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1000 Days, 1000 Songs, the new playlist to keep those Trump blues at bay

written by Hannah Rooke January 23, 2017

Creators of the 30 Days, 30 Songs playlist have just announced a second project, 1000 Days, 1000 Songs that will span the next 4 years. The playlist will include original tracks, unreleased live versions, covers and previously released but still very relevant protest tracks.

Project founder Dave Eggers hopes that the playlist will help make sense of the disturbing and strange times ahead or “at least provide a soundtrack to our climb from despair and actions” He went on to say “The White House we’ve known for the last 8 years – one that projected inclusion, compassion, intellectual rigour 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.”

1000 Days, 1000 Songs have promised to provide “one song every day to get us through what promises to be a tumultuous and frequently dispiriting and certainly bizarre presidency.” Despite the election results, 1000 Days, 1000 Songs believe that “it’s still possible to build a more inclusive, equal, and just America”. The first song added to the playlist was R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It,” a rare version from 1989  that includes the band’s original lineup of Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe.

In the coming days the project endeavour to start a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to continue this project and urges fans of their current election campaign to donate. For the first 100 days of Trumps presidency, 1000 Days, 1000 Songs will be sharing tracks with the Secretly Canadian label group’s Our First 100 Days which also launched on the day of Trumps inauguration.

As the projects mission statement said, the world will not end on January 20th. As a world united in solidarity, it is down to us to move forward and change the course of the future and creators hope that music will be the catalyst for change.


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