INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
WEAR WHITE IN SOLIDARITY!
There is a song from a group of days gone by that speaks very much of my day as a young rabble-rouser kind of rebel. I was an activist when that was a dirty word. I had so much hope, so many dreams as a community member of my this world. That was some 40 plus years ago when first. as a teen I found my political voice during the Viet Nam War. To say that I stood on just one side of the fence would be a great understatement since I both had friends that served multiple tours some never to return, and yet I also had strong convictions about where we were as a country, and why. And I also do not still today understand all the pertinent details concerning the war and will not pretend to.
There were many musical artist’s of my time and their songs that would speak to my feelings and emotions concerning what our country was up to back then. There is a reason I liked and to this day still find solace in folk music. I also find kindred thoughts with people who have a lot of similar beliefs. It was my music, it’s still very much part of who I am. If you were to peek into my music library you are going to find. Tom McLoughlin, Peter Paul & Mary, Artie and Arlo Guthrie, The Byrds, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, just to name a very few. I listened to and am just as big a fan of classic rock n roll too, but for different reasons I listened to and sang Folk Music
This song by Buffalo Springfield (no not Bruce Springfield!) “Something Is Happening Here was released in January 1967. I can remember where I was the first time I heard it on AM radio. Riding in the car with my older brother. We both looked at each other and just said; Farout!! (fot those who are maybe too young to know this word = something like, “That’s Rad, or Oh Snap!”)
The lyrics which still today touch me and speak to my brain as well as my heart were written in 1966 by an incredible artist we know as Stephen Stills, who you may know as part of the Crosby Stills and Nash Trio.The song was first performed by the band Buffalo Springfield in 1966, then released as a single in ’67. and peaked number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
I had this song in my head all day today. I cannot recall the last time I heard it but it played itself over and over again today on my brains Bose’. I finally dug the old vinyl out and played it on an old, ancient, vintage, kid record player. The kind that looks like a small square suitcase. Between the album, the needle, the record player their combined melodies caused the music to be arranged a bit differently. But the words were still there. That’s what I wanted to hear again and I did. I heard them and I cried. I cried for my lost generation, I cried for the next, and today I cried some more for today’s generations.
I am crying once again… pleading in my life,…. or maybe I never stopped pleading…
Please Children, We’ve got to beware!
~ written by Stephen Stills, ~ Performed by Buffalo Springfield.