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.
Since the beginning of human expression through the arts, the subject of war and violence has been explored, and usually it has been looked on with a critical eye. This peaceful form of protest against destruction and death has perhaps never been more articulate and passionate than when put into song. So, with that in mind, I've created this compilation with the hopes that people will finally see the ultimate futility of war… and then maybe we can learn to live in peace.
Whether it's the classic anti-establishment hippie music of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, the edgier pop music of the ‘80s, the hard rock and heavy metal of the ‘90s and beyond, these songs are a wonderful testament to the anti-war attitudes of some of the world's greatest musicians and music artists. Hopefully, when listening to them, people will be inspired and provoked to look at the world in a slightly different way… and once the tinted glass of bias and dehumanization is removed and we begin to see each other as equals, then peace may become an attainable possibility.
Here's the playlist for disc two, Wars Are for Fools and the original albums where the songs can be found:
1. The Doors: Unknown Soldier
Taken from the original album: War & Peace
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7. U2: Sunday Bloody Sunday
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