Category: Music Monday

Alison Becthel and Fun Home

Fun Home – Music Monday

Today, we are celebrating Alison Bechdel, cartoonist, author, and activist. She is most famous for creating the test used to establish a baseline for female representation in mass media. In 2008, she published her graphic memoir called Fun Home, which was later adapted to Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical.  Fun Home tells Bechdel and her emotionally abusive father and Allison the journey of self-acceptance about her sexuality.  Here is the playlist that was inspired by her work.

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Music Monday – The Handmaids Tale

Margaret Atwood has an innate ability to paint a dystopia that feels extremely realistic and close to the present day world. There has been renewed interest in Atwood’s seminal novel The Handmaid’s Tale due to its relevance and the Emmy-winning Hulu adaptation. To celebrate this strong Canadian author and fueler of nightmares, we created a playlist inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale. 

The motifs for the playlist were medal protest songs that illustrate themes of the books. From Burn the Witch, which illustrates the power the commanders have over the handmaids and how fear rules their lives, to Secrets by One Republic, which illustrates the relationship Offred and Nick have, to the Jefferson Airplane’s The White Rabbit, which displays the coping mechanisms for the sexual and emotional abuse the system and the commanders inflict upon them.

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Native Son

Native Son – Music Monday

Today’s Music Monday is Richard Wright’s groundbreaking novel, Native Son. This novel was is groundbreaking for telling of the systemic causes of racism down in Chicago during the 1940s. I was inspired by the book to use Marvin Gaye and 90s hip-hop to discuss the systemic causes of racism to close out black history month.

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