“Joy, Sorrow, Tears, Lamentation, Laughter- To All These Music Gives Voice…”-Albert Schweitzer


I know I haven’t blogged in about 4 days; just not in the mood and this is after I renewed the blog for another year!!!!   My mom’s brother isn’t doing well, was told he doesn’t have much time and perhaps that has been getting me a little down. He’s my favorite uncle; a retired Professor Emeritus from a Pennsylvania college; a scholar whose books on some remote Habsburg Family in Vienna have been well-received; a man who marched during the Civil Rights Movement and just a loving uncle who made me laugh as a little girl when we held our seders in my bubbie’s home upstairs from my family. Even though doctors can estimate how much time a person may have, we never really know…so…I just hope my uncle remains at home and is comfortable. His major concern is finishing his book, but I heard that someone in Germany will be able to help him finish, so that is good news. He has been taken off of most meds except the Parkinson’s meds.  So, readers, keep my uncle in your thoughts. Thanks.

Other news for this day: Otis Redding released “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay” in 1968, a song that he co-wrote with Steve Cropper and the world sang along with The New Seekers when they released “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” in 1972. Both songs gave voice to so many feelings each and every one of us have had. I know I used to teach my students “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” and whenever Otis came on the radio, I was sitting there right with him singing.









Speaking of Emotions…

“Music is the Shorthand of Emotion”.-Leo Tolstoy

Today is the birthday of three very creative individuals: Leo Tolstoy (1828), Sonia Sanchez (1934) and Otis Redding (1941). Both were good with words!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve read Tolstoy, but I did enjoy his novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.   Sonia Sanchez is an American poet whose poetry I’ve always admired. She was the original “Def Poet” Mama and to hear her recite her words is always a treat.Otis Redding was also an excellent writer and wrote such hits as: Respect, I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (with Jerry Butler, another very good singer/songwriter), The Dock of the Bay (with Steve Cropper) and others.

“I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes.”-Sonia Sanchez