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
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.