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 Blog 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 Blog Playlist

Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins Singers
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) - George Harrison
Out In The Country - Three Dog Night
People Get Ready - Rod Stewart
Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin
Peace Train - Cat Stevens
Handsome Johnny - Richie Havens
Jesus Is Just Alright - Doobie Brothers
Universal Soldier - Donovan
Wonderful World Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff
Wooden Ships - Crosby, Stills & Nash
Share The Land - The Guess Who
But I Might Die Tonight - Cat Stevens
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - Neil Diamond
Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane
Let It Be - The Beatles
Find The Cost Of Freedom - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
On The Road To Find Out - Cat Stevens
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Hymn 43 - Jethro Tull
Way Over Yonder - Carole King
Miles From Nowhere - Cat Stevens
That's The Way God Planned It - Billy Preston
Salvation - Elton John
Times They Are A-Changin - Bob Dylan
Almost Cut My Hair - Crosby, Still, Nash & Young
Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens
One Love - Bob Marley
Eyes of the World - Grateful Dead
WAR - Edwin Starr
Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon & The Animals
Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
I Don't Know How To Love Him - Jesus Christ Superstar
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies
Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
Military Madness - Crosby & Nash
Holly Holy - Neil Diamond
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
Estimated Prophet - Grateful Dead
Take Me to the Pilot - Elton John
California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas
What Is Life - George Harrison
Day By Day - Godspell
Long Time Gone - Crosby, Stills & Nash
The Unknown Soldier - The Doors
Amazing Grace - Joan Baez
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Revival - The Allman Brothers Band
One Toke Over The Line - Brewer and Shipley
Woodstock - Joni Mitchell
War/No More Trouble - Bob Marley
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
Fortune Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Chicago / We Can Change The World - Crosby, Stills & Nash
Samson and Delilah - Grateful Dead
Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) - Melanie Safka
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon
Alice's Restaurant Massacree - Arlo Guthrie
I Just Want To Celebrate - Rare Earth
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells
I Shall Be Released - The Band

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)