Here Comes The Sun: A Tribute to Diann DeWeese Smith–Program and Playlist


“Anything, no matter what crazy thing I thought to do she thought it  was perfect and that’s the definition I think of friendship.”

~Carol Kleiman

Opening Comments — Recorded live at Diann DeWeese Smith’s Memorial Service

-Carol Kleiman

Introduction to the tribute and a reading of Diann’s writings.

Marilyn R. Campbell Lowe

Speakers collected and recorded at Diann’s Memorial Service

-Ronne Hartfield, Christie Hefner, Maya Friedler, Fay Clayton and Cathy Bell

Diann DeWeese Smith in her own words

Interviews by Maya Friedler

Guests: The author of the latest V.I. Warshawski novel “Break-Down”, Sara Paretsky, Anne Ladky, Executive Director of Women Employed and Pamela Bozman-Evans from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago


When Death Comes by Mary Oliver

Read by Sara Paretsky

The Laughter of Women by Lisel Mueller

Read by the WMG ensemble including Marylin Campbell, Maya Friedler and Cat Jarboe joined by guests Sara Paretsky, Anne Ladky, and Pamela Bozman-Evans

Final Thoughts

-Maya Friedler


  • Kay Gardner, Touching Souls
  • Nina Simone, Here Comes The Sun
  • Kinnie Star, Sun Again
  • Eva Cassidy, Aint no Sunshine
  • Odetta, Go Down Sunshine
  • Peggy Seeger, Not Gonna Give it Back
  • Peggy Seeger, Wish I Was an Engineer
  • Sweet Honey In The Rock, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round
  • Peggy Lee, Ain’t We Got Fun

Read Diann’s Chicago Tribune Obituary here.

“Here Comes the Sun: A Tribute to Diann DeWeese Smith” was written by Marilyn Campbell and Maya Friedler with introductions and closing credits by Cat Jarboe. The Feminist Lens is a production of Women’s Media Group, Inc. Maya Friedler, Executive Producer and recorded in cooperation with WFMT Fine Arts Radio, Chicago; Steve Robinson, Vice President; Peter Whorf, Program Director; Don Mueller, Production Manager. Produced by Maya Friedler; Hosted by Marilyn Campbell; Audio Production and Editing by Cat Jarboe; Directed by Al Nowakowski; Sound Engineering by Josh Sauvageau.

“Here Comes the Sun: A Tribute to Diann DeWeese Smith” is brought to you in part  by Wishbone Restaurant: Southern Cooking for thinking people.  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Wishbone serves fresh food at prices that leave room for more . 3300 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.

Posted by on Monday, March 26, 2012