'Recession Sessions' Reflects Economic Chill

Originally published on January 6, 2012 7:05 pm
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For every generation, every era, there are songs that reflect or define the time, as could be said of the new album "Recession Sessions."

Our last word in business today is The Bull and the Bear. That's the name of the band formed by two recent college grads who met while studying economics at Tufts.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "QE-2")

MONTAGNE: That's "QE-2," as in quantitative easing. Other songs include "Main Street Venting Blues," "Our Love is an Illiquid Asset" and "Central Banker's Dilemma." Should you think this is a parody, band co-founder Kyle Thompson-Westra says no. It's actually quite serious. He tried to write songs from different perspectives.

KYLE THOMPSON-WESTRA: Bernanke has a song. Bernanke and Paulson have a lovely duet. Alan Greenspan has a chance to defend himself. And there are songs written from kind of the perspective of the average guy just trying to make sense out of what's happening around him, as well.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Thompson-Westra himself is among the ranks of the unemployed. He's now looking for work in Chicago.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: That's the album "Recession Sessions." And this is the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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