Hail and farewell to those we lost in 2020
Lee Cowan reports:"Sometimes, in our lives,we all have pain,we all have sorrow..."Pain and sorrow – the calling cards of 2020. We lost those who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., too: Reverends C.T. In whatever genre, country or pop, the bourbon-smooth voice of Kenny Rogers brought us ballads about gamblers, and lost souls searching for love. ["Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Lovely Spam Spam"]. To all of them, we say thank you and offer a fond "hail and farewell."cbsnews.com
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
San Antonio native Noël Wells releases disco-pop cover of Bill Withers’ song ‘Lovely Day’
click to enlarge Clarion CallActress, filmmaker, comedian, singer-songwriter and San Antonio native Noël Wells (TV’s) has released a disco-pop cover of the Bill Withers’ song “Lovely Day.”Withers, best known for his songs “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day” in the 1970s, died from heart complications in March at the age of 81.“During this whole political season, I’ve been watching people’s roller-skating videos on Instagram as a way of getting a little serotonin bump,” Wells said in a statement. “I wanted the track to feel … something you can dance and skate to and feel really free.”’s review of the song said that “Wells brings glittery disco magic to the 1977 classic.”Last year, Wells, who was born in San Antonio in 1986 and attended Memorial High School in Victoria, released her debut album. At the time, Wells told thethat she was inspired by a perfect storm of emotions she was feeling at the time.“I don’t think I would’ve jumped into doing a whole creative adventure like this if a lot of extreme things weren’t happening,” Wells said. “Writing the album provided me a lot of comfort. Anytime I sing these songs, I feel a lot better.”We can only imagine what kinds of emotions inspired Wells to record “Lovely Day” since 2020 was such a totally normal year.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Elementary School Group Gathers 101 Musicians for Virtual Anniversary Concert
click image Facebook / Roan Forest Elementary Music DepartmentGrab the tissues, because some San Antonio young musicians found a way to persevere and inspire even while the coronavirus has shut down live events.Roan Forest Elementary's Sonido musical group gathered 101 current and past performers for an online cover of the late Bill Withers' Lean on Me. The virtual rendition was posted on Facebook in place of the groups fifth anniversary concert, which was to take place on April 28.Over the course of its existence, Sonido has performed at Spurs games, for the cast of STOMP and for national audiences. Its online performance includes not just vocals but a range of orchestral and band instrumentation plus even some ukulele playing.The video ends with a moving dedication to Bill Withers and to the world that is suffering through these trying times. The videos underlying message that music will never stop serves as a message of hope and inspiration for creative people no matter what their art form.sacurrent.com