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Thread #24923 Message #3774223
Posted By: GUEST
21-Feb-16 - 11:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: A Man Can't Grow Old (from Burl Ives)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Man Can't Grow Old (from Burl Ives)
It's time to lay all that McCarthy crap to rest. The blasted UnAmerican Activities Committee did its best to cripple the artistic integrity of singers like Burl. Don't let them get away with it. Even Pete Seeger forgave him at the end. Burl was--as Carl Sandburg said somewhere-- "The best ballad singer of them all." And Alan Lomax described his voice as "sweet and full, high and clear, like a bird singing in the woods on a sunny morning. The song rolls out like water bubbling out of a mountain spring." Watching him in "Station West " inspired me to buy a guitar, and made me fall in love with the Americas--to which I emigrated in later years. He was a fine actor, with a beautiful speaking voice. For him Tennessee Williams wrote the part of Big Daddy in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Woody Guthrie knew him, and believed that Burl never forgave himself for his minor part in the McCarthy garbage; for he always had left wing leanings. Let's celebrate his legacy, and put hatred aside. I am still uplifted by his unique voice.