“We are all one. We are the people.”
Is there any point in indulging in escapism when the reality of Trumpism is blunt, unavoidable, and tweeted upon us on a daily basis? In times like these, the arts, specifically music, feel like a guilty pleasure. On occasion, however, music has hollered from the rooftops (love you, Beatles!) and raised its defiant opinion into a million earbuds.
Music is more vital now than ever as we brace ourselves for a dark age in American history. Here are a few rebel songs, new and classics, to stir those who want to build bridges, raise awareness, seek comfort, are gearing up to take an active role in making us a more compassionate society.
“B.H.S.” – Sleaford Mods: I read somewhere recently that Western society is corroding because of its unhinged capitalism at the expense of the the extremely impoverished. This is an account of the unbridled greed of a contemporary billionaire, or you can read the story behind the song here.
“Noise Pollution” – Portugal. The Man: We have become a polarized country because of our inability to listen beyond our individual echo chambers. The mass media has betrayed us and failed the tenets of Thomas Jefferson’s free press. Let’s shatter the chamber!
“No Hard Feelings” – The Avett Brothers: Here, the Brothers offer a gentler view of our country: we must move beyond our ideology and embrace each other. To take the first step toward reconciliation, we must encourage open dialogue between each other and remember God’s beauty between us.
“We the People” – A Tribe Called Quest: These legends ushered in the new administration on Saturday Night Live with a bittersweet song about, to me, the confusion we must endure together as Republican, Democrat, and Independent.