TJ in San Diego
Believe it or not, financial success was never anywhere near primary in my motivations in the CMT. When I auditioned for them they asked me if I was "into folk music", my response was to sing "If I Had A Hammer" and "Banks Are Made Of Marble". I had learned them from Pete Seeger" Almanac Singers. I was also a young member of the W.E. B. DuBois Society and a member of the Communist Party. (I think its time we stopped apologizing for this and be proud of what the Party stood and fought for for all those years.They were, in 1955, the only other people around who saw things the way I did.My dad was a steelworker and I was the oldest of 8. It's not hard to figure that out! And I was 16, for God's sakes - James Dean was our idol and a workingclass hero was something to be.
The Trio has just put out a 3 DVD set that covers our our,and our career just about, (This is not a commercial insert). We talk all the way through about the lyrics of the songs, of the political satire, and of the natural politiziation of what we were singing about. Granted - I was already pretty much of a leftist, but the others - even John Denver later on - Heard it and came on board.! Oh yes - the arrangements, the harmonies, the fact that we were rather good musically and loved doing it a lot- that helped sell the Message - these days I'm doing it in sermons!
Chad Mitchell Trio