Well, 2016 has been a year. We were serious when it came to memes, ridiculous when it came to elections, and horrified when it came to the amount of important musicians who left us this year. Thankfully, we did have a lot of great music to get us through all the garbage. Naturally, as millennials, we decided to celebrate this beautiful music with a playlist. Hopefully it will continue to help us all through 2017 and beyond.
June is LGBTQIA Pride Month, and pride festivals, parades, and other events are in full swing all over the world. Pride Month is incredibly important to many members of the LGBTQIA community, because it is a time to celebrate the parts of us that the world often demeans and criticizes us for. It is also a time to remember the activists that have fought for us to be able to have the voice we have now, such as Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera (two trans women of color who took part in the Stonewall Riots), and Harvey Milk (the first openly gay person elected to public office in the US). In order to mark this auspicious occasion, we’ve created a Pride themed mixtape, featuring queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming artists. Representation in media, including music, is incredibly important for LGBTQIA people, and youth especially.
We would also like to take this time to express our love and support to those affected by the shooting in Orlando. This Pride Month is also about remembering the lives that were tragically cut short by homophobia and hatred. We stand with you.
May is mental health awareness month, so we at The Daily Slice have come together to craft a playlist of songs pertaining to mental health issues as well as uplifting songs that help us through tough days. The stigma surrounding mental illness often makes it really hard for folks to find help and support for mental health issues. We hope that this playlist can help somebody out and shed a little light on the importance of self-care, especially for those struggling with mental illness.
I don’t know about you, but I like a good cover song. The term ‘good’ is subjective in this case, and I’m not here to defend my own irrelevant opinion. There’s something about the way a band or an artist takes a song and breathes their own life into it. It can be a completely ridiculous cover (I’m side-eyeing you, Set Your Goals and your cover of Put Yo Hood Up) or a cover that stays pretty close to the original (see Craig Owens’ cover of Paradise), or what have you. At the end of the day, I enjoy the artistry of a good cover. Here are some of my favorites.
Bonus: Continue reading Mixtape Monday: Covers