Renewal

 

“For as long as I can remember, the thing that gave me a sense of wonderment and renewal… has always been the work of other actors.”-Daniel Day Lewis

It has been just about 1 year since I started this WordPress blog and I just renewed today for another year. It has given me enjoyment and is, what I consider, a pleasurable way to spend my time. I do understand Daniel Day Lewis’s assertion that viewing the “work of other actors” inspires him. I get inspired by many of the blogs that I visit, follow, discover and by the many comments that I receive on my blog and the responses to comments I make on other people’s blogs.

The blog has given me all of the following things:

·        A congenial outlet for teaching and learning

·        A creative way to pass on information, new or old or revisited

·        An avenue for meeting like-minded and not so like-minded individuals

·        A place to vent hopes, concerns, aspirations, inspirations, good news, bad news

To celebrate my 1-year anniversary, let’s listen to Sam Cooke, gone too soon, born on this day in 1931.

 

 

  

 

 

 

“You Hear Them Moanin’ Their Lives Away.”-Sam Cooke

“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.”Oscar Wilde

On July 26th, 1960, Sam Cooke released his composition, “Chain Gang.”  This is a very historical date for on “July 26, 1960, all Woolworth stores were desegregated. The Greensboro, NC, Woolworth’s is now the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, and a section of its lunch counter has pride of place in the Smithsonian Institution.”TacomaArts

“Inspired by Sam Cooke’s running into a chain gang of prisoners while on tour, the song pays homage to their hard work. Cooke was reportedly so moved by the plight of the prisoners that he and his brother gave them cartons of cigarettes. In exchange, the R&B crooner got his second-biggest hit, a song that hit Number Two on the pop charts. “Chain Gang” has lived on in tributes such as The Pretenders’ “Back on the Chain Gang,” with its prisoner chant that echoes Cooke’s original. The song also changed the life of one Rod Stewart. “I heard Sam Cooke singing this on the transistor radio,” he told Rolling Stone. “Up until then, my whole world was Eddie Cochran and Woody Guthrie.”RollingStone