If you’ve had a conversation that lasts more than two minutes with me in the past month or so, you’ve probably heard me go off on some rant about the current political climate and America’s current administration. Believe me, I’d love to talk about something else, but every time I turn around, something new and horrifying has happened and I get angry and riled up all over again.
Now, this may seem tangential, but my creative pursuits go in waves. Sometimes, I’m all about novel writing, sometimes it’s comics and drawing, and sometimes it’s music. Lately, it’s been music. And here’s where it connects: the single upside to my current mood and reaction to American politics has been to write a slew of protest songs.
Now, there’s a long history of musicians picking up an instrument and address injustice and inequality. Guys like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Woody Guthrie made their careers writing songs of protest (sure, Dylan moved away from that pretty quick, but that’s how he started out). Speaking out for the less fortunate, the voiceless, the silent masses – that’s what protest music is all about.
And so, despite my distaste for the current administration and its policies, my songwriting has felt pretty inspired lately. I would gladly trade inspiration for a different president, mind you.