Here is hoping Joan Baez will always be an inspiration to each and every one of us who longs for a more just and peaceful world
A Brief Commentary from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted June 21st, 2018 on Niagara At Large
One of the truly great ones, folk singer and humanitarian Joan Baez
Now is her mid-70s, legendary American folk singer Joan Baez is also now in the middle of what she is calling her “farewell tour” (a stop at Massey Hall in Toronto is scheduled for this September) and her latest critically acclaimed album – ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ – is reportedly the last set of new songs she plans to record in the studio.
Joan Baez has marched shoulder to shoulder with everyone from the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King to anti-war and human rights advocates around the world, and has done so despite every threat of violence, of being jailed and of being censored or blacklisted in one way or another.
Joan Baez, to the right of Martin Luther King (centre) during a civil rights rally in the 1960s
And there is no record of her ever compromising her principles or backing down.
She is one of my heroes and true sources of inspiration going back to my teen years in the 1960s.
Here is a line from Joan Baez’s acceptance speech when she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past 2017 – a line that defines her legacy as an artist and a caring, compassionate citizen of the world. I hope you find it inspiring too.
“I want my granddaughter to know that I fought against an evil tide and had the masses by my side”
Niagara At Large is still on the road this week and will be back in full operation this coming Monday, June 25th with more news and commentary about the good, the bad and the ugly in our region and the world around us.
Road trips are good for a little escape, but as far as the good, the bad and the ugly around us goes, I am reminded of a line in an old Eagles song – “You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.”
So here’s to coming back to face the music folks.
To watch Joan Baez entire acceptance speech at the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ceremonies, click on the screen below –
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