A letter of thanks from Gil Scott-Heron

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Back in 1997, TVT Records decided to reissue a handful of Gil Scott-Heron's albums — namely, Winter In AmericaThe First Minute of a New DayFrom South Africa to South CarolinaIt’s Your World, and The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron. On March 27th, prior to signing the contract and receiving his advance, a clearly enthused Scott-Heron took some time to write the following letter of thanks to three of the record executives involved in the deal.

Just delightful.

Transcript follows. Image courtesy of The Daily Swarm.



Transcript
BROUHAHA MUSIC INCORPORATED

245 EIGHTH AVENUE
SUITE 333
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10011

MARCH 27, 1997

TO: VERA
RE: MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR "H"
AT: 23 EAST 4

LET ME TAKE THESE TWO LINES TO SAY
THAT I'M SORRY I WASN'T THERE YESTERDAY
BUT LOOK FOR ME AROUND TWO O'CLOCK
'CAUSE RIGHT NOW THAT'S WHEN I'M PLANNING TO STOP
THIS NOTE IS TO ALLOW MY FAVORITE TRIO
A CHANCE TO GET SET FOR OLD SOULFUL MIO
I'M DOING THIS IN CASE I DON'T STOP TO SAY THANKS
SINCE I'LL BE IN SUCH A HURRY TO GET TO THE BANK
I THAT EXPLAINS WHY THE HELL I SPENT
SO MUCH TIME ON THIS FINE DOCUMENT.

WHAT I'M SITTING HERE TO SIGN
MEANS MORE TO ME THAN DOTTED LINES
WHAT I'M PREPARING TO DO RIGHT HERE
WILL BE THE HIGH OR LOW POINT OF MY CAREER
THIRTY FIVE YEARS OF PIANO PLAYING
THIRTY FIVE YEARS OF POETRY SAYING
TWENTY SEVEN YEARS OF RECORD MAKING
FORTY SEVEN YEARS OF RULE BREAKING
A FINAL TEST FOR THE SPIRITS I FOLLOW
THE REJECTION OF FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.
BUT SINCE I AIN'T AS RICH AS J. PAUL GETTY
PLEASE, (IF YOU CAN), GET AT LEAST ONE CHECK READY

(DRUM ROLL AND TRUMPETS BLARING:)

TO STEVE AND VERA AND RANDY
NO WEED, NO BEER AND NO BRANDY
BUT FOR GIVING MY SPIRIT SUCH A LIFT:
THERE WILL BE FOR EACH OF YOU A PERSONAL GIFT:

gil