The death of John F. Kennedy:
healing with music
It was November 22, 1963: most people that were alive and old enough, like those of us that witnessed the events on September 11, 2001, can recall exactly where they were when they heard the terrible news that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy had been assassinated. Today, on the 50th anniversary, many reflect upon the life and death of our great leader.
The piece below, "Elegy for a Young American" composed by Ronald Lo Presti, has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it. The piece is a memorial piece in honor of the late President Kennedy. Take a listen and reflect....
Elegy for a Young American (John F. Kennedy Tribute) - Ronald Lo Presti
The recording below is live recording from the Boston Symphony Orchestra on November 22, 1963. At the time many people had heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot, but many had still not heard confirmations that the president was in fact dead. The conductor, Erich Leinsdorf, announces to the audience the news, and the symphony decides to carry on with the show although altering their intended piece....instead choosing to perform Beethoven's "Eroica" funeral march from his 3rd Symphony. He later explains that he chose to carry on because when his father died he went to the symphony that same day and it helped to console him. This is why I love music so much, it's ability to transport us, to console us, to heal us.
Boston Symphony Orchestra November 22, 1963: Announcing the death of JFK
President Kennedy, may you rest in peace but may your words and spirit carry on.
Healing With Music - a playlist to remember Smitty
It's hard to believe it's already been 2 months since my cousin passed. No matter the capacity that you knew Chris Smith, you probably know of the love he had for music. I've promised many of you that I would send out copies of the memorial playlist, and thanks to some good music and a look through old pictures, I found some motivation to get out of my "writer's block". Take a look/listen and enjoy memories of Chris, you are deeply loved and missed cousin. Forever Young...
LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5 - Creating Solutions
We've finally reached part 5 of LoDo's "Women and Hip Hop" series! In part 5, LoDo chats with Nadia Piet, owner and founder of The TIKA, and Mark Patton of Amplifiher Media and #TheListening. There's enough complaining in the world, it's time to be a solution. We discuss creating solutions to problems that female artists and fans have faced in the hip hop world and ways we can continue to expand on the positivity and empowerment that is embodied in hip hop!
In light of the rape accusation against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston that has become public knowledge (details of the case which are still unclear) we've seen another wave of "victim blaming". With the various recent public rape cases including the Steubenville Ohio incident in 2012, we are missing an opportunity to have a serious about rape, victims, and our justice system.
LoDo returns with part 4 of her "Women and Hip Hop" series. LoDo chats with pHoenix Pagliacci and discusses the fallout of the crew, and how the lack of family bond has negatively impacted female artists. pHoenix shares some recent collaborations as well as who she's listening to and which dope females are keeping her on her toes.
Music has many different powers, but it's ability to console and heal during painful and trying times is why I have always been drawn to it. On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, LoDo takes a look at music and how it was used to heal and console those mourning the death of our greatest leader.