Unpaid endorsement: I am in love with Rdio. Something about it just works for me; I think it’s the part of me that loves lists? I still have a circa-1993 notebook where I once filled page after page with the titles of every single song I could think of that had the word “love” in it. Talk about Mind Google! Also, what a weird kid. Anyway, I love being able to enter a search term and find songs, albums, artists and user-generated playlists (I found this one by searching for “change the world.”)
Last night I started displacing anger and fear into the creation of a fairly cheesy "protest songs" playlist. I guess people have complained that this movement doesn’t have its own songs but possibly we need to enlarge our definition of what is a protest song and think a little bit less like an algorithm. I enabled collaboration so you can add to it, I personally would tend to stay away from U2 but you know, whatever.
Somewhat relatedly I am frustrated by the fact that I LOVE the song ‘Easy to be Hard’ from Hair but I hate all existing recorded versions of it, so if someone wants to cover that song in an understated way, please do? I know that’s a lot to ask of the Internet. I mean, part of the appeal of that song is that it’s so cornball, and knows it to some extent: “Especially people who care about strangers/who care about evil and social injustice/Do you only care about the bleeding crowd/how about a needing friend” is my favorite part. It’s so vague and lame and awesome at the same time. Just the part where someone has to sing the words “social injustice” is perfect: earnest and silly and moving.
Also if Matthew Perpetua could find the best version of Sleater-Kinney’s cover of Fortunate Son online that would be great, okay those are all my requests!