Who doesn't love what modern technologies can do for us? As if the invention of the CD over twenty years ago wasn't exciting enough, now we can burn our own CDs and create our own compilation albums. For me, this has become a cheap, fun, and relatively easy way to gather my favorite songs and my favorite artists on one CD. Being an obsessive compulsive, I've now created compilation CDs for just about every imaginable mood I'm in. I've got some for when I'm reading, some to inspire me when I write, some that I listen to when I'm out exercising, some that I listen to while meditating, and some that I listen to when I'm just angry. It's nice having a collection of music that accurately expresses my exact mood at the time.
But of all the compilation CDs that I've made, the ones that I listen to the most are the ones that reflect and evoke my politically rebellious attitude: Music Ripe for a Revolution. Though this started off as just a single CD I'm currently working on Volumes 15-20 (further evidence of my being obsessive-compulsive). The music collected here is eclectic and ranges from anti-establishment hippie music to political punk to reggae to metal to folk. So far, between the various discs, just about every genre has been covered... even country music.
From the political turmoil of the '60s, to the general distrust of the '70s, to the anti-capitalist counter-culture of the '80s, to the frustration and apathy of the '90s, the idea of revolutionary music has been common. Musicians and artists have often been the first to acknowledge the societal problems we all face and they often do so in a highly provocative manner.
The following songs, which are great for when you're about to participate in a rally and need to find the proper motivation, feature both profound social and politcal ideas (as can be heard on tracks 6, 7, 8, 17 & 18), as well as vocally expressing a simple distaste for the establishment and generally everything (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14). These songs fuse an enraged energy with heartfelt sentiments and an all-out revolutionary mind-set. Some are even completely irreverant, and why not? But most importantly they raise awareness, encourage action, and possess the ability to inspire radical changes.
Here's the playlist for disc one, Viva La Revolucion and the original albums where the songs can be found:
Ok, so here we have it. I don't have an I-pod so I'm behind with the times. Just go ahead & say it if you must. I know you're dying to ask why I don't just throw some hard earned money down & just purchase of the damned things but that's another story entirely. Maybe I will tell you after I've had lunch. LOL No, I think it's fair to say that I enjoy putting together mixed CD's & why should anyone take this guilty pleasure away from me? When I was in my early … more