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“White Rabbit”

Jefferson Airplane | 1967

Grace Slick wrote “White Rabbit” both as an homage to some of her favorite childhood books that featured children’s minds being altered after ingesting certain pills or liquids, and as a way to explain the drug lifestyle that ran rampant in the Sixties. “Our parents read us stories like Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz,” the Jefferson Airplane frontwoman told Rolling Stone. “They all have a place where children get drugs, and are able to fly or see an Emerald City or experience extraordinary animals or people … And our parents are suddenly saying, ‘Why are you taking drugs?’ Well, hello!”

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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