Dave Powell

Bulldog Gravy Music Club

Get a Taste of Bulldog Gravy

So here we are, all stuck at home, social distancing for the foreseeable future. Well, physical distancing at least. We don’t have to be socially isolated while we keep our distance.

A word from our patron saint and sponsor.

Here’s your invitation to join a new kind of music service: the Bulldog Gravy Music Club. It’s not an exclusive club––and, yes, we know what Mark Twain about joining clubs. This is that kind of club. Here’s how it works:

  • You send us a song––a “seed,” if you will. Any song at all, in any genre. We can deal with your love of skiffle. We know a thing or two about ’80s music. Blues? Check. Folk? Got it. Singer-songwriter? Too easy. Reggae? Rap? Hip-hop? Old school country? Bluegrass? We’ll take a stab at it. Whatever it is, we think we can handle it. We’ll try to, anyway. Or we’ll pretend to.
  • We make a playlist for you built around your song. We’ll probably build it in Spotify for the sake of simplicity, but you can request another subscription service if you want to. We aim to please.
  • You enjoy your playlist. That’s it.

Who’s making my playlist?

Great question. We’re people who love music and want to share it with other people. The one thing that links us all together was our participation in a seminar class called “This Machine Kills Fascists!: Protest Music & Social Change,” which is offered every fall at Gettysburg College. We’ll make you a protest music playlist if you want one, or if we think you need one based on the seed you sent us––some solid, righteous anger would do us all some good these days––but that’s not all we do. We have varied musical tastes and will do our best to put together a playlist for you that we think you’ll like based on the song you send us. One thing we can promise is that your playlist will be good, whether you realize it or not.

The most important reason we’re doing this is to stay connected. We know lots of people are struggling to get a handle on what’s going on in the world with COVID-19 and other sketchy things dominating daily life, but this also feels like an opportunity to make new connections we might not have otherwise been able to make. Music is the universal language, people. Our goal is to make you a kick-ass playlist, have fun doing it, and hopefully help you pass a few hours happily wherever you are (or sadly, if that’s your thing). If we can’t do it we’ll let you know.

What the heck is “bulldog gravy”?

Bulldog gravy was served up during the Great Depression among hoboes and coal miners and others struggling to get through hard times. It was the definition of sustenance. It consisted of flour, water, and grease, and it was often poured over beans or on top of a “water sandwich,” which was bread soaked in water and lard. Sarah Ogan Gunning sang about bulldog gravy in her song “Come All You Coal Miners.” You can hear her sing it here, or click below to hear a rendition recorded by Mike Seeger in 1966:

Around here, Bulldog Gravy is always served hot. Enjoy it while it lasts.

How do I sign up?

Fill out the form below and we’ll get started on your playlist. After you’ve listened to it––we recommend you give it about a week or so, depending on your listening habits––we’d love it if you gave us some feedback. (Yeah, we’re assessing this; this project is run by an education professor. It is what it is.)

That’s all there is to it. Let’s do this.

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