On this day in history, the great educator, Maria Montessorri, died in 1952. Her quote reminded me of last night’s repeat on PBS of Moyers & Co. where Bill Moyers hosted Peter Yarrow and Francine and David Wheeler, who tragically lost their Ben in the Sandy Hook massacre. Yarrow and the Wheelers are part of the not-for-profit group, Sandy Hook Promise. “Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-profit corporation* created by members of the community of Newtown, Connecticut in response to the shooting on December 14, 2012, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which killed 20 children, four teachers and two administrators.” One of the issues that Yarrow and the Wheelers discussed with Moyers was the power of music to promote change as history has documented for the Civil Rights Movement, Anti-War Movement, Union Labor Development, Rights of Migrant workers, and other historical movements throughout time. I really don’t get it on why a universal background check hasn’t been passed. I thought our politicians were in their positions to serve the people, serve our children, our children’s children. As Laura Nyro sang many years ago, we must “Save the Children.” Here’s a clip of folksinger,Dar Williams, and parent, Francine Wheeler singing together in Feb., 2013 at a concert for healing, which will be aired on PBS at a later date:
Kudos to Google for celebrating the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald!!! I used to love seeing her on Ed Sullivan and other TV shows. What a silky smooth voice, what an interpreter and oh did I love her scat singing!!!! I can still visualize her singing, “A Tisket, A Tasket,” which, as a kid, I just adored!
Listen to her silky smoothness with her beautiful duet with Louis Armstrong on “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”
It’s Thankful Thursday…again…so Thankful for Music, For Ella, For Louis, For Richie and so many others!
Can’t let today go by without a great and loving shout-out to a great song, Stand By Me, written by Jerry Leiber (music by Mike Stoller) who was also born today in 1933. He also wrote, “Hound Dog” and “Charlie Brown,” “Come a Little Bit Closer (Remember Jay & the Americans singing that? Who can forget?), “Spanish Harlem” and many other songs that were part of the soundtrack of the Baby Boomer Generation, MY generation…Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation! (Thank you, WHO!)
Leiber & Stoller