been in a coma for
years but with very full brain activity, perhaps
imaginary and perhaps based on real experience.
Hendry also donated t-shirts commemorating Las
Vegas’ 100 years of film history, as premiums for
those participating in the project.
     Terr friend and associate Gerald Fried of Santa Fe,
composer of hundreds of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated
movie and TV scores including “Roots”
and “Star Trek,” has offered the use of some of his
film music for the project, which Terr says is not
only an honor but a great budget help as well.
    Terr has produced over a thousand videos which
have gained over 1.5 million views on
www.YouTube.com , including several promoting
Las Vegas with tens of thousands of views.

Also see this great recent article on Las Vegas' film history !



Over 1.6 million views on our YouTube channel -
and many more views on new videos posted on Facebook

Op-ed published in several papers / sites November, 2016:


Coming to terms with President Trump

Now that the unthinkable (for me and most of my friends, and the pundits) has happened, and after the initial shock, I am seeking a few things to be hopeful about in a Trump presidency.

First, I remind myself that before he became a Republican and Christian and Conservative a few months ago, he was just a playboy Democrat man-about-town businessman. Evidently not a great one, judging from his bankruptcy record and presumably from his never-to-be-revealed tax returns, but a guy who hopefully prefers that he and his buildings survive, above-sea-level,  in a world of clean air, water and livable climate.

So I assume that two-thirds of his bluster and his positions were just that, and that he will find a way to walk back much of his pro-gun, anti-abortion, jail-Hillary, anti-immigrant, pro-right-wing-Supreme-Court rhetoric and be forgiven his inconsistency, as he has been so far, by his Faithful.  And I assume he wouldn’t like his family (or himself) to become victims of gun nuts and vigilantes.

Second, he’s a self-proclaimed know-it-all, so when he’s confronted with other powerful egos in the GOP establishment I fully expect him to say, eventually, “To Hell with you all,” and do his own thing.

I am looking forward to him having the same experience Barry Goldwater had, when he said in 1994, “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them.”

Third, he’s got a family – children and grandchildren – and would presumably like to see them survive and have a good life in a better world. He’s got a wife and daughter he reportedly relies on who are evidently more sensible and gracious than he is. I assume he’d like to make some truly “smart moves” and leave a good legacy, to the best of his ability and that of his advisors.

One of them, Chris Christie, though hated by good Democrats, won my admiration long ago in a fiery speech  defending his Muslim New Jersey State Supreme Court nominee from the prevailing “ignorance” (as he called it), and if appointed to head the Justice Department, I have faith in his fairness as well as his intelligence.

Fourth, being in the driver’s seat has got to be a sobering experience. The b.s. and electioneering are over, and his extra-long meeting with President Obama tells me he’s probably serious and humbled (if a guy like that could ever be humbled) by the task before him.

I’m hoping that one term as president will be more than enough for him, more than enough on his résumé, and that he’ll be anxious to move on soon. In fact some are predicting he’ll probably take long, George-Bush-like vacations and leave his VP mostly in charge. (Whether that’s good or bad is another discussion). So I’m hoping he won’t need to keep up the inflammatory and pandering rhetoric for the sake of re-election, because I’m hoping he won’t want it.

I will never forgive or understand those who voted for him, for letting him get away with the secret tax returns, the denials of half the things he said and did, and, mostly, for not repudiating his white supremacist supporters. And I can’t imagine I would like the guy if I ever met him, but I don’t expect to ever meet him. I’m hoping he’s not as vindictive as he has sounded and has encouraged his followers to be, partly because I have made my own anti-Trump views have been very public, and am known to his attorneys. 

His sons scare me to death, reminiscent of Saddam sons Uday and Qusay for some reason, but that’s just an impression – maybe in fact they’re great and fair humanitarians.

Time will tell; I will try to be hopeful that President Trump will not upend our world, and will rely on some people experienced in government, and in give-and-take, to do more good than harm.

