Talk Tuesday / Elizabeth Stafford / Music for Everyone

If there are any two things I enjoy, it’s good music and helping a cause. If you feel the same way I do, boy, do I have something for you. Stop what you’re doing now and check out the ACLU benefit music compilation, MUSIC FOR EVERYONE. It features many punk artists such as Taking Back Sunday, Frank Iero, Anthony Green from Circa Survive/Saosin, and so many more names you either know or should know! And not only does it feature great artists, the benefits go towards American Civil Liberties Union. If you aren’t totally clear on what the ACLU does, according to their website, they work “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” The compilation was wonderfully organized and put together by John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday, Hopeless Records, Collective Confusion Records, and the non-profit Sub City.

Focusing on the music itself, I enjoy that every song has a message focusing on a social issue, or several issues, we are experiencing as a country today. Whether it's homophobia, racism, sexism, Islamophobia, or whatever else, this compilation confronts all of it. Most of the songs are short and sweet and have a definite urgency about them. I, personally, listen to more pop punk stuff, but this album leans more towards the rowdy, raw punk side. A lot of the songs get your blood flowing and make you want to go make a change. Some songs are acoustic though if that’s more your speed. As a whole, I enjoy the continuous attitude of the compilation, and I think it is something worth benefitting. Whether you want to feel angsty or solemn, this compilation caters to all aspects of emotions while also showcasing many artists.

If you are interested, you can purchase the compilation for a minimum of 10 dollars at