Thursday, July 31, 2008

Music With a Message

Here is the play list for my political music program this weekend:

Tracy Chapman, Revolution
Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up
Ben Harper, With My Own Two Hands
Ben Harper, Better Way
Bob Dylan, Times they are a changing
Bob Dylan, Masters of War
The Herd, 2020
Sting, Russians
Sting, They Dance Alone
Eric Bogle, No Mans Land
Neil Young, Lets Impeach the President
John Lennon, Imagine
Patti Smith, Peaceable Kingdom

John Butler Trio, Treat Your Mama
Arrested Development, Among the Trees
Jamiroquais, Emergency on Planet Earth
Michael Jackson, Earth Song
Cat Stevens, Where Do The Children Play
Bob Marley, War
Midnight Oil, One Country
T-Rex, Children of the Revolution
Cold Play, Politik
John Farnham, You’re the Voice
John Mayer, Waiting for the World to Change

The first hour starts with some songs that offer general political motivation before moving onto a war theme. The second hour focuses more on environmental issues and ends with more motivational music.

I have been reading some interesting text books about the characteristics that make up political music – more on them shortly – one interesting aspect has been the notion of content themes. I have been making more of an effort to try to set up my play lists based on these but its not always easy given that many different styles of music can relate to the same topics.

This list contains some excellent music, some of which I hadn’t heard before.

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