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              Here it is! Mumcast: The Rick Mummey Show.

Music, art, and conversations with people who have mastered the art of living.

Jan 9, 2017

Should artists, having achieved fame, use that platform to speak their minds on politics? Opinions run the gamut: absolutely yes, absolutely no, in small doses, etc. Don't drag us through the mud or keep us aware...are either of these options an obligation of artists?

Meryl Streep lit things up at this year's Golden Globes with a lengthy dissertation of her feelings on the political climate, waxing eloquent about what are now the standard criticisms of the President-elect. Some folks squirmed, some applauded. Just about everyone in the theater was delighted, not surprising given the mostly-Liberal Hollywood gang. Sound off, leave a comment. I'd love to know where you stand on this.

My two favorite moments of the Globes (which I did not see in it's entirety) were the Katherine Wiig/Steve Carrell bit about traumatic experiences seeing animated films as kids and the very last line of Streep's speech, a quote from Carrie Fisher, "Take your broken heart and turn it into art. The podcast ends with my poem based on that line.