A Song for Joe: Celebrating the life of Joe Strummer is a fundraiser for independent music venues that are being decimated by COVID-19. It took place yesterday, on what would have been Joe’s 68th birthday. Part of me can’t believe that he’s been going for 18 years already. At the time, news of his death hit me as hard as Bowie’s passing did in 2016. This show was a great way to honor his legacy and lasting impact.
Last night I watched the live stream. Then I immediately watched the playback again from the beginning. As I’m writing this, it’s streaming in the background. If you have no idea who Joe Strummer is, or why he continues to be important, you need to take a couple of hours. Listen to some great music by amazing artists and learn.
“This is not a time to be dismayed, this is punk rock time. This is what Joe Strummer trained you for.”
– Henry Rollins, Joe Rogan Experience, 11 February 2019
This was a message that I needed to hear this week. It resonates along with the Søren Kierkegaard quote currently making the rounds, “Faith sees best in the dark”. When there seems to be no reason for hope, we somehow find a way to carry on. The worse a situation gets, the more clear our necessary course of action becomes. We need to fight, however we can, with whatever means we can, on whatever level we can.
I don’t know if A Song For Joe is only going to be up for a limited time, or if they’ll keep it on YouTube forever. Check it out as soon as possible. Keep fighting the fight, and help keep independent music alove.