Do protest songs change anything? Probably not. Like an inspirational gospel tune they invigorate the faithful.
Sun Kil Moon. I knew the name, their music less — until recently.
There is an art to the perfect mix-tape. It needs a theme, preferably something with a little subtlety (90 minutes of sappy love songs may work for some but we’re talking about an artful mix). And like in a club, one song has to flow into the next. And then there is the timing. Each side needs to be as full as possible so that you can flip the cassette without needing to push fast-forward.
The digital mix is even harder. How many songs? Do they flow in shuffle mode? It’s easier to work with constraints.
I’ve been practicing, exchanging mixes with a friend. His always have one song with Mark Kozelek but never with the same band.
I hear a song on a podcast. I like it. A lot. I learn it is part of 30 days, 30 songs. I visit the site looking for more pearls. It’s a fruitful dive. Oyster #17 paid off the effort. A collaboration, Jesu and Sun Kil Moon.