"Just like your own wounds, the world's wounds will call for attention in increasingly devastating ways until they are acknowledged" -- Charlene deGuzman
"If he's a lone wolf, why are there so many of him?" -- Ivan Coyote
The largest mass shooting in US history was not two days ago. It was December 29, 1890 near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Nearly three hundred people were killed, including two hundred unarmed women and children. Twenty US soldiers received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Then there was the Colfax massacre on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1873, in Colfax, Louisiana, when 150 black men were murdered by Southern Democrats. The state historic marker erected in 1950 says "On this site occurred the Colfax riot in which three white men and 150 negroes were slain. This event on April 13, 1873 marked the end of carpetbag misrule in the South." The marker still stands.
The term "lone wolf" was coined by White Aryan Resistance (WAR) founder Tom Metzger in 1983. America has wounds we've never acknowledged. They will call for attention in increasingly devastating ways until we do.
Like every working musician, I couldn't help but be shaken by a massacre at a concert. Not the first one. Sadly not the last.
Then the loss of Tom Petty brought home how much music means to us. We never met, but he taught me as much as any teacher and soothed me as much as any preacher.
So I go back on the road teaching, preaching, and soothing. It soothes me just to see your faces every night, to know we share a love for music and meaning, and to shake your hands after the show.
Johnny is taking a break for the month of October. I'll be appearing in-the-round in Black Mountain with my songwriting friends Chuck Brodsky and Jimmy Landry, and with The Sentimentals and a chamber orchestra in Denmark and Germany.
OCT 7 SAT
Black Mountain, NC
OCT 21 SAT
OCT 27 FRI
OCT 28 SAT