November 11, 2016– CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG

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‘Spot light on a Song’

Hello Friday!  And the world spins madly on; if that’s any kind of a relief after Tuesday.  Not much I can offer other than positivity and music. Because now more than ever, that is what our country needs in order to move forward. It all begins with me, you and WE as a people. Pour your heart into your passions and work. Strive to be the best you can be in whatever it is you do in this lifetime because they are watching, very closely. I’m speaking of our children, the youth, our country’s future.  

No better song was written about that than today’s “spot light” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. I’ve been humming it quietly all week long. Although it was written when Nash was a member of the Hollies, it was never recorded by that group, and first appeared on the album Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released in 1970. The recording also features Jerry Garcia on steel guitar!

Nash, who is also a photographer and collector of photographs, has stated in an interview that the immediate inspiration for the song came from a famous photograph by Diane Arbus, “Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park.” The image, which depicts a child with an angry expression holding the toy weapon, prompted Nash to reflect on the societal implications of messages given to children about war and other issues.

I imagine the world coming together in song chanting and singing it, similar to the way they did in the Coca Cola commercial in the 1970’s. And seeing photos of children holding Heart Rocks rather than grenades.  A folk singer can dream.  

Remember– Anything is possible. Anything can be. Disseminate LOVE, KINDNESS AND GOOD WILL. Our children are the future.  Teach them well.

Strum a little….

~Abby K

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