Saturday, November 12, 2016

Music Can Soothe the Soul and Make You Think

In the wake of the post-election Trump win, and the new America that is so much scarier now than ever, I join with those minorities who have been the target of so much hate and are living in terror right now. Whether a different race, a different religion, disabled, woman, low socioeconomic status, we are all terrified of the future. This election season has seen so much hate from Trump and his supporters and it is going to be a long time coming before we recover, if we ever recover. And if you have never lived in fear of losing everything you have, losing coverage for healthcare you need, losing your life or your home, losing your family, then I call you privileged for you truly are privileged to have such a level of security that so many others have not enjoyed. I have attached links and lyrics to some of the songs that have been resonating loudly with me these past few days. And after each set of lyrics before the link to the YouTube video of the song, I have written a dedication message. I hope that someone will find soothing in the music and lyrics just I have.

https://youtu.be/8mrhPqeQRgI

Fighter by Jamie-Grace

Seven bucks an hour/Bills stacked on the counter/Got a baby on the way, they'll have to feed/His pride is gettin' torn down/His confidence is worn out/This ain't the way he dreamed that it would be

But he won't ever ask why/'Cause he's made up his mind

He's a fighter, got that fire/When they thought he'd fade away/Throws a fist up, as he gets up/Feelin' stronger everyday/When he gets down on his knees, he finds/The courage to believe/He's a fighter, he's a fighter/Who inspires me

She's got no time for makeup/'Cause she's got three boys to wake up/Never thought she'd have to raise them on her own/And some days she feels like cryin'/But she's holdin' on, survivin'/On the love that makes their little house/A home

And she sees it in their eyes/All the reasons why, yeah

She's a fighter, got that fire/When you thought she'd fade away/Throws a fist up, as she gets up/Feelin' stronger everyday/When she gets down on her knees, she finds the courage to believe/She's a fighter, she's a fighter/Who inspire me, oohooo/She inspires me, yeah

She's been here before/And she's only eight years old/But she knows the name of every nurse she sees/And though she don't like the chemo/She waits it out, never losin' hope that

She's a fighter, got that fire/When they thought she'd fade away/Throws a fist up, keeps her head up/Feelin' stronger everyday/When she gets down on her knees, she finds the courage to believe/She's a fighter, she's a fighter/Who inspires, year/He's a fighter, he's a fighter/Who inspires me/He inspires me

You're my inspiration, my inspiration, yeah/You're my inspiration, my inspiration, yeah/You are my inspiration, my inspiration, yeah/You're my inspiration, my inspiration yeah

Written by: Cary Barlow, Chris Stevens, Jamie Grace, Toby Mckeehan (C)Major Bob Music, Inc

Dedication to all those who feel like they have to fight to hang on to life. In the wake of the elections, we have many people with complex medical needs such as myself who are now terrified that we will once again be thrust back to the ways before the Affordable Care Act when we had to worry about being denied coverage or being dropped for needing coverage.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2hPhILxez8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9az2JAQZoU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFvp2jwqoDk (Shaggy)

What's Going On - All-Star Tribute

P Diddy: What's Going On

Jermaine Dupri: Tell Me

P Diddy: People Dying/People Crying/Lord help us

Bono: Mother, mother/There's too many of you crying

Gwen Stefani: Oh, brother, brother, brother/There's far too many of you dying

Jermaine Dupri: That's Right

Aaron Lewis: You know we've got to find a way/To bring some lovin' here today

Nona Gaye: Oh my father, father/We don't need to escalate

Backstreet Boys: You see war is not the answer

Nona Gaye/Backstreet Boys: For only love can conquer hate

Christina Aguilera: You know we've got to find a way/To bring some lovin' here today

Britney Spears: Barricade, can't block our way

J-Lo: Don't punish me with brutality

Destiny's Child: Talk to me/So you can see

Destiny's Child/Britney Spears: First Chorus: Oh what's going on/What's going on/Yeah what's going on/Ahh what's going on

Ja Rule: What's going on in a world filled with pain/Where's the love for which we pray/What's going on/When our children can't play/Homeless can't eat/There's got to be a better way/What's going on/When we politically blind/Can't see the signs of endangered times/What's going on

Nelly Furtado: Ah tell me/What's going on in the world today/I'd rather be dead/Than turn my head away/We got a first world vision to complete, to lift our/Hands in the air and cry for a switch

Michael Stipe: Father, father

P Diddy: Father help us, come on

Michael Stipe: Everybody thinks we're wrong

Alicia Keys: Oh, but who are they to judge us/Together we can all be strong

P Diddy: United we stand, Divided we fall

N'Sync: Oh you know we've got to find a way

Mary J. Blige: To bring some understanding here today

N'Sync: Barricades can't block our way

Darren Hayes (Savage Garden): Don't punish me with brutality

N'Sync: Baby talk to me/So you can see (Second chorus): Yeah, what's going on/Hey, what's going on/Somebody tell me what's going on/I'll tell you what's goin' on-uh

Nelly: What's going on 'cross seas/Every minute a child dies by this disease/In record numbers indeed/Got mommas crying out please/My baby hold on/My child ain't done nothing wrong/Still I want to holler/Ask them why they don't bother/Oh no, oh no/Make me turn to my father/And ask him why they all got a trapped soul

Nas: I can feel what was bothering Marvin/Why his words forever remain/Dealing with these modern day problems/'Cause of ignorance surrounding me and my constituents/Too many infected/Too many lives diminishing/Nobody say Protestants, Jews, Blacks, and Whites, Latinos and Asians/Pray together/Less fight/We better unite/As genocide chemical war/And the rich and the poor/Know that God delivers a cure

