A Footnote To History

Just for your enlightenment:  On January 3rd, William “Billy” Zantzinger died.  “Who was he?”, you might ask:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/09/AR2009010903668.html

As part of our dedication to music for these two weeks, listen to Bob Dylan’s song, “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.”  He wrote this in 1963 in response to a true story and the song appeared on his 1964 album, “The Times They Are A Changin’.” This is a classic example of the power of music to bring current issues to light and importance.

Unfortunately, had Dylan not written this song in 1963, hardly anyone would know who Hattie Carroll was.  Dylan’s music crossed over to the popular culture and our awareness of racism in this country was forever emblazoned in our minds.  Injustice was made public and Dylan’s music brought it on home to us.

There is some sweetness, definitely some irony, in the fact that Zantzinger lived long enough to see Barack Obama elected as our country’s next President.

An historical footnote that just happened to have a huge impact.  Once again, the musical arts shows its force.

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