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Bodley And Brubeck: Steps To Peace
Dave Brubeck performs with his quartet at the 50th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004. Brubeck, 83, made his first appearance at the second Newport festival in 1955 and has appeared regularly since. (AP)

Dave Brubeck performs with his quartet at the 50th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004. Brubeck, 83, made his first appearance at the second Newport festival in 1955 and has appeared regularly since. (AP)

Jazz man Dave Brubeck and music professor/peace activist Derrill Bodley were longtime friends. Bodley wrote the tune “Steps to Peace” after his daughter, Deora was killed in the 9/11 attacks. She was on United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed into a Pennsylvania field. She was 20 years old and the youngest person aboard that flight. You can hear Bodley perform the song here.

Bodley said “Steps to Peace” came to him as a message from his daughter that everything would be all right. In the months after the 9-11 attacks, his search for understanding and solace took him to Afghanistan. He talked about it on the show in 2002. At the end of the hour, we played “Steps to Peace.”

Bodley’s father, also a music professor, was a mentor to Dave Brubeck in college.  In 2004, Dave Brubeck recorded the “London Flat, London Sharp” album and included Bodley’s  “Steps to Peace.” You can hear that version here. You can hear our recent hour on Dave Brubeck here.

Brubeck and Bodley are both now gone. Brubeck passed away last week; Bodley in 2005 in a motorcycle accident on his 60th birthday.

-Karen Shiffman

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  • ms2647

    With the NRA suggestion to put armed security officers, our children will be like prisoners in the scholl guarded by security personnel.  NRA lost their common sense.  It is universal fasct that if their are less gun (or no guns) there will not be any killings.  If I know that there are no guns around, I’ll be moving around the parks or the theaters without being fearful.  And I bet you 100 % of the time we’ll be capable of saving our selves from a physical attack and even a by stander will be very willing to help too.  So our real freedom will be back if there are no guns around.
      Hope NRA next don’t go for Nuclear armaments in people’s possession as second amendmen right.

      Hope the elected officials use their own mind and concious rather than someone else’s money and their minds to serve the people.

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