At 7:30 I brought dinner to my friends downstairs, and Tom told me. He brought out his computer and played “Free Nelson Mandela” by the Specials, followed by “Johannesburg” by Gil Scott Heron, and then he asked, “Have you ever seen Amandla!” I hadn’t. I recommend it to you if you haven’t seen it or if you have seen it to show it to a friend. It was a great gift from my friends to see it with them. Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, from 2002, includes iInterviews, archival footage, and filmed performances that highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid.
Jimmy Stewart recited a poem he wrote about his dog Beau on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. It’s sentimental, but truly moving at the same time. Deanna suggested it, and I’m curious because she’s never suggested a dog segment before.
It came up in my Facebook feed. Yes, it was sentimental, but still moving. As a non-pet owner, it helps me understand people’s love for their pets. Stewart’s love for his dog was simple and deep. I work wtih dog lovers at the sail loft, and my boss brings his 15 year old dog to work when his partner is away. One day he curled up around Libby on the floor like he was protecting her from a tornado, just saying little doggie phrases to her, for a minute or two. My boss is a little silly, but it was touching all the same. A bit like Jimmy Stewart’s poem.