Eve: It's a shame our reality is devastating/People praying for a cure/Dying while they're waiting/Ask the Lord for the comfort and strength to face it/All the kids with dreams/Won't get the chance to chase it/Makes me sad/Think about the lives they would've had/Think about the orphan babies got no moms and dads/How can we sit back and not try to make it right/We gotta come together/We gotta fight for life

Fred Durst: Somebody tell me what's going on (what's going on)/We got human beings using humans for a bomb/But everyone wanna live/Don't nobody really want to die/You feeling me right/I can't be watching people die (die)/And watching people cry/Let me break it down for a minute/If there's enough room here for you and me/There's plenty of room for some humanity

Somebody tell me what's going on (what's going on)/Somebody tell me what's going on (what's going on)/Somebody tell me what's going on (what's going on)/Somebody tell me what's going on (what's going on)/Somebody tell me what's going on (what's going on)/Somebody tell me what's going on (what's going on)/Somebody tell me what's going on (what's going on)/Somebody tell me what's going on (what's going on)

Dedication to all minorities of all races, religions, abilities, disabilities, socioeconomic statuses. I know we are all wondering what's going on?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc

Where Is the Love? - The Black Eyed Peas

What's wrong with the world, mama/People livin' like they ain't got no mamas/I think the whole world addicted to the drama/Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma

Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism/But we still got terrorists here livin'/In the USA, the big CIA/The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK

But if you only have love for your own race/Then you only leave space to discriminate/And to discriminate only generates hate/And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah

Madness is what you demonstrate/And that's exactly how anger works and operates/Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight/Take control of your mind and meditate/Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'/Children hurt and you hear them cryin'/Can you practice what you preach?/Or would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us/Send some guidance from above/'Cause people got me, got me questionin'/Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)/Where is the love (The love)/Where is the love, the love, the love

It just ain't the same, old ways have changed/New days are strange, is the world insane?/If love and peace are so strong/Why are there pieces of love that don't belong?

Nations droppin' bombs/Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones/With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young/So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone

So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong/In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in/Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends/Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother/A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover

The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug/If you never know truth then you never know love/Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)/Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)/Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'/Children hurt and you hear them cryin'/Can you practice what you preach?/Or would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us/Send some guidance from above/'Cause people got me, got me questionin'/Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)?/Where is the love (The love)?/Where is the love (The love)?/Where is the love (The love)?/Where is the love (The love)?/Where is the love (The love)?/Where is the love, the love, the love?

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder/As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder/Most of us only care about money makin'/Selfishness got us followin' the wrong direction

Wrong information always shown by the media/Negative images is the main criteria/Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria/Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema

Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity/Whatever happened to the fairness and equality/Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity/Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity

That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under/That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down/There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under/Gotta keep my faith alive 'til love is found/Now ask yourself

Where is the love?/Where is the love?/Where is the love?/Where is the love?

Father, Father, Father, help us/Send some guidance from above/'Cause people got me, got me questionin'/Where is the love?

Sing with me y'all:/One world, one world (We only got)/One world, one world (That's all we got)/One world, one world/And something's wrong with it (Yeah)/Something's wrong with it (Yeah)/Something's wrong with the wo-wo-world, yeah/We only got (One world, one world)/That's all we got (One world, one world)

Dedicated to anyone of any race, religion, ability, disability, and socioeconomic status who has been the recipient of hate speech since the elections and even before then. I know we are all wondering where the love is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekXluypJe8

Who I Am - Nick Jonas & the Administration

I want someone to love me/For who I am/I want someone to need me/Is that so bad?/I wanna break all the madness/But it's all I have/I want someone to love me/For who I am

Nothing makes sense, nothing makes sense anymore/Nothing is right, nothing is right when you're gone/I'm losing my breath, I'm losing my right to be wrong/I'm frightened to death, I'm frightened that I won't be strong

I want someone to love me/For who I am/I want someone to need me/Is that so bad?/I wanna break all the madness/But it's all I have/I want someone to love me/For who I am

Hey!

I'm shaking it off, I'm shaking off all of the pain/Breaking my heart, breaking my heart once again

I want someone to love me/For who I am/I want someone to need me/Is that so bad?/I wanna break all the madness/But it's all I have/I want someone to love me/For who I am

I want someone to love me/For who I am/I want someone to need me/Is that so bad?/I wanna break all the madness/But it's all I have/I want someone to love me/For who I am

Yeah, who I am

Dedication to anyone who feels they need to change who they are or change their customs because of recent events. Stay who you are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRP8d7hhpoQ

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen Cover by Pentatonix

Scott: I've heard there was a secret chord/That David played and it please the Lord/But you don't really care for music, do ya?/Well it goes like this/The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift/The baffled king composing Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Avi: Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof/You saw her bathing on the roof/Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew ya/She tied you to the kitchen chair/She broke your throne and she cut your hair/And from your lips, she drew the Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Kristie: Well baby I've been here before/I've seen this room and I've walked this floor/I used to live alone before I knew ya/And I've seen your flag on the marble arch/And love is not a vict'ry march/It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Mitch: Well, maybe there's a God above/But all I've ever learned from love/Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya/And it's not a cry that you hear at night/It's not somebody who's seen the light/It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah

All: Hallelujah, Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah/Hallelujah, Hallelujah

In memory of Leonard Cohen (author) and Mike Tumlin, a great man who spent so much of his life advocating for autistics in Alabama and mentoring new advocates, there's truly no family in Alabama who has not been touched by Mike.


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