Jim Terr
Las Vegas, NM




Op-ed published in local paper 5-1-16:


Just for the record: A recent experience with medical costs

      Jim Terr - Las Vegas (NM) Optic, 5-1-16

We can’t all seem to agree about much lately, but perhaps we can all agree that in order to address a problem we have to have some accurate information, even if just one person’s experience.

 So, assuming we agree we do have a problem with medical costs and coverage (including the specter of going bankrupt from medical costs if not insurance costs), I’d like to share a recent experience with surgery and hospitalization:

A few months ago, in the course of a general check-up, my physician told me that my “outie” belly button is the start of a hernia which, if it ever really popped out, would be a serious medical problem. His advice was that if I could afford it, I should get it reinforced by mesh.

I could finally afford it with my new medical insurance, Blue Cross, purchased through the “Marketplace” (ACA – “Obamacare”) a few months later, so I proceeded. The surgeon who was recommended to me said exactly what my doctor told me – that it was not an urgent procedure but a choice to prevent something serious that might or might not happen in the future.

So, having determined that all costs related to the procedure would be covered, I got the surgery in late December of 2015, in Albuquerque.  I was discharged almost immediately, a little too soon, according to some, and sure enough I was taken to the emergency room here in Las Vegas a couple days later, with a couple of painful complications.

I was diagnosed, X-rayed, treated a bit, opiated, and taken by midnight ambulance back to Albuquerque, to the hospital which had hosted the surgery. I was there for a couple scary days before limping out and back to Las Vegas for several weeks’ very slow and uncomfortable recovery – which by the way is what the surgeon had promised me in the first place.

My point, though, is the costs, summarized here and rounded off, and excluding those under $1,000, and figuring out what’s what as best I can from all the billing names that give no indication of what they are:

• Surgeon:  $3,800
• Robotics technicians: $1,300
• Anesthesia: $1,600
• Hospital operating room and pre-op visit:  $6,600
(Total so far:  $13,300)

Now, getting into the realm of the surreal, in my opinion:
• Emergency room in Las Vegas, approximately five hours: $21,300
• Emergency room physician (no surgery or anything dramatic): $1,700
• Ambulance ride to Albuquerque: $1,700

• Now, getting even more surreal, two days in Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque; nothing dramatic, no surgery or “procedures”: $87,500. (That’s right, $44,000 per day!)

Total for this adventure: $125,500, figured conservatively.

Was it “worth it”? Well, it’s nice to have had the repair, but only if I were the successful mega-movie-producer I hope to be could I have afforded it myself, at those prices. Was it worth that much to “society” – us – “The Government,” who paid for it? I doubt it.

Why were the prices so ridiculously high? My understanding is that it’s primarily to cover the costs of those who don’t pay, due to being uninsured. No wonder Blue Cross had to leave the “Marketplace!”

How does every other industrialized society manage to have good-to-excellent medical care covered by a “single-payer” system for everyone (ask people from those countries how good the medical care is or isn’t; don’t ask Rush Limbaugh et al)? An incredible mystery! It could have something to do with their lack of for-profit “healthcare” outfits, headed by CEOs making tens or hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

A comparison:
Let’s compare the above to the experience of a local physician who shattered his elbow in a bicycle accident in Spain this past year. He was transported by ambulance to urgent care, then to hospital, given X-rays, a complicated four-hour surgery by a team of 10  people he (a physician) judged to be excellent, pinned and wired back together, and kept in hospital for three days of IV antibiotics due to the nature of the open contaminated fracture into the joint.

He was billed a total of $5,000, perhaps because he was not an EU citizen paying into the system. The cost here in the U.S. would have been at least what my total bill was, over $100,000!

Call that “Socialist,” call it “Herman,” as my doctor dad used to say, but this remains the only country with a million people or more declaring bankruptcy every year due to medical bills, and millions staying in jobs they’d rather not in order to have health insurance.

