November 6th: Recipe to Remedy the Sunday Blues with an Election Day Mix

Photographs by Emma Shen, Student at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

Here’s to a Blues-Free Sunday

Your Election Day Countdown Mix



1 quote from Robin Williams’ scene in Dead Poets Society

1 music metaphor from my sibling

Music is a thermometer of public opinion and this blog definitely measures the temperature of political and social upheavals on the rise. No one party or person has the antidote. All the more reason for artist and audience to hit on the right notes and find harmony beyond election day. The music must play on…

31 songs for Election Day and thereafter


Listen to the music take you on a tumultuous journey of our current state of affairs through war and peace, civil rights – racial, gender, and marriage inequality – police reform, gun violence, the inner city and refugee crises, and protecting the livelihood of middle America.

Use the music as moral suasion to take action by voting on the candidates, propositions and issues – on a local and national level – that will help us come together to improve the course of our society. Together, we are stronger, and we can build a brighter tomorrow.

Remind yourself that, despite how ugly and dubious the world gets, there are also plenty of beautiful miracles happening every day. Change may not happen overnight, but history gives us reason to believe and remain hopeful that, when we stand as one, we can rise up to change.

Let the concinnity of music do the talking, so “that the powerful [music] goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

I ask you, “what will your verse be?”


  1. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
  2. The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?
  3. John Mayer – Waiting On the World to Change
  4. Alicia Keys – Holy War
  5. Bob Dylan – Death of Emmett Till
  6. U2 – MLK
  7. Common, John Legend – Glory
  8. U2 – Pride (In The Name of Love)
  9. Vic Mensa – 16 Shots
  10. J. Cole – G.O.M.D.
  11. Vic Mensa – Shades of Blue
  12. Lauryn Hill – Every Ghetto, Every City
  13. Talib Kweli – Every Ghetto Pt 2
  14. 2Pac – Changes ft. Talent
  15. Jay-Z – My President is Black (Remix) ft. Young Jeezy and Nas
  16. Common – Black America Again ft. Stevie Wonder
  17. Beyonce – Freedom ft. Kendrick Lamar
  18. U2 – The Refugee
  19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love ft. Mary Lambert
  20. U2 – Red Hill Mining Town
  21. Beyoncé – Daddy Lessons ft. Dixie Chicks
  22. Katy Perry – Roar
  23. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
  24. Local Natives – Fountain of Youth
  25. Chance the Rapper – All We Got
  26. U2 – Love and Peace or Else
  27. The Beatles – Revolution
  28. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – American Skin (41 Shots)
  29. Various Artists – My Shot (Rise Up Remix) ft. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess
  30. U2 – One
  31. Chance the Rapper – Blessings (Reprise)




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