Posted by rflacks on:
As the year turns, it's a time to reach out to those dear, far and near.
2012: a year that made us sharply aware of what it means to reach this time in our lives: dear friends passing for one thing: Amelia Frank, one of the first friends we made 44 years ago when we arrived in SB; Naomi Schwartz, a beloved political figure and good friend; Selma Rubin, the super matriarch of SB progressives and do-gooders. Selma lived a very full 97 years, but Amelia and Naomi were our peers. And of course, we are sharing a lot of organ recitals with friends. So we are learning to savor each moment when love, work and joy can happen.
Meanwhile--we live in a time filled with oncoming reasons for fear and foreboding, and also maybe hope and possibility. As has become our custom, we've put together a song mix for the year just past. A couple of songs by Pete Seeger, of course, who will be 95 this coming May and continuing to be our voice. Pete sings here about life's passages and life's connections to history, and you can hear these themes in song by young Jeffrey Lewis, and Holly Near now identifying with us aged ones.
We include songs about guns and fracking. Nancy and Joel Fox, Dick's sister and brother in law, are active in their upstate NY world, helping organize community response to the impending threats from the fracking of the Marcellus shale. The songs by Roy Zimmerman, Tom Morello and Ani Difranco are new anthems for the occupy and other mass uprisings sprouting across the planet. We met Tom earlier this year when he performed at one of the many events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Port Huron Statement and admire the way he has become a troubadour for rising movement.
2012 was the Woody Guthrie centenary. Vast amounts of Woody song and writing have come out in this year, and many new songs using his previously unheard lyrics. But the Woody song here was made a couple of years ago by the Klezmatics--his ode to Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island where he lived after the war with Marjorie and raised their kids. Mermaid Avenue was heavily flooded and wrecked as Sandy hit the beaches. Dave Brubeck died this year and Peter Paul and Mary made their first record 50 years ago. Not well known is that PPM and Brubeck collaborated on a performance of a great left-wing anthem based on a famous Bach Chorale. All of this can be heard when you go to
http://8tracks.com/rflacks and click on the picture of the rose.
People our age need to share pictures of their grandkids. Those are our grand daughters