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Steve Greenberg, President of S-Curve Records, home to AJR, Andy Grammer, A Great Big World and more, has naturally turned his home confinement into a playlisting adventure. 

 

Steve and his teenage daughter Abigail have been sending each other music, then discussing their thoughts on it. These discussions then turn into playlists which the two wanted to share, in hopes that other music lovers and their families might find this a fun activity to do during this time of self-isolation. Here's a sample of what their conversations look like, and the resulting Spotify playlist Abigail and Steve Stuck at Home below.

 

Greenberg is best known for discovering Hanson, Baha Men, Jonas Brothers, Joss Stone and AJR, and is a two-time Grammy winner who has also produced and co-written songs for Grammer, Stone, Jo Bros, Boyzone, Baha Men, The O'Jays, Leslie Odom Jr. and more.

 

 1. “Self Control” by Frank Ocean

Abigail: Ok, so this is a song I definitely do literally listen to every single day. It is probably the best song ever. It’s really simple in its production, obviously the “keep a place for me” part is vocally doctored, but whatev.

I think it’s the lyrics that get me. When he says, “Wish we’d grown up on the same advice,” that rings true, even though it’s not a desire I’ve ever heard expressed before. Every Frank Ocean song is liquid gold, but this hits different.

Steve: I love this song, as well. What do you think “Wish we’d grown up on the same advice” means?

ASG: I think it’s like a way of reacting to a really deep, endemic rift between Frank (as I casually call him) and the person to whom he’s singing.

He says, “you see me like a UFO.” There’s an estrangement...

SG: I feel a sense of wistfulness and maybe even regret in so much of Frank Ocean’s music. Like in “Ivy” when he sings “we’ll never be those kids again.”

 


2. “Death Bed (coffee for your head)” by Powfu and Beabadoobee

 

SG: I don’t know much about them, but I feel this song captures something about the current moment, even though it came out a couple of months ago.

ASG: This is actually a TikTok song. It’s for TikToks where someone is like, “I am in love with my best friend, and she doesn’t know it. Today I’m gonna make a move.” And then they kiss. Also sometimes baby animals. It’s sweet, but there’s something weird about the duet between like…a baby alien and an adult human man?

I do just wish I was sitting in the garage where this person decided to name their act “Beabadoobee” Or board room. Or Starbucks. Or wherever. I’m so there...