Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Soundtrack of My Life

I have been working on a project I call "The Soundtrack of My Life". It is comprised of music that I listened to in my youth and that has resonated with me throughout my life.

I included songs that had either a spiritual message, or made some type of social comment, or were anti-war.

I made a deliberate choice to find songs that were not preformed by "christian" bands, but rather "popular" songs that were played on the radio. In a way, it could be called "The Gospel According To Billboard's Top 10".

Part of my inspiration for creating this Soundtrack came from my attending the "Rock Mass" at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena California back in the early '70s. The Rock Mass was the mixture of a traditional Episcopalian Mass and a live rock concert. Although the music was not necessarily "christian", the band would play popular rock songs that contained references to God and Jesus. During the late '60s and early '70s there was an explosion of these songs coming out of the "secular" music industry.

By creating The Hippie Christian Playlist over on YouTube I can enjoy these songs anytime and share them with others too. I can't take credit for creating (or uploading) any of these music videos, but I hope you enjoy my selections just the same.

The Hippie Christian Playlist on YouTube

Songs in alphabetical order by title:

Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
Alice's Restaurant Massacree - Arlo Guthrie
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Almost Cut My Hair - Crosby, Still, Nash and Young
Amazing Grace - Rod Stewart *
And We Bid You Goodnight - Grateful Dead *

Beware of Darkness - George Harrison *
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
Border Song - Elton John *
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - Neil Diamond *
But I Might Die Tonight - Cat Stevens

California Dreamin' - The Mamas and The Papas
Chicago / We Can Change The World - Crosby, Stills and Nash
Country Road - James Taylor
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James and The Shondells

Day By Day – Godspell *
Drift Away -Dobie Gray *
Dust in the Wind - Kansas

Estimated Prophet - Grateful Dead
Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire *
Eyes of the World - Grateful Dead *

Find the Cost of Freedom - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young *
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Fortune Son - Credence Clearwater Revival
Freedom - Richie Havens *

Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) - George Harrison *

Get Together - The Youngbloods *
God Gave Rock and Roll To You - Argent *
Going Up The Country - Canned Heat
Good Morning Starshine – Oliver *

Handsome Johnny - Richie Havens *
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies *
Heaven Is In Your Mind - Traffic
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Holly Holy - Neil Diamond
Hymn 43 - Jethro Tull

I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash *
I Don't Know How to Love Him - Jesus Christ Superstar
I Had a Dream - John B. Sebastian *
I Just Want To Celebrate - Rare Earth *
I Shall Be Released - The Band *
I'd Love to Change the World - Ten Years After *
If I Had A Hammer - Peter, Paul and Mary
If You Want to Sing Out - Cat Stevens
I'll Take You There - The Staples Singers

I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home - Grand Funk Railroad
I'm So Glad -Cream
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr

Jesus Is Just Alright - Doobie Brothers *


Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) - Melanie Safka *
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Let It Be - The Beatles

Let It Rain - Eric Clapton
Let's Work Together - Canned Heat 
Listen to the Music - Doobie Brothers *
Lo And Behold - James Taylor *
Long Time Gone - Crosby, Stills and Nash
Love Reign Over Me - The Who

Masters of War - Bob Dylan
Miles From Nowhere - Cat Stevens
Military Madness – Crosby and Nash
Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens *
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison


Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins Singers *
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
On The Road to Find Out - Cat Stevens *
One Love - Bob Marley *
One Tin Soldier - The Original Caste
One Toke Over The Line - Brewer and Shipley
Out In The Country - Three Dog Night

Peace Train - Cat Stevens
Peace Will Come - Melanie Safka
People Get Ready - Rod Stewart *

Playing in the Band - Grateful Dead *
Presence of the Lord - Blind Faith *
Pride of Man - Quicksilver Messenger Service
Put Your Hand in the Hand – Ocean *

Question - The Moody Blues

Revival - The Allman Brothers Band
Ripple - Grateful Dead
Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh

Salvation - Elton John *
Samson and Delilah - Grateful Dead
See Me, Feel Me - The Who *
Seems Like a Long Time - Rod Stewart *
Share The Land - The Guess Who *
Show Me The Way - Peter Frampton
Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon and The Animals *
Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman
Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum *
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin

Take Me to the Pilot - Elton John
Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
That's the Way God Planned It - Billy Preston
The Unknown Soldier - The Doors
Think His Name - Johnny Rivers *
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley *
Times They Are A-Changin - Bob Dylan
Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds *

Universal Soldier – Donovan *

Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane

Way Over Yonder - Carole King *
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye *
WAR - Edwin Starr
War/No More Trouble - Bob Marley
What Is Life - George Harrison
Where Do The Children Play? - Cat Stevens
Where Have All The Flowers Gone? - Peter, Paul and Mary
Wind Up - Jethro Tull *
Wonderful World Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
Wooden Ships - Crosby, Still and Nash
Woodstock - Joni Mitchell *


You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones


*Songs included in Rock Mass posts.

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Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)