Friday, May 08, 2020

Friday Music: When I'm Gone

I was a young teenager when I first heard this song in the mid 1960s. Phil Ochs' poetry and politics always moved me. It's good to remember the passion of that era as we move through this time of a pandemic, and here in the US an unbelievably dangerous man at the helm. I definitely feel disheartened and actually quite depressed about all of this, but listening to this helps me remember that I'm still here.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Yes, he really does look so young. A long time ago...

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  2. Yeah, but I hope you're not attracted to the song's title as a prophecy.

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    1. Roderick-- We're all heading down that path.

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  3. I first heard that song, believe it or not, in an English lesson in grammar school. The teacher was an interesting character who was clearly into his protest singers. He didn't last long at that school!

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    1. John-- That's so interesting. I am surprised a grammar school teacher played this song in class. Ochs was quite the political protest song-writer.

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  4. Lovely song but sadly prophetic. I was amazed that he died so young and troubled. We all need to do it while we are here.

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    1. Patti-- It really is sadly prophetic. These are such challenging times in every way.

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  5. I have to go back and listen to Phil Ochs. I keep hoping that cooler heads will prevail in this political world.

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    1. Red-- He was really quite a thoughtful singer songwriter with smart political and heartfelt lyrics. Yes to cooler heads.

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  6. A song that reminds you that things haven't changed that much. I was thinking what a beautiful singing voice he had and was surprised when I heard the audience at the end. I had no idea this was a live performance. What a perfect voice.

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    1. Sharon-- It's so sadly true that things haven't changed much, except these days they've gotten weirdly worse. I wish I had gone to hear him perform. He really does have quite a voice.

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  7. thank you for this song - I have always loved it and played it often on my radio show. Sad, and lovely, and everything in between.

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    1. Tara-- I love knowing that you played it on your radio show. He really needs to be remembered for all his beautiful songs.

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  8. I didn't know anything about him and was saddened to read that he died so young. Yes, we should treasure the time we are here.

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    1. Ellen-- He was quite a singer songwriter for a time there in the mid to late 60s. Yes, we only have these times we're living in.

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  9. I've always enjoyed Phil Ochs' music. Thanks for posting this wonderful reminder!

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  10. Thanks for sharing this music, Robin. I enjoyed hearing Phil Ochs and will admit to not knowing much about him or his music, but now I do as I read more online.

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    1. Beatrice-- His music was a part of my life when I was in my teens. He was quite the poet songwriter. I'm glad you liked this song.

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