The solution won’t come with Bernie Sanders or anyone else being elected, in my opinion, but by our facing the problem and the possibilities. And perhaps the solution for the problems with our local, formerly “community owned” hospital lies in the same direction.

Jim Terr is a singer/songwriter, documentary and film producer and satirist raised in Las Vegas, N.M.


Radio Interview on this with Richard Eeds May 12, 2016



(over 139,000 views on Facebook)


February 2015 updates:

A big favorite, inserted here by request
Coming... possibly... a book!

Two rather good new videos, both shot at Charlie's Spic & Span in Las Vegas, NM:

The importance of opening doors (below)      

One that just keeps going, & getting reposted




CHRISTMAS 2014 ORDER SPECIAL - 2 CDs & 1 book!

Video sampler of new CD



Gothic psychological horror novella
by Allison M. Dickson
optioned for feature film screenplay

The Vegas Treasure Hunt                                       "SONG AND STORY WEEKLY"
                    Is now history                                        The joy of songwriting! see website / info


Interview with Jim Bohannon July 13, 2014 about two songs  (MP3, 17:26)


NEW CD - (see how out of date this website is?)

12 nerve-rackingly side-splitting songs, most of them
never before released on CD!
(though some are from popular YouTube videos)*

SIMPLIFIED ORDER PROCEDURE, via Pay Pal / credit / debit card:
One CD, shipped first class (USA): $15.00
Two CDs shipped first class to one address (USA): $25.00
$10.00 each additional CD to same address
Click here - and include your order info.
As noted above, $1.50 per CD goes to Doctors without Borders

Contact re CD DOWNLOAD or any other questions

NOTE: CD front and back are not shown in actual printing quality.
Those will be provided for paid downloads. "Physical" CDs ordered
may have back cover printed in black and white, not color as shown.

Videos of a few of the songs:




Featured in INTERVIEW 12-9-13 on The Jim Bohannon Show
and INTERVIEW 12-14-13 on KUNM-FM


New: film project on the way!
And got some nice PUBLICITY on it today! (8-25-13)


..and getting some good play on this little number...
("Viva Las Cruces")

"Songwriter has confidence in his talent and abilities" recent interview


All Jim Terr CDs available on these two websites: 1 2

"DOUBLE CLUE" feature film in development (trailers)

NOTE: This website is a bit out of date.
It is preferable to just CONTACT ME about what you're interested in.

                                                                                      JT actor reel

Visit my nightmare on Facebook

NEWS FLASH! JT loses big in Arizona presidential primary,
but is doing a FILM based on the experience!

See recent Albuquerque Journal article  OR SEE BELOW

Interview on JIM BOHANNON national radio show 12-12-11 (27 min, MP3)

42-minute interview KUNM November 5, 2011 about all new CD releases etc. (20 mb, MP3)

Extensive JT (& BuDDy) interview in May 2011 issue of Santa Fe One Heart

Another recent JT interview (TV) on a non-comedic topic

Celebrating OVER one million YouTube views, on videos featuring famous, infamous & reg'lr folks.

Features / docs in development


Another recent tangent...

Click here or on photo, to see "campaign video"
(may have to right-click and "open in new tab")


Two Things I Love about New Mexico


And I do a little satire..

  British press release about Jim Terr - January 2010  

          My FACEBOOK page (much like this, however)       "Hollywood Me"  strikes again!     


             New film project - with video clip  (News coverage on this)      JT interviewed on national radio show          

NEW: See all my interviews of famous and interesting people here.

A big hit while it lasted - my 15 minutes of fame - now disconnected.

"The prophet is never honored in his own country" -anonymous


Fun with famous people at the Santa Fe Film Festival 2009.   Left: Kirk Ellis.  Right: Ellen Kuras.   Photos by Linda Carfagno (c)
                      Above left: Michael Miller .       Above right: Ira Steven Baer  (if he only knew)

Two new VERY SHORT vids

JT reads Tobias Wolff's "Bullet in the Brain" (5 mb, 12 min.)
(PG rated for 2 bad words)     
JT reads Davey Crockett "Thunderbolt" story ( 2.5 min.)


