This last week has been tough. It’s still so fresh yet Nov. 8 feels like it was more than a week ago. The immediate days to follow election night 2016 were the hardest.
Everywhere I went, the energy was noticeably different.
Even the silent background noise of the air. Perhaps that was the strangest part. Being in the same place as strangers or even people you know, having interactions and by way of human conscious, not being able to ignore the weight in the energy that clouded you.
I’ve experienced a lot of emotions, most of which I haven’t been able to explain.
Sadness, hope, frustration, motivation, confusion, inspiration, speechless, empowerment, shock. The shock hasn’t been about Trump winning and Hillary losing; it’s been more about the human behavior, response and perceptions of tolerance. As a genuinely tolerant human being, I’ve struggled to understand the tolerance for governing policy yet intolerance for progressive equality in humanity.
“We haven’t come as far as we think we have. Yes, we’re impacting change but not as much, or not as gravely as we may have thought we were. And frankly, I’d rather have a very clear idea of what the world looks like — no matter how grim — so that I know what I need to do to make it better. Isn’t that preferable to deluding ourselves into thinking that equality might be around the corner?”
Yes, Leandra, yes. And that’s from where the shock comes: My mind has been shaken.
Despite the sadness and confusion I have felt, I am also optimistic.
Sure, times are going to be tough–they always are. Through the tough times, happy times, feelings of shock, sadness, frustration, hopelessness and hopefulness, there’s a song for that. A song to sulk in, a song to rise in, a song to dance to, a song to cry to, a song to make sense of things to–lyrics paired with a melody are powerful.
For every emotion on the spectrum, this is my #LoveTrumpsHate playlist.
It’s not intended to be anti-Trump, but rather to shine a new light on its interpretation by society; it’s exactly what it stands for. Love does and love will trump hate–no matter who is in the oval office and no matter what political party the people voted for at a certain point in time.
Love Trumps Hate
Know The Light by Tsorf
It won’t come easy in darker days
You will only know the light if you open your eyes
You’ll Be Back from Hamilton (Jonathan Groff)
You’ll be back like before
I will fight the fight and win the war
For your love, for your praise
And I’ll love you till my dying days
Free by Broods
I’d lose everything
So I can sing Hallelujah
I’m free, I’m free, I’m free
Wake Up Everybody by John Legend and The Roots feat. Melanie Fiona and Common
The world won’t get no better
If we just let it be
The world won’t get no better
We gotta change it,
Just you and me.
Mother & Father by Broods
I don’t want to wake up lonely
I don’t want to just be fine
I don’t want to keep on hoping
Forget what I have in mind
The Story Of Tonight from Hamilton
Raise a glass to freedom
Something they can never take away
No matter what they tell you
Raise a glass to the four of us
Tomorrow there’ll be more of us
Lost Stars by Adam Levine
Who are we? Just a speck of dust within the galaxy?
Woe is me, if we’re not careful turns into reality
Speak A Little Louder by Diane Birch
When you’re wasting time
And nobody knows
What you’re saying
Speak a little louder
Other favorites include Thread by Retro Culture, Inside Out by The Chainsmokers, Heartlines by Broods (Cheat Codes Remix), Sights by London Grammar and Islands In The Stream.
What songs would you add to this playlist? Xx