Playlist for These (Happy/Dark) Times

Today, I’ve been having a little difficulty finding any joy.  All I can think of are the worst things that will come in four years.  Dictatorship and tyranny.  Massive oppression.  Greater divide between wealth and poor.  Not everyone thinks about this, but I do, and so do my peers.  So I did the one thing that could heal me: make a playlist.  It seems odd because the last thing I want to do is enjoy or make art, but it’s the only way I heal and get away from things, so I will proceed.

Here are the songs on my playlist: messages of love, anger, and critical thinking.  You can find it on Spotify.

  1. Troubled Times – Green Day
  2. Till it Happens to You – Lady Gaga
  3. I Give You Power – Arcade Fire feat. Mavis Staples
  4. Sorry – Beyonce
  5. Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) – K’NAAN, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
  6. Alright – Kendrick Lamar
  7. F*** tha Police – N.W.A.
  8. Revolution Radio – Green Day
  9. You Matter to Me – Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz
  10. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
  11. Rise Up – Andra Day
  12. She Used to Be Mine – Sara Bareilles
  13. The Sound of Silence – Disturbed (this was originally Simon & Garfunkel, but any version will do; this one happens to fit the narrative of this playlist very well)
  14. American Skin (41 Shots) – Bruce Springsteen
  15. Numb – Linkin Park
  16. Change – Tracy Chapman
  17. American Idiot – Green Day
  18. Runaway – Kanye West feat. Pusha T

Author: Samantha Felmus

Samantha Felmus is a writer with a cinematic vision. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts with concentrations in film from Sarah Lawrence College and a MFA in writing and producing for television from Long Island University - Brooklyn, specifically the TV Writer's Studio Program. In her downtime, she likes to cook and watch all the random things available on Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. She currently resides in New York City.

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