In the tradition of our uptown team, the Yankees, FPP writers and artists select a song to inspire them as they ascend to the stage.  Here is a list of our performers and their choice of music:

Gregory Pardlo spins “Fool in the Rain” by Led Zeppelin
Morgan Parker spins “Bow Down” by Beyoncé
Kent Russell spins “Herb Alpert” by Spanish Flea

Jason Koo spins “Ain’t Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit” by Wu-Tang Clan
Marc McKee spins “Cycles to Gehenna (instrumental)” by Aesop Rock
Melody Nixon spins “Waka” by Che Fu
Montana Ray spins “Por La Noche” by Mala Rodríguez

Karen Russell spins “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John
Ru Freeman spins “I Know You Want Me” by Pitbull
Pam Sporn spins “1960 What” by  Gregory Porter

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs spins “The Drummer” by Niki and The Dove’s
R. Erica Doyle spins “Queen” by Janelle Monae
Tonya Foster spins “Chicken Grease” by D’Angelo

Siddhartha Deb spins “Badang” by Chris McGuiness and Delhi Sultanate
Danielle Evans spins “I’m A Lady” by Santigold
Elizabeth Kendall spins Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Tchaikovsky Romances – Item #11: 7 Romances, Op. 47, No. 5.  Blagoslavlyayu Vas lesa
Ashley Byler spins “Twerk it” by Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj

Jericho Brown spins “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
eteam spins “Meine Blümchen haben Durst” performed by the Rundfunk-Kinderchor Berlin, conductor: Manfred Roost
Khadijah Queen spins “Vanguard” by Jose James
Rachel Sherman spins “Genesis” by Grimes

Monica Ong spins “Bohemian Forest” by Pantha du Prince
Michael Thomas spins “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones
Stacey D’Erasmo spins “Paris Train” by Beth Orton

Jacqueline Jones LaMon spins “You and I” by Black Ivory
Marie Myung-Ok Lee spins “Secret to Life” by James Taylor
Philip Lopate spins “Gloomy Sunday” by Billie Holiday

Lynne Tillman spins “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
Paul La Farge spins “Fanny Ardant Et Moi” by Vincent Delerm
LoVid spins “New York New York For Four Turntables” by $mall ¢hange

Ed Park spins “Under Mi Sleng Teng” by Wayne Smith
Bathsheba Doran spins “The Ballad of Easy Rider” by Roger McGuinn
Tiphanie Yanique spins “Legal” by Jamband

Margo Jefferson spins “Body and Soul” by Thelonius Monk
Mendi+Keith Obadike spins “If The Heavens Don’t Hear” by Mendi+Keith Obadike
Sam Lipsyte spins “We Are the Champions” by Queen