November 30th, 2012 08:24 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
Tags: Civil Rights, Denzel Washington, Rolling Stone, Sam Cooke
Good Friday to you. We’re just one day away from the SEC’s own private national semifinal game. We saved up the numbers/stats pieces from yesterday and will launch them one after another today as part of our SEC Championship Game preview. From offense to defense to turnovers to hidden stats, we’ll examine the Alabama-Georgia matchup from top to bottom and side to side. That’s all on the way.
But first, your musical/lyrical inspiration this morning comes from — in this writer’s opinion — one of the 10 best pop/r&b/rock/soul songs ever recorded. It just happens to have been recorded by one of the 10 best voices to ever emanate from American radio stations, too.
Sam Cooke’s brilliant Civil Rights anthem “A Change Is Gonna Come” was used in one of the many moving scenes in 1992′s “Malcolm X.” Ridiculously, Spike Lee wasn’t nominated for best director for that picture and the film itself wasn’t even nominated for best picture. Denzel Washington — in his best performance to date — was nominated for best actor, but he lost out to Al Pacino for “Scent of a Woman,” proving once again that any actor portraying a character with a disability has a distinct advantage come Academy Awards time.
For those who watched “Training Day” and said, “Why’d Denzel win best actor for that?” just dial up “Malcolm X” and you’ll soon realize that the Academy was throwing him a make-good award for not tipping its collective cap to him in ’92. A brilliant actor, a wonderful role, a tremendous film, a fantastic job of directing… and a great, great moving song.
Sadly, this masterpiece was first released in 1964… following Cooke’s death in ’63. It was ranked as the #12 song on “Rolling Stone” magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, but I can’t think of 11 better songs.
I’m so glad this popped up first on the ol’ iPod today. I just can’t hear it without being moved.
“Oh, there have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long. But now I think I’m able to carry on. It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change gonna come.”
Headlines, numbers and an SEC Championship Game preview are all on the way…
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