Every day this week, Arcade Fire's Will Butler is writing a new song based on a news story in The Guardian. The first one is called "Clean Monday", and it's inspired by this article about the Greek debt crisis.
On The Guardian's website, Butler wrote a note about how the song came together:
"I was reading The Guardian's live coverage of the forthcoming Greek proposals of how they're going to pay off their debts, when a little blurb popped up explaining that the Greek markets were closed today because it was "Clean Monday" – the Greek Orthodox equivalent of Ash Wednesday. It was an amazing/hilarious (well, maybe mildly amusing) coincidence to me that the Greek ministers were scrambling and figuring out how to avoid strict austerity on the day that Lent starts."
Butler will release his debut solo album, Policy, on March 10.