Introducing our new Advisory Panel

We admit our mistakes and failings in the 70s, 80s
and 90s, and commit to a bold and total re-tooling,
re-visioning, a forward-looking future. Join us!

Now DIS is music!

Eva Cassidy - Time After Time


At last! Catapulted into the world of highly-paid magazine
ad modeling by that hard-won seasoned, distinguished look!


Now over one million views on YouTube !   

“I am totally satisfied with your first class approach to my video project.”

HUGS: Shocking details

"Last night I came in at two with a ten but at ten I woke up with a two" -Willie Nelson     

Personal inspiration: Steve Allen

"What a powerful president. In office just one day and he already has his wife's picture on the dollar bill." -Johnny Carson, on the night of Bush Sr's inauguration

Recent news coverage -- and here

WIND ENERGY Tiny Turbines May Have a Bright Future They are small and look more like art than innovation. But the mini-windmills built by a British company could soon be on roofs across Europe and the US -- if German energy giant RWE has its way. more...

"Jim Terr's YouTube videos topped 100,000 views in 2008 [now over one million ], so why shouldn't he self-celebrate? Ego and genius self-perpetuate. You gotta hand it to Jim. If there's a reason to whip out a camera, a subject out there to be shot, Jim's been there, going there or there right now. Or sitting at home manipulating stock footage into some rudimentary animation. And when there ain't nothing else to do, hell, he'll just write a song and film himself playing it. I tease and needle, because that's the vital role he plays in Americana."
Artistic Overdose


Alternate pronunciation:

Referral website for
Jim Terr projects

Thanks for dropping by. See below for various websites.

JT quoted in Gregg Easterbrook
ESPN column

JT "Nice guy" ??
(recent press)

Very moving song by Jonathan Byrd
"The Ballad of Larry"
And you can see it live on YouTube

Song & video licensed for
worldwide advertising!!-->>

**Use MY YouTube "traffic" to promote YOUR business or cause.
Contact for details.

See press release

 "Inventive R Us"  video



A recent JT interview (click image)

"USE ME" - for songwriting and performing for events and advertising!!
See YouTube videos ONE  TWO and THREE    (References available)


Parody of "Brokeback Mountain"

JT in short film, "DOG DAY"

Read about the new CD,

"Please Cut My Song, Mr. Travis" by Jim Terr & friends

including "Public Radio"
"Mornings Considered" "review"

News Coverage: New Mexico Producer Posts
Local Actor Resource Page, Video Clips

Now that's the kind of support we like!

Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA!

Blue Canyon Productions
is a vehicle for various entertainment and media projects produced by Jim Terr -- a New Mexico native who is an occasional commentator in local and national media, an actor, singer-songwriter, video producer & author.

"In his letters and articles, Jim Terr makes too much sense. In any other country he would have long since been locked up."
 - Jonathan Alter,
    Senior Editor, Newsweek

"Jim Terr's spirit shows through consistently in the essays, songs and other projects he creates. It's the droll, sardonic, 'cut the B.S.' outlook that is known around the world as 'American.' His tone is especially valuable in an election year."
       - James Fallows

Hear Jim Terr interview with ARIANNA HUFFINGTON re her book, "On Becoming Fearless" ( 6 min., MP3)

(Photo by Judy Lipsett)

"A gentle agitator...who's come up with a way to lower the country's political temperature."  
-Paul Greenberg,
syndicated columnist

(These quotes do not indicate support of any or all Jim Terr projects or pronouncements)

“I am totally satisfied with your first class approach to my video project.” --Matt Kuhn
(Matt Kuhn Collection).

    JT, "sleeper"
           star film maker?

