Help me with some musical self-care!
Posted on October 25, 2016
I need some self-care! With 14 days left until this damn election is over, I need some songs to get me through. Music has always helped me through tough political times. In 2004, Steve Earle’s The Revolution Starts Now provided a soundtrack that enabled me to yell out my frustrations and hope for a time beyond the Bush wars. The same year, A Perfect Circle released eMotive on Election Day. After watching the election results late into the night, I remember putting on headphones and letting the album of mostly covers wash the depression away enough to bring back my motivations for my work.
This year, I’m playing Drive-By Truckers’ new album, American Band, on constant rotation. This socially conscious, smart, Southern band has been one of my favorite bands for the last 15 or 20 years. American Band puts forth the experience of being a Southern progressive in the time of Trump. As always, the DBT mixes a sense of depression and hope in a way that provides poetry for our time.
I need more! Has anyone else been using music to get through this dark election? If so, please share in the comments section.