In my post a few days ago, (Oh! The Humanity!) I sent out a plea for examples of admirable human beings as an antidote to the kind of internet sensations who fail to inspire and instead make me nauseated. You know what I’m talking about, right? The rampant dumbing-down of our species, “urgent” stories of greed and fear and violence and stupidity and pettiness and the like are probably a dangerous toxin to our culture. Where are the role models who will help us do better and why aren’t we using our advanced media to promote them more often? For every “Who Wore It Better?”, we could be viewing 5 “Who Lived It Better?” stories. Why not?
I have enjoyed a morning at work in the kitchen and with the book business while listening to the music of my Mensch of the Day. This is an artist who has inspired me since my pre-adolescent days, and I’ve only just discovered this live recording from 2 years before his death. He is the recipient of the 1993 Albert Schweitzer Music Award and the only non-classical musician to be so distinguished. His humanitarian efforts supported the National Wildlife Federation, Friends of the Earth, The Cousteau Society, and the Windstar Foundation. The CD I have was a concert for The Wildlife Conservation Society’s 100th anniversary. Ladies and gentleman…….John Denver: a singer and songwriter whose lyrics ring with authenticity and passion, whose music spans genres from country to pop to blues to rock, and whose commitment to peace and preservation permeated his career. As a cultural ambassador for the U. S., he visited China, Viet Nam and the Soviet Union and recorded a duet with a Soviet artist, becoming the first American to do so. In my mind, he follows in the footsteps of another hero of mine, Pete Seeger, who, at 93, is still active in the same kind of musical ambassadorship that promotes cultural tolerance and environmental responsibility. I did have the privilege of hearing him give a concert for children when I was in my single digits.
Who will carry the torch when he passes away?
To read more about the Schweitzer Award, see http://www.anchor-international.org/07.html. For more about John Denver’s career, see http://learningtogive.org/papers/paper349.html. For a good listen, go to “You Say the Battle Is Over”.
Pete Seeger is a true hero. I grew up listening to him, and even got to shake his hand at a storytelling festival. I will check out this link. Thanks, Scilla.
I remember him doing “Abi Yoyo” in concert with such delight!
He and the other Weavers still go on every road trip with us.
Good sing along stuff, that. 😀
Walkin’ Jim Stoltz is my hero. He died too young, too. But he was a great man, with a caring soul and great talent.
Thanks for the recommendation! His story reminds me of the song “Wild Montana Skies” on JD’s Wildlife Concert CD. I like the youtube selections that include the children best.
I was a fan of John Denver’s words but not particularly his musical style. He certainly did much with his life. Did love Pete Seeger in my day though 😉
I knew there was something I wanted to share with you yesterday but I just couldn’t find it in my grey cells… now I have it. http://positivenews.org.uk/ I think you might like this 🙂
Thanks for the link! Browsing it now…
Good isn’t it 🙂
Found the US version; they only have one issue in the archives, so it must be a new venture. Hmm…I wonder if they need writers?
here’s another page you might like http://www.dailygood.org/
and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/meimei-fox/happiness-tips_b_2405608.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News ( thoughit can be a little sickening !!! )
It’s a pretty good list. Getting down to the joy of being alive seems to be about simply appreciating our bodies and senses, the world around us, and our place in it.
Thanks! It looks bright and happy…adding to my bookmarks to read more later.