I’m not sure when Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland pitched the idea for 30 Days, 30 Songs, their anti-Trump web project. Based on their lyrics, the songs I’ve posted so far could all have been written and recorded as far back as the Republican primary.
But today’s selection, by Franz Ferdinand, is hot off the presses. The lyrics reference Trump’s “pussy grabbing fingers” and their glorious takedown introduction references news from the second presidential debate.
Our fourth anti-Trump song comes courtesy of My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, who introduces his contribution with this earnest plea:
The fact that the United States is even remotely considering the idea of a Donald Trump presidency is so very, very disturbing. How has this bully who capitalizes on the destruction of humanity somehow been given a free pass? We need to be working for peace, love, and equality. We need to find new and better ways to take care of each other, to make this nation a place where all feel safe and welcome, regardless of race, sex, or creed. We can’t be ruled by the fear and hatred that Trump continues to push down our throats. Let’s sing our songs and cast our votes and work together to help make this country the center of peace and love that we all know it can be.
The headliner on Day Three of the anti-Trump 30 Days, 30 Songs project is a new name to me. Bhi Bhiman is a Missouri-born, San Francisco-based folk rock singer-songwriter who has released three studio albums over the past nine years.
He also posted this great acoustic cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ to YouTube.
Next up in the 30 Days, 30 Songs project is Aimee Mann, with an anti-Trump song that seeks to understand how he wound up in this position to begin with.
Like many people, Mann believes that Trump doesn’t really want to be president, that he fell into this role almost by accident and certainly with no expectation that he could actually win the thing.
Well, here’s something cool.
Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland have set up a website called 30 Days, 30 Songs — “written and recorded by artists for a Trump-free America.” The idea is to post a new anti-Trump song every day for a month leading up to the election.
The same pair created 90 Days, 90 Reasons four years ago, a site that offered up a new reason to re-elect Barack Obama each day for the three months before Election Day.
This track, the only hit from The Doobie Brothers’ 1991 album Brotherhood, is an ode to original band member Patrick Simmons’ favorite means of transportation — a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Ten years later, sometime Doobie Brother Michael Hossack was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, thereby proving the accuracy of this song’s title.
The Random iTunes Fairy is amused that I bought an Eagles album after years of dissing the band. Specifically, I downloaded their extended greatest hits collection after discovering that it’s really just Hotel California (the song and the album) that turns me off. I’m actually pretty fond of the earlier, more country-flavored songs.
‘Lyin’ Eyes,’ from the 1975 release One of These Nights is a good example. Written, like so many Eagles hits, by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ won a Grammy and reached the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Country charts.