Track One: I Need To Wake Up, by Melissa Etheridge (From An Inconvenient Truth)
"There are many of Melissa Etheridge’s songs I could choose to be a part of my list but this one is more meaningful to me than all of the others because she wrote after seeing Davis Guggenheim’s first rough cut of "An Inconvenient Truth" and I am so grateful for the passion and "truth-force" that she poured into this song."
Track Two: Gone Going, by Black Eyed Peas
"I love this music and the feeling this song gives me, and I love the message about materialism. I also love the fact that the Black Eyed Peas wrote such a great song and wrapped it around a hook that comes from Jack Johnson, who is one of my all-time favorite songwriters and singers. Johnson’s gift with poetry has inspired Black Eyed Peas to echo in this song the message of his original song, ‘Gone’."
Track Three: This Land Is Mine, by Dido
"Tipper introduced me to this song from Dido’s second album, which brought confirmation of the sparkling talent she displayed on her first album, with songs like "Here With Me" and "Thank You". For some reason — maybe because it wasn’t on iTunes right away — the song hasn’t yet gotten the attention it deserves. But now it IS on iTunes. See if you like it as much as I do."
Track Fourth: After the Garden, by Neil Young
"I love Neil Young’s passion and his courage in reawakening the music of protest in America. The Bible says: ‘A little child shall lead them,’ but sometimes it’s an old master like Neil Young who provides leadership. In this song, his metaphor is unmistakable and powerful the very first time you hear it."
Track 5: Umi Says, by Mos Def
"I like both the message and the music. I like it even more because of the integrity that this artist brings to everything he does."
Track 6: I’m Alright, by Kim Richey
"I loved this song when Kim first wrote and sang it a decade ago. It is a perennial on my playlist because it makes me feel good. Anyone who has been through a tough experience — whether in love or in politics — can relate to this song." [ed. note: awww …]
Track 7: The Brand New Tennessee Waltz, by Jesse Winchester
"This song never found a large audience, but has always had great meaning for me … The original version was backed by the Band on an incredible vinyl album given to me almost 40 years ago by Tommy Lee Jones. That version is not yet on iTunes, but this live performance from Canada is terrific."
Yes, the Goreacle likes Mos Def. In fact, here they are having a chat: