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DJ Jim Q's Playlist: Inclusive

Come one, come all, this months theme is Inclusive. Selected by the Grand Rapids chapter, this one makes me think of the brilliant CreativeMornings manifesto, which begins with “Everyone is creative…” and ends with “ Everyone is welcome.” We’re all about inclusivity here.

Although when it comes to building a focused and potent playlist, exclusivity is the name of the game. I usually have well over double the number of songs I need to hit my self-imposed, but rarely enforced, target of 30. From there I start slashing based on a number of criteria: I cut songs I’ve included before; I don’t like to have too many songs with the same exact title, two is the limit; I try to ensure diversity of genres and decades; I go easy on the metal; and I generally try not to include anything too crass Although, I can’t promise that I have always followed that last one. All of that is to say I have an array of exclusionary methods to keep these playlists lean and mean.

That makes it all the more ironic that this months playlist for inclusive was actually a little difficult to pull together. The problem wasn’t deciding which innocent tracks to put on the chopping block, but rather finding 30+ quality selections to include on the playlist. There just aren’t that many songs about inclusion. Song writers take note. We can do better.

So in the spirit of inclusivity, let’s do this together. You, the CreativeMornings community, should suggest your favorite “inclusive” songs in the comments section below. I would love to hear what I missed and I’m always excited to get a recommendation.

Kicking it off with “We Love All” by Sly and the Family Stone, and concluding with the best creek-side crooner Kermit singing “Rainbow Connection”, you’re invited to the party no matter who you are. This month’s playlist is inclusive, and everyone is welcome from Hot Snakes, to Billie Eilish, to KAYTRANADA, to Robyn and beyond. Come join us.

Thanks for listening and If you dig these playlists, follow me on Spotify and give me a shout on Twitter, I would love to hear from you.

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