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Daily Helping for July 8th, 2021 – The Linda Lindas – Claudia Kishi

A photo of the Linda Lindas from their music video for Claudia Kishi.

Earlier this year, The Linda Lindas went viral with their ragetastic punk song, “Racist, Sexist Boy“. Like so many other people, I watched their performance of this song with a gigantic smile on my face. There’s something so exhilarating about watching young girls not being afraid to scream their frustrations into the world. I received several recs for this song, but while I love it, it’s not the one I ultimately chose for today’s daily helping. That honour went to “Claudia Kishi“.

There is still a lot of screaming going on in this song, but this time it’s born from a place of joy instead of rage. And in case anyone didn’t know, Claudia Kishi is a character from the classic young adult series, The Babysitter’s Club. I adored these books when I was younger, and I loved Claudia for her artistic talents and free spirit. As a Japanese-American character, Claudia was also a prominent example of representation long before it was fashionable to do so. Clearly she meant a lot to The Linda Lindas, because this song is one big exuberant tribute her. And I love it.

The Linda Lindas are currently aged 10-16, which is fantastic, because I hope this means they have a long and fruitful career ahead of them. Personally, I’ll be listening every step of the way, regardless of whether they’re screaming out of frustration or joy. But I hope they have a lot of joy in their future.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!