"Production value and budget always counts less than a great "script"  If I had money for a flutter on one  NM filmmaker (or disposable income for a speculative investment ) then Jim's my guy."
   --Jon Hendry, IATSE

"Jim Terr’s creativity and versatility are unmatched. Well, almost unmatched."

         - Hodding Carter

"One of the true creative geniuses of our time. ...This guy does some of the best satire in the business. One of the great comedic and auditory geniuses of our day."
    - Thom Hartmann

"A highly creative, satirical Outlander and asskicking comedian without parallel; an excellent writer...reminds me of Calvin Trillin...
Jim Terr has too damn many websites"
-Mike Malloy


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"Five Frightfully Fine Videos"

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Commentary & reviews
   *   Radio Jingles   *     Decidedly leftie Satire   *   BuDDy's Old Fashioned Podcast

"The Home of Katie Archer"

screenplay / radio drama
EPKs (Electronic Press Kits)

Kevin Pollak talks about"Mother Ghost". Kirk Ellis on his HBO "John Adams" series.

    First CD, "Demos & Diamonds"   *  The World War II Veterans' video   *   The Holocaust Survivors' video

"Plant tour" "How-it's-made" Manufacturing videos

Corporate and anti-
corporate entertainment

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(Performance preview): It’s not often that an artist who recognizes himself gets recognized. Wild and reckless Jim Terr knocks ’em dead with his original one-man, beer-spitting, lady-killing, Brechtian-obfuscationist performance-art masterpieces that shock grandparents everywhere. (Santa Fe Reporter 1-30-08)


Contact   *   Google Jim Terr minus podcasting references. Recent stories below.

Ninja Boy learns at an early age
to disappear into the background

Enjoy this trailer of a favorite film,

"Small Time Crooks," starring
Woody Allen & Tracey Ullman

Just a nice shot I got -- of Russian porcelain.

Filming the State

Santa Fe Filmmaker Will Produce Radio Drama

By Emily Esterson, 11-28-06

Is the film industry really as good as it seems in New Mexico? With announcements of Steven Seagal movies being shot downtown (today's Albuquerque Journal), and the Department of Labor saying the information sector's improvement in job growth is partly due to the film industry, nary a negative word can be spoken. And hey, it's pretty fun.

Local filmmaker Jim Terr has been a tenacious, if sometimes strange, force in the locally-grown entertainment media market. Now Jim reports that one of his short films - the one he says is his best - will be produced as a two-hour radio drama for local and national broadcast on KUNM, Albuquerque's NPR affiliate, in the summer of 2007. Casting sessions were held last week, bringing in over 100 actors to auditions in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. "The Home of Katie Archer" has a familiar ring; it started life as a story about an actor struggling to make it as a full-time carpenter and part-time actor in a small New Mexico town visited often by Hollywood movies and settled by Hollywood actors.

It has since morphed into a larger tale with a historical back story. Terr writes on his website that he's already spoken to several "well-known celebrities" about cameo voices in his radio play. He's also hoping to produce the script as a full-length feature film. [see project website ]

Santa Fe New Mexican, March 25, 2007

Santa Fe New Mexican, March 25, 2007

Here's the Plame video on YouTube.  And see Las Vegas, New Mexico film site sort-of referred to (or on YouTube).

"The Seventeen Traditions" - BEAUTIFUL talk about how his parents equipped and inspired him to be an activist, inadvertently or otherwise, by Ralph Nader. Whatever you think about Ralph's presidential runs, this isn't about that. Very funny, thoughtful and rich. Explores how people gain a "civic sense," and why so many think that's so unusual.
AUDIO 45 minutes: Real 28 (7MB)   MP3 (42MB)   Taken from this video
, regarding this book



Marisa Crockett talks to an Albuquerque police officer at the University of New Mexico on Tuesday about her "free hugs" project. Crockett, a Canadian, is traveling across the United States in her bio-fueled car. She offers hugs to attract people so she can talk to them and get the word out about her recycling program. The officer was responding to a complaint about her offering hugs but left after discussing with her what she was doing.
Shaminder Dulai  Albuquerque Journal

Web info "favorites"

I use some more than others (like only once, in some cases), but I was just going through my "favorites" and selected a few that some of my eclectic friends might find useful. In addition to Wikipedia, etc., of course.


