Over the course of nearly 30 years and 20 albums, singer-songwriter, poet, and activist Ani DiFranco has blazed a trail all her own. As one of the first artists to create their own label (Righteous Babe Records in 1990 — she was 19), DiFranco reminds us that folk isn’t about wielding an acoustic guitar; it’s an attitude.
In fact, DiFranco might as well be considered a punk because there’s truly nothing more revolutionary than loving yourself, which is exactly what the 50-year-old icon explores on this year’s Revolutionary Love. “I will tend my anger/I will tend my grief/I will achieve safety/I will find relief,” she sings on the album’s bluesy Feist-esque title track. “I’ll show myself mercy/I’ll show my self-respect/I’ll decide when I’m ready/To forgive but not forget/I will ask you questions/I will try to understand/And if you give me your story/I will hold it in my hands.” Pass the tissues. Better yet, just love yourself, OK?
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