Picture the 1960s. Vietnam. Campus activists. Peace and love. Got it?
Do you hear music? As I think of the 1960s, I definitely hear a soundtrack: from Sam Cooke, A Change is Gonna Come to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son; from the Youngblood’s Get Together to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. To illustrate what I mean, I put together a playlist of 1960s music on Spotify here. Feel free to suggest songs that should be added or deleted. (You can email me here).
The 1960s was a time of massive social change. There was a movement underway. I don’t think anyone could articulate exactly what was happening. Like the words from Buffalo Springfield’s song For What It’s Worth, “There’s something happening here. What it is, ain’t exactly clear.”
It takes art to express that which cannot otherwise be expressed. The music rises from a movement; accompanying the movement while defining and inspiring the movement.
There’s Something Happening Here
There is a movement. You can feel it. Hope. Justice. Kindness. Liberty. Inclusion. Civil rights. Women’s rights. Human rights. The movement isn’t something that’s “out there.” It’s happening in you and to you. You feel moved to make a difference. From Standing Rock to the Mexican border, we’re becoming engaged.
Here’s the question I have for you:
If our movement had a soundtrack, what songs would you include?
I’m starting a project. I don’t know what it’s going to look like yet. Will it be a website? Facebook group? Podcast? I don’t know yet. But I want your input. I want to hear from you. What’s on your playlist for our movement? I’ve put together a form so that you can tell us what songs are defining and accompanying our movement.
Use this form to tell us: http://bit.ly/MusicOfOurMvmnt