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Art (and Music) as Activism

60 minutesWe are regular viewers of 60 Minutes, are you?! They always have interesting feature stories – one of which is usually about the arts or culture. One of our recent favorites was about a Chinese artist named Ai Weiwei. In the segment, he said, “An artist is always an activist” and “If art is relevant, it is political.” We found these very thought-provoking and certainly made us think about how our “art” (actually music) is activism. I would say it’s about peace and harmony. How can our music contribute to world peace? And does our music make a political statement? Well, we try very hard not to get political, although that is challenging when we are NOT aligned with the current “leadership” and chanigans. Nevertheless, we certainly hope our music makes a peaceful statement.

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Is music making a comeback?

Harp ConcertWell, the question implies that music “went down.” We’re all aware that while sports programs are uber-funded in our schools, music and the arts can be under-funded, and in some cases, even completely diminished.

The good news:  I see music getting some excellent attention and kudos these days! For example:  it is not unusual for 60 Minutes, a very popular TV show, to air something about music or a particular musician. And have you checked on Facebook, a super popular social media platform for our generation? Almost daily, I see at least one post about how music helped someone.

So, perhaps it’s two things:  1) yes, music is making a comeback, and 2) it is being re-purposed, used more and more for healing. I vote yes!!

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