05.20.11 He gave, but I hope it's not gone

by Big B

He did it again.
Give Till It's Gone is another example of a true artist - someone tapping into something that is so personal on one hand and so universal on the other - giving his fans something more special than just music.
With this album, he gives us insight into stories that are so personal that I feel almost like I shouldn't be listening.
I feel sadness with many of the best songs on this album, but also great joy because this is lasting music that 'gets it.'
And that's the thing, really -
Ben Harper might be personally going through tough times - I don't know. I won't pretend to.
If he is, and THIS is the album he gives us - something so truthful and pure that it's haunting - than I have to feel like it's FOR SOMETHING.
This is the burden that all great artists - especially the best musicians/vocalist/songwriters who provide a soundtrack to all of our lives - must bear. They must. It's essential.
So my question is -
Do they understand this?
Or do they just go out and do it and hurt and say 'fuck it' and go on being brilliant but torn?
I don't know - I will never know.
We, as fans, will never know.
And that's okay... more»

09.30.09 R7 Health Show

by Big B

I'd love to see Ben Harper & Relentless7 headline a rally/tour/show that promotes health care for everyone.

My guess is that Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson - people like this - all care about seeing everyone in the United States of America covered with medical insurance. I'm sure that they care about EVERYONE.

The music world needs to voice their opinion about this. The people will lead... but they need to be heard. And, the musicians need to be their voice.

Call it the Health Show. Get out and do it! I'll be there!