A few weeks ago, I was listening to the radio and I heard them talking about the New Orleans Jazz Fest. I have attended this event in the past and found it quite wonderful. Well, because of the virus, this year, they cancelled the live event and instead, hosted what they called something like Festing at Home, with broadcasts of many of their old performances. One of them really struck me at the time, and even more so today.
That performance was a 90-year old Pete Seeger singing several songs. One that I had not heard before was based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. In that song, Pete sings:
"Don't say it can't be done,
The battle's just begun.
Take it from Dr. King
You too can learn to sing
so drop the gun!
We sang about Alabama 1955
But since 9-11 we wonder will this world survive
The world learned a lesson from Dr. King
We can survive, we can, we will
And so we sing - "
(Ok, in truth, I can't really learn to sing, or at least, not in tune, but I am howling every evening!)
Anyway, I loved that song so much that I made it my ringtone.
Now, here we are in a week of such strife that indeed it recalls those days in the 60s. We are beset with plagues, with institutional racism, and the the spectre of imminent climate change. Sometimes, it can seem so overwhelming.
So, when my phone rings, it reminds me to not say it can't be done, but to stand up and fight. And sing, and howl.
Join MCE Deep Green. Recruit a friend to read this blog. Be kind to everyone you meet, especially those of opposing political views. And sing.