Friday, January 22, 2021

Black Ribbon Day

A few months ago, I was singing the only Gordon Lightfoot song that I know by name while making something to eat in the kitchen. It might have been the fact that I only knew about a third of the lyrics that inspired me to write my own song about a historic event -- but rather than write about a shipwreck in Lake Superior, I wrote about something that happened on August 23, 1989 in the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. 

This was when they declared their independence from the Soviet Union by holding hands between their capital cities: over two million people stretched out over about four hundred miles. I thought that this was a pretty amazing story that more people should know about, which is why I wrote Black Ribbon Day:

A revolution need not be violent. In fact, had the people of the Baltic States chosen that route, they almost certainly would not have achieved the same results. 

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