WHRB 95.3FM is throwing online DJ nights biweekly, raising money for various organizations fighting for change. Streaming on Twitch, WHRB is bringing you dance-ready house and techno cuts curated by our resident DJ, Dirty Bird.
Including jazz created during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, such as "Alabama," John Coltrane's response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing by the KKK which killed four African-American girls, as well as more recent works, such as Terence Blanchard's "Breathless," a response to the last words of Eric Garner: "I can't breathe," this is the Protest Blues playlist, broadcasted on June 10th. The revolution will not be televised.
I first heard “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” in the guise of Ella Fitzgerald’s cover that appears in the middle of this Orgy. Its joyous optimism and endless emissions of love left me smiling and humming, leading me to look up other artists' takes on it. This Orgy includes the ones that touched me the most.
This online orgy contains the playlist and commentary during the Bluegrass Orgy Aired on Tuesday May 12, 2020. The Bluegrass orgy is focused on the bands and musicians playing this music, with an emphasis on bands from North Carolina.
If, at the end of the day, music is all about love, then there’s certainly a lot of self love to be explored. And, well, quarantine isn’t exactly hurting the prevalence of … dialing the rotary phone? (bet you’ve never even heard of that one). Its current relevance made us want to dig a little deeper into the ways that musicians have talked about or around the often-taboo issue, while ultimately producing a playlist that reflects our own sex-positivity.
We are so excited to share our Record Hospital Hot 100 Orgy® with you! The songs that we’ve chosen are definitely not as popular as the songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 playlists, which is exactly why we decided to highlight them here. When we were on campus, Mika and Megan (the Music Directors for the Record Hospital) curated a Top 20 playlist — a collection of new releases and new additions to our physical Record Hospital library — and played it over the air every Monday from 10-11pm. Since we weren’t able to continue programming the Top 20, we decided to follow through on its mission by creating the Record Hospital Hot 100 Orgy®.