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Friday, May 27, 2011

Just learned that one of my favorite recording artists died today. Only loosely related to health and wellness, I know, but still have to take five to make mention of Gil Scott-Heron...what a contribution he has made throughout his troubled life!

I am generally not a hip-hop sorta guy but his signature song: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" speaks to my anti-corporate, anti-establishment soul:

Here's a few lines:

"The revolution will not be right back after a message
about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

The revolution will not be televised"

Cheers to you Gil and to the day when "The revolution will be live!" Your message transcends race and all that divides us!

Another of my favorites of his: When You Are Who You Are

Great upbeat jazzy tune and SUPER lyrics about being REAL:

"People never seem to want to be themselves
So they end up running in circles confused
Yeah, confused
Just like everyone else

Every morning when you wake up you put on a new disguise
Just how long did you think it would take me to realize
That the things you wore ain't real
You never tell me just how you feel

When you could be so very beautiful
When you are who you are"

Although Gil Scott-Heron may no longer be with us, I just wanted to do my part to keep his message alive and pay it forward.

Night all!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SASSYCHRIS1952 5/30/2011 8:21AM

    emoticon Oh boy, him and actor Jeff Conway. Will be missed

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VALERIEMAHA 5/29/2011 1:57PM

    Yeah, I've always been a Gil Scott Heron fan as well. And yes, a troubled soul.


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MARTY728 5/28/2011 11:00PM

    emoticon emoticon he will be missed.

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2BMYOWN 5/28/2011 3:17PM

    Wow, I didn't know this, I'll have to check out those links because I'm sorry to admit that I'm not familiar with his work, or him. How could I possibly have missed that, being the radical that I am.....thanx for posting these, and for spreading the word of those great lyrics....

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2011 10:58AM

    Thanks once again for introducing me to music I like . . .

Condolences on your loss!! You've helped create some immortality . . .

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L*I*T*A* 5/28/2011 10:53AM

    awesome message.......
thanks for making us aware of this great man...
sorry to hear of his passing.........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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LADYGWEN25 5/28/2011 7:51AM

    Sorry to hear that... Love the message he sent out in his songs.

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FRECKS96 5/28/2011 7:31AM

    Always sad when a great artist passes.

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