With a hammer and a song

 
TWO GREAT, RELATED
THEMES IN AMERICAN
MYTHMAKING ARE
CREATION AND
REINVENTION — OF
COMMUNITIES, THINGS,
EVEN OURSELVES. THE
PROTEST SONG “IF I HAD
A HAMMER” URGED
LISTENERS TO CREATE
A NEW SOCIETY WITH
HAMMERS, BELLS AND
SONGS. MUSICIAN AND
TEACHER STEVE BROWN
ISN’T OUT TO OVERHAUL
THE AMERICAN WAY
OF LIFE, BUT HE DID
REINVENT HIMSELF, USING
A HAMMER, A SONG AND,
YES, A (SCHOOL) BELL.
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Late last summer, UAF’s Davis Auditorium filled with fans of National Public Radio’s live music program, Mountain Stage, for the taping of the second show in its two-day run. My friends and I found a few seats together in the back of the auditorium among a typical Fairbanks summer crowd — Hawaiian shirts and gray ponytails, younger folks in jeans and Carhartt cut-outs, little kids skipping down the aisles to their seats.

 

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