Why I love Madison, Reason #862: This past Saturday I was part of Make Music Madison, a day-long free Summer Solstice celebration in which about 250 musicians of all stripes played at outdoor venues (weather permitting) across the city– ranging from backyards to the lobby of our airport. I was stationed at the downtown Madison Library, where Mother Nature smiled the whole two hours I was warbling. It’s a joy to sing, “Here Comes the Sun” and actually speak the truth.
Why I love Madison, Reason #863: Serendipitous musical hookups. Following me were The Raging Grannies, a group of– well, mature– women who fire barbs at the bastards grinding us down with a quiver filled with the likes of “Take me Out of the War Game” and “The Bear Went Over the Landfill.” As a segue between their set and mine I invited them to join me in “This Land is Your Land,” which I altered a bit with a “Walker verse”:
By the Governor’s mansion, ‘neath the old church steeple
In a homeless shelter, I found my people
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this State still made for you and me?
Go Grannies Go!