The first TWO Good Mourning Cafes are now complete!
Thank you to Kimberly Atwood who donated the gallery space, helped set up the exhibition and served comfort food to our guests. She worked tirelessly to help the evening flow! Thank you to Cathi Schwalbe, who, on Wednesday night spoke about her porcelain "BREATHE" plates, made especially for the cafe and Susan Messer McBride for her contribution of dinnerware and ceramic mugs. The mugs will be for sale on this site and a portion of the proceeds will support future cafes. Thank you to Debi Buzil and Kenny Dread for their big hearts and transformative Kirtan chants.
Special thanks to Corinne D Peterson for being such a powerful artist, attending the cafe and talking about her motivation to participate. Her art work was the perfect beginning, fusing inner life with outer reality and served as a meaningful start to the conversation which followed.
Good Mourning Cafe was warmly received by those who attended on Wednesday March 1 & Friday March 3 at Elephant Room Gallery. A new family is born. Here is some evidence!
In honor of the many artists who transitioned in 2016 here is a playlist put together for the cafe. I googled the artist's last song. I found most of them, but some have either not been released on Spotify, if at all.
Though Prince's death was unexpected, the last song, Big City, on his last album HITnRUN,phase2 contains a sense of melancholy. Question: Do you believe we know somewhere deep inside when the end is imminent? Or is the ending of this song something else? Coincidence? Fatigue? Just something to think about.
From Vanity Fair Bruce Handy, April 28, 2016
"Like the album itself, the ending of “Big City” now echoes with an unintended poignancy: with the performance sounding as if it’s about to break down, Prince stops singing and says, almost sheepishly, “That’s it,” followed by a hit on the snare and one final blast from the brass section and then, at least on the version of the album I downloaded from iTunes, an appropriate if eerie 49 seconds of silence."
Not all of these musicians died in 2016. Included is a link to the Kanye West song. The powerful way the sang came into existence is the reason I included it.
David Bowie Lazarus
David Bowie Blackstar
David Bowie No Plan
Leonard Cohen You want it darker
Leonard Cohen Traveling Light
Leonard Cohen String Reprise/Treaty
Warren Zevon Please Stay
Warren Zevon Keep me in your heart for a while
feat. Paul McCartney Only One
Prince Purple Rain
Prince Way Back Home
George Michael White Light
George Michael Heart of the Matter
Bernie Worrell I'll be with you
Bernie Worrell The Moment
Merle Haggard Sing Me Back Home _ Live
Merle Haggard Silver Wings - Live
Keith Emerson & Greg Lake Trilogy - Emerson Lake and Palmer
Debbie Reynolds All I do is dream of you
Debbie Reynolds & Gene Kelly Finale
Carrie Fisher Sonnet 29
London Symphony Orchestra Serenade No. 2, in A flat major, OP. 16