Pop-Ed: All the News Fit for Prince

By: David S. Hirschman Skewing younger, The Boston Globe from May 7 to 18 presented the day's headlines on its Web site via a "Pop-Ed" music video starring local musician Jake Brennan, each day singing a song "ripped from the headlines."

One song looked at former Red Sox star Roger Clemens re-signing with the New York Yankees, asserting that "now he's the Boss' boy for 28 million." Another song based on a local story was titled "My Duct Tape Prom Queen." Readers were allowed to submit their own lyrics ? and music videos.

"I feel like it's my take on what modern folk music is," says Brennan. "Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Pete Seeger all wrote about things that happened in the immediate time frame. Now it's the information age and we have all these tools available to us, and, creatively, we're at a crossroads of technology."

The day's song also aired each night on Boston's 92.9 WBOS, which hosted with boston.com a live concert featuring Brennan.

The songwriter awoke at 6 a.m. each day to pen his songs and submit them to boston.com editor David Beard by 8:30 a.m. Once they were approved, Brennan hit the recording/video studio. The project also included a blog.


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