April 8th, 1896, gave to the world Yip Harburg.
13 years later to the day, we were given John Fante.
In these times of unemployment, of recession, of poverty, may we still find art to turn to, that can remind us of our fundamental soul.
May we still find Yip Harburg and John Fante.
May we still sing “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” and then do so.
May we still read “The Brotherhood of the Grape” and then join it.
May we yet still receive more like Yip Harburg, more like John Fante.
May we still write and read, listen and sing.
May we still have soul.
They used to tell me I was building a dream
With peace and glory ahead
Why should I be standing in line
Just waiting for bread?
Once I built a railroad, I made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it’s done
Brother, can you spare a dime?