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The Elizabeth Riley Band on music and politics: Women’s Worlds 2011

June 27th, 2011     by Julia Horel     Comments

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Today’s audio burst is “The Elizabeth Riley Band on intergenerational exchange.”

Transcription follows the podcast.

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The Elizabeth Riley Band talks politics (mp3)

[musical intro] All together? Ya. Okay. We are the Elizabeth Riley Band. So there. [laughter] We kind of like being an all women band. There’s a certain ease/ yeah/ collegiality/ double x chromosome/ food/ chatting/ we always eat a lot. Not too much ego/ That’s right/ Speak for yourself. [laughter] Okay, how is our music political? Being I think just women, sets a precedent, in one thing, you know, that we’re, it just comes natural to me that music and politics or being political is hand in hand. It’s not separate for me somehow/ but a lot of your songs are about specific political incidents or an event or a news issue or something like that. So that’s what you want to talk about in your music. Yeah, I think, what i wrote on that site that we were looking at the other day, the songwriters site and figure our what it is that i like writing. It’s things that are inconceivable to me, that are very difficult to figure out, right, in reality and who can, so music becomes the only place to voice, to feel like you actually have some power to change something, through music/ yeah. Alot of my songs are sort of angst about relationships and whatever/ the personal is political/ so that’s like the personal. yeah/ it’s true eh?/ i think a lot of what you figure out in relationships, there’s a political dimension to your personal life. you don’t always know about it or think about it. I think songs can be really powerful tools for exploring different ideas but also just as mobilizing arts and i think, that’s one thing that we’ve kind of built a repertoire of songs that really speak to women’s lives in a more political way, which i like because it allows us be active in trying to change things as wellb because when you highlight these things in an art form/ that’s right/ you can get at it at a much deeper level I think. Thanks everybody! We’re the Elizabeth Riley Band. Ciao baby. Bye! [musical outro]

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