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Thread #57244   Message #1481284
Posted By: CapriUni
09-May-05 - 11:39 PM
Thread Name: songs about disabilities
Subject: RE: songs about disabilities
(Aside: Just watched The American Experience: The Carter Family on PBS, and have "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" going through my head as I'm typing this.)

One question I've asked in this thread a couple of times, and it's come back to me now, is this: "Why aren't more songs about disabilities actually written by people with disabilities?"

Most "Sailer songs" were written by sailors. Most cowboy songs (the early, pre-Musikbiz ones, at least) were written by cowboys. Most farming songs were written by farmers. So why is it that most of the well-known songs mentioned in this thread (including all three in the Digitrad links at the top of this page) written by non-disabled people?

And this has been as much a question of my own psyche as of the "society at large." Why do I: an articulate, communicative adult woman, have so much trouble when it comes to communicating my own experience with disability -- an experience that has touched every aspect of my life since the day I was born?

Why does my brain shy, like a skittish colt, away from the idea of writing a novel about a protagonist in a wheelchair? Why can't I seem to write that "Disability Rights" song that I'd be proud to sing at a rally in Washingiton?

Maybe ... just maybe... I've got to sit myself down and force myself to do just that... hmmm...

Does anyone else out there have subjects, like this, that makes their brains skittish?