"Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us."
I know it sounds silly but each time I get that little oval “I Voted” sticker, I can’t help but be full of pride. How funny that a grown woman of 30 would find so much enjoyment out of a little sticker. I totally feel 7 when I wear it. It’s like getting a sucker from the doctor or a new toothbrush from the dentist for being cavity free. Seriously, I get such a thrill from it you have no idea.
I’ve tried to refrain from making posts expounding on my political beliefs here because this is a blog I prefer to devote to music and music alone but I cannot let today pass without urging every single person living in the United States of America who is of age to vote (sorry, felons!) to get off your asses, take the time off work and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! I’ve spent the better part of this year volunteering for the Obama campaign (which is partly why there have been fewer and fewer posts as of late) and now as this election comes to a close tonight, a bit of me can’t help but be a little sad to see this phase end because it’s been by far one of the most rewarding and enlightening experiences of my life. I’ve met so many amazing people right here in my very own BRIGHT RED state of Oklahoma who share my hope for a better tomorrow and that has completely overwhelmed me and reaffirmed for me that we are truly so much more alike than we are different. I’m so grateful for that…I’m grateful for the cowboy hat wearing, tobacco chewing, horse riding rednecks that I adore who have had the audacity to hope for change this year and to actually pound the pavement and stand up to stereotypes and get that message out. Either way it goes, no matter what happens tonight, I am more proud to be an American today than I ever have been before and more than that, I’m proud to be an Oklahoman.So to celebrate, here’s my personal mix for the day…Selections for the Election. Enjoy and please don’t forget to VOTE!!!!!
Onward and upward...
Lee Dorsey - "Yes We Can"
The Spoiled Chefs - "Happy Election Day"
Nas - "Black President"
Lee Fields & The Expressions - "My World"
Bill Withers - "Lovely Day"
Sarah Barchas - "Vote, Vote, Vote"
Cocoa Tea - "Barack Obama"
Kidz in the Hall - "Work to Do (Obama '08)"
Paint It Black - "Election Day"
State Radio - "Democracy in Kind"
The Lucksmiths - "To Absent Votes"
John Wesley Harding - "Election Night"
Sam Cooke - "A Change Is Gonna Come"
Howard Jones - "Things Can Only Get Better"
The National - "Mr. November"
Sunnyland Slim - "Be Careful How You Vote"
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - "This Land Is Your Land"
Ben Harper - "Better Way"
The State Workers - "Rednecks for Obama"
Lyle Lovett - "Election Day"
Jimi Hendrix - "The Star Spangled Banner"
Michael Jackson - "Man in the Mirror"