Then I gave up on the project because that’s life. But now, in April, 2020… there is a playlist overload. Something about this pandemic is causing people to share music. It’s probably the isolation and desperate need for human contact. But you know what? It’s kind of amazing. I’m discovering artists that I might otherwise never search for. I’m finding my summer bops and apocalypse anthems.
So I thought of opening the idea up to my ROAAr colleagues. What do people who work in Rare Books & Special Collections, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, the McGill University Archives, and the Visual Arts Collection listen to? I asked everyone to simply share one song they like. Any song, any genre. The results are surprising! It is really interesting to see how eclectic our tastes are. The song selection speaks to our different (very, very different) personalities. Play it on shuffle for a wild, slightly jarring, ride.
I didn’t want to necessarily restrict the playlist to a social distancing theme because I can only listen to The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me so many times. But, of course, some choices reflect our current inescapable situation, like Bette Midler’s From A Distance. One librarian mentioned that she chose her particular song, Namiko by Tayc, because what she misses most while in quarantine is dancing kizomba. Another purposely included Mumford & Sons’ After The Storm because of the hopeful message it offers.
To the ROAAr team, our wonderful library colleagues, and our reading room regulars: can you guess who chose what song?
Melissa is Head Clerk, Rare Books and Special Collections.
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