Bruce Cockburn on New Music, Protest Tunes and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
"MC: Artists like yourself and Bob Dylan and others included a lot of social activism in your music. Today the political climate resembles the heated protest culture of the 1960s. What do you feel is the duty of a songwriter in times like this?
BC: Well, the first and foremost duty is to make art. Delivering polemics is not effective and it doesn't ring true. But for me the first thing you have to do is write a good song. The second thing you have to do is it has to mean something and then what it's going to mean is going to be determined by the things that are on your mind. .."
When he wound up 16 Horsepower in 2005, after four studio albums of feverish force, Wovenhand were already a going concern, a nebulous outlet for his recurring themes of faith, conflict and salvation. The same gothic pall shrouded both bands’ music, a union of post-punk, leftfield country and galloping blues, Edwards dispensing lyrics with a restrained fervour in keeping with his status as grandson of a Nazarene preacher from Colorado.
Edwards’ religion isn’t just central to the music he makes; in many respects, his religion—or at least his very cerebral and personal exploration of it—is the music he makes. “That’s the lens through which I see everything. It’s not something I just use to use,” he told his hometown newspaper four years ago. “I don’t know anything else.”
Acoustic versions of some great Simple Mind tunes
From 100 Greatest CCM Albums of the '70s
Another great album ....