FOLK MUSIC AS WOOLY MAMMOTH
PRESERVED IN ICE
(inspired by the PBS fund-raising special
JOHN SEBASTIAN'S FOLK MUSIC REWIND)
Did you see old man John Sebastian
on the Public Broadcasting System?
He now looks a little like George Segal
and sounds a lot like Peter Coyote.
Did you see old man Barry McGuire
singing EVE OF DESTRUCTION?
He now looks like a retired WWE wrestler
and wears NYPD patches on his black T-shirt.
Did you watch this tribute to old folk music
in the comfort of your home
as people protest and die in far-off lands
and American media propagandizes
about the evils of WikiLeaks
and the perfidy of Julian Assange
(the timing of the latter is rather convenient)?
Did you once gather for communal singing
and peaceful demonstration
until you "grew out of it"
because too many people told you
that standing up for the rights of others
was passe and not likely to lead to good job offers?
Of course you did.
And I did too.