the present will be past: a mix of america
While not all of these songs are specifically/literally about America, I chose tracks that, to me, feel very indicative of the American Experience (whatever that is, of course) and an American sound/atmosphere/vibe (whatever those may be, of course). I wanted them to reflect the conflicting, often contradictory feelings and beliefs that living here can elicit - the positive, the negative, and everything in between.
PART I 01. titus andronicus . a more perfect union 02. creedence clearwater revival . fortunate son 03. journey . don’t stop believin’ 04. the gaslight anthem . american slang05. bon jovi . livin’ on a prayer06. arcade fire . windowsill08. john mellencamp . pink houses09. west side story . america10. lena horne . summertime11. ben folds . not the same (live)12. sam cooke . a change is gonna come
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PART II13. america . ventura highway14. rufus wainwright . california15. the decemberists . los angeles, i’m yours16. johnny cash . folsom prison blues17. sufjan stevens . chicago18. the national . bloodbuzz ohio19. fleet foxes . blue ridge mountains20. ray charles . georgia on my mind21. simon & garfunkel . the only living boy in new york22. the avett brothers . i and love and you23. ryan adams & emmylou harris . oh my sweet carolina24. peter, paul & mary . this land is your land
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the present will be past: a mix of america

While not all of these songs are specifically/literally about America, I chose tracks that, to me, feel very indicative of the American Experience (whatever that is, of course) and an American sound/atmosphere/vibe (whatever those may be, of course). I wanted them to reflect the conflicting, often contradictory feelings and beliefs that living here can elicit - the positive, the negative, and everything in between.

PART I 
01. titus andronicus . a more perfect union 

02. creedence clearwater revival . fortunate son 
03. journey . don’t stop believin’ 
04. the gaslight anthem . american slang
05. bon jovi . livin’ on a prayer
06. arcade fire . windowsill
08. john mellencamp . pink houses
09. west side story . america
10. lena horne . summertime
11. ben folds . not the same (live)
12. sam cooke . a change is gonna come

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PART II
13. america . ventura highway
14. rufus wainwright . california
15. the decemberists . los angeles, i’m yours
16. johnny cash . folsom prison blues
17. sufjan stevens . chicago
18. the national . bloodbuzz ohio
19. fleet foxes . blue ridge mountains
20. ray charles . georgia on my mind
21. simon & garfunkel . the only living boy in new york
22. the avett brothers . i and love and you
23. ryan adams & emmylou harris . oh my sweet carolina
24. peter, paul & mary . this land is your land

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