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Margaret Glaspy Shares Origins of Protest Song “My Body, My Choice”: Exclusive

Inspired by themes of youth, dignity, and love

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Margaret Glaspy Origins, photo by Josh Goleman
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    Our Origins feature series provides artists with a space to share everything that went into their latest release. Today, Margaret Glaspy dives into her new protest song, “My Body, My Choice.”


    New York singer-songwriter Margeret Glaspy has today shared a new track called “My Body, My Choice.” Glaspy actually penned the pointed protest song two years ago and has been performing it live on tour, but unfortunately, it’s more relevant than ever in the wake of the Supreme Court’s precedent-destroying decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Over bluesy instrumentation, Glaspy doesn’t mince words or hide behind figurative language on “My Body, My Choice.” Featuring three stories of body autonomy ranging from piercings to abortion, the song keeps its message blunt, uncomplicated, and powerful. The title says it all, and whether it comes to attacks on abortion access, trans rights, or contraception, it now rings with particular importance.

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    Despite the intensity of the subject matter, Glaspy refrains from exhibiting aggression toward her oppressors. Instead, “My Body, My Choice” is a loving, defiant declaration of rights. She’s sure of her message, and she’s displaying it with extreme confidence.

    “Music has always been a place where I can communicate in a way that my words alone fail,” Glaspy tells Consequence. “It is my own small way of letting it be known that all Americans — all people — deserve the basic human right of abortion services.”

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    A portion of proceeds from “My Body, My Choice” will go toward The Brigid Alliance, a referral-based service that provides travel, food, lodging, child care, and other logistical support for people seeking abortions.

    Check out “My Body, My Choice” below, followed by Glaspy’s breakdown of the Origins of the track.

    Glaspy has also been announced as the headliner for an abortion rights benefit concert taking place at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on August 7th. She’ll perform alongside Katy Kirby, Lola Kirke, and an unannounced “secret guest,” while Adi Oasis and Sadie Dupuis (Sad13, Speedy Ortiz) will DJ between sets. With tickets going on sale July 8th at 10:00 a.m. ET via Eventbrite, proceeds will benefit The Brigid Alliance, which provides travel, food, lodging, child care, and other logistical support for people seeking abortions.

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    Glaspy released the double single “Love Is Real” and “Heart Shape” in March. Her last album was 2020’s Devotion, which she dissected for Consequence Track by Track.


    Youth:

    Margaret Glaspy My Body My Choice Origins Youth

    Photo by Anthony DELANOIX via Unsplash

    When I look around at my shows and see a sea of young, earnest human beings, I want to make the world a better place for them. I wrote this song as a love letter to them and as a protest to the bans that are being placed on abortion by the American government. People need access to abortion. It is an integral part of healthcare and a human right to choose if or when you get pregnant. This song is a reminder for myself and others of what our rights are and should be.

    Dignity:

    Margaret Glaspy My Body My Choice Origins Dignity

    Margaret Glaspy at Reeperbahn Festival New York (via YouTube)

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    I also wrote this song to preserve my own dignity. Music has always been a place where I can communicate in a way that my words alone fail. As touring started back up again, over the last two years I have sung this song to audiences across the nation and this has been therapeutic and cathartic to let my voice be heard and to hear the cheers of audience members that share my frustration. It is my own small way of letting it be known that all Americans — all people — deserve the basic human right of abortion services.

    Love:

    Margaret Glaspy My Body My Choice Origins Love

    Photo by Jason Leung via Unsplash

    While this song is a song of protest, it is also a song written out of deep love. Minority women, majority women, non-binary people, trans people — of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life are incredibly vulnerable right now. This is dedicated and inspired by them.

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