My iPhone seems to have taken on a personality of it’s own the past few days and decided to, randomly, play protest songs for me. It has been kind of weird but it has also brought a smile to my face and has emboldened me to fight against hate. I’ve lovingly referred to this as my iPhone’s “Fight the Power” playlist. Here it is so far.
Renegades of Funk. Rage Against The Machine
If the Kids Are United. Sham 69
All You Fascists. Billy Bragg and Wilco
White Riot. The Clash
Like everyone else, I am moved to do what I can to support those doing good in the world. I don’t have a lot of extra money at the end of the month so I am trying to be intentional about where it goes. I have already set up a monthly donation to Planned Parenthood because that is just a no-brainer. They provided me with health services when I was in my twenties when I didn’t have health insurance so I owe that organization a huge debt of gratitude. I should have been donating before now!
I feel that I really need to support good journalism right now. Freedom of the Press is one of our greatest rights and I want to support it. At the moment I am trying to decide which paper I am going to subscribe to. I am leaning toward the New York Times because I have always admired the journalism there.
I am also planning on making donations to the ACLU and the NRDC.
And because I am committed to promoting peace in this world I have re-subscribed to Tricycle so I can be exposed to ALL OF THE DHARMA.
I am fired up and ready to fight. And, apparently, I have the approval of my iPhone.
About the featured photo:
I was trying to find a suitable photo for this post and came across this photo I took in Dublin. I can’t remember who the artist is but here is a video of him putting it up, and here is a better shot of it on IG. I keep seeing ADW Art associated with the piece. The piece is a response to the Dublin coat of arms and it’s motto (according to the video).
I love it.
For you photography geeks: I used my Olympus XA and Tri-x film for the shot.
- 212 – Azealia Banks
- Beat That My Heart Skipped – Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip
- Warning – The Bug
- I’ve Seen Footage – Death Grips
- Beez In The Trap – Nicki Minaj
- Lone Digger – Caravan Palace
- Back 2 the Wild – Basement Jaxx
- Right Thing To Do – SBTRKT
- Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
- Roller Derby Queen – Mydols
Other parts of this list:
November is a difficult month for me. For the past five years the modus operandi has been to fall into a groove of grief that turns into a depression that becomes very difficult to dig my way out of. I started to find myself in that familiar, depressing, place about a week ago. Somehow, something inside of me decided I was tired of feeling sad and unhappy. Surely, there is a better way? So I decided to figure out how I could find my way out of this groove.
I began to collect songs into a “Happy” playlist on my iPhone. I asked my friends on Facebook and Twitter for their favorite happy songs, too.
When I was beginning to feel depressed last week I thought I would try to change the course of my day by changing the first 5 minutes of my morning. Instead of waking up feeling dread I would do something to make myself feel happy. So the first five minutes of every day for the past week has been dedicated to listening to a song from the “happy” playlist. I don’t do anything else, just listen. Sometimes I sit on my meditation cushion and listen. Guess what? It has worked. There is something about listening to a happy song that has sort of thrown my brain out of the habit of being negative first thing in the morning. Shitty things still happen, but it seems like I am able to let it roll off my back better.
I thought I would share my “happy” playlist with you! It is constantly changing. I am removing things and adding to it. But this is what it looks like today. What would you add to it?
Note: I am fully aware that some of these song are “uncool.” that is part of the fun. They are guilty pleasures. 🙂
- I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
- Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
- Magic – B.o.B.
- Lovely Day – Bill Withers
- Happy House – The Juan Maclean
- Let Forever Be – The Chemical Brothers
- Shake It Off – Taylor Swift (YOU LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT!)
- Good Times Roll – The Cars
- Horizons – An Horse
- Float On – Modest Mouse
- Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
- The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
- Whip It – Devo
- Fall Back Down – Rancid
- You Are A Tourist – Death Cab For Cutie
- Don’t Stop Believin’– Journey
- I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
- Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
- Celebration – Kool And The Gang
- On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
- The Great Divide – The Mowglis
- Safe And Sound – Capital Cities
- This Too Shall Pass – OK Go