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Ditties For Our Times

Here is an unfinished list of songs which I propose to be part of the soundtrack of our times:

1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron. A poet, musician and pioneer of the spoken word, Scott-Heron was also an anti-war activist during the 60s.

2. So Much Trouble In The World by Bob Marley. Just about every Marley song is outstandingly political in its own merit, but this particular song just tugs at the heart of our troubled times. (Pass muna ako sa “Get up, stand up…” Hehe.)

3. Times They Are A’Changin by Bob Dylan. Of course.

4. Mississippi Goddam by Nina Simone. “Oh but this whole country is full of lies / You’re all gonna die and die like flies / I don’t trust you any more / You keep on saying “Go slow!””

5. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding by Elvis Costello.

6. Something In The Air by Thunderclap Newman. “The revolution’s here, and you know it’s right…”

7. Go by the Indigo Girls. It has that immortalized line, “Rock is cool, but the struggle is better.

8. Take The Power Back by Rage Against The Machine. No one else but RATM can start songs with lines like “Yeah, the movement’s in motion with massive militant poetry” and get away with it.

9. You Get What You Give by the New Radicals. Too bad they broke up too soon…

To be continued…

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