Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Shake Me

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is “Shake Me” by The Blue Bell:

All I can say is that these guys rock. It’s amazing who you’ll come across late at night when you’re not looking for anything in particular. I stumbled on these guys on Amazon Prime music. So listen on and see if they don’t get your feet dancing.

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Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Creator: Yola

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Creator is Yola Carter or Yola:

Yola is a British singer-songwriter. She was born in Bristol. And her new album is called “Walk Through Fire”. It was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. It’s not her first album but if there is any justice, this one is the one that will send her star into the heavens. She has a major voice. So listen. Enjoy. And here’s another from her 2016 EP Release “Orphan Offering”:

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Uncle Bardie’s Movie Spotlight: The Light Between Oceans

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Movie is “The Light Between Oceans” (2016):

If you had to choose between the one you love and your conscience, which would you choose? This is one of several themes of “The Light Between Oceans”.

Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) returns to his native Australia from the battlefields of World War One. He is a wounded man and he knows he is a wounded man. He can’t get the war out his head. To find some peace, he volunteers to be a lighthouse keeper. The lighthouse is on an island miles off shore.

Running away from life, he finds life in a woman who lives in the Western Australian town that is the jumping off point to the island. Isabel (Alicia Vikander) falls in love with him and he with her. Alone on the island, he realizes he wants to say yes to her proposal of marriage.

Tom and Isabel are happy on the island in the early days of their marriage. Their life together on the island seems perfect.

On the island, Isabel loses both of her babies during pregnancy. Then a row boat comes from the sea. On it are a dead man and a baby. Isabel wants to keep the baby; Tom wants to do the right thing and report what they have found to the authorities. This is where Tom’s dilemma begins.

At the end of the movie, I still can’t answer the question of whether I would have made the choice Tom makes. Just like I don’t know which child I would have chosen if I were Sophie in William Styron’s “Sophie’s Choice.” Or whether I would have made the choice Scobie makes in Graham Greene’s “The Heart of the Matter.” Would I have chosen the choice Danny’s father made in Chaim Potok’s “The Chosen”?  I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.

Perhaps this is the moral of “The Light Between Oceans.” There is no right answer and there is wrong answer. There is only a human answer.

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: To Be Young Gifted and Black

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is Nina Simone and her song, “Young, Gifted and Black:

The playwright Lorraine Hansberry inspired Nina Simone to write and perform this song. Lorraine Hansberry was an African American playwright. Her most famous work is “Raisin in the Sun”. After her death in 1965, the autobiographical play, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” ran off Broadway for the 1968 – 1969 season. Nina Simone’s song was meant to inspire black children everywhere.

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Creator: James Baldwin

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Creator Spotlight is James Baldwin:

A prophet does not predict the future. Predicting the future is the work of the oracle. A prophet speaks the truth. Not because he or she finds it easy to do so. It is not easy to speak the truth. Because they make angry those they love or those who have the power to destroy them. A prophet simply does not have any choice. Just ask Amos or Jeremiah of Old Testament fame. They have been driven to speak what they must speak no matter the consequences.

A prophet has to be fierce in their determination and show no doubt of the truth they are speaking. And they are fierce and show no doubt because that truth has lodged in them a very long time. Maybe as far back as the beginning of time.

James Baldwin was fierce and he was a prophet. And he was an outsider as prophets are. He was an outsider twice over. Not only was he an African American. He was also a gay man.

Being an outsider, he left the United States and went off to France. It was there he learned to live as a human being. It was there he learned write brilliantly. It was there he learned to speak the truth.

From abroad he saw with a clear view the destructiveness of racism for both blacks and whites. He saw how that hatred was tearing the country apart and would ultimately destroy. And continues to do so. He came home to the United States and began to speak Truth. And he spoke it with love. Perhaps it’s time we should listen.

James Baldwin’s biography