I’m listening to my Release Radar playlist on Spotify as I type and I gotta tell you, there are some amazing kick ass new songs that capture these strange days so perfectly.
Music, art, writing — it’s what’s going to save us, you guys.
Some of these were clearly written for these times. Others — like The Stones’ “Living in a Ghost Town” weren’t but their lyrics are beyond apropos. I read somewhere that Jackson Browne’s “Downhill from Everywhere” was 10 years in the making and is a response to climate change. The positive impact this global shutdown has had on our planet is astounding, inspiring and undeniable. (Well, I can think of at least one person who will continue to be a denier. About everything.)
We’ve got something for everybody here, kids. The Stones. Alanis. New Kids on the Block. Jackson Browne. Alicia Keys. Shane Nicholson. Jimmy Buffett. And a few more.
Take a listen. Soothe your soul. We’ll get through this. Music helps.
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