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DJ Jim Q's Playlist: Purpose

This month the theme is Purpose, and oh what a strange time it is. As many of us are isolating to keep safe, our personal interactions will require more purposeful effort in this new age of social distancing. Although social distancing is a bit of misnomer, what we are really talking about is physical distancing, because we can still be connected. What is missing are the accidental encounters, the casual connections, the passing exchanges between strangers that peppered many of our days. These ambient intersections are far more powerful than we may realize. It’s going to take effort to make them happen in this current reality. Any ideas?

A potential positive outcome of this bizarre new era, will be watching our communities figure out how to strengthen emotional connection even with physical distance. This could condition us all to be better at connecting across geographies, and physical limitations and ultimately strengthen our relationships. At least that’s what I hope.

Our friends in Indy picked the theme this month and I have included few bands representing the capital city. Starting with the hardcore hoosiers, Zero Boys and their optimistic “Civilization’s Dying”, a great slice of 80’s sneer and midwestern punk. Stepping a bit further back in time to 1941, you will find the The Ink Spots with my favorite version of the “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire”. Hard bopper Freddie Hubbard’s trumpet gets our heads bobbing with purpose to “Return of the Prodigal Son”. But don’t fret, I have also included a few contemporary hits with a bit of Indy hip hop from Sirus Blvck, and something for the folkier amongst us, you’ll enjoy Duncan Kissinger. Finally closing out the set the is the indie darling of Indianapolis Margot & the Nuclear So And So with “Broadripple Is Burning”.

A soundtrack of determination, intention and resolve, this months playlist contains songs with purpose. Lana Del Ray is dead set on making “The Next Best American Record”, Weyes Blood is looking for “Something to Believe”, and Teyana Taylor reassures us that if you’re looking for a purpose, well “We Got Love”.

We that’s it for me this month. Stay safe my friends. Thanks for listening and if you enjoy these playlists, please follow me on Spotify, like the playlist and give me a shout on Twitter. I always love to hear from you.

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