Spotify AUNZ have collaborated with former Australian Olympian, Cathy Freeman, and 16-year-old climate change activist, Jean Hinchliffe, to launch two Music + Talks shows titled My 2020 to discuss the music moments that shaped their year.
This is the first locally created Music + Talk, a feature which Spotify launched earlier this year, that will see both Australians sharing six songs that have been pivotal to their 2020, alongside commentary that reflects on these moments, and how the content they listened to has framed these experiences.
In Cathy’s show, she reflects on a year that has been like no other. She discusses the music that got her through Melbourne’s strict lockdown, a song that takes her right back to the 2000 Olympics, now 20 years on, and her hopes and plans for 2021.
Cathy says, “2020 really has been a year like no other and as someone who loves music, the opportunity to reflect on the music that shaped my year was really special.
“I’m particularly excited to see my Spotify Wrapped 2020 and find out exactly what I have been streaming. Music brings me joy, peace and inspiration and in a year where I went from celebrating significant milestones to home-schooling my daughter and juggling my role with the Cathy Freeman Foundation, all in lockdown, I continued to find the beauty in the world through the storytelling in music.”
Jean, someone who is defined by her activism efforts, discusses how she managed to continue to protest in a virtual world and reflects on the content that motivated her to stay focused while remote learning:
She says, “I had a great time sitting down with Spotify to talk about the songs that shaped my 2020! This year has been insane, to say the least, but my music really got me through. I love seeing my Wrapped every year, and can’t wait to see what songs I’ve been listening to the most – let’s just say I won’t be surprised if there’s a lot of tear jerkers. It’s been quite the emotional year.”