“This is all because of Joe McCarthy.” John McCutcheon, folk musician and songwriter extraordinaire, was on the stage at Proctors Sunday night. He was talking about the network of folk venues and series like our own Eighth Step, which is now housed at Proctors, and which was hosting a release concert for Rise Again, the sequel songbook to Rise Up Singing, the venerable 1200-song, tiny-print, words-and-chords only songbook that has enabled thousands of groups of people to sing together over the past 25 years.
At her birthday party last month, when it came time to light her candle, I handed my seven-year-old a box of matches. One of the kids gave her a funny look and said “I don’t think you should do that.” I explained that she only used matches with parental supervision, but that we had taught her how to do it safely and she was quite good at it. Continue reading →