A playlist after some difficult days in this country, and this world

 

By Leighton Ginn

After everything we’ve witness and endured, now we have what happened in Nice.

Just sharing some songs that reflect my thoughts and hopes during these troubling days, but also trying to embrace the love and hope people are sharing.

DON’T GIVE UP

I discovered this song when it was played in the end segment for ESPN’s SportsCentury profile on Muhammad Ali.

It always sticks with me because of the story Ali’s former business manager, Gene Kilroy:

“A little boy came to see Ali. He looked at the boy, ‘Why do you wear a skullcap?’ The boy said, ‘Ali, I have cancer, I got chemo, I lost all my hair.’ Ali hugged the boy and Ali told the little boy. ‘I’m going to beat George Foreman and you’re going to beat cancer.’ Two weeks later, Ali and I went to go see the little boy. We heard he was in bad shape. When we talked in, Ali said, ‘I told you I’m going to beat George Foreman and you’re going to beat cancer.’ The little boy looked Ali in the eyes with his big blue eyes, and he said, ‘No champ, I’m going to meet God and I’m going to tell him I know you.'”

The dynamics of the song is powerful, as Gabriel’s parts represent isolation and despair, while Kate Bush’s chorus offer hope and encouragement.

 

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE

So many great versions, but Jackie DeShannon’s is the iconic one.

WHAT’S GOING ON

A different time, but we all find ourselves asking this question again.

 PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART

Great voices and a great song. Video is a little unusual.

 

 

 

 

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