Nellie McKay’s got a sweet  voice, and this tune has chimes! — a nice contrast to the song’s meaning.

rara ridiculous
haha you’re hopelessly naive
to believe in a world that exists
lala we’re having fun
wawa disaster capitalists
& the system’s not broken it’s fixed

Deja Vu (All Over Again)

John Fogerty sings a simple protest song, comparing a war in 2004 with an earlier conflict.

It begins plaintively, but soon settles into familiar Fogerty rhythms while the words keep carrying the message.

“Did you hear ’em talkin’ ’bout it on the radio.
Did you try to read the writing on the wall.
Did that voice inside you say I’ve heard it all before.
It’s like Deja Vu all over again.”


One thing I love about country (now mostly country pop) is that the artists often wear their hearts on their sleeves. Here, Brandon Stansell, sings an aching coming-out country ballad, one that many gay folks will be able to relate to, and one that my get to the heartstrings of others.

“Cause now I finally know who I really am
And I’m made from my hometown.”

The Last DJ

You hope that music can change the world. The late Tom Petty had a word about that.

Well the top brass don’t like him talking so much.

And he won’t play what they say to play
And he don’t wanna change what don’t need to change

And there goes the last DJ
Who plays what he wants to play
And says what he wants to say