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Listen to Ani DiFranco’s New-ish Album “Red Letter Year” September 29, 2009

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this is an interview by “mindful mamas” magazine of feminist musician and reluctant icon ani difranco.  i was going to embed a music video, but this inteview about the birth of her baby and her thoughts on motherhood was more interesting.

to celebrate its release on 9/30/08, one year ago, here is red letter year.  click on “listen.”  other albums are available here with certain songs available for listening (windows media player required).  click on the album you want, and the songs that are available are clearly marked.

now, i will say that i am fairly disappointed in the obama-lama-ding-dong water-carrying in her new song, “november 4, 2008.”  click on the link to watch her perform it, either live in front of an audience, or solo.  i mean, come on.  ani difranco has been political all her life, but it was more of a “the personal is political” and “keep your laws off my body” type of politics, and less hero-worship.  in fact, i dont believe i have ever heard her hero-worship anyone, and i wish i hadnt heard it now.

shes a smart girl, and i assume that the implications of the racist, misogynist, classist homophobic liberal left havent escaped her.  she just decided that it didnt matter, for the time being.  she must have damn good reasons.  i wonder what they are.  anyone know??

heres a partial review of the album from “feminist review“:

Red Letter Year is one of those records about—dare I say it?—hope. Its folksy tunes praise Mother Earth and the blessings we all share at the end of a devastating political era. You don’t have to be a longtime fan of Ani DiFranco to be convinced that it is desirable—hell, even possible—to live in the woods, knit your own socks, grow your own food, and exist in a woman-centric world (assuming you don’t already). Just as public rhetoric swirls around the sweeping changes that are coming, Ani reminds us that another type of radical life for us as individuals is possible now. Her life and work is all about putting forward ideas for radical action, and this album is no different. Red Letter Year finds our indie heroine a little older, wiser, and a bit more hopeful.