Please consider whether comedy may not be the only way to get through this life alive.

caption by Jim Terr



George Macdonald (1824–1905)

WHERE did you come from, baby dear?
Out of the everywhere into the here.

Where did you get those eyes so blue?
Out of the sky as I came through.

What makes the light in them sparkle and spin?
Some of the starry spikes left in.

Where did you get that little tear?
I found it waiting when I got here.

What makes your forehead so smooth and high?
A soft hand strok’d it as I went by.

What makes your cheek like a warm white rose?
I saw something better than any one knows.

Whence that three-corner’d smile of bliss?
Three angels gave me at once a kiss.

Where did you get this pearly ear?
God spoke, and it came out to hear.

Where did you get those arms and hands?
Love made itself into bonds and bands.

Feet, whence did you come, you darling things?
From the same box as the cherubs’ wings.

20 How did they all just come to be you?
God thought about me, and so I grew.

But how did you come to us, you dear?
God thought about you, and so I am here.


Santa Fe New Mexican, January 20, 2008

Santa Fe filmmaker passes 100,000 YouTube mark

Santa Fe, NM documentary and short-film maker Jim Terr has racked up over 100,000 views of his videos on YouTube.com, and has posted a video called "A Hundred Thousand YouTube Views" to tout that accomplishment.

While there are individual videos on YouTube which have gained millions of views, Terr is proud to have built his viewership by posting a wide variety of videos -- 62 to date -- beginning 16 months ago with a video called "Santa Fe Stops," showing vehicles speeding through a Santa Fe stop sign.

Terr videos produced as far back as 1992 are included on his YouTube "channel."

The "Hundred Thousand" video features a hot boogie-woogie piano background track by former Santa Fe resident Clay Cotton, now stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. Terr hopes that exposure of the new video will increase CD sales for Cotton, and says he never tired of Cotton's piano playing in the hundreds of times he heard it while editing. "In fact, it got better and better."

37 of Terr's shorts - including previews of two forthcoming videos -- are excerpted for the "Hundred Thousand" collection, ranging from actor and comedy sketches, political satire and commentary, crafts and trades, documentary excerpts, proposed feature film "trailers," advertising parodies, local cultural events and restaurant visits, interviews, live performance excerpts and musician portraits.

Little sound was included on the music clips excerpted in the new video, however, due to clashes with the background piano track. In fact, Terr's most-viewed video, "One Year Old Child Prodigy Piano Genius" , with over 50,000 views, was not even included in the new collection.

Such celebrities as authors Tony Hillerman and Douglas Preston, humorist Dave Barry, actor Kevin Pollak and NPR broadcaster Scott Simon are included in the videos, as well as stills of and references to President Bush, Valerie Plame Wilson and others.

Videos added to Terr's YouTube repertoire in the past week alone include "J.Lo, MD" , "Jimbug: Folk Artist" , "A Hundred Thousand YouTube Views" , "Author Douglas Preston discusses his novel, BLASPHEMY" , "My Dad, the Republican" , and "Jim Terr interview re Santa Fe Farmers Market video ".

In the latter piece , Terr admits that the production of short videos has gotten to be a bit of an obsession, but he credits and thanks YouTube for making it so easy for videomakers to post and to find videos. Terr has mostly not taken advantage of other video-posting sites thus far.

He has also posted the Santa Fe-related videos on his own www.SantaFeShorts.com site, which links to the YouTube videos.

