“The first time I heard there was trouble in the Middle East, I thought they were talking about Pittsburgh.”

On Friday, one of the nation’s most important artists died. Gil Scott Heron is dead.

(If you got all the way to the nine minute mark and wanted the rest of the song, look here.)

The musician and author, Scott-Heron died on the afternoon of May 27, 2011 at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York City, after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip.

“As Wall Street goes, so goes the nation. And here’s a look at the closing numbers – racism’s up, human rights are down, peace is shaky, war items are hot – the House claims all ties. Jobs are down, money is scarce – and common sense is at an all-time low with heavy trading. Movies were looking better than ever and now no one is looking because, we’re starring in a “B” movie. And we would rather have John Wayne…we would rather have John Wayne.

‘This ain’t really your life,
Ain’t really your life,
Ain’t really ain’t nothing but a movie.’”

Gil Scott Heron 1949 – 2011

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.

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