Lisa Ann Wright: Welcome!
Hello and welcome!
Not much new to see here...yet! Working on some new songs and figuring out how to jump back in after not writing for a long time. Since I last added songs here, a few giants of the musical and literary world have passed-- Pete Seeger and Joe Bageant to name two.
As for little me, I still haven't quite figured out how to integrate songwriting, theatre, improving guitar skills, activism and this whole messy thing called "Life." But if you like a work in progress you might like what I'm working on. Will be adding new content in a few weeks and hopefully will have some events to post. I wrote "Don't Go Frackin' Round in My Backyard" (on Downloads page) while living in upstate NY as a smart farmer's response to the oil and gas industry's sophisticated landman whose assurances and promises didn't get him very far.
Environmental problems like climate change and extreme energy extraction are huge-- and sometimes spending time with the written word can seem somehow less effective or important than getting on the street, in the courtrooms and fighting for elected officials who will stand up. I guess I have come to believe we just need to rattle everybody's cages. Maybe it's the role of the artistic folks to just get out there and tell the truth best they can, to the best of their ability. In the words of the late, great Joe Bageant:
"Even the threat of toasting planetary life is not enough to shake Americans loose from this disconnect. As Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Guy R. McPherson points out, “79.6% of respondents to a Scientific American poll are unwilling to forgo even a single penny to forestall the risk of catastrophic climate change. Scientific American readers undoubtedly are better informed than the general populace. And yet they won’t pay a thing to avoid extinction of our species. Kinda makes you warm and fuzzy all over, doesn’t it?” Let us pray the next generation is a tad sharper."
I remember Joe's advice to me as a songwriter and blogger: "Now do me a favor sweetie. Try not to be contrived or witty. Write straight from the heart and wit and the truth will come."
I miss Joe.