Friday, December 17, 2010

imagine the world!

I'll lift you and you lift me, and we'll both ascend together.

John Greenleaf Whittier (17 December 1807 – 1892) Quaker poet and abolitionist

just imagine at one time john greenleaf whittier's birthday was considered a holiday and his poems were revered and memorized by many a schoolchild and adult - but alas, that is not the case today - too bad. so sad.



give the gift of music, donate to playing for change this holiday season (or any time you might have a few bucks/euros/pesos/pounds/baht/rubles/rupees)! they do good work.



photo: the fall of icarus, cleveland museum of art, december 2010

3 comments:

Alan Burnett said...

Thanks for the information, I followed the link and went on to read some of the poems and was impressed.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

alan - i choose my jgw for a shout out before getting the day's writer's almanac, this morning i saw they also gave him a shout out and we learn this interesting tidbit: "He authored the poem "Snowbound" in 1865, which made him enough money to retire on."
pretty wild! a poem bringing in enough to retire on....i can't imagine!

Roy said...

Great video! I've been following the whole "Playing for Change" phenomenon just about from the beginning, and I got the email yesterday that this one was up for viewing.

Whittier was able to retire on the proceeds from "Snowbound"? Huh! I didn't know writers made that much money back then!