Kintsugi (金継ぎ?) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold. The philosophy treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
In preparation for our Labor Day Concert at the Cass District Library, I’ve put together a powerpoint with over 200 images documenting the labor movement. Beginning with the labor shortage in Jamestown in 1607, through the years of slavery, the women’s movement, child labor, the International Workers of the World and on up to today. Hope you can come – Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30.
Lin Pollard suggested the Hags do a Labor Day concert, celebrating the music and history of the labor movement. We thought it was a great idea, and so did the Cass District Library. We’re looking forward to performing on Sept. 3rd at 6:30. In the meantime, we are discovering amazing songs and histories. As you may know, the Women’s Suffrage movement was linked to the labor movement — women wanted equal rights! Still do!!! The song Bread and Roses is a marching song for the suffragettes. The photo is of Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested in 1914.
The Winsome Hags are excited to be part of the Minority Coalition’s Juneteenth Celebration at the Calvin Township Hall this Friday, June 19, from 12 – 2 pm. Join us for soul food, music and a little history. All free!
When it comes to Earth Day sentiments, Joni Mitchell’s refrain nailed it: Don’t it always seem to go/ that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone/ Pave paradise/ put up a parking lot. That’s why Big Yellow Taxi is considered the #1 Earth Day Song, and that’s why Taxi will be the Hags final number next Saturday the 16th at Lawless Park. In addition to Mother Earth, we want to pay homage to Joni, an inspiring songwriter, guitarist, musician and painter. Okay, she’s an awesome human being. Here’s something I found on Wikipedia that you might not know: While some of Mitchell’s most popular songs were written on piano, almost every song she composed on the guitar uses an open, or non-standard, tuning; she has written songs in some 50 tunings, playing what she has called “Joni’s weird chords”.