Need suggestions for music to play for a candlelight vigil tonight
August 13, 2017 12:37 PM   Subscribe

I'm running around trying to set up a local candlelight vigil tonight for Charlottesville. No luck so far finding anyone with a guitar or anything, so I'm trying to come up with a playlist for background music, etc.

I need suggestions that are not too far out there, please, because this is a small, conservative town. My mind is going in so many different directions right now, that I can only come up with "Give Peace a Chance". I've got five hours to pull this together. Help!
posted by MexicanYenta to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Some old Sweet Honey In the Rock? Some songs may be too "out there" for a conservative town, but they also do some traditionals that will be familiar to people.
posted by latkes at 12:42 PM on August 13, 2017

Meant to add, any pre-made playlists would be great, I couldn't find anything on Spotify.
posted by MexicanYenta at 12:42 PM on August 13, 2017

Eliza Gilkyson's Peace Call, maybe?
posted by bluebird at 1:23 PM on August 13, 2017

Nina Simone
Bruce Springsteen's Pete Seeger covers
Woody Guthrie
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 1:35 PM on August 13, 2017

This would be a good job to delegate: your music loving friend might enjoy spending the next hour making your playlist.
posted by latkes at 2:00 PM on August 13, 2017

all the very polite soul music during the black rights movement? 'what's going on' marvin gaye, 'moving on up' curtis williams, 'stand by me' etc? Often the words have a real powerful meaning and the tunes are beautiful, maybe people can sing along and you can get compilation CDs easily with a fair few tracks on (or youtube provides..)
posted by maiamaia at 2:06 PM on August 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

Ball of Confusion by the Temptations
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 2:16 PM on August 13, 2017

Teach Your Children. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
posted by DanSachs at 4:13 PM on August 13, 2017

Everyday People?
posted by SuperSquirrel at 5:44 PM on August 13, 2017

First things I thought of were three songs performed by Choir! Choir! Choir!:

Imagine by Lennon
Zombie by The Cranberries
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel

I realize I saw this question too late, but perhaps it may help someone in the future.
posted by forthright at 8:42 PM on August 13, 2017

So as it happened, I didn't have time to read most of the answers before I had to start burning a CD (My people with the PA system are, um, elderly, and couldn't tell me what kind of connection their Karaoke machine had, so I brought an old school boom box we could plug into the wall.) And we ended up having so many speakers that I only played about 4 songs while we were waiting to get started, and that was it. But now I have two CD's full of "Songs to play at a Peace Vigil", most of which I found by googling "songs about peace and love", and I'm going to list them here in case anyone else has this problem.

Bill Withers - Lean On Me
Bob Marley - One Love
Aretha Franklin - Holy Moses
Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
Cat Stevens - Peace Train
Elvis Costello - What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?
George Harrison - Give Me Love
John and Yoko - Give Peace A Chance
The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart - People Get Ready
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
John Mellencamp - Peaceful World
Ozomatli - Love and Hope
Michael Franti and Spearhead - Love Will Find a Way
Marvin Gaye - Mercy, Mercy Me
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Matisyahu - One Day
Michael Franti and Spearhead - Bomb the World
Michael Franti and Spearhead - See You In The Light
Michael Jackson - Black or White
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo╩╗ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
U2 - One
Peter Paul and Mary - Blowin' In The Wind
Reba McEntire - Pray for Peace
Tears for Fears - Sowing the Seeds of Love
Ben E King - Stand By Me
The Byrds - Turn, Turn, Turn
The Youngbloods - Get Together
Tracy Chapman - Heaven's Here On Earth
U2 - Pride (In the Name of Love)
War - Why Can't We Be Friends
James Taylor - You've Got A Friend

Oh, and latkes? I'm the music loving friend that always does this for people. lol
posted by MexicanYenta at 11:44 PM on August 13, 2017 [4 favorites]

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