Do You Remember ...
Those of you who are old enough to remember the strife and the struggles of the 1960's and 70's will also remember that there were many who led the efforts to end the Viet Nam war and to win civil rights for Everyone (including or maybe especially the blacks and the women who had been suppressed since forever). Those were hard fought battles and I think we all knew that they were never really over because liberty and democracy need constant nurturing. But, I am afraid we must have let our guard down because untoward forces have permeated our democracy and are determined, in the name of Profit and Greed, to bring us to our knees. The anger and pain runs deep every time I pick up a newspaper and read the disastrous actions of the new Administration ... and they have only just begun.
Last Night my friends, Barb and John, took me to a concert for my birthday. The singer was Peter Yarrow ... yes, the same Peter Yarrow ( of Peter, Paul and Mary)that we used to listen to and sing along with during those difficult years in the 1960's and 70's. His music is still relevant and inspiring and his message of love and peace brought everyone in the theater together without a thought of who had voted for who. He is right! He points out that it is love and respect that will reunite our divided country, so I thought I would share a little of his message so maybe, you too could be inspired and find a way to peace.
Steve Yarrow and Seth Goldberg
(*See the story of this kiss down below )
*My friend, Barb, went to Cornell University at the same time as Peter Yarrow and used to cut her history class to go listen to him sing and play in a classroom where he was a teaching assistant (a job he took to help pay his tuition) ... this was before he had even thought about music as a career. He said that it was while in this class that he came to realize the power of music in bringing people together and it was instrumental in his decision to leave his field of study and join with Paul and Mary to spread the word. When Barb told him who she was, he gave her a big kiss :)
Needless to say there were tears of joy and sadness shed at this concert ... remembering when and wishing for a future for our sons and daughters that they can thrive in. Peace and Love to you all ... and never underestimate what we old folks can accomplish :)
(to appreciate this post you have to listen to the words of the music ... hope you have time, it is worth it :)