Bless me now with your fierce tears XII

92 posts / 0 new
Last post
MegB
Bless me now with your fierce tears XII

Continued from here.

Ken Burch

(Reposting this for those who didn't see it before the last "Bless Me Now" thread was closed.)

Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane, age 76.  

https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/jefferson-airplane-e2-80-99s-jorma-...

Here's the link to Jorma's Kaukonen's blog:   http://jormakaukonen.com/cracksinthefinish/

NDPP

Montserrat Caballe, 85.

Born into a working class family in Barcelona, Caballe unveiled her musical talents early, singing Bach cantatas at the age of 7.

https://youtu.be/ov7m7_jEa5U

cco
Mr. Magoo

Stan Lee.  'Nuff said.

bekayne

Dai-sy, Dai-sy

Ken Burch

Trying to get my head around the ramifications of HAL in the afterlife. 

voice of the damned

Well, I believe he was killed after attaining consciousness, so would presumbaly have whatever degree of a soul the monkeys had after encountering the monolith. Make of that what you will.

NDPP

William Blum died

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/12/william-blum-died.html

"William Blum died yesterday at the age of 85. He has written about the misdeeds of the US government since the late 1960s. I have read many, many of his pieces and benefited from his knowledge."

Me too. Thanks Bill...

bekayne
lagatta4

Ted Lindsay, left winger with the Red Wings ... and unionist!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Lindsay

Players' union

That same year, Lindsay attended the annual pension plan meeting as the representative of the Red Wings players, where he found that the plan was kept secret. Later that year when he attended a promotion with football and baseball players, he found out that conditions in the other sports' pro leagues were much better. He was introduced to the lawyers for the players of the other leagues and became convinced that only through an association could the players' conditions be improved.  (...)

There was a CBC made for TV film about the players' association, depicting not only the high-handed bosses but the extremely modest conditions under which players lived at the time. I can't remember the title. Does anyone here?

Edited to add; I've found the film, Net Worth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_Worth_(1995_film)

NDPP

Elder Bill Lightbown, Kootenai/Haida. RIP

Longtime Vancouver  activist and 'trouble-maker'  for Indigeneous sovereignty and rights. 

https://youtu.be/A5NKngOm-iI

josh

lagatta4 wrote:

Ted Lindsay, left winger with the Red Wings ... and unionist!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Lindsay

Players' union

That same year, Lindsay attended the annual pension plan meeting as the representative of the Red Wings players, where he found that the plan was kept secret. Later that year when he attended a promotion with football and baseball players, he found out that conditions in the other sports' pro leagues were much better. He was introduced to the lawyers for the players of the other leagues and became convinced that only through an association could the players' conditions be improved.  (...)

There was a CBC made for TV film about the players' association, depicting not only the high-handed bosses but the extremely modest conditions under which players lived at the time. I can't remember the title. Does anyone here?

Edited to add; I've found the film, Net Worth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_Worth_(1995_film)

 

Wow.  Didn't know he was still around.

Ken Burch

Jackie Shane, American-Canadian soul singer and transgender pioneer, recently profiled here on Rabble.Ca :https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/jackie-shane-soul-singer-t...

Here's the Rabble article, written shortly before her death:  http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/other-hand/2019/01/toronto-soul-musician...

Ken Burch
Ken Burch
Mobo2000

Justin Raimondo, of Antiwar.com

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/01/godspeed-justin-raimondo-you-bri...

https://original.antiwar.com/Antiwar_Staff/2019/06/27/justin-raimondo-ri...

I am not a libertarian, and certainly had issues with some of Raimondo's views on American empire, but he was a consistent, energetic anti-war voice for decades.  RIP.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Not a Libertarian either but his work at antiwar.com was very much appreciated throughout the Bush Jr. years. And it's depressing to see someone die so young. RIP Justin Raimondo.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

RIP Toni Morrison - February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019

https://www.tonimorrisonsociety.org/

 

Ken Burch

David Berman, A musician and lyricist I hadn't heard of-most of his work was recorded as part of a studio project known as Silver Joes.   until his inner wounds caused him to choose to die earlier this week:  https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/silver-jews-david-berman-died-233005...  

