Over the past few months I’ve been collecting songs for what I call the Resistance Mixtape.
Music can soothe and inspire. Songs can tell stories and instruct. And most importantly music brings people together.
Here are some songs for the Resistance Mixtape for Independence Day.
Let’s begin with Paul Robeson, singing about “The House I Live In.”
Woody Guthrie’s famous response to “God Bless America” noted that even in a land where people wait in line at the relief office and signs say “No Trespassing” that the reality is that “This Land is Your Land.”
Prince & the Revolution similarly question the premise of “America the Beautiful” and whether or not the grace of God trickles down to our children.
Kim Weston sings a stirring version of the song known as “The Black National Anthem.”
Finally, the love we have for our own nation need does not mean we hate or demean other nations as we learn in the hymn “This is My Song” written by Lloyd Stone.
What other songs would you add to the mixtape?
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1985. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
Bitchin’ Camaro – The Dead Milkmen
Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day – The Pogues
The Show – Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick
Life in a Northern Town – Dream Academy
Lyin’ Ass Bitch – Fishbone
Raspberry Beret – Prince and the Revolution
Something About You – Level 42
Walk of Life – Dire Straits
West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
And my song of shame for 1985: We Built This City – Starship
What 1985 musical memories are stirring your brain? List them in the comments!
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1984. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
I sense the quality of music is dropping into the mid-80s trough. Looking at lists of songs from 1984, I can make a top ten list of songs of shame, and not even ones that are still guilty pleasures. But there’s still enough good stuff left to make an interesting top ten favorites list as well.
Free Nelson Mandela – The Special A.K.A
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
How Soon Is Now? – The Smiths
Jam On It – Newcleus
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince and the Revolution
[Seek this song out on your own, but with caution as Prince does not like sharing on the internet]
The Milkman of Human Kindness – Billy Bragg
People Are People – Depeche Mode
Run Run Away – Slade
Skankin’ To The Beat – Fishbone
Stick ‘Em – Fat Boys
And my song of shame for 1984 is: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy
What were you listening to in 1984 that you still remember fondly? Let me know in the comments.
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1982. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
I remember the music of 1982 well, because I received a portable radio/tape player as a first communion gift. That radio and I were inseparable, and every Sunday I would listen to America’s Top 40 with Casey Kasem. Looking at the Billboard charts for 1982, I’m familiar with pretty much every song, which I can’t say for a lot of years.
Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Gardening at Night – R.E.M.
I Melt With You – Modern English
1999 – Prince and the Revolution
Our House – Madness
Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth
Save It For Later – The English Beat
Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson
Straight to Hell – The Clash
And my song of shame for 1982: Pac-Man Fever – Buckner and Garcia
What are your favorite songs of 1982? Let me know in the comments!