I’ve posted a little request/challenge of some of my friends that’s turned out to be a really lovely and inspiring exercise in listening. Here are the few directives I’ve given: Make a playlist on any service(s) you choose, any 20 songs that have played a part in your year, any theme you like (funny, motivating, ironic, favorites, whatever), share your playlist link and maybe add #20songs42020. That’s it!

Have a playlist to share? Let me know. Here’s mine…

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  1. Street Kyrie (with Emmanuel Philor Sr.) by Tangled Blue
  2. Open Up the Floodgates by CollECtive Choir
  3. Rise Up by Andra Day
  4. Rocky Ground by Bruce Springsteen
  5. Glory by Detroit Youth Choir
  6. Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone
  7. White Noise by Grace Pettis
  8. Under the Devil’s Knee (with Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell & Sunny War) by Tré Burt
  9. Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
  11. The Days Are Coming by Tangled Blue
  12. You’re Not Alone by Semisonic
  13. The Rising by Bruce Springsteen
  14. Stand up for Something (with Common) by Andra Day
  15. Fight the Power: Remix 2020 (feat. Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, Jahi, YG & Questlove) by Public Enemy
  16. Baltimore by Prince
  17. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live by Bruce Springsteen
  18. Eyes On The Prize by Mavis Staples
  19. Black Lives Matter by Dax
  20. We Shall Overcome by Mahalia Jackson