Living With Post-War

M. Ward's recipe for political change: Let's ignore the president

"All of the records for me are living in this naive fantasia where people care about each other's well-being," Ward says. He speaks with the kind of slow, reflective grace that you just obviously figure he would, and he treats every question like it's the most thoughtful thing anyone's ever asked him. He's just a really sweet dude. "It's a crazy, absurd fantasy that is the best place to write these songs in."

Now I'm not saying you retreat entirely into this idealized utopia, or suggesting that you don't protest and stop caring. What I'm saying is we're in kind of a situation here, still at war, and it's actually, almost unbelievably, getting worse. We need some new ideas — we need to get creative. And in order to feel creative, we have to feel safe. You have to feel like there's the possibility of another world, a safe world, which — yes, yes, of course — will evolve and dissolve and disappear, which is where we're at now. But then you just re-imagine a new one, and you slouch toward that. And perhaps that, truly, is how you live with war.

Safe sounds: M. Ward is imagining things.
Autumn de Wilde
Safe sounds: M. Ward is imagining things.

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Scheduled to perform on Tuesday, September 26
Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe

"No one's really interested in bridging the gap," Ward says. "It's more an interest in fighting the Rush Limbaughs and Bill O'Reillys of the world, which is really important to do because I can't listen to that stuff for even a second. But I guess I'm most interested in hearing the opinion of someone who has the creativity and the intelligence to make a peaceful statement."

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