Happy Spring Everyone!
My younger son Van, age 7, has been getting a lot of use from our turntable lately, repeatedly spinning Stevie Wonder’s masterpieceTalking Book and the Beatles’ Rubber Soul. Van also has a healthy obsession with 80’s Dolly Parton tunes like “9 to 5” and “Islands in the Stream.” This Saturday April 22nd on Record Store Day, I’ll be looking to expand Van’s listening a little by fleshing out our strangely thin Beatles LP selections and maybe picking up some early Dolly (Stevie we have covered) at the friendly and well-stocked Village Music World on historic Bleecker Street in NYC. Village Music World is a wonderful long-standing small business that has stocked my CDs and Reckoning LP for years now (and whose community-minded owner Jamal just happens to be an immigrant of Muslim heritage), and guitarist Jamie Fox and I are happy to celebrate this and all neighborhood independent music stores by performing a set of my tunes in the shop, starting around 8 pm.
Another way I’ll be celebrating spring and good things is by joining the People’s Climate March in Washington DC on Saturday April 29th. The 2014 People’s Climate March in NYC was an amazing experience (you can see clips of my singing and other festivities there in the video for my song”Gospel”) and I am happy to play a tiny part in this broad and expanding movement towards a sustainable planet. “It’s going to take a long time, but we’re not going away.” It seems we don’t have a lot of time before climate change becomes irreversible but in any case, the future – for health, for justice, for jobs — lies here. If you’d like to join us, check out People’s Climate Movement online for information about buses, local organizing, etc.
Thanks for listening!