Music of the Great Recession

The Bull and The Bear

What happens when you match two guitar-playing economics students and a deep recession? Recession Sessions, an entire album of economics-themed songs by Ryan Stotland and Kyle Thompson-Westra, a.k.a. The Bull and the Bear. The two met at Tufts and now make music in the “financial folk” genre, with songs including “Central Banker’s Dilemma” and “Main Street Venting Blues.” Here are a few lines from “Dear Fiscal, Love Monetary”:

We’ll always be the heads of our nation
Can’t you see the way we killed stagflation
I never ever thought that I’d have this much fun
As when I watched you bring the rate down to one

And here’s a video the guys made with some songs and an introduction to their music:


Wow...the music is surprisingly amazing. Great Post!



Chess Piece Face

cf: Andy Grammer's "Keep Your Head Up"


It's not directly related, but I've always associated Bomb the Music Industry's Get Warmer with the Great Recession, due to a good deal of it being about being broke.

Specifically, listen to No Rest For the Whiny.