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Gay Youth Musical Impacts

As a child I was always in love with music. I loved powwow to pop music to every genre in-between (minus opera & classical). As a lil gay kid, music really helped me escape the outside world. These songs & albums made their impact on me when I was twelve to sixteen.

As First Nation peoples, we learn to co-exist in a cultural world and a modern world. So I felt I could share these without some feeling it isn't very "decolonized" of me. The following are women artists who made an impact on my young mind. I say give them a listen to see if they align, in some way, with our beliefs & traditions.


Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814

'...Jackson insisted on creating a concept album addressing social issues. Collaborating with songwriters and record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, she drew inspiration from various tragedies reported through news media, exploring racism, poverty, and substance abuse, in addition to themes of romance...The 30-minute Rhythm Nation 1814 film, a screenplay depicting two aspiring musicians whose lives are disrupted by substance abuse, aired on MTV to promote the album.' From Wikipedia.


Buffy Sainte-Marie Coincidence and Likely Stories


Red Hot + Blue

'...the first compilation album from the Red Hot Organization in the Red Hot Benefit Series. It features contemporary pop performers reinterpreting several songs of Cole Porter, and the title of the album originates from Cole Porter's musical Red, Hot and Blue.[2]

Released in 1990, it sold over a million copies worldwide and was heralded as one of the first major AIDS benefits in the music business. The accompanying ABC television special featured music videos for the songs.[2] The clips portrayed the societal effects of AIDS.' -From Wikipedia.


Tracy Chapman


Sinead O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

My sister played this album over and over again. She said 'Three Babies' was her song.

and her latest


I am certain now that I put them up there that the videos will disappear from the internet. I will try to update. If I don't update please look them up - they are amazing!

Oh and one off:

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