DMM Presents: Libra Season
DMM values your life, and wants to make it better with everything we’re doing. This astrology series exists for the same reason we do, to put our readers / listeners / groupies / anyone, onto the tight shit that’s happening right now, from music to culture, to Astrology! This week we welcome the arrival of Libra season with a playlist full of Libras, and their most Libran songs.
If Libra were to be placed into an archetype, it is the spirit of politeness. The Libra admires elegance, care and peace. They are nature's’ balancers, caregivers, and advocates. The Libra is the personification of the word “nice.” In music, Libras have a record across genre and era lines of being the most influential of the signs. Everyone knows how crowed-about John Lennon’s work, both solo and with the Beatles was (*), but not everyone can trace Librans back to their rich legacies in 80's americana, rap, and most overwhelmingly, jazz.
Something these songs pointed out to me, is that there is a space of discord internally, in Libras, mixed with a really heavy shot of intense listenability. Perhaps the Libras' habit of making the world as livable and nice as possible for everyone, opens them up to some of the nastier, more discordant parts of life and music. This urge, mixed with the Libra’s equal and opposite urge toward likability is the groundwork of every influential (which is to say imitated) artist. Music that defines genre can be explained most simply as a pattern you cannot help but like coupled with something you’ve never heard before and can’t explain. All the artists on this list are prime examples. Springsteen with his undying teenage-ness, and Tom Petty with the same flavor of white American immortality. The jazz uber-greats Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie. Also impossible to overlook (there were a lot of artists to work in) were the rappers who have made music with the same rubric and the same amount of power; Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, T.I., Jeezy, and A$AP Rocky. All Libra.