Saturday, November 10, 2018
WEEKEND PLAYLIST: For Those Who Serve
They go into harm's way. Many times, with no idea for the reason why but they do a dirty job, putting their lives on the line, under orders from those above. Hopefully, it will be for a good cause and they'll come home to live a happy and healthy life. Sadly, that is not always the case but we still appreciate what our veterans have done to protect us and defend our country.
We salute our those men and women this Veteran's Day weekend with a playlist in their honor.
5. "Star Spangled Banner" - Whitney Houston. The 1991 Super Bowl was played with the background of a new war looming behind it. Operation Desert Storm had just launched and our country's troops were in the middle east, trying to evict Iraqi troops from neighboring Kuwait. Ms. Houston channels her energies into a longing for those troops to come home and one of the most iconic performances of our national anthem.
4. "The Battle of Ira Hayes" - Johnny Cash. Cash doesn't sugarcoat things and this song is a fine example. It tells the story of an Arizona Pima Indian who went off to war, even when those back home abused his people and stole their water. He fights heroically, only to come home, become a drunk, and die in a ditch.
3. "Goodnight Saigon" - Billy Joel. A haunting song of the indignities suffered upon those who went to Vietnam. From boot camp in Perris Island to the battles in the jungle that didn't lead to any great victories.
2. "Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival. Great, hard rocking tune with John Fogerty singing about those sent off to fight our wars. They're not the senators sons. They're not the CEO's son...they're not those fortunate sons. They're the unfortunate ones who have no choice but to go off and fight.
1. "Fightin' Side of Me" - Merle Haggard. A counterpoint of patriotism, Haggard wrote 'em as he saw them and this song was saying, you can say what you want, feel what you feel, but if you're running down our country...well...those are fightin' words.
Enjoy the music and your long weekend, especially those of you who have served our country.
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