Monday, May 25, 2009
Happy Memorial Day.....
To all that serve and families that serve....we need to get them Home...and out of the senseless mess that George and Dick made....to all that have served over the years...and to those that have lost folks....may we take a day to remember and honor that...I remember my cousin Bobby who flew in Vietnam and is buried in Arlington .....and my Uncle Stu who helped Germany and was one of the first to see the Death Camps and who lived with PTSD the rest of his years but was truly a wonderful soul.....Namaste.
The Story of Pete Seeger and the song ( and the Marlene Deitrich version is below)....( via Youtube)
"On July 26, 1956, the House of Representatives voted 373 to 9 to cite Pete Seeger and seven others (including playwright Arthur Miller) for contempt, as they failed to cooperate with House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in their attempts to investigate alleged subversives and communists. Pete Seeger testified before the HUAC in 1955.
In one of Pete's darkest moments, when his personal freedom, his career, and his safety were in jeopardy, a flash of inspiration ignited this song. The song was stirred by a passage from Mikhail Sholokhov's novel "And Quie Flows the Don". Around the world the song traveled and in 1962 at a UNICEF concert in Germany, Marlene Dietrich, Academy Award-nominated German-born American actress, first performed the song in French, as "Qui peut dire ou vont les fleurs?" Shortly after she sang it in German. The song's impact in Germany just after WWII was shattering. It's universal message, "let there be peace in the world" did not get lost in its translation. To the contrary, the combination of the language, the setting, and the great lyrics has had a profound effect on people all around the world. May it have the same effect today and bring renewed awareness to all that hear it."