Post-Election Mix TapeNOVEMBER 8, 2008
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The polls closed and a new president was elected. At that moment, at that precise instant when your candidate won or lost, what was going through your head? Emotions ran high from every side of the political spectrum, and sometimes those emotions are best expressed through song. We reached out to some friends of the show to find out what songs best describe their post-election mood. We put them together for a post-election mixtape.
Song: "We're A Winner" by The Impressions
Barack Obama made a very specific choice to remain graceful and continue to offer people hope rather than negativity. And, you know, that sounds kind of naive, but there's something about the way he does it. Just like there's something about the way The Impressions sing "We're A Winner" that makes you feel in your heart like everything's going to be OK. It's not an angry song at all, but neither is it a conciliatory song. Essentially, it's a song that says, if we will only accept equality and remain graceful and hold our heads high, we can't help but win.
Song: "A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson
I'm Sofia Dickens, and I'm a television host and a Republican. One song that came to mind was "It's My Party, and I'll Cry if I Want To." That one pretty much speaks for itself. And I actually thought of "A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson. Every American was touched by the historic moment. We all saw that the American Dream is real. I think many Republicans see this win as more of a popularity contest where the qualifications for winning the presidency don't match up with the very serious executive office of the presidency. Republicans took a lot of heat for their beauty pageant VP pick, but the Dems did choose somebody whose performance skills are perhaps better than his governing skills.
Song: "Welfare Bread" by King Khan and the Shrines
I'm Reihan Salam. I'm a writer and editor at the Atlantic and a fellow at the New America Foundation, and I consider myself a conservative. There's a really terrific song by King Khan and the Shrines called "Welfare Bread." I remember late in the campaign John McCain was accusing Barack Obama of wanting to raise your taxes and spend all the money on welfare, and it seemed that Americans were actually pretty excited about that idea. "Welfare Bread" is a song about a man telling a woman he loves that she doesn't have to worry about working anymore; she can just eat his welfare bread. Which sounds like a - even as a conservative - a pretty charming and lovely idea. So I'm looking for my own slice of welfare bread, and maybe you are, too.
Song: "Everybody Rejoice" by The Wiz Original Broadway Cast
I'm Matt Kaplan. I don't consider myself a Republican or a Democrat, but I'm an unrepentant liberal. A song that I'd been thinking about going up to the election and hoping that I could play was "Everybody Rejoice" from the musical "The Wiz." I didn't want to, you know, celebrate early - I wouldn't go there. I waited until after the polls had closed in California and Oregon and Washington, and then I said, you know, it's no question. Obama had won. And then I went back to my computer, and I played it. It was great.
Extra Songs for your Post-Election Playlist:
Song: "Chocolate City" by Parliament Funkadelic
From the much distant era of the middle 1970s, the idea about what it might be like if there were an African-American person in the White House! Admittedly, this P. Funk song has its profane moments, but those were the 1970s, and that was the funk idiom. Obama could never have played "Chocolate City" during the general election run, lest he should scare off those citizens of Northwestern Pa., but now we can play it with abandon. It's about time the president of the United States represented everyone!
Song: "Dancing In The Streets" by Martha and the Vandellas
That's what happened - and it's a song with a big sound and a big message: "Calling out around the world." Yes, we are.
Songs: "Hard Travelin" by Woddy Guthrie, "Talkin 'Bout A Revolution" by Tracy Chapman, "All You Fascists" by Billy Bragg and Wilco, "The Times They Are A Changin'" by Bob Dylan, "Wonderful World Beautiful People" by Jimmy Cliff
These songs move from struggle to celebration, anticipation to realization. I am not African-American, but, as sociologist, understand the gravity of the election. To me, these songs represent the transition from a search for a political voice to the manifestation of that voice through an unlikely person.
Song: "Double Vision" by Foreigner
All the smear ads and the comedy sketches blurred the vision of the true election and the importance of the office of president.
Song: "There Will Be A New Day" by Greg Gilpin
It is the first song which came to mind after the Obama victory had been announced. We sang it in May 2008 in a community choir and several of the members mentioned that it made them think of the imminent presidential elections. I was almost afraid to sing it at our concert for fear the dream might not come true. Now I can sing it with joy and renewed hope. For the past eight years, I have doubted my decision to become a U.S. citizen. Now I feel at home.
Song: "Against The Wind" by Bob Seger
Being in my late 40s, I can identify with the line "I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." Then I could be in ignorant euphoria like the Obama supporters.
Song: "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens
It's thoughtful, hopeful and energetic all at the same time. Some might call it too idealistic, but Barack Obama's campaign was built on idealism. We have been on the edge of darkness, but many believe the world might just live as one. We certainly won't if we don't start the process. With this election I think we have begun.
Song: "Land of Hope and Dreams" by Bruce Springsteen
No other song I know of captures the heady optimism and determination that Obama's victory brought. Even people I know who voted against him are coming around to think he might be a good thing after all.
Songs: "Come Sail Away" and "Political Science" by Randy Newman
"Come Sail Away" reminds me that in America every man is free to take care of his home and family. We don't have run through the jungle and scuff up your feet. One of those songs about how great we have it.
Song: "76 Unknowns" by the Capitol Steps
I have been listening to it in my car, singing along (of course), and it talks about the start of this election two loooonnnnnnggggg years ago. The ironic part of this song is at the end (keep in mind that this was recorded well before the Democratic National Convention), they sing that Biden has already announced that he will be running in 2012. Seriously.
Songs: "This Will Never Happen" by Herman Dune, "Laisse Tomber Les Fillies" by France Gall, and "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne
"This Will Never Happen" was perfect Election Day listening music, as the title hints at everything Obama supporters feared, but the actual lyrics "And I was sad and I had cried/'cause I thought that maybe baby/you would have stopped loving me/But then you went/This would never ever happen baby," are entirely positive.
"Laisse Tomber Les Filles" - Is there any better way to show disdain for the past eight years than to listen to French pop? I didn't think so.
"Band of Gold" is a classic dance jam, right in line with my desire to have a nonstop dance party for the next month running. Also, there's a crazy YouTube clip of her dancing to this song in front of the Washington Monument and other DC landmarks! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlkgwwW-ZpM)
Song: "Oh Happy Day" by Mahalia Jackson
Important note first: In no way do I remotely confuse Barack Obama with Jesus. BUT!! This country has wandered in the Republican wilderness too long, suffered too harshly from Republican selfishness and greed, and courted destruction on all sides. ...Now at last, despite the long hard road ahead, I believe God has answered the prayers of those who travail. He has sent us a worthy leader to take up where Bobby Kennedy left off. Every day I will pray for his safety, goodness and wisdom.
- Music Bridge:
- Everybody Rejoice
- Artist: Original Cast Recording
- CD: The Wiz (Atlantic)