Friday, July 11, 2014
He'd been suffering for the past several years, had stopped playing in public and in the recording studio.
I never met him but he certainly had an impact on my opinions about the role of musicians in the modern world. Mr Haden used his music to speak his mind about the foibles of democracy, about revolution, the rights of every person to live his or her life in freedom and the hypocrisy all around us. Those beliefs certainly rubbed some people the wrong way but....
Then, of course, the love he had for his family stands out in a world where relationships can be as disposable as paper cups. He started out singing and playing with his family's country & western band in the late 1940s and, in 2008, gathered his children, wife and friends to create a new musical experience along those lines for his "Rambling Boy" record.
Many Jewish people believe in "tikkun olam", that we are on this earth to promote healing, to help repair what lies broken around us. Though not a Jew, Charlie Haden, through his music and his activism, was just that kind of "repairman" and we were quite lucky to have him in our midst.