All Things Music, Social Justice, and Protest


Third Listen: “You Need to Calm Down”

“Pop music has been a sanctuary and playground, and there’s an expectation that pop stars, particularly female pop stars, will nurture and honor it” (Ganz.) “Here, Swift purposely spelled glad with two A’s, referring to pro-LGBTQ media organization GLAAD (Gay… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “You Need to Calm Down”

“You Need to Calm Down” was released on Taylor Swift’s Lover album back in 2019. The song was released leading up to the 2020 elections, and right after the November 2018 elections when Swift endorsed Phil Bredesen, a Democrat running… Continue Reading →

about Chanel by Frank Ocean

Bill Wolff: Hello, and welcome back to Protest Anthems about all things music, protest, and social justice. In this episode, we will listen to Julia discuss Frank Ocean’s Chanel and the context in which it was made; culturally, socially, and… Continue Reading →

“The Village” and “Hollywood”

Wrabel – The Village This song is broadly about the issue of being LGBTQ+ and being brought up in the Catholic Church, but it was specifically written as a response to a withdrawal of federal protection for trans students in… Continue Reading →

“Same Love” and its genre

“Same Love – feat. Mary Lambert” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis falls into the rap/hip-hop genre as well as the pop genre. Lambert’s emotional chorus lends itself to pop, and the rap verses are quite obviously rap. Before doing any… Continue Reading →

XXX and Same Love – Songs of Justice

When I registered for this class, my mind jumped to songs written by and for people of color, because they create music that reflects their experience, which is so important. In thinking about this assignment of creating a podcast about… Continue Reading →

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