Hello friends. We gave a song-fighter here today who many of you may know, Dr. Ross Altman. Probably the best, most literate topical song writer working in Los Angeles today. He’s a doctor of English literature but traded his professorship for a life as a political songwriter, musical historian: if there’s a issue that needs a song, Ross has on the spot lyrics and tunes, writing in traditions from Woodie Guthrie to Tom Paxton. Welcome Ross.
Ross: Thanks, Blase, it’s a pleasure and an honor to be here with the veterans from Great Britain, Brian Willson, and Michael Prysner. I should say in the interest of full disclosure that I am not a veteran. I’m just a folk singer for peace, so I feel in some sense a fish out of water. But I want to start because Carl Hemming has joined us from England, and he is a poet as well a solider who brings to mind – I do have a background in English literature – the great poets of the First Word War from England left an indelible stamp on English literature. The greatest anti-war poetry ever written was written by those soldiers. Read More