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Jenn Rogar's Issue-Oriented Music
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published on YouTube on October 5, 2013

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Jenn Rogar's Issue-Oriented Music "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on October 5, 2013

Jenn Rogar explains the most important issues in her life that also affect her music. Some of those issues include children, the Novajo tribe, the death penalty, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, corporations, addiction and peace. "Dove Spring Girl" is about the Novajos and was inspired by Sacramento folk artist Diane Patterson. She doesn't write songs every day, just when she's inspired. She believes music, poetry and the arts have the power to change the world into something more positive.

At the core of many problems in society, as Jenn sees it, is the gender imbalance. She points to Norway and Sweden as model countries for empowering women, but most of the world is still male-dominated. She thinks that once this balance in power between genders is achieved, the world will be more peaceful. Humans are peaceful by nature, she asserts. "My goal," Jenn says, "is to do my part, to inspire other people to do their part. I try to tell all my students every day we're living in a world now where you have to do something ... you have to get involved in some issue."

Recognizing the downturn that has crippled the Sacramento economy since the mortgage meltdown of 2007, she believes now more than ever it's important for the community to come together. "Right now the median income is going down," Jenn observes. "The standard of living has gone down and the rich are getting richer and richer." Unifying people with positive message-driven music, she believes, can help elevate people's spirits toward self-empowerment.
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