Day 52 Action:
Music lifts the soul and inspires millions. In times of extreme hardship music is sometimes the only joy that is left to a person.
Throughout human history it has been a powerful antidote to oppression. Songs written to triumph over the unjust, console the heart, and lead the charge all at once. This music offers solace and hope. It provides rest and time to recharge our core and embolden our spirits once more.
Whatever music gets to the heart of you and your fight fits this bill. This healing salve comes in every variety. Not to put too fine a point on it, but music is magic.
We hope you have uplifting, goto, good-vibe tunes to lift your spirits today, and every day. If not, or you’re looking to add to your repitoir, here are some of our favorites we’d like to share. And we hope you share them too.
Do you have a favorite song you’d like to share with us? We’d love to add it to our list.
This Land is Your Land 1976 – Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Fred Hellerman with wonderful justice affirming introduction by Studs Terkel.
If I Had a Hammer, Live from Newport – Peter, Paul and Mary
The Times They are a Changin’ 1964 – Bob Dylan
A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
We Shall Overcome – Morehouse College, 2009 Glee Club
Oh, Happy Day – Mahalia Jackson
Oh, Happy Day – Sister Act 2 (We at WKTB have a thing for music in the movies)
There’s a Meeting Here Tonight – Joe and Eddie (The Limelighters are also renowned for this song, but this is a great version.)
Know Your Rights – The Clash
This Little Light of Mine – Soweto Gospel Choir, South Africa
From our Happy Heartbeats page:
I Can’t Keep Quiet – MILKC and a cappella choir perform at The Women’s March on D.C.
I Can’t Keep Quiet – MILKC and choir of 1300 people.
We Are The World – U.S.A for Africa Aid
La Marseillaise from Casablanca – If you don’t understand why this is here, watch, then be comforted by the knowledge that when the loud, garish, singing, of a goose-stepping anthem feels like it’s beginning to drown out your world; the power of The People who believe in Good and True and Just should not be underestimated.
(Extra Special Note: The French characters singing here were actual European refugees who had spent the war persecuted by Nazis… that defiance and pride is not an act.)
Actual WKTB Fortune.
Hope is being able to see light despite all the darkness. – Desmond Tutu.
Music is the unending beacon that bursts through the darkness and pummels it into little tiny pieces you can stomp on and then vacuum away. – WKTB