A number of years in the past, again when the Code Switch podcast was a wee child, we began a phase known as “Songs Giving Us Life.” The concept was that when issues get just a little heavy (which is commonly — we’re speaking about race, in any case) music can assist us type by our emotions.
The very first tune we selected was Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.” Soon after its launch, it turned an anthem for black protest and resistance. The chorus, “We gon’ be alright” was a defiant promise — that it doesn’t matter what occurred, black folks would lean on one another to make it by. And as Andrew Limbong wrote for NPR Music, its function as each a celebration tune and a protest tune represented “the sound of black life’s duality.”
Well, issues are lots heavy proper now. And despite the fact that we won’t go to the membership and rage our emotions away, listening to music can nonetheless be a therapeutic expertise. So on this episode, we requested our viewers for the songs which might be serving to them make it by. One listener pointed us to a tune that makes her really feel much less lonely whereas she’s self-isolating; one other shared one which retains her hopeful when she’s excited about among the immense challenges she’s about to face.
We additionally bought suggestions from a few of our favourite podcast company of the previous: Yara Shahidi, Flor de Toloache, and Amara La Negra.
You can observe the total “Songs Giving Us Life” playlist on Spotify. And when you’re at it, check out NPR Music’s “Isle of Calm” playlist. It’s bought greater than six hours of music “to help settle your jangled nerves, slow your heart rate and string up a little hammock for your soul.”
And if there is a tune that is giving you life on this lifeless time, e mail us at [email protected] or tweet at us utilizing #SongsGivingUsLife. Tell us what tune you are listening to and why — we’ll be that includes your picks on the podcast all through the summer time.