It's impossible not to be completely entrenched in what is going on in this country these days. It's hard to believe that there are still civil rights issues in this day and age in one of the most progressive countries in the world. It has us thinking a lot about the protests and rallies that are going on and how they seem to always end in violence. We need to find more constructive and peaceful ways of voicing our frustrations. We need to go back to the days when music was the expression of the moment.
For this weeks Behind the Bend, we are giving you our updated playlist. It's not just any playlist though. It's a playlist full of songs that were written at times when change was needed. They are protest songs that still ring true today and express emotion and frustration like no guns or violence ever could. These are songs with lyrics that should be shouted from the roofs tops so loudly that you can't be ignored.
In the coming days, weeks maybe even months, we urge you to please find a way to express yourself that leads to positivity not injury or something even worse. This country can be great again. We just have to work together to find peaceful resolutions to our disagreements and understand and respect all of our neighbors, no matter their skin color, religion, sexual orientation or culture. We are all one and together, as one, we are all unstoppable.
Bob Dylan, 'Hurricane'
Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Fortunate Son'
Bob Dylan, 'Blowin' in the Wind'
Rage Against the Machine, 'Killing in the Name'
Barry McGuire, 'Eve of Destruction'
M.I.A., “Born Free”
Bright Eyes, "When the President Talks to God"
Bob Dylan, 'The Times They Are A-Changin'
Buffalo Springfield, 'For What It's Worth'
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, 'Ohio'
Bob Dylan, 'Masters of War'
Sam Cooke, "A Change is Gonna Come"
Gil Scott Heron, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
Bob Marley & Peter Tosh, "Get Up,Stand Up"
Bruce Springsteen, "Born In the U.S.A."
Public Enemy, "Fight the Power"
Killer Mike, "Reagan"
Steel Pulse, "No more weapons"
Tracey Chapman, "Behind the wall" NOFX, "Wolves in wolves clothing"
Billie Holiday, "Strange fruit"