New State of Our Union (a musical playlist)
Inspired by the change in our nation's leadership, I had tweeted on Inauguration Day (1/20/21), links to "What A Day" by Poco (It starts, "It's a good mornin' and I'm feelin' fine. Smile. I never thought I could be this way. I wanna play. Oh what a day!”) and Al Kooper's Brand New Day (“Last night I had a dream that the world was changing by leaps and bounds. It started up in the bigger cities and spread to the smaller towns.). Since that time I culled my existing playlists and music library and more for songs consistent with the sentiments enjoyed and felt by this commentator and many others here and abroad.
Not meant to be partisan but from about a week following the November election through the actual inauguration of a new president, I sought out songs that give meaning to the change who governs and my views on what it means (If you know not, you’ll need to look elsewhere to find my take.).
I already devised playlists with themes that may overlap in part, including State of Our Union, Songs to Inspire and Doin’ Fine. Some songs from those collections also work in this new, New State of Our Union playlist.
Today, it get unveiled first in Gotham:
What A Day – Poco
Brand New Day – Al Kooper
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison (Concert for Bangla Desh)
A Beautiful Morning – The Young Rascals
You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King
You Can All Join In – Traffic (from Inspiration playlist)
Sing this Song All Together – Rolling Stones
It’s Wonderful – The Young Rascals
It’s Wonderful – The Rascals (Once Upon A Dream reunion)
Something in the Air – Thunderclap Newman
Things Will Be Better – The Byrds (From Doin’ Fine playlist)
Gettin’ Better – The Beatles
Celebrate – Three Dog Night
Glad – Traffic (from Doin’ Fine playlist)
Revival – Allman Brothers Band (from Inspiration playlist)
Beautiful Day – U2
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Keep on Believin’ – Poco
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Everything Going to be Alright – Paul Butterfield Blues Band (from Doin' Fine playlist)
Land of Hope and Dreams – Bruce Springsteen
Feelin' Alright – Dave Mason (from Doin' Fine playlist)
Feelin' Alright – Traffic (from Doin’ Fine playlist)
Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker
Feel So Good – The Faces (from Doin’ Fine playlist)
A Little Help from My Friends – The Beatles
Get Together – The Youngbloods
Up to Me – Roger McGuinn (from Inspiration playlist)
Up Around the Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival (from Inspiration playlist)
A Right Along – Poco (from Songs for the Road playlist)
Mystic Highway – John Fogerty (from Songs for the Road and Songs to Ring in the New Year playlists)
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Promised Land – Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
Come Together – The Beatles
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I’d add The Grateful Dead’s Hell in a Basket. Jello Biafra’s Holiday in Cambodia is also apropos. Lastly I’d toss in The Doors The End.
Now is not a good time to gloss over the fact we have a two tiered justice system in America and you’re not going to create unity by ignoring the fact that 70+ million Americans are not ready to sing Kumbaya. The only song I want to hear right now is Sweet Caroline so that we may join together, holding hands and celebrating what binds us versus what tears us apart and forced millions of Conservatives to lose their voice.
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