“I’ve Got A Song: A Living History Of The McCarthy Era”, a program of stories and songs by Nancy Hood with musical accompaniment by James Cooper and narration by Susanna Cooper at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Jemez Springs Public Library.
The performance will be followed by a question period. Although the program is free, donations may be made to Friends of the Library to support costs of production.
Written and performed by Nancy Hood, “I’ve Got a Song” depicts Nancy’s childhood experiences growing up in a leftist family during the McCarthy Era. Complementing the stories is a musical selection including spirituals, union songs, haunting love ballads and nonsense songs. A backdrop of family photographs and newspaper clippings completes this living history lesson spanning from the mid-‘40s through the early ‘60s. Evoking laughter and tears, this program draws the audience into a child’s courageous struggle with adversity and persecution.
Reflecting on “I’ve Got a Song”, Pete Seeger wrote: “I am lucky that the seeds I planted in 1949 are still thriving. Keep on…” Historian, Howard Zinn, endorsed the program stating: “Nancy’s performance piece is a delightful reminder of the connection between songs and social justice. I found it a pleasure to listen to and truly inspiring in recalling the historic struggles for a better world.”