A major source of torment in his life was his rage and sadness about the work of his father, Richard-an alleged human being who chose to spend his life lobbying for the tobacco industry, against decent wages for working people, and against unions-especially unions for restaurant employees, a group which is in more desperate need of union representation than any other.   David Berman actually quit the music industry to devote his life to undoing the damage his father caused.  

David Berman seems to have chosen suicide because neither he-nor any other human being working alone-could acheive the tasks he set for himself.  The parallels to the death of Phil Ochs are already haunting me.

Here's some of David Berman's music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=mVppNcUI1tM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=XvUBbROsXBw

 

Ken Burch

Robert Hunter, primary lyricist for the Grateful Dead, at age 78:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/robert-hunter-grateful-dead-collabo...

Aristotleded24
NDPP

Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, is Dead at 74

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/30/obituaries/jessye-norman-dead.html

"Jessye Norman, the majestic American soprano who brought a sumptuous, shimmering voice to a broad range of roles at the Metropolitan Opera and houses around the world, died on Monday in New York. She was 74..."

Jessye Norman - Strauss: Four Last Songs

https://youtu.be/q_y19ssI6_M

 

Adieu Jessye Norman. What a voice...

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

On this day in 1887, four anarchists were hanged in Chicago for protesting against police violence and in support of an 8-hour work day. Another defendant committed suicide in his cell. The Haymarket martyrs lost their lives fighting to create a better world.

lagatta4

Thank you for remembering this sad but important day in the labour and left movement. I think I mentioned this many years ago, but it would be too hard to unearth.

Ken Burch

This was also the centennial of the Centralia Tragedy in Washington state.  At the first Armistice Day(Remembrance Day) parade in that town, members of the newly-formed American Legion from Centralia and the neighboring town of Chehalis were marched past the Wobbly Hall-the local hq/clubhouse/meeting place of the Industrial Workers of the World-which was set up in the Roderick Hotel on Tower Street-a hall the wealthy had been trying to run out of town fir several years, despite the fact it had every right to be there-and the picture I'm posting here shows how terrifyingly large the crowd of Legion members were. When the Legionnaires stopped, they stopped directly in front of the Wobbly Hall.  At some point, some in the Legion contingent were perceived as advancing on the hall to destroy it.  Shots were fired, people on both sides, Wobbly and Legionnaire, were dead.  One Wobbly, Wesley Everest, who had been arrested after firing in self-defense and defense of the hall was taken from the Centralia Jail where he was held, and lynched-possibly castrated, and eventually hanged at the town bridge.  The IWW was driven from town and the Wobbly Hall destroyed.  Today, 60 or so of us went to Wesley Everest's grave to pay tribute.    As Joe Hill said "Don't mourn-ORGANIZE!"

Ken Burch

Here are pictures of some of those who gathered in Centralia today, at Wesley Everest's grave:  

Unionist

lagatta4 wrote:

Thank you for remembering this sad but important day in the labour and left movement. I think I mentioned this many years ago, but it would be too hard to unearth.

Where there's a will, there's a way. You mentioned Haymarket in 2004. Then once again in 2004. Then you mentioned it again in 2009

lagatta4

Thanks, Unionist and Ken Burch. Venceremos.

Aristotleded24
Ken Burch

(self-delete.  Misunderstood Unionist's intent).

Ken Burch

Two Spirit of the West classics in memory of John Daum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R-obhrTe9k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_He3KhTMQw

 

 

Ken Burch

(self-delete. dupe post).

 

 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..i tip my hat to mann's passing

..love the bass in profiteers. 

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

John Mann's passing is so very sad - such a young person. I just love this song, performance and video of an emerging "Spirit of the West":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dokVqb0oH9M&list=RDdokVqb0oH9M&start_rad...

kropotkin1951

laine lowe wrote:

John Mann's passing is so very sad - such a young person. I just love this song, performance and video of an emerging "Spirit of the West":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dokVqb0oH9M&list=RDdokVqb0oH9M&start_rad...

Writers & Publishers

Copyright: Writer(s): Geoffrey Kelly, John Fraser Mann Lyrics Terms of Use 

I was tired of being put right down
By myself for not being what you thought
You had found pulled hard in two directions
By a desire to learn and my old affections

When I tried to share my world with you
You could not seem to tolerate
The people I had grown to love
They shrank under your scrutiny
Became the ones you'd hate

Why did everything
Every little thing, every little thing
With you and me have to be so political?

