Monday, March 09, 2009

Hey Mr. DJ, put a record on...

My friends, it's time for another installment of Music Mondays. This week's selection is List of Demands (Reparations) By Saul Williams. You can listen to the song in the video below. And click here to read the lyrics, because there's going to be a quiz after.

How do you feel listening to this song?
What are some of the lyrics that stand out for you?
Who do you think Saul Williams is singing to?

A couple of things of note about this song: I typed the full title of the song above, and when I went on You Tube to find the video, I noticed that most of the listings had the last word left out. What do you think are the reasons for that? Another interesting thing about this song is that it was featured in a very popular Nike campaign recently. What does Nike's use of the song mean? Also, when I went to find the official video, every version posted had embedding "disabled by request." Who do you think requested embedding be disabled, and what do you think were the reasons behind that?

If you'd like, you can see the official video here.
And you can watch the Nike commercial here. Gotta love YouTube.

I asked you a lot of questions, and I'd love to hear your answers--so leave me a comment below.

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