Sun. June 29th – Open House in Remembrance of Lisa Fishbein

June 17, 2008 at 7:07 am 1 comment

Lisa Fishbein passed away in January of this year. Lisa was a much loved member of the PeaceSmiths community. She often performed music at the Coffeehouse, and led songs at demonstrations. PeaceSmiths recently had a coffehouse in her honor, and it was touching to realize that many of her musician friends knew which were her favorite songs.

Daniel and Dave wanted to have a gathering in Lisa’s honor at the wonderful house she was so proud to share with her PeaceSmiths friends and her choir.

You are invited to an Open House in Remembrance of Lisa Fishbein

Sunday June 29th starting at 2pm
at 557 S. 9th Street
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

Pot luck, please bring a dish to share.

A remembrance…

Richard Barnhart is a frequent PeaceSmiths performer, and friend of Lisa’s, he wrote the following song, which he performed as a poem at the last coffeehouse:

Song for Lisa

Her home had a yard which was a sanctuary
To both bird and cats, plus a pond that housed fish.
If you think that such critters don’t can’t share the same spaces,
Her paradise proved that they could, at her wish.

Her housekeeping party’s a joy to remember:
The place swelled with friendship where happy crowds massed.
The scene was the same for her birthday next year,
Who could have believed that it would be her last?

Chorus (After every other verse):

She had beautiful yellow curls, soft but springy:
If you patted her head, they would bounce in your hand.
Such a beautiful person: her aura projected
A smile from her heart and a strength that will stand.

She taught the piano; she gave private lessons.
She found she was too nice to teach public school.
She overcame stagefright for solo performing
Her knowledge of labor became her jewel.

She capo’d in “G”, which was all that she needed
To sing the great folk songs in her repertoire.
I told her to change strings, she never heeded.
Instead, she just got herself a new guitar.

Her great expertise was in songs of the workers;
Their history had been her master’s degree,
And every spring at the June PeaceSmiths concert
Her sing-a-longs brought new awareness to me.

One dream of her life was to form her own choir.
She finally did so, and it was so fine!
She playfully named the group “Bush is a Liar”
And treated peace concerts to music divine.

It was in the bitterest cold of the winter.
That her mourners gathered to lay her to rest
But the sun overhead shone more brightly then
Reminding of how by her life, we’d been blessed.

The rabbi read “The Hopi Prayer” at her graveside.
Her PeaceSmiths friends stayed when all others had gone.
To find consolation in each other’s presence
And known in our memories she will live on.

-Richard Barnhart
May 26, 2008

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Michelle  |  June 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful….Lisa to the very last word. Thank you

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