“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”–John Lennon
33 years ago today, John Lennon was murdered in NYC. I can remember the day and the shock and sadness that I felt. Well, like all great writers, Lennon’s words will live on forever. His words are still relevant today, Dec. 8th, 2013.
As I’ve written before in other posts, I received my first transistor radio for my 6th grade graduation from elementary school and that radio brought such joy into my life as I listened to a great DJ, Jerry White, on WJRZ play young Bob Dylan, young Joan Baez, young Pat Sky, young Peter, Paul & Mary. I was young then too, 10? (A few months ago, Jerry’s daughter somehow found my posting and contacted me and told me, to paraphrase, that her dad, before he died, recounted those days as some of his happiest days!). I loved Peter, Paul & Mary and bought all of their albums. For my 10th birthday, my older brother took me to Carnegie Hall to see them! Their first album has them against the brick wall inside The Bitter End. That album reached #1 on the Billboard Charts today in 1963. Throughout the years I used the music of Peter, Paul & Mary in the classroom and on the stage of the school to promote peace, love, tolerance, social justice, history, English, current events and just the love of music.
“If we are going to teach the world to stop hating the different, the other, then we’re going to have to start with children.”-Mary Travers
Here’s one of my favorite off the first LP that I continue to sing to this day:
“Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.”–Anne O’Hare McCormick