I started working on this playlist a couple of days after the election. I was an emotional wreck. Like not sure I was capable of pulling myself out of bed levels of despair. I’m still very sad and angry, but I’ve begun to channel that energy in more productive directions. But certain songs have been making me cry that never did before. Some of their lyrics made a new kind of sense, and some I can’t really explain, but they listening to them and letting myself cry has been cathartic for me so I thought I would share them with you all:
Second Nature – Original Broadway Cast of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
I understand why people have issues with this show. It definitely can be read as glorifying Jackson, and parts of it are really just dumb. But I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately and how American populism is often such a dangerous, violent thing. I think it’s, unfortunately, worth a revisit in our current climate.
My Shot – Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
Just as a corrective.
Truth No. 2– Dixie Chicks
Bread & Roses– Judy Collins
I know I’ve shared the Joan Baez and Mimi Farina version of this before, but literally every version has always made me cry and especially now…
Pompeii – Bastille
Ghosts That We Knew – Mumford and Sons
He Thinks He’ll Keep Her – Mary Chapin Carpenter
OK this one doesn’t make me cry, but I don’t think I had listened to it before this weekend since I was like 10. And I really didn’t understand it before. Also, this video is such a find. Look at all of those powerhouses! (And all that 90s hair..)
If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
Thanks to Stu-Bot on TBTL for this one.
Make Them Hear You – Brian Stokes Mitchell from Ragtime
Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes