Music Monday: “Lean on Me,” by Playing for Change

I admit, after this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, I have been struggling to find the right song for Music Monday.  I considered “Man in Black,” but I’ve used it twice (here and here).  I posted “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “If I Had a Hammer” just the other day.

My heart is sore.  I have been angry and concerned, by turns, pretty much since last November.  I feel like Cassandra, with people telling me I was “overreacting” … only to be proven 100 percent correct.

Over the weekend, a woman named Heather Heyer was murdered by a white supremacist who drove his automobile, at speed, into a group of peaceful counterprotestors.  Nineteen other people were injured.  A young Black man named Deandre Harris was cornered in a parking garage and beaten with bats and clubs by white supremacists; the images are eerily reminiscent of the Klansmen beating up Freedom Riders in the 1960s.  I don’t want to share the photos here; you’ve probably seen them anyway.

So, I say all of that to say this:  I struggled to figure out what to share today.  And finally, I realized that I wanted to share something by Playing For Change.  This group of musicians, from all around the world, make recordings and raise money to build music schools for disadvantaged kids — again, from all over the world.

We need to lean on one another during times like this.

Music Monday: “It All Fades Away,” by Ramin Karimloo

Ramin Karimloo is one of my all-time favorite performers.  I’ve driven 500 miles to see him perform in a small club, and flown to Toronto to see him play Jean Valjean in Les Misérables — a role which he took to Broadway and for which he earned a Tony nomination.  Please enjoy this video, from a recent performance at BB King’s in New York City, where Ramin is presently playing Gleb in Anastasia on Broadway.

Music Monday, “Winchester Cathedral”

Hi, everyone.  Well, the day for the root canal I wrote about last week has arrived.  I decided I needed a novelty song for Music Monday, because I could use something that makes me smile while I try not to worry!  “Winchester Cathedral,” by the New Vaudeville Band, is just right.

Historical bonus:  Today is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s burial at Winchester Cathedral.