Sunday, December 27, 2009

Consuela Lee

I hadn't intended to blog during the holidays, but sometimes life happens and attention must be paid. Yesterday evening Consuela Lee, musician, composer, teacher and tireless advocate of arts education for African American youths, died at age 83. Pianist, scholar, inspiration, as well as creator of the musical scores for several of the films of her nephew Spike Lee, she will be dearly missed.

She deserves great tribute, and I'm sure it will be forthcoming from many quarters in the weeks and months ahead. For now, today, her family, friends, admirers and former students, so many of whom say she changed their lives, are simply mourning the loss. All my love and sympathy go to my friend Monica Moorehead on the loss of her mother, the remarkable Consuela Lee.