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October 2, 2007 |
The appearance of Martin Sheen on Saturday's show and especially his rendition of "How Can I Keep From Singing" (Listen) brought in a number of letters from listeners. Anna wrote: "I was driving home through the beautiful rolling hills in Northwestern Illinois and when Martin Sheen chanted the hymn of lamentations, I was profoundly moved and had to park off the roadway to assimilate this extremely moving moment. He honored the people of Burma and their struggles and made us all aware through his song to value freedom and those who are dying to fight for theirs."
And Anne G. wrote: "I was truly moved by his hymn singing and his dedication to the cause of peace."
Ruth O. wrote: "It was so nice to hear Martin Sheen tell his story, and how he got started in social justice. I was moved to tears by his heartfelt singing of that beautiful hymn."
And Peggy P. up in British Columbia wrote: "I heard Martin Sheen singing 'I Cannot Keep From Singing' on your show and was transfixed. It had such a haunting beauty, and his singing had such a honest simplicity, it was a perfect match (especially not being overpowered by musical accompaniment). I was so happy to listen to the rebroadcast to hear his heart-stirring rendition again."
It certainly was a stirring moment. There was a torrent of applause and then Maria Jette came onstage with tears in her eyes afterward to sing her song, and so we had to exchange a few inane remarks, and I had to remind myself NOT to say that I was frankly a little sick of the song having heard Martin rehearse it sixty times that afternoon in his dressing room. He is a great guy, though, and I was glad for him having that big moment. Of course when a megastar like him comes on the show, it's our obligation to harass him a little and make fun of his hair and write dumb stuff for him to do ("Captain Ahab don't want rehab") but in the end Mr. Sheen shone and bravo for him.