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Parody lyrics and vocal by Jim Terr www.JimTerr.com

…(McCartney's) awareness of aging and loss as he approaches his sixty-fourth birthday…a milestone that he admits he finds difficult to contemplate. "The thought is somewhat horrifying… It's like 'Well, no, this can't be me."
   -"When I'm Sixty-Four: Paul McCartney then and now." New Yorker, June 4, 2007)

Now that I'm older, I still got me hair,
But there's still things 'bout which,
If I were sufficiently a pessimist,
I might still be willing to bitch.

Sittin and standin', movin' me bowels,
Trying to unlock the damn door.
Life is a more static, less automatic,
Now that I'm 64.

It's only the new 54, that's what they say,
But that's a load of bull and it's hard to take.
And no doubt when I am 85,
I'll know me attitude was a mistake. -But meanwhile…

Send me postcard telling me please,
Where I left that note
Reminding meself where I left the auto keys,
And where I put that linament to rub on me knees.

If I stay out til eleven or twelve, dial 944. (or is it 991?)
Life is more static, less automatic,
Now that I'm 64.

Celebrities pictured in video: (YouTube)

Richard Belzer
Jacqueline Bisset
Gary Busey
Cathy Lee Crosby
Stockard Channing
Geraldine Chaplin
Roger Daltry
Angela Davis
Jonathan Demme
Danny DeVito
Christopher Dodd
Michael Douglas
Sam Elliott
Shelley Fabares
Joe Frazier
Rudy Giuliani
Rutger Hauer
Gladys Knight
Patti LaBelle
Sherry Lansing
George Lucas
Ian McKellen (Sorry - mistake - he was born in 1939!)
Lorne Michaels
Craig T. Nelson
Jimmy Page
Michelle Phillips
Harold Ramis
Lou Reed
Diana Ross
Jerry Springer
Ben Stein
Alice Walker
Barry White
Johnny Winter

Most-viewed JT YouTube videos as of end of October, 2008.
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Obama can help sell books. When he's seen reading a book on a plane or carrying one in his hand during his travels,
it can create a stir. When Obama was photographed holding Fred Kaplan's Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer,
the book's sales bumped immediately, and requests for media interviews with the author surged.
Another time, Obama mentioned that he was reading a new book about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, causing a stir
at several different publishing houses — each of which offered titles on the former president.
(But this phenomenon does not seem to hold true for Jim Terr books - SEE BELOW.)

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Two women friends had gone for a girls' night out. Both were very faithful and loving wives, however they had gotten over-enthusiastic on the Bacardi Breezers.

Incredibly drunk and walking home they needed to pee, so they stopped in the cemetery.

One of them had nothing to wipe with so she thought she would take off her panties and use them.

Her friend however was wearing a rather expensive pair of panties and did not want to ruin them.

She was lucky enough to squat down next to a grave that had a wreath with a ribbon on it, so she proceeded to wipe with that.

After the girls did their business, they proceeded to go home.

The next day, the husband of one of the women was concerned that his normally sweet and innocent wife was still in bed hung over, so he phoned the other husband and said:
"These girl nights have got to stop! I'm starting to suspect the worst. My wife came home with no panties!!"

"That's nothing," said the other husband,
"Mine came back with a card stuck to her ass that said.....

'From all of us at the Fire Station.
We'll never forget you.'

Bonded for life.

A guy starts talking to two women in a bar; they turn out to be Siamese twins, and they wind up back at his apartment.

He makes love to one, and then starts to work on the other.

He realizes that the first one might get bored watching, so he asks her what she'd like to do.

She says, "Is that a trombone in the corner? I'd love to play your trombone."

So she plays it while he screws her sister.

A few weeks later, the girls are walking past the guy's apartment building.

One of the girls says, "Let's stop up and see that guy."

The other girl says, "Gee...do you think he'd remember us?"








Busy Putting Burrs Under Saddles: See, Hear Jim Terr

By  on Sun, Sep 18, 2011

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Conservative demagogues who are familiar with Jim Terr might ask, “Jim, why do you hate America so much?”

