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Song of the Great Recession

Local Musicians John Munnelly and Christina Lord Develop Award-Winning Song for the Great Recession

“The Unemployment Blues” Wins the National Jay Gorney Award From ASCAP

"Never thought I'd end up with food stamps to redeem...I've got the blues"

Dec 13, 2009 – NEW YORK CITY – They say music is often influenced by the times. For local musician John Munnelly, he took the unemployment strife of his co-writer Christina Lord and turned it into an award-winning song that could truly be called an anthem for the current economic crisis.

“People are having a tough time finding a job in this economy and we captured in the song what it feels like to be unemployed,” Munnelly said. “Christina and I wrote a song that speaks to today’s audience but also retains historical echoes to a previous popular song depicting the 1930’s Great Depression.”

The original Depression Era anthem “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?” written by Jay Gorney and “Yip” Harburg.

The American Society of Composers, A…

Christmas - it's been a great year

Christmas List

In 2008 I declared 2009 was going to be my best year ever and it has been pretty awesome. In early 2009 I set a goal with myself to play out at least once per month and in December I made 4 appearances -

Duplex Songwriter's Night

I sang The Unemployment Blue's and My new Christmas Song

Bar 169 - LES NYC
I have to say this was a challenge and though I put a lot of effort into promoting it (City Blogs, Skint )did not get the turn out desired but I had a great night and had a really convivial Christmas celebration with some close friends and co-writers. Thanks be to God for co-writers, it's a lonesome and unsure path being a songwriter and one needs faith hope and good friends to support along the way.

The Sackett Bar - Brooklyn NYC

This was the Christmas celebration for Brokelyn.com and I as their 'adopted troubadour' showed up to play The Unemployment Blues. I met some really cool people there and it was a great opportunity to play this meaningful topical s…