I grew up loving folk music. It soothed me through many troubles, and I think I related to its simplicity. It reminds me of the oral traditions of the south, where stories are shared and handed down through the generations. Folk music is another way of telling these stories.
There is a sense of peace and serenity in the cadence of many of these songs.
And while there is a feeling of simplicity in these songs, many of them address issues that are in no way simple, because they tell us the stories of life, and life is not always simple.
I am reminded of some of my favorite singers of folk music from the 1960's. Peter Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, and more.
As a teenager during the 60's, I was probably unaware of the underlying themes of many of these songs. It wasn't until later that they spoke to me in a different way. That there was more in life that I needed to understand and think about.
Folk music is still with us today, but I think of the music from the past and the singers who have begun to pass on. I am happy that I can still enjoy their contributions.
They contribute to bringing me the simple life.