In the months leading up to the 2008 election, I was working on Wake Up World and volunteering for the Obama campaign. I was up to my ears in the cesspool of the political news cycle. When I say, “up to my ears,” I mean OBSESSED. A very smart friend noticed my increasing anxiety and gave me some good advice. He suggested that I start every day with a song I loved before turning on the news.
And thus GUSYA (Get Up And Shake Your Ass) was born. Almost every morning, I choose a song to help me wake up and meet the day.