This Week in Music: Let's Get Inspired

Simon and Garfunkel
Photo credit Marilyn Russell
By 98.1 WOGL

It's time to get inspired! Musically speaking that is. This week former President Barack Obama shared his go-to songs that provided inspiration for him during his presidency. His list is impressive, diverse and even rocks a little, so I wanted to share it with you with the hope it’ll encourage us to make our own list of inspirational songs…I’ve got a number one for that list…do you?

Barack’s list includes Beyonce’s “Halo,” Bob Dylan’s “The Times They are A Changing,” along with  WOGL favorite Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke,” U2’s “Beautiful Day and more. The Chairman of the Board, ole blues eyes makes the list along side the Fab Four – see the full list on his Twitter feed. “Music has always played an important role throughout my life and that was especially true during my Presidency,” said the President. Begs the question, is music helping you get thru 2020? What songs do you reach for when you need some serious inspiration. My number one is:

Simon and Garfunkel

No matter how down I get, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” always lifts me back up and I’m grateful to Simon and Garfunkel for this song!!! Makes sense I suppose since the song itself is about providing comfort for someone in need, but I will say Art Garfunkel’s vocals are extremely uplifting -he brings the song to life.

The other song that for some reason always inspires me up is Seal’s “Crazy” -  (P.S. where is he now?). I think the inspiration comes from the message in the song to just let go for a bit, step outside your comfort zone an go a little, well, crazy --, something we can relate to in the year that is 2020. My list goes on of course…I can’t imagine life without Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World,” Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” and, after an informal family poll, I’ve got to add “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers (sisters pick) and “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys (other sisters pick). And my brothers (yes, the whole Murphy clan contributed) is…”Feeling Stronger Everyday” by Chicago!

WOGL’s Bobby Smith’s choice is timely (and awesome) – Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down”. Bobby said, and I think we’d agree, “it’s such a great anthem to remind us that when you know what’s right, fight for it…you’ve only got one life to live!” Side note – play it loud.

Tom Petty: Won't Back Down

Glenn’s is John Lennon’s “Imagine,” as he believes “in the law of opposites, another side to every story, so with love there must be hate, rich there must be poor, beautiful and ugly…the song ‘Imagine’ inspires kindness and love – the lyric mirror my feelings. I do believe the world will be as one.”

John Lennon: Imagine

I’d really love to know what song gives you inspiration - if you were writing your memoir what songs would you list? Or maybe the better question is what songs would you be listening to while writing your life story? Love to hear from you ~ Marilyn.russell@entercom.com