All Things Music, Social Justice, and Protest

Month September 2022

Second Listen: “Big Yellow Taxi”

Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” is an environmental protest song that brings awareness about the deterioration of nature and the need for change. Her song has been covered and sampled by many artists. But in looking at songs produces after… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “P.M.R.C.”

Lineage # 1: Bouncing Souls’ “P.M.R.C.” → Frank Zappa’s “Porn Wars” → Danzig’s “Mother” → Ramones’ “Censorshit”  “Porn Wars” appears on Frank Zappa’s 1985 record Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers of Prevention, an entire album created in response to the… Continue Reading →

“Girl in a Country Song” Second Listen

In the first listening post I mentioned some songs that could have led to the response “Girl in a Country Song.” I have done more research and haver realized that degradation like this has been increasing since the 1980s. But… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: Collect Calls

The lineage that I chose for “Collect Calls” is mass incarceration/recidivism and desperation, a call for help. For instance, my lineage looks like this: “Locked Up” by Akon⟶“Do your Time” by Ludacris⟶ “Too Many Years” by Kodak Black ft. PNB… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” by P!nk

“Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is an anthem about fighting for women’s rights, and not giving up the fight. There is a large history of women’s rights music that I had not known about before, but in my research, I… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Fake Happy” by Paramore

While Paramore’s “Fake Happy” does not have a clear-cut lineage from a specific song, the themes of struggling with mental health and putting on a smile for the outside world have been present in music for quite some time.  The… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce

Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” does not have any direct lineages in terms of references or direct connections, but there are songs that came before it and after it that send the same messages and make each song more meaningful. TLC released… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Woman” by Doja Cat

Doja Cat’s song Woman does not have a specific song that would be considered a lineage, however it has many songs similar to hers. Since she has this soft reggae and Afro-beat rhythm applied to her song, there’s a few… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “For My People” by Joey Bada$$

Joey Bada$$’s, “For My People” does not have a direct lineage to any specific songs when it comes to the sound of the song, but he does sample the Superman Theme when it comes to the lyrics. ​The famous quote… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “Big Yellow Taxi”

“Big Yellow Taxi” is a protest song for environmental change, written and sung by Joni Mitchell. This song has left a legacy of reflection about environmental justice and change. According to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Big Yellow Taxi… Continue Reading →

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