The world is a shit show, and I got rejected from a job this morning due to being overqualified (fuck you, if I didn’t need this job I wouldn’t be applying assholes) so I’m taking solace in music. I created a playlist November 9th to help me get through, and I have a feeling it’s going to be basically on repeat for the next four years at least. So, since I don’t feel like working, I thought it would be fun to share what music (or writing!) is keeping us going. I’ll share mine, though be warned, it is long, and Florence + the Machine heavy. I’m going to link instead of embedding music videos just for the sake of space.

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First up, Florence. Her music so often makes me feel strong and ready to fight, and none moreso than Seven Devils. Appropriate lyrics:

Holy water cannot help you now
A thousand armies couldn’t keep me out
I don’t want your money, I don’t want your crowd
See I’ve come to burn your kingdom down

Spectrum is also excellent, though it’s more of a feeling of rising up, if that makes sense. But the refrain “we are shining, and we will never be afraid again” is appropriate I think. And finally, for Florence, Rabbit Heart, because I think we all “must become lion hearted girls, ready for a fight.”

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In the theme of channeling anger, what could be more appropriate than some Dixie Chicks? Not Ready to Make Nice has never felt so true and so real, especially the chorus:

I’m not ready to make nice, I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as Hell and I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right, probably wouldn’t if I could
Cuz I’m mad as Hell can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

There’s also just sadness, and looking for comfort. This one won’t be to everyone’s taste, but Andrew McMahon (of Jack’s Mannequin) is a remnant from my angsty teenage years, and his new song Something Wild has resonated with my own personal feelings of fear and sadness. Apparently this was also in Pete’s Dragon.

Carole King has always soothed me, and there’s no better time to remember that You’ve Got a Friend.

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On the more hopeful side of sadness, there is of course the old standard Ooh Child. Loose Lips by Kimya Dawson is upbeat and hopeful about getting through difficult times together but aware of how hard that can be. But there are three songs that are really doing it for me.

Hope by Emeli Sande beautifully expresses both the sadness I feel and the hope I am clinging to:

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I hope that we still have a heartbeat, I hope we don’t turn to stone
At night when you turn the lights off, I hope you don’t cry alone
I hope we stop taking for granted, all of the land and all of the sea
I’m taking a chance on loving, I hope that you’ll take it with me
I just hope I’m not the only one.

Hold On by Alabama Shakes has been something of a mantra:

Bless my heart, bless my mind
I got so much to do, I aint got much time
Well, must be someone up above
Saying come on girl, you got to get back up
You got to hold on

And then, of course, there is I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty. Yes, it’s somewhat cliched at this point, but we need all the encouragement we can get. After all, there aint no easy way out.

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Finally, the songs that make me feel like I can do fucking anything, like I am a badass and this shit won’t stop me. Fancy by Reba McEntire (okay so this is about prostitution, but I dare you to belt out “Here’s your one chance fancy don’t let me down” and not feel pumped up). Feeling Myself, by Beyonce and Nicki Minaj. I’m the Best and I’m Legit, also by Nicki. I’m still working on this part of the list, because very little has made me feel strong and capable lately.

So, GT, what are you listening to?