Songs In the Key of The New President’s Life

January 18, 2009 at 9:52 am 4 comments

Odetta performing at the March on Washington.  She had hoped to perform at the Obama Inauguration.  She died last December.

Odetta performing at the March on Washington in 1963. She had hoped to perform at the Obama Inauguration, but she died last December.

Here are 44 songs for the day that Barack Hussein Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States.

Songs to be stuck in traffic on the way to DC by…
Songs to sing to on the bus, the train or the subway…
Songs to deflect hypothermia while shivering in the cold on the Washington Mall…

Songs to dance to at your own Neighborhood Inaugural Ball…
Songs to jam to in your living room on January 20th…

Songs marked with an asterisk * are apparently from Obama’s own iPod or from his sound engineer played during his campaign rallies, or songs that Obama has claimed are his favorites. I have no way, of course, to know if this is entirely true as this info has been gleaned from the interweb.

Many of the songs have a video of some sort that can be viewed on youtube. (I couldn’t find Odetta singing “We Shall Overcome”… if anyone does, please kindly send the link…)

And let me know what songs you would include!

Bronx Bohemian’s Playlist for the Obama Inauguration 2009:

Sam Cooke
“A Change is Gonna Come”

Odetta
“This Little Light of Mine”
“We Shall Overcome”
“Freedom Trilogy” is how Odetta referred to the three songs she sang at the March on Washington in 1963:
“Oh Freedom,”
“Come and Go With Me to That Land,” and
“I’m on My Way”

Donny Hathaway
“Someday We’ll All Be Free”
This song is so gorgeous, so moving and one I had not heard in a very long time.
Great choice discovered on the Obama Playlist of The F$%K It List
.
(Aretha Franklin also sings a version of this song)

Aretha Franklin
“R-E-S-P-E-C-T”
“Rock Steady”

Sly & The Family Stone
“A Family Affair”
“Everyday People” *

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” *

Bob Marley
“Exodus”
“One Love”

Bob Dylan
“Blowin In the Wind'” *

India.Aire
“There’s Hope” *

Earth, Wind & Fire
“Shining Star” *
“Celebrate”
“Keep Your Head To The Sky”

McFadden and Whitehead
“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” *

The Isley Brothers
“Shout” *
“Climbin’ Up The Ladder”

James Brown
“I Got You (I Feel Good)”

Third World
“Now That We’ve Found Love”

Counting Crows
“Colorblind”

Emily King
“Colorblind”

Marvin Gaye
“What’s Going On”

Curtis Mayfield
“Move On Up” *

Kanye West
“Touch the Sky”

Edwin Starr
“War”

The Doobie Brothers
“Long Train Running” *
“Takin’ It To The Streets” *

Stevie Wonder
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” *
“As”

Simon & Garfunkel
“Mrs. Robinson”

Staples Singers
“I’ll Take You There” *

Ben E. King
“Stand By Me”

Rolling Stones
“Gimme Shelter” *

Chic
“Good Times”

Sam and Dave
“Hold On I’m Coming” *

Jill Scott
“Brotha”
“Golden”

Bill Withers
“Lovely Day”

The Pointer Sisters
“Yes We Can Can”

*

After reading my previous post about the Obama Inauguration, a dear reader sent me two links showing the front pages of newspapers across the US and around the world after Obama’s November win.  Looking at them gave me chills all over again. I can’t wait to see the covers the day after the Inauguration.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bronx Bohemian  |  February 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Thanx ks,
    I certainly welcome suggestions for Bob tunes outside of the obvious . I hadn’t heard this one but checked it out and it’s very nice.

    BB

    Reply
  • 2. ks  |  January 22, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I can’t resist:

    “Duppy Conqueror” by Bob Marley

    Reply
  • 3. Bronx Bohemian  |  January 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Oh Yeahh!
    Parliament Funkadelic could have its own Obama Playlist!
    Grreeaattt Suggestions!

    under the sun…under the sun…under the sun…under the sun……..
    BB

    Reply
  • 4. Harlem T  |  January 18, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Don’t forget Parliament Funkadelic’s: “Flashlight: Everybody’s gotta a little light under the sun!” and “Give Up the Funk” !!!

    Reply

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