Invoking the crowd rallying spirit of Pete Seeger and Woody's son Arlo, Scanlon wears his politics, environmental activism and acute social awareness on this workman's sleeve and God bless him for it.
Like most socially conscious singer/songwriters, Scanlon offers litanies of social ills, eco-woes, and global inequalities. But unlike many, Scanlon actually does something besides play his sprightly banjo to fire up the disaffected. He is founder of the Massachusetts Recycling Coalition. He's a Vietnam vet whose sense of humor that serves his songs, especially I Love Singing and If I Played The Tuba admirably.
What I do find somewhat contradictory, though, is while Scanlon rightly bemoans the loss of American jobs and the rights of the poor, he neglects to show that many of those jobs do aid in creation of a new and rising middle class in other countries, slowly resulting in the defeat of once oppressive regimes. Of course I soundly agree with him that America has become one of those oppressive regimes, but that's why ingenuity is always the engine of change, and why democracy, warts and all, is a constant and beautiful evolution of ideas. The song, Blue State Liberal, is available as a free download at www.patscanlon.com.
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