silver jews shoutout to dao strom via folktofolk blog

Won’t soul music change now that our souls have turned strange.

This is a public service announcement from Folk to Folk: listen to American Water by the Silver Jews. Pretend i’m your renegade wise older sister with big ole Zooey Deschanel eyes and i’m imparting some life-changing wisdom. You will not see your future in it but it might change your life or at least your day. You will see Virginia birds flying in threes like background singers and you will see David Berman sitting on a porch talking spiritual with a wandering god over a cold beer and you will smoke a pack of camels and it will not affect your lungs and you will feel easy and you will feel something.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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2 Responses to silver jews shoutout to dao strom via folktofolk blog

  1. markweiss86 says:

    dao used that quote in her preface to “the gentle order of girls” which itself is also a rudolph steiner reference

  2. markweiss86 says:

    Folk to Folk is an independent documentary project exploring how contemporary folk music builds communities and creates accessible, participatory spaces across America today. Through a combination of words, photography, audio recording, video, and online media, we’ve set out to explore different scenes across the country.
    We want to share what folk means to those who keep it alive, revive and reclaim it to fit their own personal and communal definitions. Genre classifications are always problematic, especially since disparate influences are everywhere. Some perceive similar values we’ve seen in folk music to be present in hip hop and punk scenes, and who are we to disagree? We’re simply using folk instrumentation as an organizational thread to follow, looking where the spirit has continued to meet the sound throughout history.
    Although there is always an element of nostalgia in folk, there is something new happening here. This is not a revival of the sixties. Contemporary folk communities don’t deify Dylan-esque figures, they encourage a polyphony of voices. Shows are often horizontally organized on the internet, using a network of donation-based all-ages DIY spaces. Vulnerable songwriting and passionate performance strip away the veneer of untouchable hyper-ironic cool that has made a lot of popular music so alienating. Folk music is being used as a tool to connect people with people and empower rather than just entertain.
    Take a look at some of the voices, both sung and spoken, that we’ve gathered so far. Please get in touch with thoughts, ideas or recommendations for this project at . We value all participation and interaction.

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