We’re Really Clef-er: the presidential one


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Renowned R&B artist Marvin Gaye plays piano.

The POTUS playlist was created by Arts & Entertainment editor Dani Fischer and the blog written by News Editor Justin Cupps.

With a simple read through of the song titles you probably figured out that this wasn’t anything at all like Vice President Joe Biden’s “2016 Summer Playlist” or President Obama’s “Holidays with the Obamas” at all. No, this playlist is geared to the towards the two people (out of the 325 million eligible) we have chosen as a nation to possibly represent us in the Executive branch.

The music truly does a phenomenal job this time, embodying my thoughts on the election with hard rock classics such as “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” by R.E.M. to relatively modern hits like “American Idiot” by Green Day. When Dani first told me she was making this playlist, I half expected a playlist entirely filled with Rage Against the Machine, 90’s grunge-rock, ‘everything sucks’ music. To my surprise, that wasn’t the case; the playlist encompasses all sorts of genres from classic rock, hip hop, rap and even speed metal.

Why don’t we just give the job to both of them and make a cooky four-season sitcom out of it?”

— senior Greg Shank

While it is easy to get caught up in the rockin’ guitar or colonial hip hop or even the Armenian-American screaming about democracy and hypocrisy, all of the music does have some deeper meaning to it. This hit me with “What’s Going On,” when Marvin Gaye sings, “You Know We’ve Got to Find a Way / To Bring Some Lovin’ Here Today.” It isn’t necessarily all about how our political system is screwed up (even though it is). But in these songs and just by seeing the effects of the election, we need to realize that the American people are also at fault, partially, for letting this happen.

The highlight of the playlist is Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” Though originally meant to speak on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, it doesn’t render the song meaningless; there is just as much division now over the election as there was in the 60s and 70s over the Vietnam War. Frankly, everyone needs to hear about “how to bring some lovin’ here today” after the election we’ve had.

Even though this playlist surrounds and constantly reminds me of the horrendous election process we’ve had for the past year and a half, it is nonetheless good music. So when you’re sick of watching Fox News’ full election coverage, delve into the playlist, and let us know what you think about it in the comments, or on twitter @reallyclefer.