Folk Music: Sing Love, Not Protest

FOLK MUSIC Sing Love, Not Protest I have nothing to sing you that you've never heard;

I've got nothing to teach you that you've never learned.

The lines are from Look to the Rain, and their author, 16-year-old Singer Janis Ian, says that they define "exactly where it's at. When I walk onstage, man, all I can give them is me." It is all that most of today's young singers in the folk groove can give. Traditional folk singers—including the modern figure of Bob Dylan—have usually been purveyors of a musical heritage, chroniclers of their time, protesters against injustice. But today's troubadours...

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