I’m Not Afraid (LIVE)

I Fear is the challenge to overcome or to succumb and either way your work’s not done Once you think you’ve got it licked you’ve only learned half of the trick Just because you lose, or win, doesn’t mean a goddamn thing the next time that the fear begins II They say the fear ofContinue reading “I’m Not Afraid (LIVE)”

Slit Skirts

Aging gracefully is one of the great challenges in the life of a rock’n’roller. Many artists have pissed away their maturity chasing the tail of their youth. Just as many have gone to an early grave without having to confront the challenge. Then there are the few who tackle it head-on. Pete Townshend was aContinue reading “Slit Skirts”

Genius In Our Midst: Bragg

“We’re actually recharging our batteries: me from the audience and their response, and the audience from me and my songs and ideas. We’re recharging our batteries so we can go back out there and fight the good fight, get our own little space wherever we are. I’ll do my bit, and you’ll do your bit,Continue reading “Genius In Our Midst: Bragg”

The Price I Pay

  Billy Bragg is a songwriter who follows in the footsteps of giants like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Phil Ochs. Many of his songs dive into the guts of the working class, the poor, and the victims of capitalism, racism, and war.   This isn’t one of those songs. He’s also a geniusContinue reading “The Price I Pay”

Pieces of a Man

This song has haunted me from the first time I heard it. The despair in the lyrics is matched by the clear-eyed pain of the vocals. The poetry stands on its own but it’s the singing that makes the hairs stand up. The piano and bass are pretty tasty too.The son of an opera singingContinue reading “Pieces of a Man”