Memorial Day Weekend, all about barbecues, family vacations, drinking beer, and in Miami, hiphop partying. All good, but Miami folk singer Matthew Sabatella prompts us to remember the holiday's origin of honoring American soldiers who have died. And in these global times, perhaps we could extend that to remembering the toll war takes not just on us and ours, but on the children of the rest of the world as well.
That idea also fits Sabatella's Memorial Day offering, The Vacant Chair, a Civil War era song written for Thanksgiving, 1961, as families on both sides of the war found themselves looking at empty chairs and remembering the lost sons who should have been sitting in them. The song is apropos to, though not on, Sabatella's Songs in the Life of Abraham Lincoln, the third in his Ballad of America project.
This weekend only, courtesy of Miami Music Matters and Sabatella, you can download The Vacant Chair for free at Sabatella's blog, Celebrate With Song, as well as read the lyrics and Sabatella's thoughts. Check out upcoming shows etc at MatthewSabatella.com