|Lanea, Moonglow PR Owner Jennifer Vanderslice|
and Jude Southerland Kessler (thejohnlennonseries.com)
The authors, bloggers, artists, musicians & broadcast personalities at the Beatles Fest are part of a unique environment & while all are generally retail competitors, the overwhelming respect for each other's work & craft is quite admirable. It was a thrill to be included in a discussion panel "Across the Cyber Beatles Universe," which included notable Beatles scholars: Richard Buskin, Robert Rodriguez, Kit O'Toole and Sara Schmidt. The discussion was brilliantly moderated by Professor Moptop, Gregory Alexander, a highly regarded Chicago radio personality at WXRT.
|Meet the Authors Panel: Robert Rodriguez, Richard Buskin, Anthony Robustelli, Dee Elias,|
Candy Leonard, Lanea Stagg, Judith Kristen, Dave Schwenson, Jim Berkenstadt, Susan Ryan
and Al Sussman (photo credit: Sara Schmidt of www.MeetTheBeatlesForReal.com)
In light of what is happening right now in my beloved St. Louis, it was very ironic that 50 years later, our country is still struggling with this very volatile topic.
In order to establish the mood for the program, I began the talk with music. In a somewhat bold move for a Beatles convention, I played a non-Beatles song (gasp!) which I felt set the tone for the social climate of that era. In late 1963, the soulful singer/songwriter Sam Cooke wrote "A Change Is Gonna Come" after being denied vacancy at a hotel in Shreveport, Louisiana, due to the color of his skin. Cooke recorded the song in early 1964 & reportedly said the lyrics came to him without effort; in comparison to his previous hit songs. Sadly, the song was released in December, days after this "King of Soul" was killed in California. This gem became a civil rights anthem & I shared this spine-tingling song with the audience:
|Photo Credit: Sara Schmidt www.meetthebeatlesforreal.com|
According to an article at mentalfloss.com (http://mentalfloss.com/article/30477/all-together-now-civil-rights-and-beatles-first-american-tour) Paul McCartney told a reporter in 1966 "We weren't into prejudice. We were always very keen on mixed-race audiences. With that being our attitude, shared by all the group, we never wanted to play South Africa or any places where blacks would be separated. It wasn't out of any good-goody thing; we just thought, "Why should you separate black people from white? That's stupid, isn't it?"
When the band's contracts were composed for their summer 1965 tour, the segregation policy was actually set out as one of the requirements. A NEMS Enterprises, Ltd. contract, dated March 24, 1965, Item 5, states "Artists will not be required to perform before a segregated audience."
You can view the contract & read more at this article link:
To conclude the presentation (amidst a lot of other mumbo-jumbo,) I wanted the audience to listen to The Beatles' "Blackbird," written by Paul and purportedly inspired by racial riots in the U.S. in 1968. Additionally, this beautiful song is described by many musicians as one of the most difficult songs to learn.
Let's Imagine Peace.
If you would like more information about the program (and the delicious Blackbird Cake Bites that I also served,) send email to: email@example.com
My Music Nugget of the Day:
In 2009, Maggie & I fell in love with a new band emerging from Bowling Green, KY, Cage the Elephant. We even named a recipe for them in Recipe Records - "Cage The Elephant Ears" ;)
Lead vocalist, Matt Schultz, (in my opinion) is a modern-day John Lennon. I shared this song with Jude Kessler & she officially announced our new motto "Don't Waste It." Indeed.
Telescope by Cage the Elephant:
I HAVE TO ADMIT IT'S GETTING BETTER:
THE BEATLES ARE COMING!
Well... It's Liverpool Legends, and they are the next best thing to The Beatles!
George Harrison's sister, Louise, hand-picked the gentlemen who star in this show & they will be in Evansville on August 30. The lads will also be working with local high school student musicians who will perform in the show as well. I am totally stoked about hearing this presentation & you shouldn't miss it either. Get tickets online at address in the ad above or at select Old National Bank branches (which ones? I have no clue, but hey, I'm honest)
DON'T MISS MY UPCOMING RADIO SHOW GUESTS:
Two Fantastic Authors in the Beatles world:
Anthony Robustelli (I Want to Tell You) & Chuck Gunderson (Some Fun Tonight) coming soon!
BEATLES AT THE RIDGE - Sept. 19-20 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas - IT'S *FREE* #beatlesattheridge
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