Various Artists – These Times
These Times looks at our western society through the eyes of some observant songwriters as we struggle through the first decade of this new millennium. These songs will take you on a musical journey that will make you angry, make you laugh, make you stop and think. These Times follows in the tradition of the broadside ballads that have been sung since the 16th century. Originally broadsides were printed on one side of a piece of paper and only included the lyrics with the name of a popular tune below the title. The subject matter was most often in the form of a complaint against the crown or some other repressive authority. Broadsides were posted on walls, in town squares, or in pubs for all to see and learn. These Times contains some modern day “complaints” including the misuse of natural resources, the absurdity of war, and the excesses of our contemporary society, among others. We hope some folks might want to learn one of them too.
Compilation produced by Bill Garrett.