Giving and Gratitude – Songs of Love For Japan

by Emily on April 18, 2011 · 1 comment

in Miscellaneous

Hi friends. I took a week off from MOTB – the first in many, many months. What started as just exhaustion evolved into a minor health issue that made it quite clear that I was overtaxing my system and very much in need of a time out.

I woke up this morning to a very sweet email from a reader and twitter friend whom I’ve never met in person. She was sweet and encouraging. It was a generous gesture that was just what I needed to pop back in here to say hello and let you all know I’m fine.

For whatever small worries I encounter, though, there is a whole country half a world away where things are not fine and their problems are far, far more serious than a simple case of exhaustion.

The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami (and another earthquake) have devastated Japan, and there is so much we can do to help assist the disaster recovery efforts

For all of my food lovers, I already mentioned my friend Marc Matsumoto’s Peko Peko Cookbook.

If you’re not much of a cook, you can still get involved and get something nifty in exchange.

Introducing Songs of Love For Japan (SOLFJ), an amazing music + charity project brought to us by one of my newest friends, Bryce Longton. From Bryce (with a couple additions from me):


Songs of Love for Japan (SOLFJ) is a three-day, 72-hour flash sale of great music for a great cause. The cornerstone of the sale is a $100 compilation of 100 rare and unique songs donated from 100 leading artists such as, Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles, Charlotte Martin, The xx, Lucy Woodward, Ani DiFranco, Brandi Carlile, Julian Velard, Fisher, and Correatown and many more. To sweeten the deal, SOLFJ is randomly gifting concert tickets, signed CDs and other one-of-a-kind items to purchasers of the 100-song compilation throughout the three-day sale. For those that still want to help Japan but lack $100, SOLFJ offers a sampling of 20 great songs for $20.

The goal is to sell enough digital downloads that SOLFJ can send $250,000 to a charity called Shelter Box that specializes in providing disaster areas with much needed supplies and logistical support.

The sale is April 18th (TODAY!) -21st. I really think it’s a cool way people can help a good cause.


Here is the complete list of artists included in the compilation:

20 Minutes to Park
Aileen Morgan
Alex Bugnon
Alexa Wilkinson
Alexander Cardinale
Alina Smith
Amy Speace
Anais Mitchell
Ani DiFranco
Antigone Rising
Bhi Bhiman
Brandi Carlile
Brendan James
Brett Turner
Brian Mackey
Byron Zanos
Casey Desmond
Charlie Crystle
Charlotte Martin
Cheryl B Engelhardt
Chip Greene
Chloe Temtchine
Chris Keys
Chrissy DePauw
Clara Lofaro
Darren Locke
David Andrew Smith
El Tambor
Elizabeth & the Catapult
Emily Zuick
Ernie Halter
Fill the Silence
Freak Owls
Full Price
Gail Ann Dorsey
Gavin John
Gina Sicilla
Hammel on Trial
Hayley Sales
Heather Nova
Hope Waits
I Am Not Lefthanded
Jared Evan
Jason Myles Goss
Jeffrey Gaines
Jenn Gleason
Josh Ritter
Julian Velard
Karen Jacobson
Kate Walsh
Katey Laurel
Keaton Simons
Kings Cross
Kittens Ablaze
Kristin Hoffmann
Left Standing
Lucy Woodward
Martina V
Martin Rivas
Matt Santry
Matthew Mayfield
Michael Whalen
Midnight Spin
Natasha Alexandra(NLX)
Olivia O
Paul Levinson
Rachael Sage
Raining Jane
Runaway Dorothy
Sara Bareilles
Sarah Fimm
Sarah Slean
Sinem Saniye
Sons of Radio
The Deadlies
The Perfects
The Cringe
The Submarines
The Woodlands
Tony Lucca
Tori Amos
VK Lynne
Wendy Starland
Wolf Parade
World Versus Me
Zoe Noell

Check it out. If you love music, there are 100 reasons to get your hands on this and donate to help Japan. If $100 is too steep for you, Bryce and her team also curated a sampling of 20 tracks for $20.

Either way, it feels good to give and I know that receiving even just a little gesture of kindness (like today’s email) goes a long way in helping to heal. $20 or $100, I hope you check out SOLFJ today.

~ Emily

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