June 5, 2004



When I was a little kid my earliest memory was one of my my mom ironing shirts while watching J.F.K.'s funeral on t.v. I remember that she was crying and I didn't understand why. I was only 3 years old, yet I remember it like it was yesterday. It was embedded in my memory like ink on a page. It made me sad yet I didn't really know why. I can still see the black and white t.v. and my mom's sad eyes. It seemed like everybody after that was getting assasinated. I'll never forget Martin Luther King's death and Bobby Kennedy's death and Rosie Grier crying on t.v. If people were't getting shot at then they were overdosing on drugs or somthing else. Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Mama Cass stc.. Vietnam was in full bloom and there were protests and Walter Cronkite on the evening news. I was always asking my parents to explain why we were fighting in Vietnam and they could never really give me a good explanation. Images were being funneled to me nightly on t.v. and it really scared me. By the time John Lennon got shot I was in college and it seemed like everyone on campus was frozen in time.

Toady as I watch the news of Ronald Reagan's death I feel sad. Although I never voted for him, I can't help but marvel at what a huge part of history he played in this amazing country. I'll never forget him lying in a hospital bed after the assasination attempt on his life and him apoligizing to Nancy for forgetting to duck. I love a good sense of humor and he used to crack me up. He was a fascinating man with an amazing history and quite a love affair.

Tonight I will have a shot of Jameson in his honor.

Rest In Peace Ronald and safe travels.



Posted by steve at June 5, 2004 8:40 PM


"Let me give him his due: he would have been a hell of a king."

--Tip O'Neill
former Speaker of the House and Dutch's political adversary

Posted by: Rev. Spankalot at June 5, 2004 9:21 PM

" I love a good sense of humor and he used to crack me up. He was a fascinating man with an amazing history and quite a love affair."

Steve, you have such a lovely way with words, and once again, you just capture how I feel. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: tori at June 6, 2004 7:38 PM

Yeah Steve,
He had a good sense of humor and he always seemed to be happy and smiling more than not( which was refreshing to see from any politician let alone the President) sorta made you feel like everything was A-OK. Hear ! Hear ! ---To Ronnie! "Safe travels"
Mary Lynn aka Guitar Gal aka PlusOne

Posted by: Mary Lynn at June 6, 2004 8:16 PM

Very nice tribute.
Yes... also jetted back to the JFK moment.
I was four.
I remember how much my parents loved him, and I recall thinking he must have been a really great president because Captain Kangaroo wasn't on for a week.

Posted by: susan at June 7, 2004 12:06 AM

Not to change the subject, but that picture is great. :)

Posted by: ms p at June 7, 2004 3:34 AM

I would like to let you know I saw you when you dropped in to the (thanks I had to do some explaining re your bus song to my 13 yr old :) ) I wanted you to know and I hope you read this I would never have been exposed to your sounds if you hadnt dropped in to the basement. thats why im writing you. The powers that be have pulled the live feed from the basement so there is no longer live radio/tv which is a shame because I never would have heard your performance or known who you were. I am a canadian and have a petition asking that they bring it back. I doubt they will listen to this canadian but wished you to know how gratefull I am to have at least had the chance to hear you live. Thank you very much for dropping in that day.

Posted by: Ray-ell at June 8, 2004 9:21 AM

So, I hope you're feeling better right now.
That was a great tribute.

Posted by: Anny at June 9, 2004 12:07 PM

Uh, he also did a lot of terrible things as president --- ignored the aids crisis until it reached epic proportions, created an enormous debt, increased the gulf between the rich and poor by tax reductions for the rich and social service reductions for the poor. If you are disgusted with W right now, you might want to look back at who W's heroes were.

Slate and Salon have some good analysis of the Reagan years to balance out the sentimentality and distorted nostalgia that is being shown in most of the media.

Off my soapbox now.

Posted by: grace at June 9, 2004 5:06 PM

Way to go, not letting your politcal views hinder your human compasion for someone who just kicked the bucket is very noble.

Posted by: eek at June 10, 2004 8:25 AM

Sorry to offend you. After working with victims of the former president's policies -- people with aids, the homeless, the poor -- it is hard to have compassion for the man. I wish he had more compassion for the disadvantaged when he was alive and in power. But I probably picked the wrong forum to make my point.

Posted by: grace at June 10, 2004 3:49 PM

It amazes me, especially with you being a super hip musician and all, that you would give a tribute to RR, and still have yet to mention the void the world has suffered from the loss of Ray Charles and the contributions he has made. If you ask me (and I know you didn't) he contributed much more sunshine than Ronnie ever did. Shame on you Steven!! Shame on you!!

Posted by: whatswrongwiththeworld at June 18, 2004 12:25 PM

It is not distorted nostalgia. If you are reminicent of what you felt were good times in your frame of reference, then they were 'good times' nonetheless.

You can not blame an epidemic on one man. I did not vote for him, and I don't know much about him but for crying out loud, you cannot blame AIDS on Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: whatever at June 18, 2004 1:36 PM

I think it is interesting that eek, whatswrongwiththeworld and whatever used sort of anonymous names to post their thoughts about Reagan.

I read this somewhere, and I agree:
"Not everybody wants to stand up and point out bad things about a dead guy, even if they think them. It's in rather poor taste seeing as how the man's body isn't even in the ground yet. So don't be surprised that there are a lot of quiet, polite people who don't agree with the mourning masses, but aren't about to stand up and yell "HEY, YOUR DEAD HERO WAS A SCHMUCK!" Just because we don't agree, doesn't mean we can't be civil."

There is so much sadness when a family looses a loved one.


Posted by: nicefreckles at June 18, 2004 3:38 PM

I have to agree with Grace, he hurt more people than he helped. Just because someone dies doesn't mean you should give them more respect than you would have during their life. Way to stand up girl!

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