Saddened tonight by news of the death of legendary poet and spoken word/rap pioneer Gil Scott Heron.
I had the opportunity to see him perform many times, back in Chicago and after I moved out to LA in the mid-'80's.
He was one of the most inspiring performers in concert that I ever had the pleasure to see up close - not the greatest voice, nor a virtuoso, but someone who was utterly transparent, soulful, musical in every gesture, and smart with the kind of x-ray vision that certain truth-tellers possess.
His struggles are famous and it seems he lead a very hard life. Hope he is in a better place now.