In Memoriam

by Steve Shapiro

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IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WE LOST.

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released April 13, 2016

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Steve Shapiro Oakland, California

Steve Shapiro has composed music for hundreds of radio and TV commercials, documentary films, infomercials and other TV programs. He was the music director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, which produced hundreds of award-winning educational films and recordings. He has a BA in Music from Brown University and an MA in Music from the Manhattan School of Music. ... more

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Track Name: NEVER AGAIN
REMEMBERING the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

The anniversary, marked each year since 2005, falls on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland by the Russian army in 1945. One million people died there. The United Nations chose to commemorate victims of the Holocaust on this day.
Track Name: Je suis Charlie
"Je suis Charlie" is a slogan adopted by supporters of freedom of speech and freedom of the press after the 7 January 2015 massacre in which twelve people were killed at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo.
Track Name: The Tragedy of Ferguson
A series of protests and riots began the day after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a police officer, on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The unrest sparked a vigorous debate in the United States about the relationship between law enforcement officers and African Americans, the militarization of the police, and the use of force doctrine in Missouri and nationwide.
Track Name: The Aftermath of Ferguson
The unrest in Ferguson has sparked a vigorous debate in the United States about the relationship between law enforcement officers and African Americans, the militarization of the police, and the use of force doctrine in Missouri and nationwide.
Track Name: Ode To The Charleston 9
Nine people have died in a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. People were taking part in a prayer meeting at the time of the incident.
Track Name: Ode To Freddy Gray
The arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore has sparked protests and accusations of police brutality.
Track Name: Prayer For the Grieving of Roseburg
On October 1, 2015, students at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon were attacked by a 26-year-old gunman, who killed nine people (eight students and an assistant professor) and injured nine others.
Track Name: And Yet Another Massacre
AND YET ANOTHER MASSACRE, THIS TIME IN SAN BERNADINO, CALIFORNIA
Track Name: Paris November 13 2015
A TRIBUTE TO THOSE VICTIMS OF THE TERROR ATTACKS IN PARIS ON NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Track Name: Ode To Tim
WE LOST ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS THIS WEEK . . . TIM GILLERLAIN.
Track Name: Devastation in Mogadishu
On Saturday, a massive blast caused by a truck bombing in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, killed at least 327 people and injured nearly 400. The Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared three days of national mourning, saying "Let us unite against terror."
Track Name: In Memory of The Ghost Ship Victims
On December 2, 2016, a fire broke out in a warehouse, known as Ghost Ship, that was converted into an artist collective in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California. A total of 36 people were killed in the fire, the deadliest in the history of Oakland.
We mourn the 36 victims and offer condolences to the families.
Track Name: ADAGIO FOR JOE
We lost one of the good guys this week. I have known Joe Green for 50 years and mourn the loss of a good friend.
Track Name: Elegy for Parkland: Never Again MSD
NEVER AGAIN MSD is an American student-led organization that advocates for tighter regulations to prevent gun violence. The group was formed in the aftermath of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were murdered by a shooter armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle.
Track Name: Ray Salo Memorial
I mourn the loss of Ray Salo, a good friend and client and wrote this piece in his memory.
Track Name: For The Las Vegas Slaughter Victims
There are no words to ease the pain or fill the void caused by this tragedy. I offer my love and compassion and this mournful music in memory of the Las Vegas shooting victims.
Track Name: Ode To Leonard
LEONARD COHEN died on November 7th at the age of 82. We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries.

“Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything. It's how the light gets in.” - LEONARD COHEN
Track Name: Herman Wouk Tribute
HERMAN WOUK, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Caine Mutiny,” died a few days ago ago at 103. His sweeping novels about World War II, the Holocaust and the creation of Israel made him one of the most popular writers of his generation.

Wouk wanted to know how so many people in Europe and America allowed the Holocaust to happen. He used his novels to look at the various psychological mechanisms and sociopolitical rationalizations that enabled intelligent, generally well-meaning and well-informed individuals to justify or ignore what was right in front of them. People with good intentions, not consciously monstrous, became nonetheless oblivious to cruelty and injustice and these evils were normalized.

We are living in a country where a fascist lover has been elected president. Trump's words are awful. The consequences of his acts can harm people for years to come. Yet, I see the same reasoning described in Wouk's books coming from supposedly educated people, who are fed up with politics in general. Their reaction was to elect and support another politician with the same demagogue and populist ethos that we found in 1930s Germany.

WILL HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF?
Track Name: A Prayer For Our Neighbors Up North
My thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by these devastating fires in the North Bay.
Track Name: Manhattan Terror Attack
Another senseless tragedy. My heart goes out to the families of those impacted and I offer my condolences.
Track Name: Ode To Prince
“As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all.” Barack Obama

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