Rachel Baiman was doing outreach for a Democratic political candidate when she had an important realization about songwriting. Volunteers going door-to-door were given instructions about possible scenarios they might encounter, including if the home had changed hands or the person living there had swapped their party affiliation. "You're supposed to go, 'OK, thanks for your time' and leave," Baiman says, calling from her home in the northeast Nashville suburb of Madison. "Basically, they were like, research shows if you argue with someone and tell them they're wrong on their doorstep, you're more likely to turn them out for the other candidate." Baiman, a Chicago native who was raised attending Ethical Humanist Society meetings, addressed a variety of political issues on her 2017 album Shame , decrying the "old white men who look happily onto others from above" in the defiant title track . After the chaotic, intense past few years of U.S. politics, the singer-songwriter-musician was inclined to try a different approach. Her new album Cycles , released on June 11th, was recorded in 2019 and finds the musician digging into more personal stories with subtle political themes. Related Stories This Father’s Day Fitness Mirror Deal Gets You $400 Off… Read full this story
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