Star Apps: Michael Franti
Singer and musician Michael Franti‘s activism is a mainstay. What’s changed over his almost 30-year career is his perspective on how best to effect change. “As I’ve grown, I want to be part of the solution, and I want to be not just pointing the finger at things that are wrong but saying how we can be part of fixing it,” he says. I chatted with Franti about his tour, how he creates change at home, how we can be part of the solution, and the app that’s become a positive force in his life.
On this tour, there are no veils. It’s you onstage, playing acoustically and telling stories. That sounds like a very vulnerable place to be. I feel very vulnerable. I am used to having this big band behind me that kicks a–, and I know everybody’s gonna dance and have a fun time. But when I go up there and it’s just me and a microphone and a guitar, it’s a little more nerve-racking. On this tour, I decided that I wanted to go through all the songs through various periods of my musical life and play songs that I haven’t played in a long time and then go back to that place in my mind and tell stories about where I was in my life in those times. There are a lot of really funny stories, some growing pains stories, and some remembering bad times when I was doing stup… [Read more]
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