Janelle Monáe and the Song of the Summer

posted Sep 3, 2015, 7:08 PM by Eric Shieh   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 7:10 PM ]
[click on entry for links to audio/video] I spend a lot of time listening to summer anthems, partly to think about which ones might make good songs to rewrite for Community Meeting at MELS.  But the song that left the biggest impression this summer was the protest song by Janelle Monáe,"Hell You Talmbout," about the recent deaths of black men, women, and children. This song will be particularly relevant to our first 8th grade expedition. Also check out Monáe's thought-provoking work in "Many Moons" and of course her duet "We Are Young" with Fun. (A MELS classic!).