Stir It Up
Soul of a man
Gil Scott-Heron's tragic heroism - and final reckoning
Published: June 8, 2011
INH is a stripped-down recording, sometimes sounding like an old man musing into a microphone. At the beginning he talks about having grown up in a broken home. At the end he returns to the theme, to deny that brokenness: Unless the homes of soldiers — stationed overseas/ Or lost in battles are broken/ Unless the homes of firemen, policemen, construction workers, seamen, railroad men, truckers, pilots/ Who lost their lives — but not what their lives stood for ... I came from what they 'called' a broken home/ But if they ever really called at our house/ They would have known how wrong they were.
Gil Scott-Heron was another tragic hero in a long line littering the cultural landscape. Most of the tributes and obituaries dwell on and on about "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," and that is the work that is inexorably pinned to his star. But I believe there are more important lessons being taught on INH where Scott-Heron gets so very personal in examining the soul of a man.
His bill is paid in full.
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