Having come of age in the 1960s, with everything that came along with that, I am yet another aging human wondering to myself – what the hell happened? It did seem that the world had the potential to change in those days, that perhaps humanity might just, in the famous words of John & Yoko, give peace a chance. How is it that after the great advances made throughout that decade, we are now seeing such an intense resurgence in white supremacy, a body politic indifferent to impending environmental catastrophe, successful attacks on voting rights, women’s rights, immigrants?
Apparently, I’m not the only person of my age feeling like I will be passing along a world to my granddaughter’s generation that is far worse than what I had hoped for as a young man. As an individual without power, it is intensely frustrating – and I do what I can. I write letters to politicians, I work to get out the liberal vote prior to every election, I donate as I can afford to good causes – and for whatever it is worth, I write music that is an expression of my firm belief that every great advance in our civilization, for centuries, has been the work of great liberal thinkers and activists. My music these days, more than ever before, is a direct response to the major societal ills that I see destroying all the good that was accomplished back when I was young, but whose promise stalled as we young folks grew up, got jobs, raised families, and became otherwise so preoccupied by life that we let the flower wither.
So, I was thrilled when a friend emailed me a link to www.thirdact.org. Their website description is right in line with my desire to do more. “Third Act is people over the age of 60 — experienced Americans — determined to change the world for the better. We muster political and economic power to move Washington and Wall Street in the name of a fairer, more sustainable society and planet. We back up the great work of younger people, and we make good trouble of our own.” A perfect mission statement for someone like me!
Any of my musician friends who happen to read this and want to collaborate – get in touch! My dance card is filling up as I’ve been reaching out to like-minded artists as I find them to work on projects that encourage a more sustainable, peaceful society.