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Fri, 04 Mar 2005

Best of the Vanguard Years / Tom Paxton
Best of the Vanguard Years I miss protest songs. Partially I miss the music; I like songs that take a stand. But mostly it's the passion I miss, the feeling that patriotism wasn't a default condition of doing what you're told and not making trouble. That being a citizen involved choices, and that there were costs associated with those choices.

Now it all seems so far away. How can a guy with a guitar stand up to the volume and the reach of a Bill O'Reilly? These days, you can't be both passionate and funny. (I present Dennis Miller as Exhibit A.) But there was a time of people like Bill Paxton, who could make a point through a song. Whether it's LBJ and the escalation of the Vietnam War or former orange juice spokesperson Anita Bryant espousing Christian conservative intolerance, Paxton found a way to make the heart sing and the blood boil.

So where are the protest songs of our time? Surely there's a song or two in Iraq. Or how about the threatened dismantling of the American safety net? Or corporate greed and politicians' contempt for the people they're supposed to serve? This stuff is just dying to be put to music.

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