In light of the recent news regarding sexual harassment in Hollywood, Allison Crowe’s anthem about speaking out against sexual assault seems an appropriate #tbt pick this week. Allison’s “Scared” was featured on Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album and was an big inspiration for our RAINN fundraising campaign.
Composed for the Netflix documentary, Audrie & Daisy, Tori Amos’ new song, “Flicker,” is perhaps her strongest, most poignant track in the past 20 years.
As she did in her classics “Silent All These Years,” “Me and a Gun,” “Past the Mission,” and “Butterfly,” Tori again weaves metaphorical lyrics decrying sexual assault (as well as rape apologists and victim blamers) with her lilting soprano and a lovely piano melody. You can stream the song via Spotify below and watch an interview with Tori about the song’s creation…
A portion of the proceeds for “Flicker” benefit RAINN, so please buy the track to support my favorite charity.
Muruch.com for RAINN features: Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, The Dresden Dolls’ frontwoman and Art of Asking author Amanda Palmer, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, My Brightest Diamond, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Meursault, Elysian Fields, Pamela Means, Fisher, Catie Curtis, Anielle Reid, Heidi Saperstein, Hannah Fury and poets Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor, and Clementine von Radics.
I debated including the Muruch-curated albums, but they are truly the two albums I have listened to most frequently and loved most intensely this year. Besides, it’s the artists and their music that make them so undeniably spectacular. I was just the DJ. That being said, every time I’ve been asked during the year what I think my #1 album of 2015 would be, my immediate answer has been: “Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter.” I love it more with each listen and it has the timelessness of the greatest classic albums.
Kevin Kantor donated his extraordinary poem “People You May Know” to Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album. The poem gives an emotional account of Facebook’s attempt to connect Kantor to his rapist and gives voice to male sexual assault victims who face a particular kind of shame and pressure to stay silent. You can hear the song below and get all 25 mp3s of the album by donating $10 (or more) directly to RAINN through Muruch’s RAINN.org fundraising page.
Video courtesy of Button Poetry
The album also features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, American Gods/Sandman author Neil Gaiman, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, The Mynabirds, Allison Crowe, Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor and many more.