Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Jack Layton dies
As soon as I started writing this I thought of Charles Mingus, who was a very outspoken jazz bassist, not afraid to speak his mind and play for what he believed in. By many a jazz fans and musicians, it is sometimes easier to let vocalists, folk singers and other genres do the work of protest. A great example is Pete Seeger. Seeger devoted his career to speaking out for what he believed and he used music for that purpose. Here is a great song "Bring Em Home" he wrote during the Vietnam War.
Why should jazz not touch our way of life? Why should it not comment on what's going on in the world? Is Jazz not a part of what is going on? I believe it is and we should fight for our rights. Mingus fought hard:
There are musicians today fighting, people like Dave Douglas come to mind, fight for all that we believe in.
Here is to the good fight!