It was the 19th century English writer Walter Pater who said that “all art aspires towards the condition of music.”
There is something unique to music that can uplift us when we’re down, inspire us when we’re in doubt, and empower us when we feel all is lost.
Here are five of the songs that I listen to when I question whether we really can make change happen. After hearing each one of these, I can’t help but think…yes we can!
5. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised — Gil Scott-Heron
One of the greatest spoken word lyricists at his best. Gil Scott-Heron’s polemic may speak to the particular moment in which it was written, but its message is timeless.
4. Imagine — John Lennon
Simply imagining how the world could be can empower us to do what we can to make it a reality.
3. What’s Going On — Marvin Gaye
Although, sometimes all we need to do is reflect on the absurd state of the world to get the inspiration we need to change it.
2. If I Can Dream — Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley’s comeback special was recorded in 1968 — the same year that Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. As an advocate for civil rights and an admirer of King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Elvis produced perhaps his most powerful performance to show that King’s dream was still alive.
- A Change is Gonna Come — Sam Cooke
Recorded shortly before his tragic death at the age of just 33, this song is as prophetic as it is poignant. I need not say any more, just listen…
Feeling inspired? Now, you can change the world!
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