Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Folk music still has a voice


Modern (by "modern" I mean post-WWII) folk music has helped to bring various causes to the attention of listeners. From the Dust Bowl ballads of Woody Guthrie and workers rights songs of Joe Hill to the social justice songs of many in the 1960s, folk music has been used to raise the collective consciousness and to rally sympathizers.
That tradition continues today.

"(The) plan calls for 698 miles of fence at five locations along the 1,940-mile border. The barrier would be modeled from the San Diego fence, a two-layered reinforced fence with roads, surveillance cameras and sensors. Cost estimates run from $1.5 million to $2 million per mile."
- The Washington Times

"All over America, in the very same communities where food is raised, Americans have to turn to food banks and church pantries for their meals." - "Over 9 million children are estimated to be served by the America's Second Harvest Network,... representing nearly 13% of all children under age 18 in the United States."
- America's Second Harvest

"October (2006) is on course to surpass the October 2005 death toll of 96. Before that the deadliest months (for U.S. soldiers in Iraq) were January 2005, at 107; November 2004 at 137 and April 2004, at 135."
- Associated Press

"Scientists and engineers have a right, indeed an obligation, to enter the political debate when the nation’s leaders systematically ignore scientific evidence and analysis, put ideological interests ahead of scientific truths, suppress valid scientific evidence and harass and threaten scientists for speaking honestly about their research."
- Scientists & Engineers for America


Chris Smither - Origin Of Species.mp3
from Leave The Light On available from Signature Sounds

Brett Dennen - There Is So Much More.mp3
from So Much More available from Daultone, or Amazon.com

John McCutcheon - Our Flag Was Still There.mp3
not released - more info on John McCutcheon, including downloadable .mp3s, here

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