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DJ Jim Q's Playlist: Compassion

This month’s theme is “compassion”, and I would say we need a little more of it in the world right now. There is an intensified outpouring of anger and hostility around us these days. And if I’m honest, I’m not sure how much I’m helping to remedy it. I’m certainly guilty of dominating my Facebook feed with excessive political rantings and venting. I may be putting too much negative energy out there. I think that’s why it was so refreshing to assemble this months playlist, I would say almost therapeutic. Listening to all these wonderful songs about empathy, caring and sympathy definitely lifted my spirits, I hope listening will do the will do the same for you.

These songs of empathy, kindness and caring will fill your ears with sympathetic vibes and themes of compassion. Listen in and feel the love.

Billy Braggs “Milkman of Human Kindness” gets us feeling all the feels with his compassionate tune of support, while “Nub”, The Jesus Lizard’s song about a phantom limb, will have you just feeling weird. Elvis Costello’s anthem of hope, “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding” should help fight back even the most potent cynicism. On a side note, I can’t hear this song anymore without picturing Bill Murray’s karaoke crooning scene in Lost in Translation which will also bring a smile to your face.

Nick Lowe struggles to understand the tough love advocated by his lover in “Cruel to be Kind” and Thundercat joins forces with Yacht rock heroes Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald to “Show You The Way”.

Also, the “Helsinki chapter” of Creative Mornings picked the theme this month. And in sorting through all the death metal bands dominating the Finnish section of Bandcamp, I discovered another genre living amongst the darkness. There seems to be a vibrant soul revival scene in Helsinki. This movement appears to be revolving around the record label “Timmion Records”. If that’s your thing, I highly recommend checking out their catalog, great stuff. Bobby Oroza’s “This Love, Pt 1” is a great example of the groovy stuff you will find on the label. However, Helsinki has more than just death metal and soul, on the more contemporary sounding side of things, I included the lo-fi band Eerie Summer. Their dreamy track “No Big Deal” is super catchy and kinda of reminds me of early Cure. Go Helsinki!

I finished out the playlist with the king of pity, Morrisey. Of course there are a number of songs I could have included, but I decided to include one of his more self indulgent serenades, the Smith’s, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want This Time”. This is Moz at his most melancholy, as he sings us his sorrowful tune, he is begging for a little compassion this time. Lord knows it would be the first time.

That’s just a sample sampling of the 30+ songs of compassion on this months playlist including Angel Olsen, BROCKHAMPTON, Lauren Hill, Nick Drake and Mac Demarco among others.

Thanks for listening and if you like these playlists, please share them, say hello on Twitter and follow me on Spotify. See you next month!

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