I went out to see Jon Brooks twice this weekend. Jon is a folk singer in the great protest song tradition.
“The highest aim of song is to invoke empathy – to offer that rare sight of ourselves in others. In this sense, the folk singer is simply trying to politicize love, hence, my contention that today’s songwriter should be a lobbyist for compassion to be our principle representative in government office.”
I first heard him earlier this year when my friend Ray was opening for him at the Black Sheep, in Wakefield. Later, I “friended” him on MySpace and we messaged back and forth a couple of times and, at one point I mentioned that I had sponsored refugees from Kosovo and he told me he was writing some songs on the refugee experience. He then asked to interview me on my experience.
I am looking forward to that… He’s someone whose convictions and voice I admire.