Back in the month leading up to the 2016 election, there was a playlist project that many may remember called 30 Days, 30 Songs (which eventually expanded to 30 Days, 50 Songs). It featured contributions from numerous high-profile musicians of songs protesting Donald Trump, both specific (“DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack,” “Locker Room Talk,” “Million Dollar Loan,” “Trump’s Pilot”) and in more general terms.
Today’s inauguration seemed like both the culmination of the bleak two months since Trump was elected, and the beginning of something wholly worse. The producers of 30 Days, 30 Songs, along with countless other citizens of the U.S. and of the world, are refusing to just lie down, and in that vein they have announced the new playlist 1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs. That’s right: they will be releasing a song a day for every weekday of Donald Trump’s term.
To kick things off, they’ve released a rare live version of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It,” recorded at a 1989 show in Greensboro, N.C. Throughout its existence, the playlist will be host to guest curators, including “artists, musicians, authors, and celebrities,” who will add to the playlist for a week at a time.
Record label group Secretly Canadian previously announced plans for a similar project called Our First 100 Days, which debuted today with an excellent song from Angel Olsen, and 1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs has announced that it will be partnering with Secretly Canadian to share select songs through the first 100 days.
This could prove to be one of the largest mass artistic protests ever assembled and, judging by its previous, smaller-scale incarnation, will produce some outstanding work and will be well worth your attention.
You can listen to and subscribe to the playlist via Spotify and/or Apple Music, enjoy “It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” and Paste Cloud video from a 1998 R.E.M. show below, read a statement from 1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs founder Dave Eggers, along with the project’s mission statement, beneath that, and read our inauguration write-up composed entirely of R.E.M. lyrics here.
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Founder Dave Eggers’ Statement:
These are strange and disturbing times. We need music to make sense of it — or at least provide a soundtrack to our climb from despair to action. The White House we’ve known for the last 8 years—one that projected inclusion, compassion, intellectual rigor and progress—is gone. But it’s not the end of the world. It’s the beginning of the fight. No, we don’t feel fine, but we can feel inspired to act. Despair will not help the millions who are newly vulnerable. Time to get to work.
1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs Mission Statement:
To combat apathy, entertain the citizenry, and provide a soundtrack to resistance, over the next four years, the producers of 30 Days, 30 Songs will assemble a playlist of 1,000 songs. One song every day to get us through what promises to be a tumultuous and frequently dispiriting and certainly bizarre presidency. The playlist will feature original tracks, unreleased live versions, remixes, covers, and previously released but relevant songs that will inspire and amuse and channel the outrage of a nation. Despite the results of the election, we still believe it’s possible to build a more inclusive, equal, and just America. The world will not end on January 20th. It will continue to move forward, and it is up to us to chart its course. In the coming weeks, we plan to raise money for this endeavor through a crowdfunding campaign. If you enjoyed the work we did during election season, please consider supporting this next phase of the project.