Friday, May 27, 2011

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

"If you should see a man walking down a crowded street talking aloud to himself, don't run in the opposite direction, but run towards him, because he's a poet. You have nothing to fear from the poet - but the truth."

---Ted Joans from the poem "Jazz Is My Religion"
A poet and truth-teller has passed away: Gil Scott-Heron. Since I'm sure a lot of cats will be sharing their personal favorites from his considerable canon, I'll share one that resonates for me, in part because three decades later it is clear that we as a people haven't learned a goddamn thing:

With "B-Movie", we could change a few names and still have a timely rhyme.

Swopa at FDL thought "We Beg Your Pardon" was worthy as a featured rhyme. It works for me:

Finally, let us not forget the seminal rhyme that he dropped back at the start of the 1970s: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised":

His words were a candle that lit up the darkness. Rest in peace.

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