I haven’t paid much attention to politics this week, but I do know that the spin keeps spinning, the spies are still spying and the psychos are still shooting. Some things never change. I’ve reached an impasse on the political side of things and just have to say screw it, for now. Post your favorite songs and artists and be a DJ unto yourselves. You all have great taste in music, so have at it and have fun.

Lou Reed – Last Great American Whale In honor of the great Lou Reed. RIP

The Beatles – I Am The Walrus

The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil

Eurythmics – I Saved The World Today

Chet Baker – Almost Blue

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kesmarn
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We sang this at my high school graduation. “Let There Be Peace”

This is Gladys Knight’s version:

SueInCa
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Kes I love that song. It is on the same level as another, You’ll never walk alone. I found this really cool rendition by Jerry and the Pacemakers, one of my most favorite groups from the British Invasion.

https://youtu.be/OV5_LQArLa0

Nirek
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Kes, I love the lyrics to that song. Gladys Knight sings beautifully, too.

kesmarn
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Her voice and the song both are really timeless, aren’t they Nirek?

Nirek
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp5JCrSXkJY

Another with lyrics that haunt me.

kesmarn
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You may want to fast forward through the lengthy intro to this to get to the truly lovely rendition of Lili Marlene by June Tabor. Sweet and simple:

Nirek
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Country Joe. Listen to the words carefully, they are prophetic.

kesmarn
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Wow…the more things change, the more they stay the same, Nirek.

Nirek
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Kes, I was in Vietnam when Woodstock happened. I would have loved to be at Woodstock. Call me a peacenik !

Nirek
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KT, you made me find another anti war song.

kesmarn
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Here’s a snappy campaign song that was used in the Lincoln campaign of 1860. A lot of the lyrics are still pretty relevant!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQqO2x39FLs

(Sorry, this was one that would only allow me to post the link. The usual “insert the v” trick didn’t work on it.)

Kalima
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Abracadabra kes! 😉

kesmarn
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Ah! Many, many thanks, dear Kalima!

kesmarn
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Continuing on the history theme, here is a collection of photographs of child soldiers who fought in the Civil War, with the well known tune, Danny Boy, in the background. Haunting faces:

Nirek
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So young looking. Child soldiers.

We had one guy in Nam who was only 17. He was killed by a booby trap. Broke my heart, he was called “Baby San” because he looked even younger than he was.

War should never happen.

kesmarn
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So true, Nirek. All that potential. We’ll never know how those young lives might have played out, had things gone differently. Such a loss.

kesmarn
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This is very far from being current. I just discovered it. But as a “history nut” I fell in love with it immediately.

It’s an 85 year old Civil War veteran singing a song about the experience of having been a soldier. There’s something so intimate and touching about it that I wanted to share it:

AdLib
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Truly remarkable and haunting, Kes! Thanks!

Nirek
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Awesome ,Kes & KT!