I know it is Veteran’s Day and I do salute all vets today – Salute. But I have to write about something that only comes along once and then it is gone. Yesterday November 10th, 2015 was the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and it actually does have significance to me because it is one of my first memories as a child. I have lived in Michigan most of my life and Michigan does hold a unique position of all the states. It is one of the few states that has a lot of stories of shipwrecks. Underneath the Great Lakes are roughly 7500 shipwrecks. The Great Lakes are infamous for their storms. Most of the time the lakes are calm and serene but when they have a storm it is best to head inland. The Edmund Fitzgerald is simply one casualty of many but it is famous for a song and it is something I remember.
Gordon Lightfoot has several hits to his credit. The thing is in Michigan his most famous hit is The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. If it hadn’t been for this song, the ship and its crew would have probably been noted as nothing more than another shipwreck in the long history of shipwrecks. He was a long time performer in the 70s and is still alive today. The thing that made the Edmund Fitzgerald famous was not the wreak itself, it was the song that soon followed after it.
The song is haunting and deeply spiritual for the lack of a better word. You can’t help but feel sad if you listen to it and yet conjures up a respect for the Lakes and the power they have. Today I am just looking back at yesterday and remembering that I watched them read the names of the 29 crew members and ring the bell recovered from the Edmund Fitzgerald in the 1990s thirty times (one for each man and one more for all those lost in the Great Lakes). It is sobering moment if you are in the right frame of mind. Then you listen to the song and it is even more sobering.
The Soul Rundown:
Reading – yeah not right now.
Writing – No I am not doing NaNoWriMo this year. No I will not do it again while I am in school. That said I am thoroughly enjoying this blog as a therapeutic way to break from school each day.
Family – Future daughter in law’s birthday.
Finances – School baby. Doing well.
Blessings and Cheers!!!