Mudcat Café message #1954015 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #98509   Message #1954015
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
31-Jan-07 - 06:58 PM
Thread Name: Folk Process - is it dead?
Subject: RE: Folk Process - is it dead?
Some songs reflective of the Vietnam War era which have (I believe) long-term folk potential...
Sam Stone by John Prine
Get Together by Jessie Colin Young
My Uncle by Gram Parsons

Of these, the most specific to the time is My Uncle, which references "a letter came today from the Draft Board" and the recipient's plan to head for the nearest foreign border, saying "Vancouver may be just my kind of town". Even today in the era of a Volunteer Army, the memory of receiving "greetings" in the mail strikes a chord only for those of us who are 50 or older, and running away to Canada seems like a strange concept, so the topical references may rule out transition to tradition, even though it has a snappy bluegrass beat.

Several songs off of Steve Earle's "The Revolution Starts Now" also have potential as regards the Iraq War. I believe there are plenty of songs being produced that have survival potential, even popular songs by popular artists.