Braver Angels recently hosted a conversation between me and my “Red” friend Greg Smith, a blue-collar Ohian, former police chief, and loyal Trump supporter. Soon after Biden’s inauguration, Greg wrote a facebook post demanding that liberals stop calling him and his friends “racist.” When Greg asked me to engage in a public conversation about this topic, I was terrified. However, the topic–and our friendship–seemed too important for me to say no.
Want to hear some moving and creative new songs written to support a great cause? Check out the “article” (conversation) below that I wrote with my friend Ronni Lynn (Here’s a song we wrote/sang together)! It features some of our favorite submissions to the Braver Angels Songwriting Contest. To be considered for future articles and contest prizes, submit your song before July 4th, 2020!
or CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE on Braver Angels Media page.
I recently became “Director of Cultural Engagement” for Braver Angels (formerly “Better Angels”)–a political non-profit fighting to depolarize America. In my new role, my biggest initiative has been launching a national songwriting contest, which you can read about or even enter here. Together with legendary songwriters Peter Yarrow, Steve Seskin, and Aaron Barker, as well as a committee of musically inclined Braver Angels, we’re trying to create more ways for artists to get involved and support our work. You can read about my past work for Braver Angels in my “It’s About U.S.” project.
Today, Braver Angels Media released a podcast interview about about how the arts can help bridge the political divide. The interview featured the incredible Philippa Hughes–the leader of Looking for America–and me! You can watch below or listen here.
If you missed the tour’s 9 shows across the East Coast, you can catch it below!