For Lenny: Episode 6
Leonard Bernstein was an activist, at heart and in action. He used his art to speak out for social change, against injustice, and to the bigger picture of truth, beauty and humanity. He made music in the world.
That has been a tremendous inspiration to me as an artist, making music as we are now, in troubled times. Bernstein's example keeps me fighting the good fight, out on the road and the airwaves, taking American music to communities where it matters and where it can create dialogue, understanding, and maybe some healing of divides.
Joining me this week is Rhiannon Giddens, another American artist who never hesitates to speak out strongly through her music, and to examine the truths of American culture, no matter how painful and complicated.
As always, LB said it best: "It is the artists of the world, the feelers and the thinkers who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing and shout the big dreams."
Catch Rhiannon and me in Brooklyn on February 7, celebrating the launch of FOR LENNY at National Sawdust! TICKETS