How Do We Call Out What's Bad?

John Darnielle, frontman and songwriter of The Mountain Goats, said one of my new favorite quotes on the latest episode of the podcast I ONLY LISTEN TO THE MOUNTAIN GOATS.

He was talking about how his favorite protest songs are upbeat and fun. They’re about serious issues but they’re also songs you can dance to. And then he said this:


“It’s great to call out what’s bad but if we can do it in a way that everyone still has a good time along the way, we’re more likely to get more people involved.”


This is my entire motivation behind how and why I do stand-up. I want to talk about confession. I want to call out the types of issues we get nervous talking about but I think there’s a way of getting there that can involve a lot of silliness and laughs.

Yes, the actually message is serious but laughter can make it easier to swallow. I can’t believe I’m about to reference this but, “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.”

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