Redemption Song

In the midst of all the unrest sparked by the victimization of black men in the hands of police and police being a target for violence, there is so much opportunity for real dialogue. Long overdue are the essential conversations about how community policing must change. Long overdue are the times when citizens and law enforcement come together and listen to understand.

I invite you to take the first step and listen to these voices with an impassioned plea for understanding. Their stories give insight into the truth that could lead us on a new path—a path that will require our courage to think differently, to speak openly and to act toward justice.

Clint Smith, Melvin Russell, John Legend, Adam Foss

Clint Smith, Melvin Russell, John Legend, Adam Foss

America, Americana, and the price we pay to be Free

Happy Independence Day! In my neighborhood of Rogers Park in Chicago, we’ve got cool summer weather perfect for enjoying the outdoors and some great grilling. For the entire country, it’s a time to celebrate our victories as a nation, to celebrate our freedom, and to express our patriotism. But what does this all mean? What is freedom in today’s context?

What does it mean to be an American, to value our liberties and at the same time, recognize that others share that same freedom with us? Today we will hear STORIES that reveal the truth about the men and women who fight for our country’s freedom, not romanticized, not idealized. It’s what most of us don’t see, or don’t know about, or sometimes, even choose to ignore.

On this 4th of July, the American holiday of all American holidays, I’d like to introduce you to the music of Rolfe Neigenfind. Rolfe describes his music as embodying the spirit of Americana with roots in the Blues. A native of North Carolina, Rolfe recently found his home in Rogers Park. I’ll be playing songs from his latest album entitled Chicago now available on iTunes.

Listen. Reflect. Celebrate.

Wes Moore, Rolfe Neigenfind, Sebastian Junger

Wes Moore, Rolfe Neigenfind, Sebastian Junger