Monday night Radio Free Silver Lake presents the first week of Judson McKinney’s February residency Tuesday at the Silverlake Lounge. Last year we had a chance to speak with Judson at several RFSL shows. He often stayed past the last set to talk about his new projects, the craft of songwriting, and some of the artists who have influenced him most. As a way of introduction to his residency we asked him to continue that conversation in a guest post.
By Judson McKinney
Five Songs from Five Artists that Matter to Me (and You)
In case you haven't tuned in yet, Radio Free Silver Lake will be presenting Night 1 of my February residency at Silverlake Lounge. A night that launches a whole month of great music, all free, every Monday night. In preparing for Night 1, RFSL has asked me to write a little about the music that I love and that has been influential to me.
I'd like to look at five amazing songs from five tremendous artists.
1) "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos" – Woody Guthrie
Time spent in Guthrie's canon keeps one away from complacency, whether one is an artist or a human being. Guthrie was an idealist, but so vastly different from many today, in that he was also a poet of great skill.
This particular song, also known as "Deportee," was apparently written by Guthrie after his astonishment that the news coverage of this crash did not include the names of its Mexican victims, who were migrant farm workers. "The radio says, They are just deportees."