Mudcat Café message #372703 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #29393   Message #372703
Posted By: blt
11-Jan-01 - 12:10 AM
Thread Name: Joan Baez - 60 today
Subject: RE: Joan Baez - 60 today
I think the first songbook I ever got was the Joan Baez Songbook. I loved the photos inside and spent many, many days learning the songs inside. She really was the main inspiration for me to learn guitar and to play folk music. I deeply appreciate her voice. But, I think my main admiration is for her ability to combine social activism with her music, a trait that is difficult to pursue in the USA for any length of time, not to mention for 40 some years. I don't know how many people thought of themselves as "protest singers" during the 60s--or can think of their work now in that light--we will always need to be reminded, through music or any of the arts, that speaking up honestly is a divine act.

Happy Birthday, and best wishes, Joan Baez.