Archive for March, 2009

Playlist: IMPACT

March 11, 2009

Last weekend I went down to the University of Maryland for the IMPACT Conference, a national conference for college students who want to make a difference in the world through service, activism, and advocacy.

My friend Heather, who organized the conference, asked me to make a 30-minute “soundtrack” that would be played before and after the opening and closing sessions of the conference, as people were walking in and out, and waiting for the program to begin. She said the vibe should be “more M.I.A. than Jack Johnson.” So I looked for songs that were positive and energizing, with thoughtful lyrics and good beats. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. M.I.A. – “Galang”
  2. Santogold – “Creator”
  3. K’naan – “In the Beginning”
  4. TV On the Radio – “Dancing Choose”
  5. The Roots – “The Next Movement”
  6. A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”
  7. M.I.A. – “Pull Up the People”
  8. Emmanuel Jal – “Warchild”
  9. Santogold – “Unstoppable”
  10. OK Go – “This Will Be Our Year” (covering the Zombies)
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