The Women's March playlist, created by activist Lily Claire Nussbaum
Whether you're attending the Women's March on Washington this Saturday, marching with satellite demonstrations across the country or simply standing in solidarity, here's a playlist to get you in the mood for protest. This soundtrack to the March was provided by musician and activist Lily Claire Nussbaum, an arts and music organizer for the New York City chapter of the organizing committee -- "a small, remarkable group of women," as Nussbaum put it. "Every one of us is from a different background, invited to share our strengths in order to cover our bases."
The majority of the committee's efforts have gone into the sheer logistics of organizing a gathering of this magnitude: As of last week, D.C. has received 1,200 requests for parking permits for buses on the day of the March, compared to 200 for Inauguration Day. Outside those efforts, Nussbaum and her team brought the music and arts community into the fold, holding sign-making events, gathering a choir to perform protest songs and creating a Facebook page for New York City artists to share their work.
"These little communal things -- ways for people to be included, to get information quickly, to learn just how many people are going to be standing beside them on Jan. 21 -- are what make planning a massive event like this so amazing," Nussbaum wrote in an email to espnW.
In that vein, she created a Spotify playlist, following the historical tradition of fighting social ills through music. On it, you'll find artists whose work is closely aligned with political protest: "Odetta and Pete Seeger, Mavis Staples, Sam Cooke -- and also the Eurythmics, Madonna, RuPaul, Queen Latifah, and one very special song from a Disney movie."
"Protest in song is a way of getting a strong message across and keeping spirits up simultaneously," Nussbaum wrote. "I've said this to my teammates a million times, but I keep coming back to 'This Land Is Your Land.' Those lyrics have never seemed more powerful to me than they do now. 'This land was made for you and me' -- there's room for all of us. We're marching for the right to equal footing on land that belongs to all of us."
On the eve of the Inauguration, one verse from the original lyrics of that legendary folk song by Woody Guthrie seems particularly relevant:
There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me.
The sign was painted, said 'Private Property.'
But on the backside, it didn't say nothing.
This land was made for you and me.
Get the Women's March playlist. (Please note: There are explicit words used in some songs and song titles in the playlist.)