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The Emotional Sense of Music & Protest

Over at OccupyWriters, journalist Will Hermes wrote an essay about the bandleader of Neutral Milk Hotel’s brief performance at Occupy Wall Street in October.

I created a Spotify playlist collecting the revolutionary music mentioned in his essay. It perfectly described the indescribable quality of the protest and Mangum’s music: “whatever literal sense is missing from their words, the emotional sense is crystal-clear.”

Those words can describe the novels, dispatches and poetry from the Great Depression as well—there is an indescribable feeling that connects us all.

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Brahms & The Great Depression

During one of the most chaotic moments of the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration sponsored a Brahms festival in New York City.

The performances were delayed by massive demonstrations as writers, artists and musicians protested cuts in federal funds for arts projects.

While researching the Federal Writers Project, I assembled a free Spotify playlist collecting the Brahms music played at the festival—two hours of lonesome, gorgeous and seldom-heard music from the great composer.

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