I've started listening to KEXP during the workday again. It's been really exciting because they are playing a lot of Neil Young's Living With War and Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Sessions. I wrote about these albums on Riveted, the blog for Rivet, which is a fantastic cultural/arts-oriented magazine that I work for. These albums have really captured something that resonates very strongly. Earlier today I said that Springsteen (and Young also) make folk music relevant to a mass audience, in a way that it hasn't been since the 60's. Or so I've heard, that is.
I wrote about folk music here and then later, here. And I talk about it a lot. After seeing John McCutcheon play last weekend in Town Hall which again reaffirmed my musical goals in life, and my conclusions about genre from the Pop Conference, I am really, really glad to hear this music on the radio. It's proof, without explanation, that people are responding. That music carries a message is a given, but that it's explicitly acknowledged for that very trait is…inspiring. As someone who writes music, my reaction is: "What more could you possibly want?"