Celebrating Gil Scott-Heron

In Celebration of Gil’s life
©2022 by Pat Kelly

Gil Scott-Heron was born on this day, but never got around to say, how he wanted to be remembered.
So we reminisce his mastery of the spoken word, the countless lives he, Brian Jackson and bandmates touched the world with ‘storm music,’ in order to understand, Gil as a man.
We all know by now he was; born in Chicago, raised in Tennessee, and later, New York.
At times seeming complicated to others, Gil spent his life working relentlessly to get his messages across; beginning with Small Talk…, to 17th Street, to Ghetto code,’ Toast to the People, New Beginnings, and A Lovely Day, are samplings of music so profound, he was the Revolution not televised.
While at Lincoln University, he formed his first group, Black and Blues. Next came Gil’s musical collaboration with Brian Jackson and the Midnight Band, Ameer Façade, and Amnesia Express. Together, these musicians left their mark in history, and blueprints for generations unborn.

Gil brought light, and sarcasm in H20 Blues…laughter and irony in Whitey on the Moon.
A man who’s legacy is still being fought in an e-war that should never be.
Gutter vultures need to be taught, this was a brother not to be bought.
Gil valued simple things; old-fashioned honesty, beauty and truth.
Is it valued still? Does it now matter to us?

As Gil’s partner, and mother of our first born, we profoundly feel the void.
Also, his beloved sister Gayle, sister-in-law Marion, their children and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and family on both sides of the family tree.
His laughter, smile, and unselfish compassionate spirit remains a positive impact in our lives, and is still being felt.
He is reminisced for precious, and personal moments we shared. The man with a sharp, quick wit, and giving heart born once uttered this epitome of truth. “I’m gonna be a hard act to follow.”

Sleep In Peace, love.

Ed Brady on guitar, Gil on piano at at SOB’s performance. Photo (c)Pat Kelly
Writer/Photographer Pat Kelly, and longtime partner the late Gil Scott-Heron backstage at SOB’s.
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