“Sons Of”

In a message dated 11/19/06 12:05:44 Eastern Standard Time, michael@michaelbutler.com writes:
Post the MB-HAIR.
Thanks, Michael. Will do. Jacques Brel, through his folk music, adopted by American folk singers, was a major influence on the Peace Movement of America’s Vietnam Era.
On Nov 19, 2006, at 11:34 AM, SibleyJ2 wrote:
Good morning, Friends. Happy Sunday morning! I hope you have the [computer] goods to be able to listen to the attachment–Jacques Brel’s “Sons Of”, as sung by Gay Marshall in the revival of “Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris”, now running at The Zipper Theatre, 336 West 37th Street, Manhattan (just barely OFF Broadway!). Maybe I’ll see you there at the 7:00 performance this evening (I’m afraid I’m hooked, and I need another fix!).
On Veterans Day, 2006, at the Veterans Day service at my place of employment, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, it was the song, “”Sons Of”, that kept running through my head, as I escorted (as her escort of choice!) Joan Curtin, the Gold Star Mother of US Army Specialist Michael Edward Curtin, just 23 years old when he became the first New Jerseyan killed in Our Iraqi War. My oldest son, Jacob, had just turned 21 at the time of Michael’s death. He well could have been MY son! You’ll hear Gay sing, “Some went to war, Some never came home … All were children like your own, like your own, like your own.”
Please visit Michael’s tribute at http://militarycity.com/valor/256585.html.
PS: You can also hear “Sons Of” and another Jacques Brel song, “Marieke,” if you dust off a couple of your old LPs from the ’70s –Judy Collins’ “Whales and Nightingales” (1970) and “Colors of the Day: The Best of Judy Collins” (1972). That’s where I first heard this song, five years before I was introduced in 1975 to Jacques Brel through a University of Oklahoma student production of “Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris.” Yes, I’ve loved this musical revue for a long time. And last Sunday evening, I was invited by the Producer, Daniel Witkin, to join him and the 4-member cast on stage to join the “backtalk” Q&A session with the audience to specifically speak of my connection to Jacques Brel and to his song, “Sons Of.” Hence, that’s how important this song is to me, and that’s why I wish to share it with you, who are also … so important to me.
(With thanks to Tioga Joe for letting me use his MB-HAIR connection–can’t seem to get mine to work!)



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One Response to ““Sons Of””

  1. CorinneAct said:

    Hi Tioga Joe!

    I Love “Jaques Brell,” first heard it in the Village in the summer of 1968. Listen once for me.

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