The People Behind the Politics in the Canadian Blogosphere - Week 1: Rock On

Let’s see if this meme goes anywhere.

This election campaign is proving to be a dirty one. We’ve had attack ads, gotcha politics, and directors of communications alternately questioning the political leanings of a bereaved father or threatening lawsuits against bloggers.

There’s always a risk that party supporters will take their cue from their party and respond in kind, so we all run the risk of forgetting the cardinal rule of democracy: that most of the people who disagree with you disagree for their own personal reasons which are perfectly valid to them. In a democratic system, they are not to be considered fools or rogues for coming to a different conclusion to what you have.

I have seen the people behind the politics. Online and off, I have met and hobnobbed with Jay Currie and Warren Kinsella, Canadian Cynic and Stephen Taylor. There are few people that I hold any grudge towards, and such people are best ignored rather than engaged. I believe that I can maintain cordial relationships with such a broad spectrum of people because, at the end of the day, another person’s political opinions have little bearing on how I live my life. We can still nod to each other as we meet in the street, or hold the door open for each other, or collaborate on a work project, or share a sandwich. We each can love a certain television show and talk it to death. We each can rock.

Politics is an important part of our lives, and it plays a big part in defining who we are and how we see the world, but it isn’t the only part of our lives, and it doesn’t play the biggest part in defining how we respond to the world.

So, with that in mind, I’d like to ask every political blogger in the Canadian blogosphere to stop thinking about politics a moment, and think about rock music.

I’m serious. I am compiling a list of songs for an iTunes playlist which I am calling “Rock Essentials”. These are songs that I’ve arbitrarily decided are important to the history of rock and roll. You may not own the albums, but whenever you hear the single, you recognize it immediately and smile, and possibly say “rock on”.

So, tell me: what would you say are your top five most essential rock songs for an iTunes playlist? Or top ten. Or top fifteen. Take a moment to list our choices and explain them. Then link back here and leave me a comment pointing to your post. Let’s see what your choices are.

And next week, I’ll see if I can find another question to ask.

My Rock Essentials

Here’s my iTunes list, in random order. And, I’m serious: tell me your choices. I’ll add the best ones to my iPod.

  1. Mustang Sally — Wilson Pickett
  2. Werewolves of London — Warren Zevon
  3. Born in the U.S.A. — Bruce Springsteen
  4. Lorelei — The Pogues
  5. Spirit in the Sky — Norman Greenbaum
  6. Moondance — Van Morrison
  7. American Pie — Don McLean
  8. Brown Eyed Girl — Van Morrison
  9. Get Off My Cloud — The Rolling Stones
  10. Proud Mary — Creedence Clearwater Revival.
  11. School’s Out — Alice Cooper
  12. In the Midnight Hour — Wilson Pickett
  13. Roxanne — The Police
  14. If I Should Fall From Grace With God — The Pogues
  15. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction — The Rolling Stones
  16. Bad Moon Rising — Creedence Clearwater Revival
  17. You Can’t Always Get What You Want — The Rolling Stones
  18. Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) — Neil Young
  19. The Old Man Down the Road — John Fogerty
  20. Glory Days — Bruce Springsteen
  21. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door — Warren Zevon
  22. Down on the Corner — Creedence Clearwater Revival
  23. Brilliant Disguise — Bruce Springsteen
  24. Ride Across the River — Dire Straits
  25. Light My Fire — The Doors
  26. Paint it, Black — The Rolling Stones
  27. Thousands Are Sailing — The Pogues
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