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folk music

If you're a fan of the iconic musical duo, Indigo Girls, then like me, you have a version of yourself that you can't help but launch straight back to the very second you hear the first note of one of their vintage songs. For me, it's a sunburned, cutoff-wearing, 19-year-old version.
I've had a weirdly emotional reaction to Pete Seeger's death. Like, way more intense than I would have imagined. I abandoned him when I grew what I thought was a more sophisticated taste in music; his stuff started to seem too plain, too openly earnest, too babyish. Today, though, I've been listening to his songs non-stop, and nearly every single one of them has made my eyes well up.
That day was the perfect amalgamation of folk, punk and people's spirit: think Pete singing We Shall Overcome. I started out playing folk music and switched to punk when I was 20. But I've always believed that the two movements had a similar philosophy: justice for all.
News of folk legend Pete Seeger's passing earlier today sparked a wave of sadness around the world, and musicians, much like
"I really like the writing process, the conceptualization of new music," Mother Mother's Ryan Guldemond says. "Then recording it, it becomes so real and unveiled. And when you start touring, same thing; you're sort of punched in the face by reality."
There's a special feeling in the air. Actually it's a special aroma -- slightly damp grass mixed with patchouli oil and whale tails. Yes it's the start of that singular season in Vancouver -- folk music festival time.