I’ve written previously about folk hero Phil Ochs, but there’d be no Phil if there wasn’t Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. When Pete died this week I went back and listened to several interviews on youtube, NPR and Democracy Now- he was just one of those guys whose spoken words and ideas meant as much as the music itself. What I took away from it all was:
1. All positive changes to the world are incremental, and an artist contributes to the changing of a world. Too many of us throw our hands up and don’t try to contribute because it feels overwhelming or hopeless, but if you don’t make the change about you, and join a movement, the world gets better.
2. politics and art are inseparable.
3. women working with children will change the world. We no longer have to be the best killers- those generations of men before us who hunted the best, won the wars by slaying the enemy- and women and children can teach us that fame, money and power are foolish things to spend our lives chasing.