Have you ever listened to Music to Fight Evil?
Have you ever taken time to read the write ups?
I’m writing to highly recommend it!
On the week that Jon publishes his 100th track I thought it might be cool to throw a little spotlight on one of the true OG playlists on musicto.
Jon published his first track - I Give You Power by Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples - back on 7th March 2017, just a few months after Mr. Trump became President of the United States of America. In the current shit show that is western democracy - I can’t think of a better song to start a playlist with.
That’s the thing about this list - it’s not made up of tracks - it’s made up of songs - and songs are different - songs are hard - songs need not only great music, they need great words too.
The songs on this list have history - they have a story - they’re here to remind you that people in power do bad things and that it’s our job - yes - yours and mine - to do something if we want to stop them. Yet the cool thing about the list is that, instead of coming across all preachy and - you know - kind of annoying - the music is so compellingly delivered that you can’t help but listen.
Three years in the making, it’s an example of what a great playlist can be - you’ll experience different eras, genres, cultures and production values but one thing that shines through every note and every word - is authenticity.
Congratulations Jon for reaching this milestone and thank you for supporting the idea of musicto from its early beginnings - we’ve come a long way and it’s lists like yours that have got us here.
Here’s to the next 100:
About the curator: Jon Ewing
After graduating from the University of Keele in England with a degree in Politics and American Studies, Jon worked as editor of a music and entertainment magazine before spending several years as a freelance writer and, with the advent of the internet, a website designer, developer and consultant. He lives in Reading, home to one of the world's most famous and long-running music festivals, which he has attended every year since 1992.