Mudcat Café message #1190128 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #69858   Message #1190128
Posted By: Bill Hahn//\\
20-May-04 - 05:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Palestine, My Palestine
Subject: RE: Lyrics: Palestine, My Palestine
Perhaps the thread has moved a bit off the original thought. As to the music and the thought that "folk" music does no longer focus on the Israeli/Zionist part of the equation.   I, respectfully, disagree.

I believe that you will find many sensitive songs by caring and talented writers out there that try to speak to the anguish on both sides.   It may be that artists today are more representative of an entire humanity rather than focusing on one side. I could name quite a few, but would rather not at this point for fear of leaving out many.

I know that I have played many such pieces on my radio program.

In the early years of Israel's existence it is true that the music leaned more to a Pro-Israel view. The years go by, the world changes, and, as I said above, it may well be that there is now a more humanistic view in the general musical area. Of course there are some who will compose and perform radical songs for either side---but that goes for the left and right in this country, the pro war and anti war here also.   It is, merely, human nature.

That said--in summary--I don't find any great anti-Israel bias by the folk community in general.

Bill Hahn