The morning after the election, I was suspicious of people who appeared to feel full of righteous, organized vigor. “No time for despair,” they posted on Facebook, seeming cool, calm, determined. “Now is the time to fight!”
“Really?” I recall mumbling at my phone through the haze of an impressive hangover and the dawning realization that the previous evening’s events were not, in fact, a dream. “I feel like there’s a little time for despair.”
I stand by this sentiment: mourning, depression, anxiety and nihilism are all real, and they’re all really valid states in which to find oneself at this particular American moment. Yesterday, Gabe made you a playlist for those feelings. Go ahead, wallow in it.
Today, I’m here to grab your hand and pull you out of the well.
Did you see the rainbow that appeared today over the Bay Area after last night’s thunderstorms? At the risk of sounding like Stuart Smalley, every day brings a new chance to be part of something positive. Whether you’re participating in a march this weekend or organizing your own action in response to our new administration, you’re going to need some music to keep you company. With that in mind, here’s a playlist full of fight songs.
No, music on its own won’t solve anything. That’s going to take boots on the ground, and donations to organizations you care about, and mainly a whole lot of refusing to shut up. But you know what? Songs certainly never hurt. And sometimes, they’re more capable of inspiring us, invigorating us, and getting us up and out there than just about anything else. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments below.
Songs to help you pick yourself up and get moving.
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