The Root Of It All

The world is undeniably in deep turmoil. For many years most of the trouble seemed to stem from foreign soil.  The roots of injustice belonged to someone else. With 2016  in full throttle, it’s obvious there is trouble everywhere. The trouble stems not only from injustice, but deep veins of unjust behavior and oppression that have been going on for decades if not centuries.

Music is a great healer and has been written to soothe the weary soul for millennia. It is the tradition of many cultures to sing together creating one voice in an attempt to engender a better future. Music from the church, music from buskers, peacekeepers, activists, and the oppressed bring us together with myriad sentiments carried forward through the ages.

So go back. Go back in time and bring out traditional folk music for live performance and engage an audience to sing with you. This is the time to grow an incredible audience and earn a living as a musician without writing all the music yourself. That singular fact has been a  form of oppression in this industry for much too long. As we all know the best paid musicians do not write their own music, much of which bows to romantic vanity.

I can’t find a credible source to reference who first said:

“Change does not take place easily. Anyone who’s read history understands that.”

But of course, it’s true. Be the change for the sake of music.

Here’s a great source to help find traditional songs in public domain that can help you build a set list: Be sure to read the disclaimer at the top of the page. There are songs from many genres or you can write your own arrangement to fit a more contemporary style.

In its purest form, music is clearly intended to bring people together. Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez are great references for folk tunes that made a point while urging people to come together for the good of humanity.

We shall overcome.

We shall live in peace.






About scout66

2017 marks the 33rd year of Janet Hansen’s career as a music marketing specialist. With three Grammy award-winning campaigns to her credit, Hansen has also contributed to the legacy of two of history’s most popular songs. “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams is the most-broadcast instrumental tune in history; and “Louie, Louie” by The Fabulous Wailers is the most-recorded rock song in history. In 2009 Hansen launched the unique music platform Scout66 to encourage reviews of live shows from the ticket-buying public. You may contact Janet at for information on consulting, campaigns, and tour support. Please follow us on Twitter at
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