Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Instrument: Tenor saxophone
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)
The image accompanying this post by Marc Riboud.
This morning I spent a few hours in a coffee shop on the island. Sitting in the empty front room, I read from “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, of which I’ve been working my way through this past month. I’m currently on the chapter “Impossible Victory: Vietnam.” I was particularly horrified by the description of the My Lai killings:
“There was an order to shoot by Lieutenant Calley, I can’t remember the exact words–it was something like ‘Start Firing.’
"Meadlo tuned to me and said: 'Shoot, why don’t you shoot?’
"He was crying.”
“I said, 'I can’t. I won’t.’
"Then Lieutenant Calley and Meadlo pointed their rifles into the ditch and fired.
"People were diving on top of each other; mothers were trying to protect their children…”
(quotations from “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn).