Tuesday, July 14, 2009

You Say You Want a Revolution

In honor of my little half-Frenchie, I make an effort to incorporate a little of la France into la vie. Today, of course, is Bastille Day, a day marking France's move from monarchy to democracy. The French and American revolutions were more dissimilar than alike, despite their chronological proximity. But the ways in which our two countries celebrate are largely the same: parades, picnics, fireworks and an overall feeling of conviviality that belies the roiling angst and unrest that precedes any revolution.

This morning, NPR offered a lighter story on Revolutionary Sounds, a music mix of sounds from or inspired by the French Revolution.

I'd like to offer my own Revolutionary Playlist, one that's more a mix of political and personal revolutionary songs. After all, you don't need to take up arms to experience radical change, right?

A Playlist for the Revolution

1. Revolution -- The Beatles
2. Aurora -- Foo Fighters
2. It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) -- R.E.M.
3. Talkin' Bout a Revolution -- Tracy Chapman
4. Higher Ground -- Stevie Wonder
5. Revolution -- Nina Simone
6. What's Goin' On? -- Marvin Gaye
7. Carry On -- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
8. Where the Streets Have No Name -- U2
9. Peace Like a River -- Paul Simon
10. Hallelujah -- Jeff Buckley

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