Post by Diane Merkel on Jul 31, 2012 13:13:07 GMT -5
I was fortunate to see her in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1966 or 1967. (I was but a child! ;D ) She played during a service at a church in the historic district. I doubt the church ever had so many in its congregation! During communion, she sat in a pew, staring straight ahead. I'm sure it was uncomfortable for her because everyone was staring at her as we passed by, but she never displayed any discomfort.
I met the man who was her manager in the 1980s at a friend's birthday party about ten years ago. He shared an interesting story about her. In addition to her talent, she has high principles. I wish her well.
I only know her from her song SOLDIER BLUE which is a strong and powerful piece of music, very touching. The song was in the 1970 movie "Soldier Blue", which provided the first motion picture account of the Sand Creek Massacre. The account of the massacre is included in the film as part of a longer fictionalized story.
Here are the lyrics:
I’ll tell you a story and it’s a true one and I’ll tell it like you understand And I ain’t gonna talk like some history maid.
I look out and I see a land. Young and lovely. Hard and strong For fifty thousand years we’ve danced her praises. Prayed our thanks and we’ve just begun. Yes, Yes
Yes this is my country. Young and growing. Free and flowing. See to see. Yes, this is my country. Ripe and bearing miracles in ever pond and tree. Her spirit walks the high country. She’s giving free wild samples. And setting an example how to give.
Yes this is my country Retching and turning She is like a baby learning how to live i can stand upon a hill at dawn Look all around me. Feel her surround me. Soldier blue Can’t you see her life has just begun Beating inside us. Telling us she’s here to guide us.
Soldier blue, Soldier blue, Soldier blue. Can’t you see that there’s another way to love her.
This is my country And I sprang from her And I’m learning how to count upon her. Tall trees and the corn is high country. I guess I love her. And I’m learning how to take care of her
When the news stories get me down I take a drink of freedom to think of North America from toe to crown It's never long before I know just why I belong here
Soldier Blue, Soldier Blue Can't you see that there's another way to love her
If you saw the movie, you know what she is singing about.