Save the Music — Get Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 2

I’m not much of a Beatles fan. Give me The White Album, you can keep the rest.

The past few weeks, I’ve been working with the promotion of Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 2, a compilation featuring 16 Beatles tracks re-imagined by Minnesota-born-or-based acts. The album features Soul Asylum, Mason Jennings, Meat Puppets and P.O.S., to name a few. The best part: All of the proceeds from the album go to Minnesota public school art and music programs.

Last year, Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 1 raised $25,000. With the state budget deficit hovering at $6 billion, many public schools are being forced to cut back or cut music and art programs altogether. That’s a shame, because now more than ever, students need the opportunity to be creative and exercise their imagination.

Music requires great discipline. That’s why I’m not surprised my youngest cousin, a senior saxophone player for the best high school marching band in the country, has tested off the charts and been admitted to Indiana University to pursue a career in medicine. Every student deserves the opportunity she’s had. We need to save music and art programs — now.

All right, stepping off the soapbox. MBP Vol. 2 is a great album, Beatles fan or not. Give it a spin here. If you buy it, know that the money is going to a great cause.

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Break Out Your Tape Recorders!

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Here it is, in short: Busted up my right thumb yesterday playing basketball. Likely a bruise. Kinda hurts to type so I’ll probably bea little short the next few days, working with mainly links. Hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. That said…

Found some new music and I’ve had this playlist in heavy rotation:

There had been some rumors percolating around campus, but I guess it’s really true: Akon and Lil’ Jon are playing the Kato Ballroom in a few weeks. If you know anything about the Kato Ballroom, you realize how unlikely this show is. But, whatever works. I think I’ll be skipping that show.