John writes a lot of activist songs, leaning fully to the left, though he has also been a prolific singer and songwriter of kids songs and spiritually tinged songs of the seasons. “Christmas in the Trenches” (from his 1984 album Winter Solstice) tells the story of the Christmas truce of 1914. Hail to the Chief is made up entirely of malapropisms from George W. Bush. I especially love his rhythmic and inspiring “Step by Step” (the longest march, can be won).
John appears live on the 11th at the Alberta Rose Theater.
Movin’ On runs from noon to 1:30 every Friday and features live and recorded folk, political, and women’s music on Portland’s only community radio station: KBOO, at 90.7 fm or streaming live at www.KBOO.FM
Laurie Sonnenfeld hosts most first and third Fridays and Don Jacobson hosts on most 2nd and 4th Fridays.