Everyone else who has heard Terr’s twisted country tunes about our current national morass might wonder why he isn’t famous yet.

Terr has been kicking around the music and film business ever since he graduated from Northwestern University in the early 1970s with a major in partying and a minor in English literature.

While Terr has written some beautiful mainstream country tunes, he’s best-known for his novelty songs, which take on corporate greed, the NRA, menopause, Walmart, Glenn Beck, day trading, Santa Fe tourists, the American health care system, Joe the Plumber, Texas school board members, global warming, Karl Rove and Facebook.

Have we left anything out?

Oh, yes. Terr has also skewered common grammatical errors, the BP oil spill and NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg’s annual Thanksgiving piece on her mother-in-law’s cranberry relish recipe.

“Believe me,” Terr assured me, “I’m an equal opportunity annoyer.”

Terr, who has lived and worked in Santa Fe for most of his career, is back in his hometown of Las Vegas these days. Terr (rhymes with “burr” – as in burr under the saddle of just about everybody) has been on my radar screen for a couple of decades, mostly because of his profuse letter-to-the-editor offerings, but it was two of his most recent songs that persuaded me I needed to finally meet him.

“The Campaign Finance Song” is a subversive little piece that takes on the fundraising system that keeps members of Congress chasing campaign contributions. Terr’s solution is for each of us to just kick in six bucks and eliminate the possibility of special interest influence.


And “Standard & Poor” examines the economic slide of the upper middle class. “I guess I’ve been downgraded, now I’m standard and poor,” is the money line.

Over coffee and papitas at the Spic & Span cafe, a short walk from his family home, Terr told me that finding targets for satire is as easy for him as tuning in to the news of the day or listening to people talk. His songbook grows thicker every day.

“Since I’ve been in Vegas, I’ve been on a real amped-up song-writing streak,” Terr said. “Sometimes, I write a couple a day.”

It’s not like there isn’t plenty of material out there for a willing satirist, and Terr sees something to get worked up about everywhere he looks.

Indeed, Terr has a stunning array of songs and videos available on his websites, www.jimterr.com and www.bluecanyonsatire.com and on YouTube, where he recently passed 600,000 views [now over one million, as of June 2014]. His oeuvre includes a spoof commercial spot for turquoise-encrusted jackalope droppings as well as “Chicken Stock,” a Jewish parody of Woodstock, and a rock ‘n’ roll song about a public health care option accompanied by singing hamsters.

Which is to say he’s not exactly mainstream.

Still, Terr put out a record called, “Please Cut My Song, Mr. Travis” and even though Mr. Travis has not yet complied, Terr hopes to someday write a country hit.

Even though he has been aired on NPR and other nationwide radio broadcasts and he has released a handful of CDs, he says he barely makes a living writing and recording songs. His new CD, unreleased and as yet unnamed, is mostly comedy, only some of it political, and Terr said he’s tried to trim out the most partisan tracks.

“It just cuts back your market to have songs about hating Republicans,” Terr acknowledged.

Even so, the new CD will include “What We Need Is Another Texas President” and “Bosses of the World Unite.”

And, for the record, Terr doesn’t really hate America. He just wants to keep it from flushing down the drain.

“I don’t hate Republicans,” Terr assured me. “I’m anti-demagoguery and mass hysteria and so I attack it when I see it.”

Terr also likes to take a break from politics and just have some fun. Two of his most popular recent releases are “Mama Don’t Send Me to the Big Box Store” and “Do They Have Email in Heaven?” The punch line to that tune, which could be the official anthem of the 2000s, is “cause if not, I don’t want to go.”

UpFront is a daily front-page news and opinion column. Comment directly to Leslie Linthicum at 823-3914 or llinthicum@abqjournal.com. Go to www.abqjournal.com/letters/new to submit a letter to the editor.
— This article appeared on page A1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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