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Retribution; in-fighting; stalling; personal attacks;  Sounds like a plot from HBO’s hit series Succession. Actually it’s politics as usual these days.  And just like the hit show, it’s hard to find a likeable character among our current elected officials. Singer/songwriter Larry Folk follows up his moving song of goodbye (Gathering of Friends) with a to-the-point commentary on the current political climate.  Though  never intended to be released publicly, the atrocious level of un-civility that exists in today’s politics begs for the song’s inclusion in his upcoming CD LESSEN THE BLUE.  In the tradition of the great protest songs of the past, Larry’s take on the outrageous behavior is a biting statement on our divided reality.   Hey Politician! is a fast, upbeat Bluegrass scorcher that calls for a to return to civility.  In the words of Bob Dylan, “You gotta serve somebody.”  When it comes to our public officials, that should be the people.

Coming September 13, 2024

Lessen The Blue

Larry Folk

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There is a Power (Amandla! Ngawethu!)

Upon reading Mark Mathabane’s Kaffir Boy, (A derogatory term used by the ruling whites in South Africa towards black men) Larry learned of the chant of the black majority at rallies to end Apartheid. The chant, Amandla! Ngawethu! (Power is with us!) inspired Larry to write a song with the zulu words. The resulting song was sung on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, and
at Toronto City Hall at rallies to end Aparthied. After the end of the oppressive regime in South Africa, the song was shelved.  Until now.  We live in strange times. Larry decided to revisit the lyric, compose new music, and write a message that resonates for all of us today. Division accomplishes nothing. Our lives are inherently better when we are united.

 

215 (Two Hundred Fifteen)

After viewing a CBC documentary on the Old Residential School in Kamloops BC, Larry was moved to write 215 (Two hundred-fifteen).  Larry knew it was not his story to tell, and this song is simply a reflection on events. The final line uses the metaphor spoken by survivor, drum-maker/musician Norman Retasket in the documentary.  Grateful thanks are offered to Norman for agreeing to share his words in this song, and it is dedicated to him and the community that lived the events.

 

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Lessen the Blue (Live)

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Larry "LJ" Folk

Singer/Songwriter Larry Folk

 

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