Cellist-songwriter-cyclist-activist Ben Sollee is no stranger to speaking his mind, so two weeks ago, he climbed the steps of Washington, DC’s Lincoln Memorial, sat down with his cello and sang. The act, filmed by Mason Jar Music, was a call to action for US citizens to get out and vote.
Now, as we reflect on the effects of superstorm Hurricane Sandy, and look towards the November 6th Presidential Election, Ben’s plea, for “A Few Honest Words” could not come at a more poignant time. “Like nearly everyone,” explains Ben, “my attention this week has been focused on Sandy and all of her devastating effects on communities along the east coast. There are so many people dealing with fundamental challenges in their lives at this moment: food, shelter, clean water, etc. These are things that are not debatable or points of policy; they are human needs. And as the country inevitably shifts it’s gaze back to the final stretch of the election, I’m hoping we can keep the human-to-human conversation going. That’s what we truly need to sort through natural disasters, healthcare policy, education, or anything as a country. We are too often willing to sacrifice honest, sincere discussion for winning and losing teams. And everyone’s voice is important! Performing in the Lincoln Monument was my way of expressing that desire. And, I still have the knot in my stomach to prove how intimidating it can be to speak out. So, please, if you only do one thing on Tuesday, VOTE!”