I was feeling a little underwhelmed
About hanging around with you and
Feeling over cautious every word, every little look
Every little sig, every little phrase
Put me deeper in your doghouse

You'd let me out to run across your world
I ran into a wall you told me I built you
Then you'd reel me in, ream me out, pick me up
Push me out again and then repeat it

Why did everything
Every little thing, every little thing
With you and me have to be so political?

Too busy tripping on my tongue
To try and stand my ground
I can still see myself crying in your lap
Asking you, "Are you happy
With the man you have found?"

I'm greatful for what you did for me
I can see things now I never would have seen
Today, I thought about what could have been
But could never be for you and me

Because everything
Every little thing, every little thing
With you and me had to be so political

Aristotleded24
Badriya

It was Irving Burgie who died.  He composed Day-O, and many other Calypso songs, which were sung by Belafonte and others.

Aristotleded24

Badriya wrote:

It was Irving Burgie who died.  He composed Day-O, and many other Calypso songs, which were sung by Belafonte and others.

Whoops! My apologies for the mistake. Thank you for the correction, Badriya

Misfit Misfit's picture

According to the CBC article, he wrote Jamaica Farewell and Mary's Boy Child as well.

Badriya

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Badriya wrote:

It was Irving Burgie who died.  He composed Day-O, and many other Calypso songs, which were sung by Belafonte and others.

Whoops! My apologies for the mistake. Thank you for the correction, Badriya

Daylight gone and he wan' go home

Aristotleded24

Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Caroll Spinney, 85

Quote:

The Sesame Workshop said in a statement that the legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions.

Spinney voiced and operated the two major Muppets from their inception in 1969 when he was 36, and performed them almost exclusively into his 80s on the PBS kids’ television show that later moved to HBO.

“Before I came to Sesame Street, I didn’t feel like what I was doing was very important,” Spinney said when he announced his retirement in 2018. “Big Bird helped me find my purpose.”

Douglas Fir Premier

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jamie-lee-hamilton-vanco...

Jamie Lee Hamilton, a longtime advocate for Vancouver's sex worker and transgender communities, died in the city early Monday morning. She was 64. 

David C. Jones, a local actor and director, said Hamilton died at 1:36 am with close friends at her bedside at Cottage Hospice. She moved into the care facility in East Vancouver's Burrard View Park on Dec. 9, a few months after learning she had colon cancer.

"She was an important woman," Jones told CBC News. "She was infuriating, but so steadfast and so passionately supportive of people who needed support."

On Saturday, two days before her death, Hamilton's friends and family, including Non-Partisan Association Coun. Colleen Hardwick, gathered at her bedside to witness her baptism. At her request, they sang Amazing Grace.

Entering sex work as a teenager, Hamilton went on to become a fierce advocate for the rights of sex trade workers. In 1996, she famously dumped 67 high heels at the steps of Vancouver City Hall to protest the lack of response to the 67 women who had gone missing in the Downtown Eastside until that point.

At the time, Hamilton and others raised the prospect of an active serial killer in the community, years before police discovered Port Coquitlam pig farmer Robert Pickton had killed scores of women from the Downtown Eastside.

Hamilton later became a key voice in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

"She was always ahead of the rest of us on any issue," said homeless advocate and longtime friend Judy Graves. "She fought for everyone."

swallow swallow's picture

The marvellous Inut singer Kelly Fraser has passed. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/kelly-fraser-obituary-1.5409059

lagatta4

Yes, I'm very sad about this, as are Inuit I know here. Thank you.

Ken Burch

Horribly sad to lose someone like that so early on in her years.

lagatta4

The plague of youth suicides in Indigenous communities, whether remote or urban, continues. What can we do to help?

Ken Burch

lagatta4 wrote:

The plague of youth suicides in Indigenous communities, whether remote or urban, continues. What can we do to help?

I don't have the answer to that.  It goes to the work of giving those young people occasions for hope and emotional support, all of which has to be done on the terms of whichever FN/Inuit/Dene band has jurisdiction in which area.

Has it been determined that suicide was what happened in this case?

lagatta4

Yes.

kropotkin1951

I was thinking about the early deaths of my friend Wasyl and his band mate André. I put this on and it has haunted me for days. Wasyl and André left part of their souls behind in this piece as did Kelly in her music and they will live on because of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iU8g3axvkk

Aristotleded24

Pages