Saturday, April 05, 2008

2 Days Late Or 363 Early

Well, Garageband and I are working hard to rectify our differences. We may need to call in a mediator. Not to mention You Tube's refusal to upload this piece all of yesterday.

Friday, I wanted to take a moment to review how lucky we are for the generosity of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family. They made tremendous sacrifices while he was still among us and after.

I was 3 years old when he was assassinated. On the first anniversary, I remember explaining why it was a terribly sad day to a 3 year old White neighbour friend. These are the things pre-school children talked about back then. I was roughly the same age as my son is now.

Race is now dealt with in an “age appropriate manner.” And for some small reason, I’m glad I can lead on our strength and resilience rather than our victimisation and oppression.

So - here is what I came up with - better two days late than never at all.


Sean said...

1) I don't know whether you found the sound track or made it, but it's pretty awesome.

2) It's cracking me up how much Winston, with long hair, looks like a miniature Norman.

3) Overall I'm mixed up a bit on reaction because I recognized Winston and so many other people and places (your front yard, etc) in the video, I wonder how this looks to someone who isn't familir with them.


Christina Springer said...

Thanks Sean.

1. I should have mentioned that the accapella voices are Sweet Honey In The Rock. I'll actually post about that later. The rest of the soundtrack is my argument with Garageband. So - I arranged various loops to make something I hoped would work with the film.

2. Yes - he is his father's son in so many ways more than hair.

3. I made this piece for me. I'm not sure the whole world will relate to it. But, it wasn't about the whole world. It was about the fact that you and I are friends. And that I am blessed to live in a community which is not colour blind , but culturally aware.

So, I'm glad you could see us inside of the larger picture I referred.

Big Man said...

It interesting that you were able to have a conversation about race at 4-years old. I don't think I understood it enough at that age to explain anything to anybody.