Monday, November 4, 2013

Dona Nobis Pacem...and Music!

Tonight I celebrate by sitting with Jim Allchin, whose has a new album entitled Q.E.D., Kara Grainger, and her album Shiver & Sigh, and Joanne Fish who is making a documentary entitled Mr. Handy's Blues.  

Also, Chefjimi will tell us about the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and a special visit from 'Couch Kid' Mud Morganfield to discuss the terrible situation he is facing at the moment and it is a situation that can impact all musicians. 

Come join us by using this link.  If you scroll down, you will see the chat room and if you register, you can participate!

Things are in a bit of turmoil at the moment, so I am reposting the words from last year and the Peace Globe from 2009 with some minor adjustments...forgive me Mimi!

Today we celebrate the 7th Anniversary of BLOGBLAST FOR PEACE. 

It seems like yesterday I found an excellent writer who was blogging under the name Mimi Lenox. 

She had and has a way of weaving her words into a portrait your minds-eye could see as clear as if it were right in front of you.

And then in October of 2006 she began writing about this idea...a day of blogging about one thing - PEACE.

A simple concept, especially for one who spent their teens during the upheaval of the Vietnam War and the protests across our country.

I was in immediately. 

My first globe was simple...and amateuristic, and, of course, it contained a reference to music as all my post have since that first Peace Globe post.

Big Leather Couch has not been very active recently because of my move more toward Music On The Couch, but my love of this movement and the goal we have chosen is still deeply ingrained in my DNA.

This year, with the disaster of Sandy still in front of us it occurred to me that, during a natural disaster people come together.  It does not matter if that person who is in need of assistance is a different color or a different religion,  

We hold out our hand and offer PEACE...isn't that what it is after all?

That food you offer gives them PEACE in their belly.

That item of clothing gives them PEACE to ward off the cold.

The bed or piece of floor you supply allows them PEACE to re-energize.

That smile you show them gives them PEACE that it will all be OK.

So, I ask, why can't this happen every day?

Why can't we extend this PEACE to those across a border as easily as we do for those across the street?

I do not believe it is because we know that neighbor...I watched a woman in an apartment in lower Manhattan talk about not knowing her fellow apartment dwellers AT ALL, before they were plunged into darkness...and now, they all sleep with their doors ajar to ensure they are all safe.

Strangers, living within feet of each other pulled together by a common cause.

This planet has a common cause.  Whether you are Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim - our common cause is to SURVIVE.

The easiest way to reach that goal is to find a way to accept PEACE

Hate is not something in our DNA at is a learned trait.  

What does that mean?  Folks, within ONE GENERATION, we could have PEACE...maybe not 100% but much more than we have now and all we need to do is swallow any learned hate we have inside us and not share it with our children.

ONE GENERATION...think about that and then remember the next time the hate that is inside you wants to come out, don't pass it on to the next generation.

Dona Nobis Pacem - Let There be Peace

All We Are Saying, Is Give Peace A Chance!

And go visit Mimi and tell her THANKS FOR THE IDEA! 

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