been through a lot, we got a lot still to repair
Some days in 2020 are simply survived, head down and pushing forward. Others are spent actively fighting against the madness of those who seem to be choosing to ignore the well-being of others.
I remember stories of World War II that I heard when I was growing up. These were tales of a grand battle of good versus evil, of every citizen doing their part to assure that the community that is the United States of America would survive, succeed, and thrive. Certainly, those tales were romanticized. War is complicated. Opposing sides almost always hang out in the gray areas in between. And the community of the United States left many of it's citizens out. But that united effort was real. That word "patriotism" meant putting down your personal interests for a moment while we worked together for the collective good.
I think of that quote that keeps going around (often mistakenly attributed to others, but probably originally from Lauren Morrill):
"I don't know how to explain to you why you should care about other people."
We are in a moment where the need is to make a sacrifice (for most, a very small sacrifice) so that our fellow citizens are safe, so that the economic damage is minimal, so that this is over quickly. If your choice has been to do otherwise, you've chosen incorrectly. If we could all act as compassionate adults for a short period of time, we could get past this thing.
I'd like to attend a concert. I'd like to enjoy the holidays with my friends and family. I'd like to hug my grandmother. I'd like my favorite businesses to survive. I'd like to return to "normal".
So let's all drop our torches for a moment and do the right thing.
All right. I'll hop off my soapbox. On to your mix. Most of this week's tracks are a bit older. There's a lot of great tunes best heard with the speakers loud, to turn it up and sing it at the top of your lungs.
WQPM playlists are a collection of ten songs I've been listening to this week, crossing genre, era, and taste. No themes here, just the tunes I've been sticking in my ears lately. The newest Weekly Quick Pick Mix is available on Spotify and Apple Music.