The title is a quote from a play by Congreve (1697). Despite their politics, which I think go with the territory, there are wonderful American singers and musicians that the whole world has grown to love and I would like to hope that their music may indeed sooth rather than inflame current politics.
“Go with the territory“ is the subject of countless essays and thesis since popular music derives from the poor and dispossessed. I do not expect many artists to identify as conservatives. Country music and perhaps religious works being the possible exception but I am not even sure about that; the hymn “Jerusalem” is not conservative.
Anyhow, despite politics, some music sticks in your brain and reminds you of time, place, feeling. Reminds you of your embarrassing crass stupidity, to the time when you discovered something new and wonderful, to the time everything went right.
I still recall my sense of wonder, delight and perhaps homecoming when I made my first business trip to L. A. circa 1979 to attend an Aviation conference, hosted by Lockheed, I think. What I remember most was the “West Coast Sound” at the time, Jackson Brown, etc. I was coming from a protected, inward looking, Australian economy and the coast just blew me away. Anyone remember Chesneys? I bought a second suitcase for the records and Levi’s, but I digress.
A not particularly good recording of the genre but not of that time is Sheryl Crows rendition of Dylan’s “Mississippi” which just gets into my brain as does Tom Petty and many, many others.
The Canadian warblers? They seem to sing songs of depression and loss. Sarah Mclachlan being the chief mourner.
P.S. Like most five year olds I was very proud when my mother taught me to spell “Mississippi “.