Monday, November 28, 2016

YouTube: Lara Downes: "America Again" live at Le Poisson Rouge New York City, with host Skip Dillard Saturday, November 26, 2016

Lara Downes: America Again
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Lara Downes and Skip Dillard

Published Nov. 26, 2016

The NYC launch for Lara's solo album "America Again", inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem "Let America Be America Again". 

In conversation with Skip Dillard of WBLS 107.5 FM, Lara discusses the role of the American musician as activist and advocate, especially in a time when the nation is in need of unity and healing, coming together and moving forward. 

“Today, as I write these words, we are living again in troubled times. For too many Americans, circumstance and skin color still keep the promise out of reach, the dream deferred. The hard-won rights and long-sought justice for which our parents and grandparents fought are too easily slipping away. The rifts and rivalries that divide us as a nation seem to run deeper than ever. But still, we dreamers keep dreaming our dream. This music is a tribute to the generations of Americans who dream the impossible: black and white, men and women, immigrants and pioneers. It tells the story of their journeys, their loves and longings, their hardships and their hopes. American music is made of everything we are, coming from so many different people and places, expressing so many different dreams.”
— Lara Downes

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Thank you Bill! It was a beautiful evening. I hope you had a good and restful thanksgiving.  My best  L  [Lara Downes]

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