Lowen & Navarro: What Kind of World Do You Want?

There are times when someone says something so powerful, something so important, and says it in such a way that hearing it becomes equally as important; this is one of those times.

Lowen & Navarro are musicians I met years ago at the NERFA folk music conference. I remember Eric Lowen as a very tall, powerful man who walked with a cane. We went down a hallway together on one of those hectic evenings and I remember him asking me about what I do. I told him I wasn’t a “real musician” as he was, because I don’t write songs, don’t record them, don’t do all those things we associate with professional musicians. I remember he looked down at me with those kindly eyes and laughed. “None of those things make me real and you not,” he said, “It’s only that we do things differently.” For the rest of the walk, I felt as tall as Eric.

I hadn’t seen him since then, and now I know why: ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

And, what does Eric do with his music now? He sings it better than ever, and raises his voice with those of others afflicted with ALS, to raise money for the research into finding a cure.

Please watch Lowen & Navarro’s video – each viewing generates a donation. This is folk music at its most powerful.  Sing along.



  1. pandemonic said,

    May 18, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Wow. What courage.

  2. Stevo said,

    May 19, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    He sounds like a very special man. What wisdom.

  3. thirdculturemom said,

    May 26, 2008 at 5:16 am

    Viewed it again, just in case they count all of them….

  4. shadodottir said,

    May 26, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Pan — yes, it takes courage to face this kind of challenge, and these people have it. I was astonished to learn/realize that so little has been learned in how to battle this disease, much less cure or prevent it.

    Stevo, I agree completely.

    TCM, I do believe every view counts.

  5. tigereye said,

    May 27, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Oh, wow. Headed to view as soon as I finish here.

  6. clop said,

    May 29, 2008 at 6:57 am

    clop says : I absolutely agree with this !

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