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Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”: Metal Becomes Meaning

  War Pigs (Song intro plays throughout podcast) Narrator: Hello and welcome to Protest Pals! On today’s episode, we’ll be taking a deep dive into the song “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath.  (Song intro) Narrator: Since metal was initially introduced to the… Continue Reading →

Third Listen: “A Living Human Girl” by The Regrettes

To gain a broader understanding of how a song functions in society, it is essential to examine live performances, videos, and other media content in which the song takes place. In doing so, considering the audience and fan reactions can… Continue Reading →

Music: A Way To Understand

Transcript: Listen closely, I want to tell you a story…   Flight of the bumblebee, first 30 seconds   Alright, so I didn’t say anything, but I am sure you still got a message. As you may know that… Continue Reading →

“Female” Podcast

bellaoliva · Protest Music and Social Justice Class Podcast – Oliva Bill Wolff: Welcome back to Protest Anthems, the podcast about all things music, social justice, and protest. In this episode, Bella Oliva discusses Keith Urban’s 2018 song, “Female.” Urban… Continue Reading →

Triggering Hope: “Preach” and Protest

 The year was 2019. John Legend, like so many Americans, felt distressed and overwhelmed when he watched the news, as he sings about in this song, “Preach.” Written by Greg Kurstin and Sarah Aarons, “Preach” was released as a single… Continue Reading →

Third Listen: “Female” Vocals & Covers

“Female” quickly became one of country music’s best-selling hits upon its release in 2017. Its influential lyrics and unique delivery impacted an entire genre of music where females are historically underrepresented and frequently objectified. This song goes deeper than just… Continue Reading →

“Hunger” Florence + The Machine

This song was released in May 2018. I feel as though in 2018 the normalization of eating disorders truly began to become a thing. It seems as if so many people were scared to admit it and ashamed of their… Continue Reading →

Fifth Listen: Sheep

Lineage 1: Police Brutality and Racial Violence The first song lineage in “Sheep” by Mt Joy is the theme of speaking out against police brutality and the racial injustice in America, and the reflection in the judicial system. These songs… Continue Reading →

“Love It If We Made It” Fourth Listen

A major part of what qualifies “Love It If We Made It” a protest song is the content of its lyrics. As I have mentioned in some of my previous “Listen” posts, this song is unique in it’s approach, as… Continue Reading →

Sheep: Third Listen

When analyzing music and placing them into different genres, it’s important to first take a step back and break down what exactly a genre even is. A musical genre is a category of music where the songs in that group… Continue Reading →

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