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It's poetry in a playlist! For the September collab blog, the collective rounded up a playlist with 50 of our favorite spoken word songs or tracks with spoken word segments.
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ZINE ISSUE NO. 10
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SONG OF THE WEEK
Song: "Time Tough"
Artist: Toots & the Maytals
T&E writer Ronny K. says, "COVID-19 claims another legend: Toots Hibbert, lead vocalist of pioneering reggae band Toots & the Maytals, passed away this month. From the first moment I listened to their hits in college, I fell in love, and seeing them live helped me fully understand their contagious energy. Toots & the Maytals take their songs' seemingly simplistic lyrics, chords, and structures, and transform them into powerful engines of ska, rocksteady, American soul, and pure love. As a Californian faced with a twister of anxieties—global pandemic, financial crisis, an uber-corrupt nationalist-in-chief, raging wildfires, and the ever-looming specter of climate change (read: slow-motion-but-accelerating apocalypse)—I can't help but know that time's are tough. In this song, Toots never pretends to say it's gonna be alright. In fact, it ends with him singing 'everything is growing higher and higher' on repeat, suggesting that things may actually get worse. But with a beat this powerful and a voice this human to soothe us, I can't help but FEEL that... just maybe... we can get through this."